WHAT PRICE ART? THE FURTHER EXPLORATION – FOR THIS WEEKEND THE ANSWER IS £10

Feb 15th 2014 - New layers, new growth.    40cm x 40cm acrylic, spray paint, marker pen on canvas

Feb 15th 2014 – New layers, new growth. 40cm x 40cm acrylic, spray paint, marker pen on canvasWHAT PRICE ART? THE FURTHER EXPLORATION. FOR THIS WEEKEND, THE ANSWER IS £10

WHAT PRICE ART? THE FURTHER EXPLORATION – FOR THIS WEEKEND THE ANSWER IS £10

These notions are something that has been addressed here before. The notion of a painting or a piece of art being worth anything more to you than that CD you love, in terms of monetary value that is.  Of course you love that CD, you love the music, you love the band, but in terms of monetary value it isn’t a precious object, not something financially invested in, you don’t talk about the CD in terms of the price it is worth.  “I bought this painting last week, I don’t really like the artist but his prices are going up, so I wanted to have one” said someone who came in to Cultivate last week. “Is that really why you bought it, is that why you buy art?” I asked him, he looked a little dumbfounded.  

More growth, Feb 19th 2014

More growth, Feb 19th 2014

The continuing question that is the what price art question.  A question that has been posed several times in various forms at Cultivate, and at other shows of mine, over the last couple of years – What Price Art shows where the buyer names their price and we don’t have a say and such, all previously documented….   

For this weekend only, to tie in with the notions and the questioning, all my recent canvas pieces, the new layers and such painted this year, all pieces will be on sale for just £10 at Cultivate, £10 is pretty much the same price you’d expect to pay for that new CD you’re going to get so much out of without ever telling anyone how much it cost or how much it is going to be worth next year. I will paint hundred of paintings of this nature over the rest of the year, there will not be any resale value,  Enjoy them is you wish to, buy them if you’d like to, for this weekend only, all canvas pieces from 2014 (besides the collaborations with other artists) will be on sale at £10. Yes, I know a CD is a mass produced item, I know all my paintings are one of hand produced pieces, and yes, I normally offer them for sale at a little more that £10 but for this weekend, I am questioning the value of art, the way we painters price our work, and the way we all seem to pay more attention the price tag and the excitement of the rising value than the actual emotional value on the painting itself…..

CULTIVATE EVOLVED will be open from 10am until late in the evening as part of the First Vyner Street FIRST SATURDAYS event this Saturday March 1st.

Red Italian Shoe, leaf growth, stitching....

Red Italian Shoe, leaf growth, stitching….

BUSY WEEK, AREN’T THEY ALL? WILL PAINT FOR GUINNESS THIS SATURDAY…

Will paint for Gunness

Will paint for Guinness

Another busy week, aren’t they all? Cultivating and curating takes up far  too much creative time, seems like I’m at a keyboard far more than I’m an an easel these days.  lots going on down Vyner Street this week – the first FIRST SATURDAY, an all day event that I shall be painting

FIRST SATURDAY – The first Vyner Street First Saturday, an all day event on Saturday March 1st starting at 10am and going on until 11pm, with lots of galleries, art spaces, studios and cage in Vyner Street open and putting on events throughout the day.  At CULTIVATE EVOLVED I shall be making paintings of pints of Guinness, they will cost you a pint of Guinness from the Victory pub, over the road… at some point I may paint a cheese roll or a bag of crisps.  All my recent 2014 canvas pieces will be on sale for just £10 for the one day only, vinyl will also be vinyl  being painted on all day.

1947780_10152618472329838_1338127125_nAlso coming up is First Thursday , I think this is my 31st in a row,,, MARCH FIRST THURSDAY at CULTIVATE – Thursday March 6th, 6pm until 9pm – regular late night opening event at Cultivate where I have a wall of ever evolving work..  A night where most, if not all, the galleries and art spaces of the street open

Cultivate is this evolved state is taking up as much  time and ever, it really wasn’t supposed to be like that, and hopefully it will start to ease off a bit as Spring kicks in and schedules and guests are in place. The worst thing about running a space is dealing with the one or two artists that just seem to want to go out of their way to be awkwardly confrontational, this has not been my favourite week of the two and a bit years of Cultivate. Bring on First Saturday and some interaction, I like painting in the space, meeting people, talking, creating, I like the idea of an energetic creative space where people don’t feel they have to politely whisper… .

Just added an events page to this website where you can find details of all past, present and future 2014 shows, including, I;m rather pleased to say, this year’s Art Car Boot Fair. Added a gig album of recent show/event posters as well, see them on the events page, here’s eight particular favourites from recent times

Don’t Know Who He Was?

Found this canvas in a skip, start of a painting on it, painting of  a man’s face, a head, a clown maybe… Left the canvas around the studio for a bit and and now it has fresh growth all over it… I don’t know who’s painting it was, I got the feeling an old painter had died and his home was being cleared (kept some other pieces as they were, none of them were signed…. it was a he, judging by the other possessions in the skip at the end of his life

Don't Know Who He Was?  -Acrylic, marker pen on found deep edge canvas 30cm x 30cm (Feb 2014)

Don’t Know Who He Was? -Acrylic, marker pen on found deep edge canvas 30cm x 30cm (Feb 2014)

Picked them up, painted on them, put them back out there…

Free Art Friday, 21st Feb 2014.  Growth on pieces of wooden off-cuts. Found the wood on the street  outside the gallery, picked them up, painted on them, put them back out there…  there being Hackney today

And here’s another piece of born again wood, currently residing at Hundred Years Gallery, London E2

Growth on an off-cut piece of wood installed tonight as part of Jo Fisher Roberts and Giles Leaman's Library of Obscure Wonders at Hundred Years Gallery, London E2

Growth on an off-cut piece of wood installed tonight as part of Jo Fisher Roberts and Giles Leaman’s Library of Obscure Wonders at Hundred Years Gallery, London E2

 

A giant opium poppy pod – Papaver Somniferum Giganteum

This week I have a couple of small pieces of curiosity on show at the Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton, London E2….

A giant opium poppy pod - Papaver Somniferum Giganteum

A giant opium poppy pod – Papaver Somniferum Giganteum

A giant opium poppy pod – Papaver Somniferum Giganteum – installed tonight as part of Jo Fisher Roberts and Giles Leaman’s Library of Obscure Wonders at Hundred Years Gallery, London E2 ahead of Thursday night’s opening…

“The Library of Obscure Wonders was founded as a contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities – exploring, recording, and collecting wonders in everyday life. Since it’s opening the Library has collected many items receiving works from scientists, artists, and explorers. The show includes new works by Jo Fisher Roberts and GIles Leaman as well as contributions from other artists and live performance”.

Pieces added to the New Layers portfolio this evening….

More growth, Feb 19th 2014

More growth, Feb 19th 2014

Some thoughts from last Monday….  MAKING ART IS NOT A HOBBY

Cultivate Evolved doesn’t open on a Monday, unless by appointment of course, if you really can’t make one of the days we are open all day then we’ll happily open for you if we’re around, one of us usually is (the space is always open from 11.30am until 6pm Thursday until Sunday).  Being closed doesn’t mean Cultivate hasn’t been taking up my entire day today though, the beast of an art chute gleefully eats up every single day of my life right now. I hoped it might change once we evolved things but no no no….

Being an artist is a state of mind, it isn’t a hobby, don’t misunderstand, there’s nothing wrong with painting as a hobby, I sometimes envy those who can just step in and out, those who can simply enjoy it.  Being an artist isn’t something you turn on and turn off, you don’t get to go on holiday, you can’t have other priorities, you can’t say well I got to go meet a girl/boy this week instead, not if you really are an artist.  Being an artist is a (rewarding?) sacrifice, being a working artist is not an easy option, it isn’t really an option, some might say being an artist is a burden, an affliction. For years i tried to deny it, escape it, fight it off, I hid from the affliction in the back of tour vans filling my head with loud music and all that excess, it can’t be avoided though, my name is Sean and I am an artist/ Being an artist is what I have to do, there is no option – friends, relationships, parties, holidays, food, family, bands, football, walks in the park, social life (other than art show openings, if there’s time to go to an opening, if you can put your brush down), having a life is out of the window, I think there was a point to all this, but that’s gone out of the window as well now (there are no windows in this studio, if there a world out there? I don’t know), the point was something to do with being as artist takes serious commitment, sacrifice, desire, you have to fight for your art and the places you show your art, and really, if you can avoid it, you really should. .

And with all that in mind, the running of Cultivate and the burden of artists and the lack of commitment is driving me just a little bit over the edge this week…. it needs a little bit more than coffee and cakes if you know what I mean

Today at the art chute that is Cultivate Evolved

Today at the art chute, the spring sunshine threatened to shine and fresh leaves grew on old layers, old canvas pieces revisited during another day working (and looking after things) at Cultivate Evolved. The theory is that the resident artists of Cultivate Evolved take turns to use the space that we all exhibit at, as a creative space as well as a static art gallery.

EAST LONDON, FEB 2014

EAST LONDON, FEB 2014

East London, 2014

East London, 2014