WHY DO PEOPLE BUY ART? It’s a question I often ask myself while contemplating life sitting on my favourite rock. The Rock usually gives me the answers but this time all I got back was a question.
“Why do you buy paintings?”
It’s a good question that deserved a simple answer.
At the age of 26 I was spending a trout fishing weekend in Abagaveny, a small village in southern Wales.
As I checked out of the hotel to head back to London I thought I should write a message in the visitor’s book to thank the staff. As I flipped through the pages to see what others had written I came across this message by a previous guest.
It simply read, “Life is short ….art is long”
Those 6 words haunted me all the way back to London and by the time I reached home I had made a promise to myself that I would buy a painting to celebrate each year of my life. I calculated if I lived to be a 100 I would have 74 paintings to pass on to my children and the next generation.
I knew those paintings would survive long after I had gone.
It’s a promise I have kept and my collection will hopefully continue to grow. Many of the paintings I have collected have been painted by naïve or primitive artists. Each painting tells a story of their life, each expressing their hopes, their dreams, their personal feelings.
By the time I reached 40 years of age I had visited most of the great art galleries in Europe and the USA. I had developed a short list of painters and their paintings that I would love to own, but could never afford.
Those six words. “Life is short….art is long” changed my life. It’s the reason, aged 40, that I produced my first painting .
Almost another 40 years later, aged nearly 80 I will have completed 800 paintings . And hopefully there’s more to come.