Today was a big day. After an instant and strong connection to Greg Hart’s latest paintings, I pulled the trigger and finally bought one. I’ve admired Greg’s work for a long time and have studied the evolution of his style on his portfolio site and some of my favorite art blogs. I thought I missed my chance to own one of his works when his Buy Some Damn Art show sold out super fast, and I suffered serious heartache after missing one Civil War soldier in particular. I desperately wanted a painting by this artist, but I had to wait for just the right one. Knowing that Hart’s paintings have sold in the blink of an eye online, I also knew I had to act fast the next time I fell in love.
I faithfully followed Greg on facebook and subscribed to his newsletter, and it was through social media that I learned new pieces were posted in his shop this morning. One look and I knew today was the day. A few minutes and some frantic emails back and forth with my husband later, I was filling out my shipping address. Ta Da! The marvel of art collecting and the internet.
It is important to me, as a proponent of affordable art, not to dismiss the cost of an original piece of work. This was a sizable chunk of money for me. I am in no place in life to take a purchase of this size lightly. But art feels absolutely necessary to me. As I get older and my tastes become more defined, I find myself connecting to artwork in an intense way. The pieces I buy are a huge expression of my aesthetic, personality, and values. While it might take me a lifetime to fill my walls, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Coincidentally, more than a week ago, I was browsing Greg Hart’s online shop and decided to build a collection around another one of his haunting portraits. You’ll find $990 worth of otherworldly artwork over on curate 1k, ending with none other than Greg Hart. Enjoy!