Q and A

Why do you wait for the artists permission before uploading an image?

Whether the artwork is on exhibition or the artists website, it is the result of their personal effort – physical, intellectual and emotional.  The work is exhibited and judged every time someone looks at it.  It is not an easy thing to put yourself and your work out in public, open for  inspection and thanks to mobile phone cameras, the artists can’t control how images of the work are used.  Out of respect for the artist the least I can do is ask for their permission to upload an image of their artwork.

Is art expensive?

When you engage a lawyer or an accountant the fees charged (by the hour) factor in – university degrees, continuing education, time taken to address  the particular legal / accounting matter.  The more experienced the lawyer / accountant – the higher the fees.  Many artists have a degree in art; they may also have a degree in teaching and / or a PHD.  Their arts practice is not stagnant – it evolves over time as the artists experience  and talent develop further, as they explore the use of new mediums and techniques.  Regardless of study, have a close look at the artwork – I don’t know any artist who gets up in the morning and has a finished masterpiece 8 hours later.  Some artworks need to be worked on layer by layer over days and weeks allowing a layer to dry / set before going on to the next layer. That is the case with painting, printing, photography and probably lots of other fields of artistic practice.  And of course an artist has to buy materials – a good canvas, a good paint brush – they cost.  So when next you think art is expensive think about what the artist has invested in creating their art and their career.

What do you mean when you describe a work as “simple”?

I struggle with the correct word to use to describe what may appear to be a ‘simple’ work.  Simple does not mean easy – it is just a whole different complex creation.  If you have ever watched Portrait Artist of the Year – the artists always want an older person with a lots of ‘character ‘ as the model. Because it is easier to capture mood / expression etc. with a somewhat more craggy face than offered by children and twenty somethings.  I think it is similar with landscapes.  Conveying an atmosphere, emotion, capturing contour using a limited palette of colour for example, is as difficult as capturing a craggy face / cliff face or field of wheat without going overboard with colours, texture or detail.  Simple could be:

  • elemental,
  • monolithic,
  • fundamental,
  • no frills, uncomplicated,
  • clear and pure.

Simple is anything but easy.  I shall try to be more descriptive in my posts.

What types of Galleries are there?

State Sponsored Galleries:  At the top of the tree are national galleries – for example the National Gallery of Victoria of which there are two – the International and the Domestic.

Council / Community Galleries:  such as those run by local councils for example Caulfield, Brighton, Brunswick, Footscray Community Art Centre.  Don’t underestimate the council gallery – they have some very good exhibitions.  One of my favourites – the Incinerator Gallery has an annual exhibition of artwork from local students.  The future of art is in very creative, innovative, talented hands and minds.

Commercial Galleries: these typically have a stable of artists and will earn commission on sale of artworks.  (Example: James Makin Gallery, Australian Galleries.)

Artist Run Initiative (ARI):  these are galleries curated and run by a group of artists.  You will find that the artists with works on display take it in turns to be present during the exhibition. Example – Bus Projects, Alternating Current Art Space.

Not for Profit (NFP): This can include ARI galleries and some council galleries also fall into this category.  Generally the artists will receive all of the sale price.