If you’re an art enthusiast, appreciating art is in your DNA. You visit galleries, you attend art shows all over the world, and, more than likely, you have a home full of art. But are you doing enough? Are you actually helping artists progress to the next level in their careers? What exactly is the next level of their careers? Selling out shows, doing commission work, exhibiting all over the world and joining the ranks whose works are purchased by some of the biggest international corporate collectors, these are all next levels for artists. Here’s the deal, the value of art is increased by who purchases and how much is purchased of the same artist’s work. What does this tell you?
Many artists are terrible at selling themselves, so they create art that they hope is compelling enough to garner attention by the people mentioned above. An emerging artist usually means a starving artist. They are often just one painting away from homelessness. So, what can you do to show you appreciate the artists you genuinely love?
- Buy their art – The ultimate form of appreciation is, of course, purchasing the artist’s work. Prices displayed are a suggestion. Artists will negotiate price on an individual basis. News Flash: if someone does not buy the art, the paintings will go into storage. What a waste for good work! If you see a piece of work, and you can afford it, buy it. This piece of art can be passed down to your children and their children. You are only a custodian.
- Give art as a gift – If you see a piece you love, but it doesn’t fit your particular design aesthetic or wall space, give it as a gift to a deserving person to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, house warming, or as a gift of appreciation. An original piece of art will hang on the walls of its custodian for years to come.
- Social Sharing – Like, comment, but most importantly share. Invite your friends to ‘like’ the artist’s page. It’s a simple gesture, that will last for a long time. When your favorite artist is having a show, make sure you invite your friends to attend to see why you appreciate this artist as much as you do.
- Recommend artists – Major corporations invest in art to decorate the walls of their buildings. If you refer an artist to a corporate buyer, the artist will pay you a commission for any sale he or she makes to them. furthermore, any work of the artist you have on your own wall will increase in value immediately. This kind of recommendation works.
Some examples of expat artists in the community
Dana Burns primarily works with acrylic on canvas, mixing various techniques such as breaking down space via stenciling, combined with more traditional approaches. Her paintings dance between figuration and abstraction, using experimental spatial structures, poured paint and loose portraiture. While Burns’ paintings may explore various subject matter, her work is ultimately about the placement of paint on canvas and the ways in which the image obtains a certain resonance. www.danaburns.net
Gina’s work focuses on the development and exploration of texture and colour. Her style is raw and aggressive and her often fragmented figures have distinct and strong personalities. She compares her work to Rorschach inkblots: “Different people will see different things in my painting, and will be touched in different ways. What you see in my art is a projection of your psyche.” www.saatchiart.com/Lafont facebook.com/ginalafontarts
An American, contemporary artist living in Paris, intrigued by the connection between mind, body and spirit in relation to creativity, Monica paints using a sensual, physical, intuitive approach applying multiple layers with spatulas and splashes. Through the use of color, movement and spontaneity, she invites the viewer on a voyage that tells a story and where spirit dances upon canvas. Monica exhibits in France, theUS, China and Dubai and her work is held in several private and public collections, notably the Museum of Fine Art in Algiers and the American Church in Paris. www.monicabassett.com
Linda McCluskey is an American painter from Massachusetts who has been living in Paris for 17 years. She fell in love with Paris and her love is seen in her paintings. An admirer of her paintings once wrote, «Her paintings make me think of looking at life and Paris through the lens of a monocle that was found in an old trunk at the bottom of an attic. Her talent and her woman’s heart offer us the image of a world that is protective, warm but also moving, which can disappear suddenly to, perhaps, give way to our own reality, our own rebirth.» www.monicabassett.com
Alex Hillkurtz is an American watercolor artist living in Paris. He sketches and paints the architecture of this city, concentrating on unusual perspectives and the way light catches the details. Urban sketching and plein air painting are, for him, a form of meditation, and a chance to slow down time. It’s the best way he knows to get to know the hidden corners of a new city. By sketching outdoors all the sounds, experiences, and atmosphere of a place are infused into a painting, bringing new life.