I’m giving away art !
I’m a prolific artist, and I create more art than I can sell. Unsold work takes up storage space, which doesn’t leave room for new paintings. I want my art to be out in the world enriching lives, not sitting in my studio unseen.
Inspiration for this idea came from an article sent to me by fellow artist Holly Hunt about Dickson Schneider, an artist who has been giving away art in public places since 2009. You can read the full interview with Schneider by clicking here.
I also have an interest in the gift economy, as described by Charles Eisenstein in Sacred Economics and Lewis Hyde in The Gift. I like the idea that we all have gifts to share that ideally would be offered for free. Yet it’s difficult to see how that would work on a mass scale in the modern world.
It’s scary to give away art, and artists are warned against doing this sort of thing. We’re told that it will devalue our work and that people will no longer buy our art if we give some of it away. But do we devalue the work of doctors and lawyers who offer their services pro bono? Is art only valued in terms of its monetary worth? Does it have inherent value outside the realm of money?
I’m testing the waters by offering some of my work for free, and I trust that the Universe will sustain me, as it always has. I’m grateful for the opportunity to pursue my lifelong dream of being an artist, and I’m also deeply grateful to have an audience of people like you who appreciate my work. This is an opportunity to give back to the community that supports me.
You can see all paintings that are available in this Great Art Giveaway by clicking on any of the images below. All I ask is that you pay to have the work shipped, and I’ve listed the shipping fee in the description of each piece.
I hope you find something here that you love!
“Opening,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
“Circuitous,” 30 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
“Oil Slick,” 18 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
“Trail,” triptych, 24 x 72 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
Do you trust things that are offered for free? Do you think there’s an ulterior motive? Does it devalue the work? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,