I Get It. I Really Do.

February 12, 2019

 

“I rell don’t need any art dealer or gallery to tell me about art nah. I know what I like, I know where I could get it, I know how much I should pay and dem dealers and galleries does hike up de price too much.”

 

I get it. I really do. You know art.

 

You spend the greater part of everyday researching artists and their progression. You receive email alerts about current and past art trends. Your social media feed consists of only artists, local, regional and international. You attend art exhibitions, making mental notes about brushstrokes and uses of various mediums. You have regular conversations with avid collectors com

paring emerging talent with established masters. You even make the time to touch base with working artists to enquire on what they’re currently delving into and exactly what their individual influences are.

 

I get it. I really do.

 

You’ve looked at art, in person and up close, for years and years. You’ve grasped works in progress and completed pieces. You’ve seen portraits and figures, seascapes and landscapes, hyperrealism and stylized, paintings of pretty flowers and edgy controversial art. Because of all these various styles and categories, you’ve developed a sharp eye for art no matter the content and can safely speculate on the staying power of individual artists. Ninety percent of your conversations somehow circle back to the direction the art market is likely heading towards and your ideas for getting ahead of the crowd.

 

I get it. I really do.

 

You understand the local, regional and international market. You keep up to date on various galleries. Local, regional and international galleries. You know who’s on the come up, who has caught the eye of several buyers and who’s on the decline. You know what a fair price for quality art is and how to spot over inflated pieces that use substandard materials and mediums. You know what questions to ask, what to look for and how to determine if buying a particular piece is a wise use of your hard earned money.

 

I get it. I really do.

 

Over the years you’ve developed an eye for talent and potential even if the market isn’t quite ready for it. You know when an artist is playing it safe and you know when they’re on the cusp of breaking new ground. You recognize when an artist is committed to their practice or if they’re just doing it as something to do when they’re bored. You can look beyond the expensive framing or the over edited social media posts, and define how it’ll be received over time. You can look at dozens or even hundreds of works of art by any artist and sift out those that best represent that artist's strength and abilities.

 

I get it. I really do.

 

So you know art, or do you really? Maybe you don’t know it as completely as you thought you did. Art is complex and while knowing what you know is beneficial and worthwhile, dealers and galleries are really there to assist you in making the best choice.

 

Because they get it. They really do. They know art. And everything in-between.

 

#bytyreldebique

 

De Bique is currently working on his next solo exhibition entitled Black Suns & Dawtas, which is carded for May 2019. The show will highlight two new bodies of work , 'Black Caesar' and 'God (is)'.

Instagram: @ohmygod_itstyrel

 

Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this post are those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect those of TT Art Space and any of it's partners. As always with art we encourage you to have an open mind.

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