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Why buy original art?

Last month we discussed what original art is and now that we’ve defined it, let’s explore why we should buy it.

Pablo Picasso once said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  Aesthetic value tops the charts according to statista.com for “Reasons for collecting art among millennial art collectors in the United States as of February 2018.” I believe these collectors understand Pablo Picasso’s words concerning beauty and the need for it in their day-to-day life. Our minds and emotions are affected by our surroundings and because of this, bringing original art into our homes inspires and uplifts our senses. Below are the next three top reasons to buy original art.

1. Investment

As you begin collecting original fine art, you might start with a local artist in your home town or nearby. This artist might be a beginner or expert at their craft, developing either skill level or acclimation for their work. According to Alan Bamberger, of Artbusiness.com, “Early works are often worth more and tend to be more collectible than later ones whether the artists become famous or not, especially those earlier works done in styles for which artists eventually became best known. This is true for several reasons. From a historical standpoint, early works tell us the most about how an artist’s mature style evolved. From collectible and supply/demand art market standpoints, in the case of more famous artists, the majority of the earliest pieces are usually in museums, private collections, or in the families of the artists and are not available for sale.” Collecting art is an investment, in the way that you may find your piece grows in value over time as the artist becomes more sought after.

2. Be a participant in the art community

Springfield Missouri has a thriving art scene that is continually growing and searching for new people to join the community. There are many ways to get involved, a great place to start is First Friday Artwalk. Through this monthly event, visit many Downtown Springfield art galleries and view countless pieces of artwork. Purchasing local artwork is a wonderful way to support local artists and experience being part of the art community.

3. Art appreciation as a family value

According to EdSource, “Art appreciation helps young children learn to think and express ideas.” Using the visual thinking method, children are asked three questions when viewing art: What’s going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find?  EdSource also says, “This approach teaches students how to take the time to observe closely, describe what they see in detail and provide evidence for their observations.” Bringing art into your home enriches the lives of all who encounter it and creates skills that children will benefit from for the rest of their lives.

What is original art?

In this blog, we will discuss the differences between mass-produced and original art.

Whether you are a new home-owner or redecorating your current space, original art is one of the best ways to add new life to your walls. Original fine art is one-of-a-kind, unlike large quantity mass-produced prints. Below are three points explaining what original fine art is.

1. Rare

Just like a fingerprint, original fine art is unique and has no copy, making it personal and valuable. Having the opportunity to own such a treasurable version of artwork will cost more, but is well worth it. If an immense amount of people own the exact artwork it no longer holds the same value, this describes mass-production art. Between mass-produced and original fine art, is a limited edition. A limited edition is a controlled print quantity usually between 1-300 copies and the lower the edition quantity, the more valuable the artwork.

2. Laborious

Artists spend hours, days, months, or years creating a finished work of art, this is a time-consuming process. When you purchase an original piece of art, you possess an intimate endeavor. To calculate the worth of this labor, along with earning what is fair, the artist must charge a higher price. Mass-produced and limited editions cost less because of the loss of intimacy and quality in the printing process. Original hand-crafted artwork holds quality authentic to the project.

3. Quality

Although printing quality can vary within itself, some canvas and paper choices will show deeper elements of the art, the original work of art has organic nature. Original fine art is a direct link to the artist, showing their hand-crafted effort. Printed reproductions are only a copy of the artwork. The quality of original fine art is undeniable and significantly higher value.