Collecting Art is not a mystery, nor should it be intimidating in any way. You don’t need a Master’s Degree in Art History, or any degree for that matter, to enjoy and collect fine art. Regardless of the artistic medium that moves you, my goal is to give you a different view of art and empower you to explore the Art World with a fresh perspective. You may very well be a an Art Collector in Disguise!
At the most basic level, Art is a communication tool. Artists translate information through their own personal filter (their mind) and allow the viewer the unique opportunity to experience life from another perspective. Think about that for a minute… We are all wired differently and we can never truly experience life from the perspective of another. Art provides a human connection that is different from almost any other contact between people. It creates a bridge that brings us as close as possible to a first person experience.
One of the barriers to enjoying art is the concept of mis-interpreting the meaning. The reality is that you may not understand the “exact” intent of the artist’s message. At the same time, you cannot “mis-interpret” a work of art. The interpretation is your own individual experience resulting from an open mind and translation through your own senses. Art is not absolute and your feelings about a work can’t be wrong, so have fun with it!
Needle in a Haystack
If you have spent any time viewing Art in Museums, Galleries, or at Art Fairs, you know that finding Great Art that speaks to you is.. well.. like finding a needle in a haystack. There are so many styles, mediums, skill levels, and artists to choose from. I think the trick here is to resort to your instincts and use your emotions as a guide.
Be open to the range of mediums and styles available. Take your time when viewing artwork. Clear your mind of distractions and allow yourself to experience the Art before you. Pay attention to how the work makes you feel: surprised, elated, calm, sad, hostile, or inspired. Whatever the feeling is, do you want to experience that same emotional response every day when you see the artwork in your home or office? If so, you may have found your needle.
My Personal Experience
For me, it only takes a few moments to know if I love a particular piece. I am drawn to beautiful, original paintings that transport me into the story unfolding on the canvas. When I connect with a piece, it’s complexity and depth tends to expand over time as I gain more insight into the composition. The emotional response remains consistent while the story becomes more vibrant and detailed. I surround myself with Art that Inspires me.
The bottom line is: Collect Art that you Love. Great Art will enrich your life and inspire you every day. Enjoy the search and just have fun as you explore the World of Art!
Tell me about the Artwork that inspires you, leave a comment.
Image credit and copyright: Valérie Melançon