5×7 acrylic painting of Old Hall’s Harbour NS can be purchased HERE
“Notions, Goods, Accessories!” yelled one of the cartoon characters in the ship’s crows nest as he plummeted past the stunned, angry pirate below.
The goofy cartoon character I’m referring to is one of two known as Heckle and Jeckel. Perhaps not so known today but really popular years ago.
So what if they had said, “Notions,Goods, Accessories plus Fine Art?”
Does Art and especially fine art fall into that category?
Why does art have this *funny* association with money?
This is something I’ve given a great deal of thought to but the answer seems to be still very open ended.
Then there is the question of worth. For a lot of people a painting that costs 400 -1000 dollars is hardly affordable. So most people aren’t going to buy your originals. That leaves only certain people or collectors that will purchase originals.
Just a footnote as a friend of mine has pointed out. The real worth of art is not it’s market price. (save that for the next post)
Art, in my opinion primarily falls into two categories:
1. ‘Art made for art’s sake.’
2. Art produced for the market.
I think ‘Art for Art’s Sake’ is quite self explanatory. One creates art for their own soul to be shared -or not- with others; possibly even sold.
Art produced for the market is art that was intentionally created for the purpose of selling. Once you step into this arena , in my opinion, you must have as much desire to make money as to make art! Then again can we call art made for the market really the same kind of art? It all reminds me of the typical sci-fi stories of AI’s or advanced androids having human characteristics but wondering if they have souls.
Many disagree and say one should create their passion and then focus on selling afterward. On the other hand just creating one’s passion may or may not guarantee a sale.
The question is: Is there a middle ground? Does there have to be an either /or?
How do you feel about making art for the market?
Since art is sold I’d like to explore these questions further.
“I say ole’ chap”, if you’re an artist then what do you think?