Artists getting gallery representation

Do you know an artist who has learnt their craft and begun producing new and original work – and they’d like to get their work into galleries and selling?

Check out this brief and informative video – it takes a very simple, straightforward approach.

Basically, Brainard Carey recommends:

  1. Select your best 10 pictures, have good photos of them on an ipad, ready to show.
  2. Pick galleries near where you live
  3. (Leave your work at home) Go to their opening nights for another artist’s work, see how it is, in full flow
  4. Ask to speak to someone about a particular sculpture or painting you like – ask a question, see how they handle it
  5. Judge how they would represent YOU by how they are selling the other artist’s work – are they knowledgeable, interesting, and make an attractive case?  Then decide if they would be good for representing you.
  6. Visit the gallery next day, with your work ready to show on ipad or portable screen device – ask if they consider new artists’ work?
  7. If yes, how would they like to see the work?  (They will possibly say email 2 or 3 images – but if they would like to see your work right then and there, you have the images already with you, ready for display)




Starry Starry Night x 2

Within minutes today, I watched “Loving Vincent” and emerged, teary into daylight, to go to a local gallery and see copies of Van Gogh painted by John Myatt.  (John Myatt famously is a gifted artist who can mimic the styles of a huge variety of famous artists.)

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Film poster for “Loving Vincent”

Let’s talk about “Loving Vincent” first.  Seems like EVERYbody will have heard of it – the first all-painted animated feature film – although arguably that surely belongs to Disney’s Snow White, 80 years ago?  In the early days of cartoon animation, cels were hand-drawn and coloured.  The difference is that this new film has been painted onto canvases, with oil paints, not onto plastic.

Visual Style

The result is a flickering version of reality, seeing life through Van Gogh’s eyes – at least how he painted it.  And that shimmering, moving sense of surface possibly portrays the excitement and


“I think Modern art lacks affection”

What an astounding observation by Ian Hamilton Finlay: “I think modern art lacks affection”.

It was made during lunch with an artist with whom he maintained an exchange of letters and pictures – Graham Rich.  I know this from the 34 minute video talk in which Graham talks about the shared love of boats with Ian Hamilton Finlay – and their little jokes in the correspondence.

This is one of those rare things: charming.  The younger artist obviously had respect for (more…)