I was thinking about what my ideal art collector looks like. I went through my head, the key characteristics of the people who have collected my artwork to date (at least the people that I’ve met, or known).

In the case of known collectors, I came up with an initial short list.
They are men and women, between 20-70 years old.

Thinking a little more, I realized the defining attributes each of my collectors have in common. They love design. They also take pride in collecting unique items to some degree.  These people are true collectors, in the sense that they collect things. They love to collect unique objects, antiques, cars, furniture, and bottles of whisky, just to name a few.

They also love innovation, and are usually the first people to dive into the latest research, and acquire the latest in technology. They love things that are cutting edge, and hand made items, made well.  The more custom-fit, the better. And if it’s rare, or one-of-a-kind? That’s the Score.

In a nutshell (stop the punning), a great collector for my work has an eclectic design sensibility.
This is the best defining characteristic of all.

Subsequent to these thoughts, I wondered,  “Who are the collectors out there in the big world, that best represent my ideal collector?”

Well, this is how the following list originated.
I’ll add to it, as I come across interesting characters, with kick ass collections of cool and unique stuff.

Here’s a couple to start:

Mark Parker, CEO of Nike
Long Gone John who founded both the Sympathy for the Record Industry indie music label and Necessaries Toy Foundation.

8:00 a.m. | Parker's explosively cluttered office—which includes items ranging from Jimi Hendrix's Fender Stratocaster to Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson's gold shoes—reflects the CEO's eclectic design sensibility. Photography by Michael Friberg

8:00 a.m. | Parker’s explosively cluttered office—which includes items ranging from Jimi Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster to Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson’s gold shoes—reflects the CEO’s eclectic design sensibility. Photography by Michael Friberg

 

Long Gone John founded both the Sympathy for the Record Industry indie music label and Necessaries Toy Foundation while acquiring an expansive art collection featuring the work of premiere painters including Todd Schorr, Mark Ryden, and many more. Photo from vinylpulse.com

Long Gone John founded both the Sympathy for the Record Industry indie music label and Necessaries Toy Foundation while acquiring an expansive art collection featuring the work of premiere painters including Todd Schorr, Mark Ryden, and many more. Photo from vinylpulse.com