One of the things I struggle with a lot is the inaccessibility of art.
Too many people raise it up and put it on an intellectual pedestal. Galleries become pompous. Artists put garbage out and then justify it.
But then we also have the reverse, which is dissing the art that maybe takes more effort to understand.
And both sides are inaccessible.
You’ll notice I do a mix of gallery shows and ComicCons. And a lot of internet. There’s a reason for my madness.
Galleries are useful to get art out into the public eye. But I cherry-pick my galleries because I want to be in ones that reflect my personality. Fun. Accessible. And know how to promote their artists.
My current fav is Illumine Gallery in St. Thomas, Ontario. Their openings are so popular, there’s usually a line outside the door on opening night.
And ComicCons are great. I had a blast doing my year of the con circuit which just finished in November. I learned so much. And definitely met people who would never enjoy visiting a gallery.
The internet is my main focus. It’s the great leveler. I can reach people I never otherwise would and I can do it from my studio.
I’ve made so many friends online, people who enrich and add their amazing selves to my life.
But most of all, the internet removes the inaccessibility from art.
A viewer doesn’t have to worry about appearing intellectual, or saying the wrong things about a piece. There’s no status involved in viewing. And you can view virtually anonymously.
When art becomes inaccessible, it’s also a struggle to know what to buy. People buy art that shows status rather than their choices and taste. The art becomes one more designer purse that costs a fortune, gives the wearer an artificial lift and isn’t big enough to hold a wallet.
I have a personal art collection. Some of it hangs in my studio, some in my home. And I’m going to share my tips for collecting art.
There’s just three.
Yup. It’s dead simple.
- Buy the art that MOVES you.
- Buy the art that MAKES YOU FEEL something. Even if you think that something is silly.
- Buy the art that you LIKE.
Some of my art consists of framed calendar pictures. Just because I liked them and had no chance to get the originals. Some of my art pieces are cartoon-style portraits. Some are abstracts. Some are landscapes. Some are sculptures. A lot are prints.
None of it matches.
All of it means something to me.
Sure my own art has many layers of meaning. Some of which I never share. But if you want to buy art because you like Han Solo, go for it.
The meaning doesn’t matter, in the end, it’s the fact that it makes you feel something enough to buy it.
Have questions about collecting? Or want to talk about one of my paintings? Hit reply. I’m here to help and I’m definitely not on the pompous side of the art world.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep painting, because my art doesn’t make itself!
Did you know?
I now have public studio space in Dorchester, Ontario. My gallery is open by chance or appointment. Come and see my work in person.
Hate galleries? No problem. Mine is also full of toys. It’s like a one person ComicCon here. Bring your lightsaber and I’ll fight you!