Do you know an artist? I’ve wondered about how many people actually know an artist. Unless you frequent galleries, art shows, or own an art business you may not. Ok, even if you don’t, do you know about an artist? I’m not talking about Picasso or Rembrandt; I’m talking about a local artist. Can you remember their name? Once again, I’ve wondered about this because if everyone knew an artist or even knew about an artist, wouldn’t there be better artwork in people’s homes? Wouldn’t more people be able to tell you the name of their painting and the name of the artist who painted it? Not knowing that is like listening to elevator music on purpose. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to someone’s house, asked about their artwork, only to have them say “I don’t know who painted it; we bought it cause it matched our sofa”. In my opinion, art should be the centerpiece of your home or office. Yes, I’m talking about picking out your art before the sofa. It’s the one thing that can say something about you; in fact it should say something about you! It kills me knowing the wonderful, talented, artists that we have right here in our city and many people still go buy their art (if you can call it that) at Couches To Go.
Ok, I’ll ease up. I know there are a lot of you who do follow art and that do know an artist or two. I know there are some fine folks out there that could tell me the name of their painting and who painted it. I also know that having unique items that scream “I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being!” are hard to find. For those of you who take the time to discover and own local artwork, my hat’s off to you. If however, you find the description in the first paragraph more resembles the man in the mirror….stay tuned!
Founder, The Art Menu