With England still regrettably in recession, it is most logical to come to the conclusion that all industries are suffering and struggling to sustain their hold on the market. However, I have found this is not the case for the art world. Just last month Christies announced that Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Curved Form (Bryher II)’ sold for £2.4 million setting a world auction record. This shows that people are still investing heavily in the art market.
As I ask myself why this is the case, I realise that during the recession, people turn to the arts for inspiration and it allows people to express themselves. However, more importantly, people who are financially buoyant usually want to invest in something that will keep or increase in value, regardless. For this reason, art is a very shrewd investment that may be a more reliable location to store money than anywhere else at the moment, if cleverly invested.
This is brilliant for the art market as it is providing a steady income and boosting the economic state of the industry. After all, as Beverly Sills said, ‘Art is the signature of civilisations.’
I believe that through art you can express your spirit and soul, it is a way to escape the conventionalities of the world and immerse yourself in whatever world you want to. I also think that art enables the viewer to be taken on a journey and as you look closer into an artwork, more of its features start to show themselves to you like an never-ending adventure.
A while ago, whilst visiting a small market town in Gloucestershire, I went into a flower shop which, from the outside, looked no different from any other flower shop. Whilst perusing, I noticed that hanging on the walls there were lots of big paintings of flowers, they were oil paintings and quite abstract. Their vibrant colours and sparkling sheen caught my eye. When I asked the owner and artist, she said that to create this sheen effect, she had used copper powder and blown some of it onto the wet paint. I loved this addition to her works.
Her flower shop and art studio are joined together and so when you enter the shop, the creative spirit is immense and a wonderful place to be for an art lover, especially if you want to buy some flowers!
Whilst at the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery in Venice, yet another painting grabbed my attention and lured me in with its vibrant orange strokes and abstract shapes.
Jackson Pollock’s painting which is ‘Untitled’ was made using gouache and pastel on paper. This is an extremely abstract piece and does not seem to resemble anything. Even Pollock could not think of a name, suggesting he himself did not know what it was.
At first I thought this work was insignificant and wondered why such a seemingly unstructured painting was included in the gallery. However, after standing looking at it for a while, I suddenly understood its appeal. As I looked closer, I took in all the precise marks and colours included. It evokes such emotion through its bright colours and strong marks. After contemplating what made the piece evoke such emotion, I realised it is the deep, intense blue surrounding it and forming a frame.
I loved this piece and it is well worth visiting when at the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery in Venice.