In today's fast-paced, consumer-driven world, it's all too easy to fall into the trap of convenience when it comes to decorating our living spaces. A few clicks on Amazon, a stop at IKEA or Home Goods, and you can have generic, mass-produced crap on your walls in no time. But what if I told you there's a more fulfilling and meaningful way to adorn your space while supporting the thriving world of emerging artists? In this blog post, I'm here to champion the cause of investing in authentic creativity and exploring the value of purchasing art from emerging artists (like me!)
1. Unique and One-of-a-Kind Creations
When you buy art from an emerging artist, you're acquiring a piece of their soul and passion. These artists pour their heart and creativity into every stroke of the brush or sculpted form, resulting in artwork that's unique and one-of-a-kind. Mass-produced art, on the other hand, lacks the individuality and personal touch that makes art so special. By investing in individual artists, your walls can reflect your personality and style in a way that no big-box store can replicate.
2. Fostering Talent and Innovation
Emerging artists are the lifeblood of the art world. Oftentimes, it's their creativity that's stolen by bigger companies who have the larger platforms to regurgitate their art in a more commercial way and sell it to the masses. You see this a lot in the fashion industry too. Companies like Zara and Shein are notorious for exploiting lesser-known artists and designers. So, by purchasing the work of an emerging artist or designer, you're not just acquiring more "stuff," you're investing in their growth and future potential. Your support can provide them with the resources and motivation to keep creating, pushing the boundaries of their creativity, and contributing to the ever-evolving world of art. Your purchase becomes a vote of confidence in their talent and a catalyst for their artistic journey. It's also a nice F*** you to the fast fashion and fast art industries.
3. Authenticity and Stories Behind the Art
Every piece of art has a story to tell, and emerging artists often infuse their work with personal narratives, emotions, and experiences. When you choose their art, you're not just buying an object; you're acquiring a piece of someone's life, their journey, and their perspective on the world. These stories add depth and authenticity to your art collection, making it more than decoration; it's a conversation starter and a window into the artist's soul, and perhaps into your own as well.
4. Supporting Local and Independent Artists
Emerging artists are often local and independent, struggling to make a name for themselves in a competitive industry. By acquiring their art, you're supporting your local creative community and helping to sustain the diversity and vibrancy of the art scene. Your purchase can make a significant difference in an artist's life, enabling them to continue pursuing their passion and sharing their talent with the world.
5. Quality Over Quantity
Mass-produced art is often synonymous with lower quality. The materials used may not stand the test of time, and the designs can feel very cookie cutter and mainstream. But there's a reason why that type of art sells so well. It's because humans have a tendency to gravitate toward things that are familiar to them, and art styles are no exception. Be someone who goes against the status quo and opt for art that's different. To put it a little more bluntly, don't be a basic art bitch! When you invest in emerging artists, you're investing in art that's made to last, both in terms of its physical durability and its enduring artistic value. The art of an emerging artist also has greater potential to increase in value over time, something that would likely never happen with that Eiffel Tower art print you saw on sale at Target the other day....just sayin'.
So there you have it—choosing to purchase art from emerging artists is not just about filling an empty wall; it's about making a conscious choice to invest in creativity, support local talent, and surround yourself with art that has depth, meaning, and authenticity. Your walls become your own personal gallery for their dreams, and your support becomes a stepping stone in their artistic journey. Seriously, there is nothing more an artist enjoys than to sell a piece of art so they can make more art! So, the next time you consider buying art, think beyond convenience and trends (aka basic bitch art) and embrace the world of emerging artists—and who knows, you might just stumble upon the next Picasso or Banksy in the process!