What is an artists “late work” and is it worth buying?
As an artist, I asked myself this question several times. Does the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or BFA create an artist? Is the artist doing years of study in engineering and history? Or, does the artist make a talent, life experience, trial, and error? It can be a combination of all these factors or just a desire to create. I firmly believe in the latter.
There are those who believe that the artist is well educated in technique, history and established methods, approved by the art industry. MFA or BFA often require that gallery owners or museums even consider the possibility of viewing your art. Who are you, what have you done, what importance can vouch for your talent – this is what you usually encounter. I’m not saying that all galleries or museums are so restrictive, but most likely you will encounter resistance if you do not have formal training. However, this criterion is significantly adjusted if an unprepared artist relies on a rich patron. If one person with value can appreciate your vision and creation, you will have a better chance of seeing a larger audience. There is a precedent for new talent, Vincent Van Gogh. Although he briefly attended the art academy in Brussels, he was mostly self-taught. Vincent traded technology with other artists of the time and eventually settled on his unique vision, which was ridiculed by the created community of art. We all know that his paintings stand today. Eugene Budin, another unprepared artist, chose the painter’s life for a successful business selling stationary. Buden created pictures of his surroundings, life experience and was inspired by other artists who appeared before him. Budin himself continued to influence the new generation of artists, impressionists.
Since I’m not a formally trained artist, this fact can color my opinion of art, but I do not think that I’m the only one. Any artist will tell you how difficult it is to find your tribe (those who value your work), but the market for original art is much more accessible now than in the past. Getting it to people who can sell it is a difficult part. The public tends to visit art galleries to buy art or buy directly from the artist. Understanding remains that galleries are more legitimate, and the artists represented by them are “real” artists. Somehow unprepared, the unrepresented artist is less. I do not believe that the BFA or MFA outperforms the creative expression. If it is in your heart to create, then this heart will show, and others will answer it if they can see it. I do not create work for the impression or solely for selling; I appreciate the process and the result. Simply, I like to do it, and I hope that others will be inspired or somehow redone. Do not get me wrong, I, of course, will enjoy selling!
What I’m trying to convey, you are an artist, regardless of training, degrees or respectability in the art community. This is your creative energy and your desire to express yourself through painting, sculpture, mosaic, quilting, knitting or other crafts that make you an artist. Do not be discouraged by those who do not believe that you are doing art, just keep doing it and someone, someday mind you!
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