Lately, I've been reading a lot about the twin subjects of pricing artwork (a subject for artists) and reasons to buy artwork. Pricing paintings is a task for the artist and art gallery. Understanding why it's worth it to invest in a piece of original art is important for everyone.
If you love it, buy it!
Art does not have to match your couch or curtains. A great piece of art can become the focal point of the room if selected carefully and does not have to match every color in the room.~ How to turn affordable art into heirloom
In our very utilitarian culture it's imperative to remember the long term value of owning something that feeds your soul, brings you joy, enhances your quality of life, touches your heart, brings beauty into your environment and uplifts your spirit.
The value in a piece of art is twofold. First, it's about possessing something unique, a one of a kind creation, the very special expression of one human being to another. Because of the singualrity of an original painting, my advice is, if you love it, buy it, right then and there. I say this because I know, as an artist, that I may never paint another piece like the one that is calling to your heart. I may or may not, paint another with similar subject matter, but there are many, elements some technical and many emotional that will not be the same and in fact can't be recreated. If the painting is beyond your present financial means, don't let it go, ask the artist or gallery if they can arrange a payment plan for you. I personally would readily arrange a payment option and I think many galleries would also, especially if it's obvious that you love the painting.
Understand and value the rarity and uniqueness of an original painting. You will be the exclusive owner of a one of a kind creation. Among all the mass produced products in the world when you purchase an original painting you will own the only one in the world! There are few things that fall into that category.
The second long term benefit is what art will bring to your life. I've heard some people describe a favorite, cherished painting as an old friend, with whom they have a visual conversation. I've heard others say it was amazing how the painting seemed to reflect their mood, when they were feeling introspective and solitary the painting seemed to embody that emotion, when they were lighthearted and joyful the painting seemed to take on those qualities. Others have found having paintings in their homes gave them a place to focus their gaze during times of stress or illness and they gained peace and comfort. I find the same is true with books, music, poetry even favorite movies. In fact all the arts seem to share the ability to nurture us on a very deep level. Over the course of a lifetime you can gain so much from art. Investing in art is investing in your longterm inner well being.
Ars longa, vita brevisThe Importance of Art Collectors
art is long, life is short
“A thing of beauty if a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases” ~ John Keats
I don't think I can ever over emphasize the important role that private art collectors play in enriching society and bringing wonderful art to so many people. I came across this video at http://www.artbabble.com/ and tough it was worth sharing.
A short documentary on the role art collector Caroline Fesler played in the building of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's collection in the 1930's and 40's. This IMA produced film shows how an exemplary eye for art and a strong will can create lasting legacy.
For lots more information about Caroline Fesler, the IMA, and the art, music and people featured in this video, follow the link below: