Why do people like art?

December 16, 2015

So why do people like art? These are only my speculations, but I have confidence that there is truth in them. One thing I know for certain, is that these reasons are true for me.

Everything in our life seems to have rules, boundaries and consequences. Our daily decisions are a constant struggle between what we think we want, what we think we should want, and what we desire. Now we all know that art has an emotional pull, whether its a romantic, soft scene that makes us feel safe. Or it could be a intense seascape in which the paint has been applied vigorously, even violently. Then there are the painted nude figures that make us feel stripped back, uneasy and vulnerable…sometimes even embarrassed. It doesn’t take much to see there’s a connection here with emotions, personalities & qualities in a person. This also helps me understand why people have such different opinions on art…because people are different!

When I’m in a gallery and I feel drawn to a painting, I could stare at it for hours. I feel a bit unguarded, as though this painting knows me better than anyone. It’s a weird feeling…but it’s like I understand it, and it turn…it understands me. I’m actually quite interested if this is normal or not?…Please let me know if you are the same way. I can remember a particular occasion when this happened recently. I visited the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, and there was a HUGE portrait of Shaun Ross – a fashion model. I recognized straight away who it was, but that wasn’t the important thing to me. What was important is that a stuck a cord within me – I’m still not totally sure why to this day. It was so striking – something maybe to do with the fact it’s double the size of a human being. But already I cannot wait to go back and visit it again!

So after thinking about this for a few years, I’ve decided that we’re drawn to art that mirrors a part of our personality or desires. We may not be able to display these qualities so openly in our life, and maybe we don’t want to. But if you are drawn to bright colourful art, then it’s likely you are a happy and upbeat person. If you are drawn to darker and moodier art, do you have a darker place within you, that you don’t openly show? Sometimes your emotions need a release – to feel understood, and art can do that.

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Of course, these thoughts on ‘Why do people like art?’ might all be completely wrong, but I’d really love to know what you think about these ideas, and why you like art? Please comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

You can see my trip to Edinburgh galleries here. <<

Love Katie x

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  • Reply Vanessa Piggott December 16, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Reading your post is like reading my own thoughts! What I find too is that the emotion you feel with a certain piece of art is additive. You want to go back to it to get that first emotion again. This happens with one of your pictures that I have a home. When you see the sea itself, it creates an emotional response and your painting captures that immediately I look at it. Art is an essential part of the human psyche.

    • Reply katiejobling December 16, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Aww thanks Ness for reading my blog post! That’s so interesting you feel the same way. I definitely think art can transport someone to somewhere emotional. I’m so glad my seascape painting helps you and that you still love it 🙂 xx

  • Reply Dee White December 17, 2015 at 4:31 am

    I definitely have some of the same feelings you do. You explained it so well. Art is emotional and I believe when we see it, it taps into a place inside us that even we might not have discovered of ourselves yet. That is the beauty behind discovering the love for art. When everything within you and your senses become awakened to an image it is a moment of identity of yourself and who you are as an artist. It is haunting when a painting or piece of art gets so ahold of you. Like you said, almost as it knows you better than yourself. But what I believe it is saying is that a part of your make up(who you are) or somewhere along the way you have experienced something that has allowed you to relate to it. So I think that is why art can be so intriguing and magical. And it absolutely has the ability to transport us to places. Either places we’ve been and long to return to, or places we’ve been and long to visit. There are so many different types of art. As an artist myself I respect all artists but do not like all art, nor do I understand it all. Art can be real, art can be magical, art simply is an unending well of imagery. I believe there is a type of art for everyone to love. Keep the beautiful paintings coming Katie> You Inspire ME LOVELY ONE!

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