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Why Buy Art?

I've finally dragged myself into doing something creative at last. In this my first post, I simply explore what Art means, both to individuals and why is buying art is important.

Why Buy Art?

So Why Buy Art?, well after a prolonged hiatus, I’ve finally pushed myself by reconnecting with my creativity. My first job was to secure the domain name of www.adrianreynolds.ie, and with some help along the way from the highly recommended Titian Digital, I am very fortunate now to have my own website up and running.

Part of this ‘Interweb’ malarkey will involve my tending to a blog, good for the old search engine, so I’m told. Here I hope to share with you more about my influences and explore advanced art techniques, amazing insider tips, inspirational ideas and expert guidance. You will also get insights on what I do, what I like and how I work.

So what to write? The goal of my first post, is to simply think about what Art means?, What is art? And reasons for choosing to buy original art.

What is Art?

Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, which can be found in many forms such as: drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, performance art, dance, music, poetry, prose and theatre. All these disciplines typically result in an output of works for appreciation by others primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Reasons for buying Art?

There are many reasons why someone may decide to buy a work of art. Often it is purely that it makes them feel good, and the sense of a strong connection with a piece is a good enough reason to buy it.

It might be the artwork has used techniques, or a particular medium that we like. Maybe the underlying concept or social commentary that motivates the artist about the world around us,  strikes a chord with you? It might even be some something as simple that the colour of a painting would look great in your home.

With a one-of-a-kind work of art, it shows you own something no one else owns, the uniqueness, rarity and the fact that the piece of art it is not mass-produced is enough. Art collectors purchase a piece of art that they love, which speaks to them and is a visual expression of what they find meaningful.

Some buy as an investment or purely for enjoyment. An art auction provides a vibrant and very exciting environment where a lot of money is either won or lost in a matter of minutes.  For some this can create feelings of victory, cultural superiority and social distinction.

For those less competitive an art fair; or online website like this one, gives the buyer more time to commit and consider their purchases before spending money.

1. Mental Benefit

Artwork can have the same mental benefit as other forms of stimulating brain training like crosswords or spatial puzzles. Thinking conceptually, abstractly, and emotionally can help reduce stress, aid sleep and stave off illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, anxiety or depression. There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that proves art enhances brain function. It has an impact on brain wave patterns and emotions, the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin levels. Art can change our outlook on life, and the way we view and experience the world.

2. Art is Uplifting and Energising

Artwork in the environments in which we live, work and play can be incredibly uplifting and energising. It can improve mood and assistance people with depression. For example, Art Therapy is a technique and treatment based on the concept that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. It is used to help people explore emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills.

3. Benefits to Children

Children thrive in spaces that encourage a sense of exploration and visual expression. It is proven to aid visual processing and memory development, which takes place on the right side of the brain. Furthermore, art is vital tool that families can use together. It keeps everyone engaged and happy, and can help distract from the sometimes difficult transitions in the day.

4. Part of Everyday Life

Within the work environment, waiting areas and work spaces also benefit from an atmosphere of vibrancy, encouraging creative, new ways of thinking. As a focal point, it may even aid to initiate conversation with either friends or strangers.

5. Emotions are made in our Brain

Our brains are hardwired to emotionally answer the visual stimuli of colour, form and lightweight and therefore, the mood you create in your home or office features a powerful influence of the way you and others think, communicate and behave. The presence of artworks within a space has the potential to strengthen positive feelings of relaxation, curiosity, sensuality or confidence.

6. The Psychology of Colour and Design

Responding to colour is such a personal experience. While some people love living with an explosion of colour and patterns, others might prefer a world of subdued cool neutrals.

From a design perspective the achievement of a harmonious relationship between soft furnishings, wall colours and finishes are often mediated through the selection of complementary artworks. Bright, colourful spaces can benefit from a soothing palette, while sometimes the best thing for a minimalist interior is a good splash of bold colour.

Maybe you have an idea in mind, that Ren Creative Works will be able to apply creative skill and imagination too. Hopefully this post has given you a good idea why buying original Art is worth it! It’s also a great time and opportunity to support living artists. 

I invite you to follow my blog and get in touch with me with any thoughts or suggestions.

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