Six Rules for Spotting Great Art

These were in article I read. The purpose of the the article was to help those who wanted to buy art as an investment – not something I would ever do.
That said, here are the rules.

1 Choose the work of an artist with an identifiable style.                                          This one is so obvious I’d thought of it myself and included it in a forthcoming book.

2 Choose an artist with a sophisticated technique.                                                      The explanation given as to what this actually means has nothing to do with technique, so I am none the wiser.

3 The artist should use quality materials.                                                                           This makes sense. You don’t want the colour to start fading a month after you bought the piece.

4 Commitment.                                                                                                                      An artist may have produced first rate work but you want to know that he/she will continue to do so.  This has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the work to date and everything to do with the artist boosting his/her profile and, with it, the value of the work.

5 Professionalism.                                                                                                               The sole sign of this offered in the article is that the artist is not emotionally tied to the work but willing to sell. This suggests a solution to a problem which does not exist. If the artist is unwilling to sell then you wouldn’t be buying in the first place.

6 The enthusiasm of experts.                                                                                              The category of expert mentioned is the art college tutor. Presumably art critcs come into it too, and owners of art galleries. I am now looking for my bow tie.

Some artists were given as examples: Alice Dyba, Agata Czeremuszkin-Chrut, Brian Cheeswright, Bartosz Beda, Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf and Slavomir Zombek.

There is an additional section on buying online, which I find inconceivable, since colour rendition cannot be trusted this way and texture is a problem. Buying art without seeing the real thing does not strike me as a sharp idea.

The author of the article was Sarah Ryan.

Tramp With Teddy Bear

This is the second in an occasional series of titles given away free, gratis and for nothing to aspiring or established artists. They will always arise, as this one has, from things I see on my travels.

The word ‘tramp’ is in the title for alliterative purposes: whether he was or not, I have no idea. I suspect he was homeless, though, or classed as such and living in a homeless hostel. I saw him near two I have been in, and there are probably more in the area I don’t know about.

He was sitting on a doorstep with his bag of possessions beside him on the pavement.   He was hugging a teddy bear which, to me eye, looked in excellent condition. Two police officers were talking to him, the fitter type who arrive at the scene with muscles and bicycles. The discussion seemed good-natured. Whatever the problem was, it cannot have been serious.

Answers on a postcard please. Did they believe the teddy bear had been boosted from a local shop, or failing that, that it concealed about its person recreational or other drugs? I will never know, since my bus continued on its journey.