Art is so much more than just a painting on the wall. It’s cultural value, an expression of emotions and individuality, a uniting force and a process of psychological healing. Art is also a successful business and investment which supports the creative flow in our communities. Want to know more? We’re here to break down some of the major reasons for why art is important and why you should care about it.

1. Self expression

Art is a medium for self-expression, which means that it’s a way to communicate your perception of the world and individuality. Many times, artists express political statements, religious beliefs or cultural symbols through their art as well. 

Socrates by Alberto Ballocca

Abstract art is usually a perfect way to speak the undefinable, it allows the painter to express themselves without limitations and create new perceptions of reality. Abstract art is extremely personal for that reason – it’s a direct reflection of the creators authentic imagination and unique interpretation of the world that lacks preconceived representations. 

There are many other media that can be used in the art world to communicate the artist’s message. Different media give different perspectives, lines, colors and dimensions; such as oil paintings, drawings and sculptures.

2. Art is good for your well being

Art is seen as an essential medium to alleviate stress and discomfort. Your physical, emotional and mental health is positively impacted by art. Not only is art therapeutic for people who enjoy it as consumers, but it’s also a cathartic experience for creators of art who see the act of painting as a liberating process allowing them to live in the present moment; painting becomes a meditation. 

“I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.” – Frida Kahlo

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3. Art is universal 

Art is a language in itself and isn’t exclusive to anyone its essence. Works of art can be understood from people across different social, cultural and political backgrounds. Art transcends differences and conveys messages that people can interpret and experience individually as a global community.

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand when it is simply necessary to love.” – Claude Monet
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4. Art gives access to personal benefits 

When the art world opened and operated galleries, it allowed people to showcase and exhibit their art in exchange for economic value. This enabled creatives to gain access to wealth and financial stability across the world, which has encouraged artists to keep creating as they’re able to make a living from their talent.

“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” – James McNeill Whistler

As an online gallery with no submission fees or standard commission, Gallerima seeks to expand those benefits globally so that artists all over the world can gain from their creations by contributing art works to international consumers. 

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5. Art tells stories

Art gives us valuable information of both the past and present. We wouldn’t know certain things about the world as much as we do thanks to historic paintings and sculptures. Art is just as important a marker of our history as ancient artifacts that have been discovered through digging.

Cave markings are just an example of art being material for historic knowledge. Art from the past tells us about the societies before us while contemporary art documents the present world as it’ll be perceived in the future. 

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” — Pablo Picasso

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Art is the medium through which people can write stories of themselves, their community, culture and society. Just like books, there are many genres to art, but each one tells a truth and is written in a language that everyone understands even if they interpret it differently.

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6. Art is good business

For people who enjoy a good investment and like to collect art as a business, quality art is like fine wine that ages beautifully with an increased merit. There’s a lot of fortune that can be made from investing in art when one has mastered the competence it requires. If you’re still learning the skill of estimating art, art advisers are perfect guides. 

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Contrary to the stock market, the art market is flexible and not as fluctuating. Not only is it a more secure business in that way, you also have more control over your assets as an art investor because you don’t rely on external businesses. Art investors are also contributing to cultural development by supporting artists economically, allowing them to grow and elevate the cultural level of the community. 

In Conclusion

After reading these points, we understand that art has a personal, social and financial meaning that serves an important purpose in the world. Art is not only a business but a language as well, not just a record of history but also a mental health remedy. 

It’s important to understand the intrinsic and material value of art and that’s why we’re happy that you found this article. For more inspiring posts, explore Gallerima Magazine and look out for more interesting content!