Artists Collecting Art

Episode 230 · November 19th, 2022 · 32 mins 30 secs

About this Episode

We often think of art collectors as people who love art but don’t create it themselves, meaning that the work they purchase may seem to them to come from a somewhat mysterious creative realm. Yet artists are very often collectors themselves, and have a different kind of appreciation for the work they acquire due to their deep understanding of what is involved in creating art.

Many artists focus mainly the work of friends through purchase or trade for their own collections. That is not surprising since as artists we know lots of others and have more exposure to artists as friends than the general public does. But many artists also purchase art, from people they know or from complete strangers. Their reasons are diverse, from feeling a personal connection to the person who made the work, to work that moves or inspires them aesthetically. In our homes, we observe and study the work of others on a daily basis, and the work of others can have an effect on our thoughts about our own work over time.

Acquiring a work of art creates excitement and a thrill of connection that is very pleasurable and motivating for collectors. An artist who sells their work certainly knows the pleasure of selling a piece, but one who also collects artwork experiences the other side of that experience.

As an artist, considering what you gain from your own collection can be interesting. What does work you own offer you as an artist? What feelings do you experience when you buy art? Does your collection feed your own work in some way?

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