We interviewed a young art collector who is now a frequent buyer on the Art Shortlist platform. In this short conversation, Clément confided in us about his journey as a collector.

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by Art Shortlist - February 20, 2023

Hello Clément, can you introduce yourself in a few words?

My name is Clément, I'm 28 years old and I come from Picardie, my job is to create web and mobile interfaces. I am passionate about art in all its forms since I was young. It's a field that I didn't study, but that has kept an important place for me throughout my life.

What is your relationship to art? How did you become interested in it?

My father used to make reproductions of Vincent van Gogh's paintings when I was 4 or 5 years old, and our attic served as his art studio; whether it was to create portraits or seascapes. My relationship with art began at that age, I drew often and very quickly.

When I was 8 or 9 years old, I was interested in everything that was related to digital creation via software like Photoshop. I continued my artistic journey at 15 with photography.

I consider myself as someone curious, finally I'm interested in any kind of art. In 2021, I acquired my first physical and digital artworks. I try to stay informed about the art market, with which I am becoming more and more familiar thanks to Art Shortlist.

What pushed you to buy your first piece of art?

The first work I acquired was a mixed media on paper by Jéko. I decided to go for it for three reasons:

  • The young age of the artist in whom I recognize myself, perhaps an unconscious feeling of creative jealousy? More seriously, the idea of supporting living artists pleases me and also allows me to diversify my patrimony.
  • By passion for beauty. This work is balanced, there is always something happening when you look at it. It follows a theme related to happiness and travel, I particularly appreciate the fact that it tells stories. The technique is childlike and keeps you smiling every day. I liked its instinctive side right away, its colors are bright and it has become a kind of sunshine in my living room.
  • To share beautiful moments with my family, especially with my father who is himself a passionate.

What is in your art collection today?

We can find some Jéko, some Maxence Doré, some Banksy; I have an attraction for all that is of the order of the imaginary and the abstract.

Which arthortlisted artists do you like the most?

  • Jéko
  • Aiiroh
  • Daniel Arsham
  • Maxence Doré
  • Erró
  • JonOne
  • JR
  • Thibault Laget-Ro
  • Yvaral

What do you appreciate most about Art Shortlist?

The fact that I can be in direct contact with the founder Thibault and the artists featured on the platform.

Being able to discover new artists who are in vogue and on whom I can invest with peace of mind. The transparency of Art Shortlist is a major asset because here you know what you are paying and why. The commission is low compared to what is done elsewhere and the prices always seem fair to me.

I never had the opportunity to buy in an art gallery or by any other means before buying on Art Shortlist, but after asking around I was surprised to discover the commissions charged by other players in the art market.

Another important point is that the works are accessible in terms of price. You don't have to pay thousands of euros to get an edition of a famous artist. I regularly use the site to make gifts to my loved ones, it is also a way for me to please them with a work that will remain in time.

The artists were able to dedicate the works they bought to me very easily, which proves that Art Shortlist builds close relationships with the artists it represents.

When you buy an artwork, do you first think about the investment aspect or rather the aesthetic aspect?

For me, the two are on the same level. I always buy a work because I like it visually and because I have a crush on it.

I regularly say to myself "it's going to increase in value", but that doesn't mean I'll decide to sell it. In fact, I don't see art as a means of speculation at all. I think that we can easily get attached to artworks that we have taken care of ourselves to buy.

Do you think that the Internet offers collecting opportunities to young art lovers?

Absolutely! It opens the doors of the art world even to someone like me who has never set foot in an art gallery...