Imagine the world without art. It would be boring to say the least, absent of hope at worst and perhaps lifeless. I recently went into our bank; it was the first time in a long time I actually went inside the building. It felt so commercial, cold, industrial and lifeless. It only took me a moment to understand why: they have no art hanging on the walls. I’m not picking on my bank, I’ve been in many homes that felt the same way. It was simply a place to sleep at not truly a home.
There is a lot to be said for the value that art adds to our lives, our homes, and our businesses. As Picasso said, it washes “the dust of daily life off our souls”. Aristotle said this about art: “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
Perhaps you have never pursued buying a piece of art or it has been a while. Here are some reasons to save your money and invest in a one-of-a-kind original piece of art.
1. Art moves the soul
Art touches something in our souls that needs to be touched at the end of a long day of work. Art takes you to another time and place, perhaps a moment in time or a favorite spot where you experienced a significant life event. Art not only gives color to a place, but it sets the mood, be it excitement and life, or serenity and peace.
2. Art is a tangible texture
Nothing matches the textural variations of art. Different surfaces give variety of texture to a room. It may be an oil painting on canvas, a watercolor on paper, a woodcarving, or a bronze sculpture. Original art has a tangible texture that is personal and tangible.
3. Art is unique
Having an original, one of a kind, piece of art is very satisfying. It enriches and brings personality to your home or office. Buying a piece from a big box store that has been reproduce hundreds or thousands of times for everyone to buy just doesn’t complete a room like an original piece that speaks to you and your soul. The right piece of art will often be the focal point of a room and speaks a lot about you. Nothing offers the finishing touch that is needed to make a room complete and unique like an original piece of art.
4. Art is like an old friend
Once you own an original piece of art it becomes a part of your life, your story, your timeline. It becomes an old friend that makes you feel at home. Original art is handed down from one generation to the next, offering fond memories of those we love. It will refresh your spirit as you remember it hanging on the wall of a grandparent’s or parent’s home. Perhaps your child will see it hanging in their home and recall the stories of love and life. It is a valuable way to give life to those in your life you adore.
5. Art collection is fun
Assembling your own personal art collection is fun! You will find yourself drawn to different mediums. You will begin to get to know and love the artist you collect, their vision, and purpose for creating art. The personal touch that your collection will give your home or office will be a conversation starter with everyone who enters.
Collecting art doesn’t have to be expensive, although it can be a great investment. Give life to your home or office, take a trip to your local art gallery or investigate some local artist online galleries, and invest in a piece of art for your world – you will be glad you did!
P.S. Warning, collecting beautiful art can be addicting and could cause your world to come alive!!!