All of us are familiar with artists like Picasso, Monet, or Warhol, and for good reason! They’re masters of their craft, and art collectors are always incredibly eager to get their hands on one of their pieces.
Their artworks are so sought-after that even their reproductions sell for good money!
Although there’s nothing wrong with appreciating the works of the greats, there is something sad about spending money on a reproduction of a dead artist rather than purchasing original artwork from a living one.
There are countless artists that have worked hard, putting all of their experience, expertise, and soul into their pieces, which have a wide range of prices that are sure to be cheaper than an original Picasso print.
Both you and the artist stand to gain a lot more when you support a living artist, as you’ll see below!
1. You Contribute to the Cultural Development of Your Community
Art is all about mental and spiritual nourishment, and personal enjoyment. When many people are involved in the local art scene, it enhances the quality of life in that community.
Although the artworks of world-famous painters are definitely cultural landmarks of the art world, they are now static. Those artists can no longer be prolific in the art space.
If we want to see amazing new art, we have to invest in today’s artists. A surprising number of the greats also lived in poverty and died thinking that their art was not worth much, precisely because their community did not invest in their ideas and skills.
Living artists have a myriad of things to say about culture and society, and you’re sure to find your own philosophy on life reflected back at you through their pieces.
Whether it be social and political movements that are important to you or the celebration of culture and tradition, investing in living artists means investing in the development of society as a whole.
2. You Get a Personalized Piece of Art
The process of commissioning an artist can be very enjoyable. An artist will want to know anything and everything that you have to say about the piece you envision.
The more, the better! And the feeling of receiving the final product – which was made especially for you with care and over many hours – is unmatched!
Many artists will send you pictures of their progress so that you can make any suggestions before the piece is finalized. This ensures that you’ll end up with something you’ll definitely enjoy.
With dead artists, you don’t have the privilege of having a long conversation about what you want, and then having them paint a piece that’s custom-tailored to you.
When you buy from a living artist, that piece is only going to be on your walls and nowhere else. There are countless options for you to play around with.
The Australian visual artist David Hart, who is also the son of Pro Hart puts it best when he says that exploration is the best teacher. So, get out there and look at your options!
With all of the great living artists today, you’re definitely spoiled for choice.
3. You Are Helping the Local Economy
The vast majority of artists can’t rely on selling their art alone.
Between the long time that it takes to finish a single piece of art, the expensive materials, lower their prices so that their works are more likely to sell, and the taxes they pay as small business owners, most artists can’t afford to live off of their work.
Many pick up various jobs to pay their bills.
By buying from living artists, you’re not only making the artist happy by supporting their passion, but you’re investing in your local economy. You may not initially think about this, but that artist is likely going to spend that money within your community.
When you purchase from a living artist, you’re indirectly contributing to the economic growth of your community, neighborhood, and country!
The estates of dead artists continue to generate revenue for them long after they’ve passed on. In actuality, death makes an artist’s works go up in value.
This is partly because that artist won’t be producing works anymore, but a big part of it is that the artist themselves aren’t spending any of that money from beyond the grave.
Artists like Rembrandt and Van Gogh died pennilessly, but their works are worth millions today.
That’s the sad reality of an unfortunate number of famous paintings, but you can do your part to ensure that the great artists of today do not feel unseen and underappreciated.