1. It is unique and personal.
There are few gestures that compare to the thought and consideration that goes into selecting a piece of artwork for a friend or loved one. Buying somebody a piece of art demonstrates not only an emotional connection to the recipient, but also an understanding of them as a person. You may find a piece that reflects a memory or shared experience, or one which reminds you of them in a particular way. It can be as simple as seeing something which you know will make them smile. Whatever the reason, the gift of art is a special way of saying you care in a medium that is decidedly intimate and thoughtful.
On top of this, in a world full of commodities, art presents a rare and invaluable opportunity to present someone with a gift that is both unique and unusual.
2. It is the gift that keeps on giving…
With modern technology developing at an impossible rate, art holds a certain timelessness that is unparalleled. The joy and curiosity that comes with purchasing a new phone or iPad remains ephemeral, with each ‘new’ gadget soon to be bested by a newer model. Meanwhile, a work of art becomes a constant in our lives, the presence of which we will continue to enjoy for years to come.
Not only do artworks have a lasting emotional value, but they are also sustainable alternatives to gifts with short lifespans. Art is the gift that lasts a lifetime!
3. It supports local businesses and local artists.
Last, but certainly not least, through buying art you are supporting independent artists and local institutions. Whilst we are all guilty of succumbing to the allure of Amazon Next-Day Delivery and one-click purchases made from the comfort of our own homes, there is something rather wonderful about knowing that your investment is helping real working artists and those who facilitate their practice.
The Mini Picture Show continues until Sunday 26 January, featuring original and affordable works on a small scale by artists from both the RWS and RE.