ART & LIVING

Art & Living's Top 5 Tips to Why You Should Live with Art

Throughout the years, we have conversed with countless artists and art personalities of esteem, locally and internationally who have shared their relationship with art to us, and they have all shaped our understanding of art and its vast scope in uplifting individual lives. This edition, we have brought together some of the most interesting insights by our feature personalities to shed light on their take on living with art, so we can inspire you to build your own art collection and reflect them in your living spaces, to not only rejuvenate your space, but also yourself and that of your family.

1. YOU GET TO CELEBRATE THE RICH HERITAGE OF YOUR COUNTRY

Art collector and gallerist, Udayshanth Fernando fills his walls with art that is rich with Sri Lankan culture and history, inherently drawn to those works of his country. Art is meant for many things and inside your home, art is meant to evoke your heart. Choosing the type of art you want to display in your home not only speaks of your personality but also where you come from, and the copiousness of the history and culture of your country. While art can simply be means of interior design to some, art on your wall can more importantly be a means of your life’s reflection connected that of to your past and the artist’s narrative intertwining and interlinking to create a unique story. 

ARTRA Magazine E29, Apr/May, 2017

2. YOU GET TO LIVE WITH CHOICES

“Living with art means living with choices. Art is about enjoying what you see, sharing it with friends and allowing the choices we have made to create conversation, stimulate opinion and perhaps garner a few smiles” said Art collector Patrick Dalton. The art you choose to place in your home is a reflection of the choices you make. When you pick out art that reflects your personality, beliefs or thoughts, you invariably chose the dialogue you wish to start with your guests, friends and family. Living with choices and enjoying what you see is the key factor to choosing the art you want to showcase.

ARTRA Magazine E29, Apr/May, 2017

3. ART ALLOWS YOU TO STRIKE UP GOOD CONVERSATIONS

Art has many a use and function in homes for art collectors. Why do they collect art? Art collectors tend to gravitate towards art for their intent to stir and stimulate conversation. Art is the focal point they create in their space. Significantly, works of art that captures the eye as opposed to blending into the background. Upon entering a space to concluding a visit, art becomes their camaraderie. Art Collector Niloo Jayatilake stated “Art can create much controversy, and as a result, conversations evolve, allowing a collector to express their own passions. Art has the potential to help make note of what is considered controversial at a given time, as it tends to change with respect to shifts in societal attitudes.” If your intention is to provoke conversation and open dialogue, it is critical to choose a piece that the audience naturally gravitates towards, which are powerful and captivating.

ARTRA Magazine E36, Jun/July, 2018

4. STORIES FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

There are endless benefits to living with art, from provoking contemplation to thoughtful musings, meaningful observation and stimulation of animating conversation. Art is powerful in the way it translates into an experience that broadens knowledge, strikingly highlighting the grandiose vision of the artist. “Art doesn’t end, it continues, and grows with you across generations, with our children learning of stories through the times of their ancestors. Art promotes a conscious citizen,” stated curator, academic and artist, Mariah Lookman. It could be a family piece that has been passed down or perhaps a significant historic piece, that will stay relevant and interesting in present and years to come.

ARTRA Magazine E36, Jun/July, 2018

5. YOU GET TO INVEST IN THE PRESERVATION OF CULTURE & HERITAGE

When you’re looking to invest in art, think of the purpose of this investment. To the ordinary eye, art collecting might seem like a financial investment, a materialistic speculation. The truth lies, somewhere beyond simple analogies. Art investing is the decision of a focus on societal structure that contributes to a larger ecology, a personal investment and “when you buy art you are really going to buy an object that you are going to love. You are buying a piece of history. In terms of the macro-perspective, you are supporting a much bigger ecosystem. You are supporting your culture,” stated Sonal Singh, Director of Christies India. The work of art you want on your wall becomes a strengthening of culture and heritage that fuels the creative economy, supporting the careers of artists whose vision improves the quality of the lives of people and collectors.

ARTRA Magazine E48, October, 2019

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