Thursday, 14 June 2007


I'm wondering what makes someone buy a piece of art.

As a producer of images, both drawn/painted and photographic, it's good market research, and it's always worth making enquiries.

So is it subject, colour, size, cost ?
Maybe you wouldn't buy anyone else's work, or perhaps it's only sculpture that floats your boat.

Drop me a line and let me know.


Curiaistan said...

Hi Sam

As a poorly paid civil servant I can't afford the type of Art I want to buy, JMW Turner and Monet are a little out of my league :rolleyes:

For me its like listening to music, being deaf means that a lot of ordinary popular stuff don't stand out and just come out as noise, every so often you hear something good that stands out and you think "oooooooooh, I like that..."

Yes, I admit it, I only got an F in Art GCSE, I am no good at art, I didn't even do history or theory of Art at all.

But I know what I like. and I do get excited when I see something I like, like I did when I saw one of the Sunflowers in the flesh for the first time at the National Gallery. Being an art illiterate, I can't really say why though.



knifepainter said...

Hey Ian, glad you're still dropping by.

I think you are displaying the signs of someone who has an emotional response to visual stimulus......never a bad thing.

I don't subscribe to the idea that anyone has to "know" about art to enjoy it.

It follows that you don't have to own it to enjoy it either.

So are serious "art buyers" only looking for tomorrows Old Masters, while the rest of us tinker about with our very economical emotional responses ?

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

To me,it is the actual merit (in my eyes) of the work in question. I know what I want on my living room walls.
I'm a bit of a Bosch fan, actually, but not got any of his works on my walls

knifepainter said...

I suppose that's why I don't see as much original art about as I would like, most of us just 'aint gonna cut it in the company of Bosch, or Pablo, or Turner !

Ms Smack said...

For me, its when the painting/piece speaks to me.

knifepainter said...

Hey Ms. S, nice to hear from you.

Looks like my entirely un-scientific poll is falling heavily onto the side of emotional response.

I was hoping it would, that's how I work.

beachfreak said...

Love to say it's all about size and nothing else, but we all know the truth.

Emotion is all.

Live from Gozo.............

knifepainter said...

So speaks a man on his Honeymoon !

Emotion is all indeed !

Miss Evie-D's Mum said...

This question really got me thinking...... So had a trot round my house and all of the pictures/photos I have up definitely fall into the emtional attachment category. Lots of photos of my many children, a Helen Bradley print my dad bought my mum many years ago (they are from "up north"). Thanks for making me re-visit images that evoked such happy memories - its all to easy to "see" things without really "seeing" them......

gingerwitch said...

My goodness Miss Evie-d's mum, you were paying attention in English all those years ago after all!!!

Nicely put!

knifepainter said...

I'm rather overwhelmed with the standards of English, and thought, on here at the moment.....I think we've gone all high-brow !!!

Ana Banana said...

Actually, I don't think I've ever bought a piece of art!

Usually, though, the art that is most appealing is the work that seems to transcend this reality...takes me away somewhere, in a nutshell...escapism is what attracts me.

Ana Banana said...

lovely sketches, by the way. The color is are the simplified shapes.

knifepainter said...

Thanks as always for the support ana.

Ms Smack said...

I have mostly photos [framed] on my walls, including collages of my daughter which are beautiful.

I have one print of Leighton's Flaming June, and one print of Circe, the water maiden. Neither are framed and so neither are on the wall.

I have one original painting of the cat, hiding behind tall colourful tulips, with a dark blue sky background and a big tangerine coloured sun done by my daughter when she was about 7. I'll take a photo of it and post it soon!

xx All the best

knifepainter said...

See, emotional response all the way.

Absolutely spot on.

Thanks for dropping in Ms.s. x