Art has historically been seen as accessible only to the elite few. But today art has transcended into the everyday, stopping us in our fast-track lives to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us, and at times disrupting the way we think and behave.

Here are 8 reasons why we need art in our everyday lives.

1. To tell our stories

Art tells a story about the time it was created, historical events, places and scenes, people, and cultural values and beliefs. Everyone loves to share their own individual stories with others, so why not say it with art? Just like how the clothes we buy, the homes we painstakingly furnish and decorate - all these are extensions of ourselves and what we hold dear. So it is with art.

2. To heighten our senses

From left: Whisper by Tanya Shatseva , Niño Mojándose by Patricia Merchan

When you're buying a piece of art, you're likely buying it because of an emotional connection. The pieces that you feel most drawn to, are the ones that seem to speak in your personal language. You can almost feel the connection with the artist, and the moment of sorrow, or of pure delight that is captured in the art itself. If you allow it to, art can help you to slow down, savour the moments, and think deeply about your place in this world.

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." - Aristotle

3. A great gift

What do you get that special someone for their big day or a special occasion? The usual dinner and flowers sometimes just isn't enough. Commissioning a meaningful original art piece is truly something that will be cherished for a long time.

4. For healing

The process of doing art is often therapeutic; there is no right or wrong, just boundaries that are being pushed, and emotions drawn out into the open. Creating art forces us to look inwards and reflect, at the same time, it attunes us to our surroundings and teaches us to be more mindful of the present moment. Appreciating art can also have the same effect; it gives us a reason to stop and ponder, and inspires us to look towards greater things.

5. Functional aesthetic value

We all have walls in our houses that are well, blank and naked. All that white space just calls out to be filled and inhabited by something of beauty. Paintings or drawings are a great way to add vibrancy to a room; they allow the room to come to life. Now instead of staring at a naked wall, you can stare into an art piece and interpret your own story of it.

6. Investment source

Let’s be real – all of us are looking out for ways to make more money. A seasoned collector prides himself to be able to acquire the right art pieces and to sell them off at higher prices later. It takes a trained eye and timeliness to be able to make the right investments, but if you're able to learn the tricks of the trade, the investment could pay off further down the road in the long run.

7. Collective identity

There are certain paintings, or sculptures held in museums across the world that are seen as national icons and cherished treasures. Imagine what would happen if the Mona Lisa was sold off from the Louvre to the highest bidder – chaos would break loose. There are certain pieces that exist to allow citizens to bond together and share a connection. This feeling of patriotism and identity is not to be taken lightly.

8. To behold beauty and meaning

The appreciation of art stems from a very human need for beauty and meaning in life. We're all inspired by beauty, and we all long for meaning and purpose in our lives.
Art for beauty and meaning

From left: Tesselate by Leslie Low, and Muse: Music by Barbara Monacelli

Each piece of art has its own story. Have you found one that you resonate deeply with? If not, perhaps it's time to create one of your own.