Painting for No sale!

 I have decided that I will no longer sell my original paintings. How can art be for sale? Can you buy the sunrise? One of the dilemmas with art today is that there is commerce involved. Artists rely on galleries to show their work, in turn the gallery needs to make money to keep it’s doors open, and so it leans on the commission of art sales. Unfortunately this need of revenue for survival has forged a great haste in the composing of art. I have met many artists who are racing to develop new work in order to make the deadline of their next show. The creating of art Cannot and should Never be pushed or forced. Just as one cannot make a truly great bottle of wine or scotch in a day, it requires time and patience. But this business of art has spawned the evolution of painting with no purpose, no depth, and no substance. Paintings of this generation have been reduced to decorative and commercial. The artist today creates quantity, not quality. Art has become a product. Money does not belong in the creative equation. My art, like the sunrise, belongs to no man. My art doesn’t even belong to me, it is for the people. People of all class, of all income, of all color, religion, and nationality. My purpose is to share my art with as many people as possible. And this is why in my heart, I truly believe it is the right decision to stop selling my original paintings.

~ by jsesautte on August 15, 2016.

One Response to “Painting for No sale!”

  1. Wow! That is such a bold move! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! It is an age-old tug of war, creative process vs commercial viability!

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