A New Approach for Artists to Survive Financially

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Rembrandt, 13 x 10 inches, 1968

 

I, along with my assistant Susan McNeill, have been busy cataloging my work going back to 1956.  We slowly realized that the artist has been freed from “having a gallery” or having rejection from galleries and also free from waiting around for an invitation to show their work to the public. I have spent fifty six years as an artist with over sixty shows. Sounds like a lot of shows, but when you break it down that’s one a year –  often  with zero sales.

The internet has changed this situation. Through the internet, I am able to reach out to a wider audience. Galleries on average take fifty percent of sales. They work hard and do take chances, they invest heavily in their artists and so I believe they earn that fifty percent. But as I say things have changed. If I take fifty percent off the price of my work, the equation changes. A painting sold in the gallery for $18,000 is now, if sold over the internet, is $9,500, plus shipping. We have had orders from $240 to $7400.   Galleries may complain, but unless there is a contract there is nothing to complain about.

We have had much success with this approach and plan to expand our viewership. I would like to see those who love art but cannot afford it to be able to spend as little $150 on a print or drawing and join the ranks of big time collectors like Walter Chrysler, Juiles Fleishman, Hudson Walker, Micheal Zimmer along with museums like PAAM  in Ma. , Trenton Museum, Jersey City Museum, Zimmely Museum, Rutgers University and Columbia University, to mention a few places my work resides.

People are beginning more and more to shop online. So why not add art to this? This is far from a new idea but for me it is. Rembrandt realized that people could not afford his paintings so he introduced the 12 shilling print that he could sell to those with less money than the known collectors of the time.It worked , he would have done great with the internet. Unfortunately though,  he died in debt.

The Female Figure Divine

Going through some older work and I came across my wife, Marilyn’s portrait, who at the time I had nicknamed Rosie due to the rosy aura around her. This painting is from 1988. Many years have passed but she is still as radiant today as she ever was, with golden hair that cascades down in ringlets. The female figure is so delicious, so beautiful to look upon , and yes so divine.???????????????????????????????

Duck Dynasty and Isis.

I have to revisit this subject, as it bothers me that there is still such cruelty around the world. I recently saw ISIS marching prisoners off to dig  their own graves. Young men half clothed and stooped, then filling a building with prisoners and blowing it up. It took me back to images of the Nazis rounding upDSCF2955 Jews, a nightmare! The least I could do is record it’s gruesome image in paint.

Then I hear comments from Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson  saying “If they do not convert, then kill them.” Who are these Duck Dynasty people ? They sit down to dinner and say grace,then turn around and say ” Kill them “?  That is very sick. I am not a religious man but for Jews and Christians there is a commandment. “Thou shalt not kill”.  Obviously, they do not agree with this commandment. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on these quacks.

I will say no more as I have contempt for both groups. Let the painting talk.

Peter Hutchinson – Art and Nature

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Process for 4-part Thown Rope Piece. Photograph and ink drawing. Peter Hutchinson

I met Peter Hutchinson forty odd years ago. His work has always attracted me. He works with nature in a very poetical way. Much of his work is documented by photography. I acquired a work seen here, “Process for 4-part thrown Rope Piece” in the Eighties. It was in the Venice Biannale.

Hutchinson now lives in Provincetown, Mass on a plot of land about half an acre. It is of an irregular shape. When I visit him and he shows me around his garden, I have the feeling  that it is what it must have been  like to visit Darwin. Everything is overgrown. He plants trees with odd sounding names and exotic plants. He points out these oddities as he guides one around the little patch of nature. He never weeds from what I can see. He is observing nature in it’s natural form . It is interesting because as Provincetown has rapidly developed and he is completely surrounded by properties that have been renovated and gussied up, he sits in his patch of land so over grown that one cannot see beyond his fence. There are small garden sheds that are filled with jars and bottles growing an assortment of mystical, magical plants. It is as if he is growing out of nature. One would not be surprised if Adam and Eve popped up. Inside his house/studio there are things growing everywhere, A small fish tank with tiny colored fish darting about in murky greenish yellowish water among underwater plants. He is observing all of this growth around him. Like I say, he is an observer like Darwin and gaining great knowledge and insight as to how the world ticks through nature.