My art opening on Saturday was a phenomenal success! I sold nearly half of the 21 pieces I had hung; I received orders for four additional pieces; and I am in early talks with one of the buyers regarding a possible show in the suburbs! I couldn’t have asked for a more exciting and validating evening.
The series on display represented “Chicago Art“. It was interesting talking with visitors, most of whom were Chicagoans, regarding the places and objects they recognized in my work. Most of the buyers had personal connections to the references in the pieces they purchased. Their feedback reminds me of the importance of relatability in art.
In some of my work, my references are so esoteric or personal that very few people would relate to them. Personal art definitely has a place (as well as a therapeutic function for the artist), but art that has universal meaning will always be most relevant and lasting. When I look back at the wide variety of themes I have presented in past shows, I can see that the most warmly-received pieces were always those with relatable imagery.
As I mentioned, I did receive orders for some additional Chicago art, and I would also like to fill some of the gaps on the walls at the salon, so I will be working in this vein for awhile longer. When I do move onto other themes, I would like to retain the things I learned from this experience. Hopefully, I will have many more posts about positive connections between artist and audience.