Founder Tze Chun standing in the Uprise Art gallery surrounded by abstract artwork on wooden panels.

Uprise Art Founder Tze Chun shares tips on how to discover and collect art for your living space.

What are your go-to rules for collecting art?

There are no rules. It's simple — collect art that you love, not just to fill a space. There are no steadfast rules on which rooms to start with, or where to allocate your budget. You can place a small artwork on a large wall or find a statement piece. The only thing that matters is that the artwork makes you happy in your home.

A neutral bedroom with a teal carpet, bed with white sheets, and an abstract painting by artist Karina Bania above a cushioned reading chair in the corner.
Karina Bania

What is the best way to incorporate art into the existing design of your home?

Art that transcends aesthetics can keep your home from looking like a catalog shoot, so don't worry about matching your style exactly. Artwork can complement your existing decor, but remember that collecting art is also a great opportunity to broaden your boundaries and push you to look at the world, and perhaps yourself, differently. Changing where your artwork lives is the easiest way to refresh the feel of your home. Have fun with new hangs and enjoy experiencing your artwork in different contexts.

Framed, neutral silhouette screen print by artist Caroline Walls installed on a green wall over a bench at Chief Tribeca.
Caroline Walls

How should I frame my artwork?

Find frames that last. Custom framing is a must for photographs and works on paper to ensure your art is preserved and protected. At Uprise Art, we frame all artwork with UV-filtering plexiglass, archival mat-board, and spacers so the artwork doesn't touch the glass. A good frame not only keeps your art in pristine condition, but also enhances the work.

Collecting art is a great opportunity to broaden your boundaries and push you to look at the world, and perhaps yourself, differently.

Tze Chun

Gallery wall with framed, original works by artist Dan Covert, Hyun Jung Ahn, and Sayan Ray.
Dan Covert, Hyun Jung Ahn, Sayan Ray

How should I begin my search?

Set aside time to collect. Finding art requires work and time. First, decide on a budget and then set aside time to look at art. Start your search online by browsing Artsy or gallery websites. Read art news websites and follow curators and blogs to familiarize yourself with the landscape of ideas that are out there. Our gallery features the Uprise Art Journal, which includes interviews and behind-the-scenes studio visits with artists so that collectors can familiarize themselves with these artists.

Two framed architectural photographs by artist Sinziana Velicescu in the California lake house for Jenni Kayne.
Sinziana Velicescu

Is it better to collector original artwork?

Invest in originals. Original artwork adds character to your home, and makes it truly unique. But, this doesn't mean you should have to ditch all your posters and prints. You can incorporate old favorites, such as personal photos and mementos, by enhancing them with new frames to incorporate in your new collection. At Uprise Art, we feature only one-of-a-kind originals from emerging artists, so we have options to fit every budget.

Abstract artwork with coded language by artist Gail Tarantino in a modern dining room.
Gail Tarantino

Who can I connect with to start collecting?

Uprise Art provides collectors with a personal Art Advisor who can help you discover artists, and curate artwork options based on what you are looking for, free of charge. Connect with an Art Advisor.