COLLECTOR PROFILE: Zach and Janel Fink

We chatted with designer Zach and program manager Janel about their approach to collecting art and what it means to bring their daughter into the process.

Zach and Janel and their daughter Ada

“Janel is like the creative director for the collection.”

– Zach Fink

“He finds it all and then I approve or disapprove (laughs) There’s way more disapproving.”

– Janel Fink

Q & A

Q: When/where did you meet and how long have you been together?

A: Boston—we celebrated our 15th anniversary last June!

Q: How many pieces do you estimate to be in your art collection – Is there a price range you look for that you would like to share? 

A: 30+ pieces in our “official” collection and 100+ in the extended collection.

Q: What do you do with works you are no longer interested in?

A: Sell, loan to friends, hide in a closet…

GO AGAIN by Gina Occhiogrosso installed in the Fink home.

Q: As a collector, how does living with a piece of art affect your daily life?

A: It’s hard to single out the effect of any one piece. Our collection is more than just decor, and it’s difficult to describe the full value of living with it in a succinct way. Aside from appreciating the appearance or style of pieces, they also serve as historical touchpoints both culturally and personally. It’s also rewarding to slowly observe a piece over time, internalizing the individual details and thinking about the time and attention the artist themselves put into it. Our collection has grown with us and feels like a foundation for our home, creating a sort of permanence even while our actual living quarters have changed over the years.

Q: What is it like collecting as a couple? How do you decide on a piece?

A: Sometimes we both just agree without even thinking about it. Other times we have an official deliberative process for deciding. Still other times, Janel has to lecture Zach about how he clearly has an art-buying problem.

Q: What is your personal ‘tried-and-true’ philosophy on collecting art you would pass on to new collectors?

A: Maintain a running list of artists you’d like to collect and don’t overthink it when you get a chance to buy.

Q: What does it mean to you both to bring your child into the process of appreciating and looking at art? How does that affect you creatively?

A: Neither of us grew up in homes with deliberate art collections or any awareness of contemporary art. It’s important to us to educate our daughter on this, and she really takes an interest in certain pieces. It definitely pushes us to be more intentional in our choices.

COLLECTOR’S SELECT

POPPY

Gabe Goldman

34 X 34″ mixed media on canvas
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LydiaBassis_Permission Slip_30x22__acrylic on paper

MELTWATER

Lynne Hovis Rotholtz

16 X 18″ collage on paper
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WHITE TIGER

Alfred Harris

16 X 16″ acrylic and paper on panel
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OUR MISSION IS SIMPLE

In direct response to the imbalance in the art world, ZINC contemporary
is committed to the mission of making female artists VISIBLE AND SUCCESSFUL,
while making art collecting an adventure of curiosity, connection and fun!