That’s right, art isn’t just for the mega-rich. Art can be owned and enjoyed by everyone. The truth is that lots of rich people buy art for the love of money, not art.
The enjoyment, the appreciation and the commentary of art is not and should not be reserved just for the wealthy. Since the dawn of man, art has been an important medium. Art tells stories it is a form of communication. Art tells us who we are and where we came from.
Since the days cavemen were painting pictures of mammoths and hunters on the walls of caves, man has used art to communicate.
Is art as important now as it was in ancient times? Yes, and here’s why…
Art Is A Social Barometer
Banksy is perhaps one of the most well known artists of our time. An excellent demonstration of the power of art on public perception and feelings about current events. Described by Wikipedia as a “political activist” whenever a Banksy’s work pops up somewhere the whole nation stops and takes notice.
Through his art Banksy has made public statements about his views on the state of conditions of migrants living in the “Jungle” in Calais, the violence in the Gaza Strip and the child abuse scandal within the Catholic Church. Each piece of work a profound and unflinching statement about the state of our society.
Art Can Drive Change
Art can make people stop in their tracks. It can take your breath away with its beauty or the feelings of despair it inspires. Art can inspire people to care where words, previously may not have moved them.
It has been predicted that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Artists are able to bring to our attention things that we would otherwise be ignorant of or able to ignore.
A five minute google search would thrown up at least a dozen examples of different artists across the world working hard to bring to our attention the many environmental challenges we are now facing.
Is Art a Luxury Only The Rich Can Afford?
This is something that is widely believed by most people. This is probably because they see art auctions on tv and in movies. They hear about world famous artist like Banksy selling for millions and assume that is the art world but this is not true.
Truth is that original art is actually really quite affordable these days. A lot of artists are more than happy to sell work for a reasonable price when they are first starting out and with the market so saturated this is an even bigger motivator for so many to want to sell their original artwork for a fair price.
An Historical Record
Without art, it is fair to say that we would not know who we are or where we come from.
Every nation has a rich catalog of artistic records pertaining to its cultural ancestry. One of the oldest recorded written languages, the Egyptians used pictorial symbols to record their day to day lives and their important cultural and historical events. Fast forward to the Eleventh Century and the Bayeux Tapestry is an artist’s rendering of one of the most important events in British history, the Battle of Hastings.
In conclusion, art is for and about all of us. Art tells us who we are and where we’ve been. Art touches the mind and the soul, it can move us to do great things and make great changes. Art tells amazing stories. If you think art isn’t for you, it may be time to think again.