Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rainforest Studies + Legacy Questions

                                                                    oil on Yupo 12x9

                                                                  oil on Yupo 15x15

                                                                oil on Yupo 10.5x5.75

An art consultant was telling me about an elderly painter she knew who was extremely concerned about all the work she would be leaving behind. It is a distressing issue. Even if there were enough venues to carry it, you can`t just dump a lot of art on the market without significant demand. Prices, which increased over the career of the artist, would plummet and upset existing collectors. But to leave your loved ones this burden is really unfair. The anxiety between loyalty and duty and practicality would be enormous. What to do? The nightmare is it ending up in a landfill.
Start giving it away was the consultants advice. To institutions who will accept it, to individuals who would love it.
I work with this matter by painting on paper as much as possible. Now that I have experimented with oils on Yupo successfully, that option is even better. Paper is much easier to store and my heirs won`t have to rent storage space.

available work in my studio


Libby Fife said...

Lovely studies. I like the middle one in particular.

What does a person do with any of their things after they die? Art is both aesthetic I think and economic. There would be an impact as you said for flooding the market. I have switched to paper myself recently. It is easier to store or destroy if necessary. Maybe a giant bonfire and a glass of wine in my honor?:)

Ruth Armitage said...

These are simply luscious, Randall. I think a museum should adopt a whole series of them. Perhaps Maryhill would be interested?
Ironic that you are doing more work on paper, while I am trying to figure out ways to work on canvas and panel to eliminate the framing conundrum!
I say keep painting at all costs!