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10 Reasons Art Lovers Collect Art

 In Art & Gallery News, Articles, Artists & Special Collections
why collect art

Lebo art (Photo courtesy of Park West collector Donna)

When it comes to collecting, there are a wide range of factors that motivate the collector. Many collectors seek to accumulate possessions no one else has while other collectors collect to further embrace a hobby they already love. For art collectors, both of these reasons are true, but there are several specific reasons are lovers choose to collect art:

1. To support the arts

Dedicated art collectors understand the value art has on society. To support their deep passion for the arts, art collectors take it upon themselves to strengthen the art industry.

Patrick Guyton art (Photo courtesy of Park West collector Eileen)

2. To join a community

The community of art collectors has a strong bond. Getting together with fellow collectors means discussing artists, artistic styles and the latest installments into carefully-selected art collections. At Park West Gallery, collectors find community with fellow art enthusiasts as well as our highly-trained artistic staff.

"A Yellow Sunrise in Prague" (2008) Anatole Krasnyansky

A Yellow Sunrise in Prague” (2008) Anatole Krasnyansky

3. To preserve history

Owning a work of art often means owning a piece of history. Many collectors draw on their heritage to collect art from artists with similar backgrounds or life stories. Some collectors seek limited editions from high-profile artists to claim their stake on art history.

4. To experience the thrill of the search

Art collectors understand the unmatched feeling of discovering a new work of art for their collection. After carefully researching, nothing compares to finally encountering new artwork for their collection.

5. To adorn their homes

This may seem obvious, but decorating living spaces is a major reason art collectors embrace their passion. Coming home to see a favorite painting every day is a completely different experience than walking past it in a gallery. Collectors want to live with their art and let it seep into the soul of their homes.

6. To reveal their personality

Obtaining artwork is a powerful way to express one’s personality. While some collectors stick with a certain style or specific artist, others collect a diverse range of artwork from various artists to convey different sides of their personality.

"Finding the Light" (2013) Alfred Gockel

Finding the Light” (2013) Alfred Gockel

7. To tell a story

Knowing the background behind each work of art in a collector’s collection is half the fun. When guests come over, art collectors take pride in walking them through the story behind each of their paintings. Whether it’s talking about the symbolism in the artwork, the artist’s background or how they found the art itself, collectors love sharing their passion with others.

 

Artwork by Michael Cheval

8. To express emotion

Art collectors often feel a deep connection to the artwork in their collection. Whether an important memory or a family likeness, collectors often express deep emotions through their collections.

Artwork by Slava Ilyayev

9. To connect with an artist

Many art collectors feel a kinship with a certain artist because of their background, style of work or life story. To connect with that artist, collectors avidly follow their journey and acquire works of art from the artist’s collection.

10. To pass on a legacy

While many grandparents pass on jewelry or even cars to children and grandchildren, art collectors are proud to pass their collection onto the next generation. Collectors’ families known the time and energy they put into cultivating their collections, making them the perfect recipient of their hard work.

Join Park West Gallery’s community of enthusiastic art collectors by contacting a gallery consultant or cruising alongside Park West on more than 100cruise ships worldwide.

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  • Carol Mills
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    We purchase art because it brings us pleasure. We have artwork throughout our home and never tire of looking at it or with our Nanimals of touching them. Every room has art that we love and enjoy every day.

  • robert kelley
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    started collecting two years ago to help make our home look better and I must say I have several pics that are always the talk of the guest when they see them in our house!

  • richard jaques
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    I only buy what I like. I look for unusual paintings, abstract, impressionistic or realistic. I like depth, unusual colourings and unique structures. Rather than spend money travelling I can enjoy art in my home every day. It brings me joy/

  • Todd Wilkins Jr
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    I recently started a collection of limited edition Guy Harvey works after passing one on a cruise gallery. Each day on my cruise I walked passed it, paused, and thought to myself “I really want that”. I attended my first auction and had alot of fun. I always do my homework so I could make an informed decision. I went home with not only 2 Guy Harvey works but my wife got involved and we now have 2 Lebo works as well. While I’m excited about the value of the works I purchased, owning them and viewing them every day means more as a new collector than what they mighy be worth someday. I look forward to my next cruise and the next piece I may find for my collection.

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