The 'starving artist' is alive and well...

Galleries are really glorified shops. Fascinatingly pretentious places…they are often the worst places to enjoy art in. The echo of your footsteps. The beady eyes of the curator, tracking your movements.

Clearly you’re not a buyer. Chances are you’re a struggling artist wrestling with the idea of how to get your work exhibited in this very gallery so that you to can take the leap from backyard hobbyist to ‘emerging artist’.

Collecting art is just the ‘grown up’ version of collecting baseball cards (or trading cards) when you were a kid. Trading cards have different values just like individual artworks.

Seemingly, in order for your own work to have value, you must participate in the gallery system. Artists clearly have no understanding of how to increase the value of their own work over time. If they did they wouldn’t give their work away for song in online auctions.

The ‘starving artist’ is alive and well…

Hmmmm…. there is something decidedly wrong with that last statement but unfortunately many of us will create art for food. Getting a regular job just isn’t an option. Not if you’re serious about your art and earning a living from it.

You could live off welfare whilst searching for your big break or you could live off a very patient partner’s income. I’m sure many of you do. In the mean time, you try to make your own way. The only way to do that is with your art. It’s your most valuable asset.

Online there are numerous opportunities for artists to earn income from their art (notably this site is one). The question is, can sites like this add value to your art in order for your original work to become an ‘investment’?

Are you following a path that will lead to a full time income or are you forever going to be ‘the starving artist’?

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