Many Australians believe we live in the best country in the world with an abundance of natural beauty. Geographically, having freedom, a stable country by world standards, politically sound(??), currently with a strong dollar, and a privileged lifestyle second to none!
It is at this festive season when we reflect on our lifestyle both achieved and desired! The holiday period gives us time to consider our tastes and wants and to share them with partners and friends.
Art, visual arts in particular is what I wish to talk about today and ask you and your partner, spouse, family and friends – what do they like in the way of art. By this I mean, have you considered art for your home or office? Maybe you haven’t had time or it has never arisen as a thought or topic to discuss or consider.
I never underestimate the value of visual art for my home and I will share with you what I value in owning art and the pleasures and rewards it give to me and those who view it. Maybe you will share these ideas, however it will give you something to think about, re-evaluate, or to refresh why you have art and what it means to you to own and live with it?
Art for me is a welcome visual experience every time I come home after work, recreation, an outing or when I want to relax. Simply it is a pleasure to have around me. For me it establishes an ambience and adds to my living environment. I HATE TO THINK WHAT MY HOUSE WOULD BE LIKE WITHOUT ART !!
With visitors and friends it adds to our social setting or ambience and is a reflection of our taste in art. Others don’t have to like it or it may be considered not to their taste at all, who cares! If it pleases me and provides enjoyment and can be shared with my loved ones- doesn’t this alone add to my quality of life!
Some people consider art as an ‘interiors’ supplement without too much other involvement or thought. Whilst ‘a look’ is an important consideration; liking the art is paramount! You are likely to tire of the art unless you develop a feel for it and the rewards of ownership will only be partly fulfilled?
Art can be considered a store of wealth for you and future generations. No doubt if your parents, grand parents collected art they would have expressed the enjoyment of art and the pleasure they derived from owning it and many would be surprised at the change in its value over the long term. In the back of their mind they may have considered this as a motivation to buy art… for the next generation. Have a think about this aspect of buying art in the future and please contact me?
Some of our clients are introducing art to their children at an early age and purchasing an artwork for the children’s room. The artwork- paintings will hang in their room and become a treasured asset for their developing years. Additionally there is an association of artwork with their childhood so they learn to value the visual arts at a young age and recognise it as a room enhancement and thus develop a familiarity with a pleasurable and valued adornment.
PLEASE SHARE WITH US AND ‘ART AFFAIR’ READERS YOUR STORIES OF WHAT ART MEANS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY? Comment here or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org