“Art is so expensive.” “I could paint that.” “I don’t even really like paintings.” “I have no more wall space.”
These are all things I’ve heard in the gallery on why not to buy original art. Some are valid- yes, original art can be expensive (but you might be surprised how reasonable it can be!). And yes, wall space can become troublesome. However, the most troubling thing I hear most recently, with mass produced “art” and wall decor so easily purchasable online, is “I don’t love artwork. I prefer other things, like mirrors or signs on my walls”. Now, there is nothing wrong with mirrors and decor objects on your walls, but I worry that people sometimes “don’t like art” for the wrong reasons. And so, here are a few reasons to consider buying original artwork…
Don’t let art intimidate you. There is no wrong answer when it comes to picking a piece of art. Don’t worry that you “don’t know that much about art”. If you enjoy it, that’s all that matters.
Art encourages inspiration, expression, and dialogue. It brings an energy and sense of humanity to a room.
Children are intrigued by art. It opens their world to “windows” beyond the immediate space around them. It encourages questions and fosters a connection to culture.
Art makes spaces more engaging and unique. I think people often have less concern spending a little extra on clothing than their home because clothing helps to define the wearer to others and to themselves… let your home do the same! Add a little personality to your walls. People may not see it like they see your new boots everyday, but that artwork will outlast those boots by a long time. Also, an original piece of art is unique. Owning something that is totally yours and yours alone is pretty cool too.
Don’t be afraid of the permanence of art… If a painting speaks to you now, chances are, it will speak to you for years to come. I can not always say the same for some of the trendier things I’ve bought at Target or at Potterybarn… (yes, I too buy decor at Target and PB, and it’s great… just don’t limit yourself to one “box”).
Here at Silverwood we mainly exhibit only regional artists, thanks to our area’s abundance of talent and beauty. By buying original art, you are supporting the work and skill of an actual person, in our region. Your dollars stay local and you support a persons’ livelihood in a very direct way.
In the end, we all try to surround ourselves with beauty; how you choose to do that should be personal and thoughtfully executed. Buy the wall clock. Hang the family photos. But don’t discredit the power of a piece of original artwork. You may discover that the painting you finally pulled the trigger on and bought was money that you wish you had spent sooner.