Five Tips for Emerging Artists

One great piece of advice from someone with experience can be a major help. In this article, James offers five tips to emerging artists on things that have helped him become a successful artist. 

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Drawing on Beauty and Disaster: Hollis Hammonds

I’m authentically trying to make beautiful things out of these dark topics. I feel that in some ways beauty is subversive. Sentimentality is subversive. It’s so bad and something you don’t do in the art world. I’m interested in those things and try to use them to my benefit to pull the viewer in.

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What About Art School? A Few Do's and Dont's

As roles and responsibilities become blended and integrated for artists, galleries, and institutions in the art world, artists are expected to take a more proactive approach to become involved and market themselves. As an artist you are more likely to have interest by making yourself fully accessible; building networks and interacting with your audience is key.

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No Unsacred Places: Peter Hiatt

In my series No Unsacred Places, I photographed the backs of strip malls. I was attracted by how these places existed as objects. They have a certain monolithic beauty when viewed from behind, where there is no signage visible

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Evan Jones: A Painted History

The process of combing through the imagery and figuring out ways to manipulate it in order to make it relevant to us today, not in a literal sense, but a broad human sense, is something I’m trying to do. Art has always been a lens to look at what has happened in history to humanity in a more subjective, emotional, or ethereal way. So I don’t see what I’m doing by collecting and choosing to paint these images as any different than that. It’s just adding on to their documentation. 

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