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The Ultimate Guide to Starting an Art Collection

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If you've been trailing local art galleries for years, admiring art and are looking to start collecting art of your own, you may not know where to start. It's a really easy process, simply find a piece you love and you'll soon be on your way to building a collection you'll adore.

"Art is about forming a emotional connection with a piece. Always buy what you love, art carries stories and moves with you through different chapters in your life. Once you have found a piece you love, you'll know it's the one." says Omar Obaid, CEO and Co-Founder of Abstract House, the UK's most loved online art gallery.

Esteemed art collectors are fanatical about art. They search for the next treasure, looking to discover local artists who will create the next piece of their puzzle. With such a vast collection of original art available, with different styles and subjects to choose from, Abstract House is an unrivalled destination for art. Our original paintings are hand-painted by British artists, and expertly framed to Guild Of Fine Art standards in our London studio.

"We wanted to make gallery-quality original art and prints affordable and accessible. As an artist, I believe art lovers shouldn't settle for anything less than beautiful, premium art. This is why we use the best quality materials, and our collection is all painted and designed in-house, so we can guarantee the quality is the best, from the art itself to the framing and finish." says Omar Obaid. 

Read on for the ultimate guide to starting your art collection


something has to give original painting by British artist Omar Obaid London
Artwork: Something Has To Give by Omar Obaid, Original Painting.

Where To Start 

Take some time to consider why you’re beginning to collect art, and what your budget for that first piece will be. Abstract House offer a free art consultation service to help and our team of experts are on hand to offer advice, and to guide you through the thrilling world of contemporary art. 

It’s worth considering what you’re seeking to get from your very first artwork. Are you searching for an investment that will grow in value? Discover our original paintings which are beautifully hand-painted in England by our talented British artists. Our paintings come signed, titled and dated on the back, and they also come with a Certificate Of Authenticity.

If you're interested in finding limited edition prints from emerging and established artists, discover our exclusive collection crafted by our team of in-house artists. These signed and numbered, handmade prints are likely to grow in value - with print runs of 100, you can pick up an exclusive artwork that’s super rare at an affordable price point. 


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Artwork: The Rain, Limited Edition Print by artist Omar Obaid


If you are searching for the first piece to adorn your new home, discover our framed prints collection which come in our signature gallery-quality frames, and also arrive ready to hang. We only ever use quality materials sourced from sustainable forests, with 100% real glass - never plastic. We’ve curated our wall art prints into categories, to make searching for that special artwork even easier. Lose yourself in a brilliantly rendered landscape, or discover a breathtaking impressionist cityscape. 

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Impressionist London Cityscape - Open Edition Print 

Choosing Art You Love 

Art is deeply personal. It can provoke an emotional reaction and make you empathise with the subject before your eyes, and connect with the artist at a deeper level. That’s why choosing an artwork you’ll love and treasure forever is so important.

Think about famous pieces of art you have seen in the past, and how they made you feel. Were you moved to tears standing in front of one of Rothko’s Seagram Murals at Tate Modern? Perhaps the broad brushstrokes and vibrant colour palette of Paul Klee is more your thing, or Matisse’s bold blue figurative works. Whether you walked though the beautiful Louvre Museum in Paris on a rainy day, or spent an afternoon at the National Portrait Gallery in Leicester Square, the beauty of art means you'll know when you find a style you love as you'll be instantly drawn to it.


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Paintings or Prints? 

Unsure about different mediums? We define original art as a one of a kind creation. Original paintings are entirely unique - usually painted on canvas, they won’t be replicated in their current form. Our selection of abstract and original art offers a range of stunning abstract paintings, painted in acrylic or oil on canvas. Simply choose the artwork you love, your frame - available in colours such as pine, black, and white - and we’ll do the rest. Make sure you don’t purchase an original artwork without a Certificate of Authenticity, which should be signed by the artist themselves. 

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Lost Control by Omar Obaid (Acrylic and Oil Paint on Canvas)

We’ve curated a selection of wall art prints that are made exclusively in the UK. Our collection covers abstract, botanical, typographic, impressionist, and vintage prints. With framing options available, it’s so easy to find the right artwork for your wall. We always print on the highest quality 230gsm fine art paper, and make our frames using solid FSC certified wood. 


If you still can’t get your head around the different mediums, our wall art buying guide can tell you even more about which artistic medium is right for you. 

Buying Online 

Purchasing art online couldn’t be easier. We offer a seamless process from start to finish - if you hang your new artwork on the wall and don’t fall in love with it, we offer 30 day returns. 

We offer free delivery on our full collection, and you can pick up your chosen piece from us within 4 hours, or enjoy delivery to your home or office as soon as the next working day if you select our premium Next Day service. Your art will arrive strung, so it’s ready to hang on the wall. 

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