Over the last few days I have been thinking about the reason why people make art and when you tell people your an ‘artist’ it seems that people want to instantly measure your worth by establishing how much you sell your paintings for or if you drop in the line I have shown in New York or London!!!! Wow (apologies for the sarcasm). What does make you a qualified ‘artist’ some one who sells their art…..lives in abject poverty but still wakes up at 5 in the morning and produces ten paintings a day…………when you win the Turner Prize……..when your…..who knows……………..
Oh and that word ‘Exposure!!’ (this word is like gold dust to artists) but its not until you’ve done lots of free work for ‘Exposure’ that you realise there’s a fine line between mug and opportunist. All I’m saying is be very careful if your an artist and hear the word exposure, that’s all I am saying.
Anyway what I am describing is not always a bad thing it’s part of my experience of being in the profession I’m in. What I am trying to say is all though selling your art is very warm and fuzzy and great for your bank balance its also about belonging, experiencing and sharing.
Sharing with the community, my friend who is an artist explained that selling work is important too not just for the artist but also to allow people who love art to own it too. To be apart of the process of that piece of art work.
Any way to finish with a quote that explains one of the fundamental applications to all forms of creativity our imaginations.
‘A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination’
Thelonious Monk 1960
Imagination unlocked and painting started and now completed, ‘Futura Messis’.