It is interesting to observe what attracts individuals and collectors to a particular artwork and what elements create a perceived higher value. For some it is the exclusivity of the work, for others it is the skill involved or the esoteric story, and sometimes it is nothing more than a simple connection that leads to a sense of elation.
It is likely our motives change over time; I was captivated by the socio-political backstories during the years I spent studying art, and now I observe, collect and create art for selfish reasons… simply because it makes me feel good. I think all art lovers share this sentiment, not because a work is aesthetically pleasing, but because it’s fun to get lost in it.
Among many others, Agnes Martin’s collection serves this purpose for me and is a constant source of inspiration. The fine grids and muted palette that characterize her body of work strongly appeal to me and influenced the “Chromatic Grid” and “Blush Grid” art prints pictured above. In a similar way, the symmetry and minimalist form of these modern color studies promote a feeling of calm and clarity.