I love finding new artists to interview. The process is so simple that there really is no “process.” I know within seconds of seeing their work that I should try to chat with them. However, to explain, I’ll break it down to three basic elements:
- Talent - This is NOT subjective. The mark of a gifted artist is unmistakable and instantly recognizable. In short, the work of the artist has to either blow me away or deeply intrigue me. I'm talking about committed, heavy hitters who are pushing contemporary art forward and not those who are merely painting pleasant pictures. Not that there's anything wrong with pleasant pictures.
- Website/Blog - A gifted artist always has a personal website or blog. Advanced age or lack of technological skill are not excuses. An artist website is a clear sign of commitment, professionalism and self-determination.
- Accessibility - This really comes down to the humanity of the artist. Is the artist willing to talk? Is the artist friendly and approachable or mean and snobbish? I cannot interview an artist who is not nice and doesn’t want to talk. Nor do I want to. We’re all busy. Finding time to have meaningful discussion is why we’re all here. I treat people the way I want to be treated and take things from there.
That’s how I choose artists to interview. If you're a gifted and professional artist who might like to do an ArtBookGuy interview, click here ... write a few sentences about yourself and please include a link to your website AND your email address. ABG also interviews art dealers and curators.
I LOVE talented artists. Let's chat.