With such a focus on the home and our personal space during the Covid-19 pandemic, our collectors are appreciating the benefits of their art investments. Enjoy reading these personal words from our favourite art collector from the KAB Gallery family, Keith.
I am sure you have all seen one too many TV ads that start with ‘These are uncertain and difficult times, but we are here to support you.‘
Rather than jumping on that bandwagon, I would like to tell you something positive and great that I have discovered about social distancing and isolation.
I have re-discovered the art in my home.
All the time I have spent isolating and distancing over the past number of weeks, has given me a chance to create a whole new appreciation of our humble art collection – if you can call a dozen paintings a collection.
With nowhere to go and no particular time I have to get there, I have been spending hours looking deeply at my favourite pieces discovering images, aspects and thoughts that until now I never really appreciated or just simply glossed over.
I have even found pieces I had forgotten I even bought, stuck behind a cupboard or wrapped up in the garage.
It has been a revelation! I have even started to reflect on the circumstances surrounding how I bought various pieces. “Where was I? Why was I attracted to that piece in the Gallery window? How did I decide I needed to have it? How did I enjoy the purchase experience? How knowledgeable was the gallery proprietor? How did I feel when I got it home, tried six times to locate the hook in exactly the right place, and finally admire the painting on my wall?”
It has certainly worked for me and helped pass quite a few otherwise boring hours, re-reading yesterday’s newspapers or watching yet another expert on TV talking about what we all need to do because ‘we’re all in this together.’
So, here is my recipe for making time go past without even realising it.
Make a cup of tea, sit down and ask yourself: “What was the artist trying to tell me with this emotive Australian landscape painting; or this slightly weird abstract I bought on a rainy winter’s day; or that quirky sculpture I just had to have?”
There is a memory attached to every piece, and now is the perfect time to fertilise those memories.