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Meet Olivia Davis of Art of Choice in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Olivia Davis.

Olivia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in Manhattan and was lucky enough to be able to experience the different cultures around me. Surrounded by the best museums, galleries, and artistic culture in the world, immersing myself in the art world was always an easy feat. When I began my college career at Boston University, I went into it with the preconceived notion that I wanted to be a business major, but I landed on majoring in communications, declaring Art History as my minor during my junior year. My minor in Art History spurred my love for the art world and led me to spending my summers working in various spaces – Christie’s, Fitz & Co., a post-war gallery in Boston – but I couldn’t attach myself to any. During my senior year of college, I started “Art of Choice” – solely an Instagram account at the time and simply a way to keep track of works that drew my eye.

Before I knew it, people began messaging me, asking how much the art was, if it was for sale, if I was a dealer, and so on. When those messages started flooding in my Instagram inbox, a lightbulb went off in my head…graduation was approaching, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life – all I knew was that I loved art and I loved business, so I combined the two. After completing my undergraduate degree, I applied and was accepted to the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Art Business MBA program. I learned “the art of the deal” and, soon after, I learned how much I loved making them and how great I was at it.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It most definitely has not been a smooth road – when is it ever? I feel lucky to have found and homed in on my passion at a young age, but, especially in the art world, you often find yourself in the company of people you deem trustworthy but turn out to be the opposite. As a young founder, you have to protect what you build and expect some backlash and hardships – there’s a lot of jealous people out there, and even more so in such a competitive industry.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m an art advisor, specializing in Post War and Contemporary Art, including Emerging. Whether they’re seasoned collectors or individuals who have little to no collecting experience, people come to me to help build valuable collections. I’m by a client’s side through every step of the art buying process, from negotiating the best deal to collection management and even to potentially selling their work secondary in the future. I’m known for my polite persistence and for discovering artists at an early stage, while also maintaining access to blue-chip work. I also like to believe that I’m known for my transparency because, in the art world, so many advisors are not. Your reputation is everything and, in this industry, your connections are your currency.

I can confidently say Art of Choice is the first of its kind – an editorial-driven art advisory. As important as it is to place an artist’s work in notable collections, I believe it’s just as important to give artists a platform to share what their work is about. The editorial side of Art of Choice consists of content on the website, Instagram and bi-monthly newsletters. The newsletters are really something special, consisting of approachable yet complex reviews of exhibitions and interviews with artists, all written in a “no bullshit approach to art” tone. This, and the fact that I’ve accomplished what I have at the age of 27, is what sets me apart from other advisories. I’m most proud of what I’ve accomplished as a whole and I’m excited for what the future holds.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
First off, you can’t beat LA weather, but I am and always will be a New Yorker at heart, so it’s hustle-and-bustle is what I miss most. While working primarily from LA, I’ve picked up on the extreme openness for collaboration here. When living here, you’re most likely going to encounter a creative, whether it’s in the art world, entertainment, etc. Everyone wants to create something special and make their mark in the world.

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