Abstract Painting commission

Abstract Painting commission
Abstract Painting Commission

Friday, 28 February 2014

Banksy thefts create false value

I have a take on the ever increasing thefts of Banksy works from their sites around the world and how this is becoming a part of the comment within the art in itself.  It's probably been quite well documented in recent years that street artist Banksy's works have a habit of becoming more a comment on the work that they are than they were before the level of international fame and fortune overtook the political statements and social commentary within them.

It's a contradiction in terms. When once the work was about making a political statement about society and government and being made by subterfuge it's now a part of consumerist society and an augmented reality surrounding that than it is about the piece in itself.

The intangibility which makes Banksy's art become a work of art is non-ownership so that the pieces don't have a financial value. The value is in the experience of witnessing them. But theft and removal from their unique physical position is giving it an ever-increasing sales value on essentially the black market. Non-owners are making themselves owners through theft and profiteering and taking way the actual value of the piece, it's intangibility, but making it a tangible object. But as wealth and ownership are falsely engineered values and the new 'owners' take possession through wealth, is this doing away with the value that they think they have in the piece they have bought? Banksy himself said:

"Despite what they say graffiti is not the lowest form of art... There is no elitism or hype, it exhibits on the best walls a town has to offer and nobody is put off by the price of admission" 

So maybe Banksy can't be right any more. If his work can't be viewed by the public, and only the elite take ownership, then is it no longer art when it doesn't communicate what you intended it to to the audience you intended to view it? How much new art is Banksy able to make due to his work being elevated out of his control.

By aiming to make low art become high art, maybe the profit being made by non-owners and councils alike is stopping the art from being art.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Paintings of love for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to all of my followers, here's a painting to put you in the mood for a day of love!

White paint on red on canvas, simple and pure!

more paintings from www.trudiemoore.co.uk

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Paintings for presenting properties

Paintings are for people - but sometimes they are for projects too. If you've ever watched much of Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses, Phil Spencer's Secret Agent or, like me have watched enough of Location Location Location, Grand Designs, or George Clarke's Amazing Spaces to almost turn yourself into an interior designer, they all have in common that to sell a house you have to either present it to look like a (lived in) show home or place carefully selected items in key places to design the space and set it off. 

Property developers know this and they have been doing it for years. In a previous life I lived in a world of design and beautiful furniture and to my advantage I had opportunities to play the interior designer. The paintings in this blog post were all created specifically for a commercial show flat project.

Having specified the furniture and planned the use of the space I created a comprehensive selection of paintings to show off the show flat too. As you can see from the finished result, it would have been hard to create a homely yet modern environment without the paintings to add depth, character and colour to otherwise flat cream walls and space - so the neutrality was brought to life with complementary and easy-going colours that made the space feel like a home.

Adding a little style and focus to the space really set off the furniture and the living areas and having the paintings made to the correct scale and to compliment specific walls and configurations of furniture really made if look and feel as though the buyer could recreate the space too. The balance of 'I can live here' versus design of the space is what really sets the standard in house-selling - make your space look both aspirational and achievable and not only will you want to live in it, but others will too. Commissioning a painting might just be the most exciting thing you have ever done.