It is interesting to see what they like and don't like, how trends are changing from year to year and understand how the economy is affecting people and their buying patterns. It is quite noticeable, I am pleased to say, that for the beginning of this year people are spending more. Sales are up and there is an air of confidence that I have not seen for a little while. I do have to qualify that statement though. Sales of larger artworks are up but smaller value items are a bit static. My conclusion from this is that the trickle down effect has not reached everybody yet but, nonetheless, signs are positive and I am sure by the summer we will see this side pick up.
What people are buying this year is also interesting. Large contemporary works, statement pieces and artworks that reveal the artist's vision. It demonstrates a confidence and individuality from the buyer. A boldness that says, this is me and this reflects my personality.
One of the pieces that is getting a lot of attention is a sublime, moody seascape by Duncan Hopkins entitled Borderless (below). An immaculate study of a tempestuous North Devon sea that gives a contemporary alternative to the numerous 'chocolate box' seascapes that can be found in every little gift shop up and down the coast. It makes a statement, creates mood and delivers impact. That's what people want today. That's what I am hearing them say.
Now, if you are still thinking about the questions from the first paragraph, I have decided that a) because people are conditioned to turn left at roundabouts, b) people always want what somebody else has got and, c) I will just put a bench outside and, er, maybe Sky Sports. Well you can't win 'em all! Aha!
The winner of the Hunt the Golden Goose Egg competition was Nancy Hickson from Fremington.