Tappan wants to revolutionise the art world. The Los Angeles-based art collective is working to make art more accessible for all, breaking down its elitist associations and proving that anyone can be an art collector.

If you're looking to start investing in art, Tappan's extensive offering is a great place to begin. There are prints, paintings and photographs for all tastes and budgets. Follow their simple guide to investing in art and you'll soon enough build up an impressive collection.

Tappan's top tips for investing in art:

  • Buy with your eyes, not with your ears - It's tempting to jump on trending artists because of the attention they receive and the idea that the value will rise. If you have a gut feeling about an artist you visually admire, consider that an amazing reason to start your collection with that work. 
  • Art does increase in value over time for artists that continue to build their career. Look at what galleries they are working with, who they're partnering with, and how they're being talked about. Tappan looks at all of these qualities, as well as their schooling, before taking on an artist to our roster.
  • Find trusted sources - Galleries you can trust, with transparency around who the artist is and their background are the best signs that you're investing in an independent artist with valuable narrative and work.
  • It might surprise you that Tappan currently has multiple artists that have been featured in major museums or mid-level galleries and have increased in value during their time with Tappan alone. Our advisors are always happy to help guide the process if it gets too overwhelming. 
  • Tappan artists have gone on to be shown by and work with the Guggenheim, The Hammer, SF MoMA, The Armoury, Beers London, Kohn Gallery, Marianne Boesky Gallery, among others. Find a reputable resource that is looking for artists that wish to grow and flourish in their career.

Art for all budgets:

UNDER £300:

Untitled VIII (Joshua Tree) by Gia Coppola

Photographer and filmmaker Gia Coppola (of that multi-talented family) has been working with Tappan for the past three years. This photograph, taken for Gucci in 2016, captures an almost-ethereal scene that was inspired by the film Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Equus Cosmica by Umar Rashid

Umar Rashid's art practice draws on world history, referencing colonialism and mythology and begging questions about our perspectives of history. He describes his work as a "global narrative", saying "It's for everybody. I just take it directly out of the history books, and modify it. My stories are heavy because of this, but they also hold moments of levity."

UNDER £500:

Jesse Boykins by Jaimie Milner

Jaimie Miller celebrates Black culture and identity through her series ‘Gifted’, which depicts men in her life in intimate, unguarded moments. The black and white photographs are powerful and heartfelt, drawing on Jaimie's obsession with connection and people.

Brooklyn Street 5 by James Needham

James Needham explores urban surroundings through a photographic practice that he describes as “image construction”. "I find composition and the choices people make behind it captivating," he says. "There’s a limited amount of space within a viewfinder or on a canvas and what someone chooses to fill it with says so much about them."

Under £1000:

apples and oranges. (in black) by Ethan Caflisch

This original painting by London-based American artist Ethan Caflisch is from a collection called 'Apples and Oranges', which focuses on ideas of individuality and sameness. Made using ground aluminium, garnet and acrylic on wood panel, it epitomises pared-back and minimalist aesthetic of Ethan's art practice.

Black Iris II by Divine Southgate-Smith

Divine Southgate-Smith's background in sculpture and site-specific installation inspired the creation of a series of monochromatic digital prints that break down elements of classical architecture into modern compositions. Her striking works convey a sense of tranquility and calm.

Under £5000:

Hall D by Martinet & Texereau

This graphite drawing from French duo Pauline Martinet and Zoé Texereau aka Martinet & Texereau is part of a series called Common Places (2015), which poetically explores public spaces. The artists are interested in finding beauty in unexpected places, leading their audience to contemplate small details that may have been overlooked.

Poolside 2 by Alarah Gee

Alarah Gee's obsession with circles and geometry is revealed in this original ink painting. The artist takes inspiration from Bauhaus philosophies and draws from work by the likes of Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky and Walter Gropius, leading her to experiment with colour and form.

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