In his studio, we discussed: Being dyslexic, The economy of mark, The need for ‘play’ and ‘fun’ in the studio, Making studio practice and sticking to it, His experience with saatchiart.com, Rebecca Wilson at Saatchi, His ideas of how to sell on saatchiart.com effectively, The need as artist to be our own self promoters, Galleries turning down artist based on their social media followers, Fear and anxiety, Art Careers are lifelong, Trying to find a new title for ‘artists’ to differentiate hobbyists for professionals, Money versus time, Bad words to use in the art world: good, bad, right, wrong, and cute, The need for criticism to be constructive, The need for a community, support network, and tribe, Art competitions, If you don’t play the game your not going to win, How to choose a competition to enter, How to price you artwork, The issues of being an expat artist, How to deal with gaps in your CV, CAS, Henry Hoover, Entitlement, The value of time versus money, Commercial artwork, The artist desire for acceptance and respect, Buying art is the highest form of flattery (to the artist), Do artists need to work in series?, Should artists frame their artwork in an exhibition?, The state of academia, too much oversight, no tenure, students as customers, The lack of job security in the arts, The fear of the lose of the gig economy, Creative people need to be creative.
Andy Allen, born 1989, lives and works in Prague. Since graduating he has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally including shows in London, New York and Suzhou China. His paintings are held in prestigious public and private collections throughout the world, including: The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s Collection at Chatsworth House. Allen’s practice continues to evolve and mature constantly, with new paintings, exhibitions and opportunities.
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