Why People Buy Art

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in our blog | 3 comments

Art experience with Aly blowing glassThere are many reasons why people buy art. But for the collector who is passionate about art, one reason looms large.

A collector always talks about the story or their “experience” of how they acquired a particular artwork.

These stories range from visiting an artist’s studio to stumbling upon a hidden gallery while traveling.

I watch and listen to collectors beam with emotion as they reminisce about how a particular artwork came into their lives… Sometimes never talking about the actual artwork.

The artwork is important to them, but the “experience” they associate with the artwork is most important.

It is what ties them to a moment in time. Good or bad, it becomes their personal connection with the artwork.

For the passionate collector, it is this experience that adds the most value to the artwork.

And as an artist, I am always honored to be able to add an “experience” in someone’s life.

by Bernard Katz


  1. People buys art because it gives them mental nourishment.

  2. people buy art or gaze at art (they may not be able to buy) because they appreciate and value what can be created and it’s beauty.

    • Yes, I agree, people buy art because they appreciate and value what art brings into their lives… but sometimes there is more to it.