Redefining the word "emerging artist"
Until recently, when I heard the term emerging painter, I saw a negative connotation.
I saw a beginner artist, a bit clumsy, who is trying to be seen.
I imagined an artist who lacks notoriety and who has not yet broken through.
So when I was called an emerging artist, it hurt me.
Because I didn't understand the real meaning of the term.
And I have my gallery owner in New York who explained it to me.
Understand the 3 levels of the contemporary art market.
There are beginners, emerging artists and established artists.
The characteristics I stated at the beginning apply more to a beginning artist.
If we talk about money, the value of the paintings of a beginner artist is between 200$ and 3500$.
These artists are not yet known to the public or sought after, and most of their paintings are sold to friends or family members.
But I have been there and there is a beginning to everything.
You have to start somewhere.
(I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my first buyers by the way).
And I say to all the artists who are starting out that as long as you love what you do, your passion will guide you in your decisions and anything is possible!
You just have to believe in it.
The definition of an emerging artist.
An emerging artist sells his paintings between $3500 and $25,000!
He is sought after by collectors and gallery owners.
He participates in international shows, has interesting media coverage and may even have won symbolic prizes.
Being in this category myself, I can confirm that, slowly but surely, as an emerging artist, I am starting to gain notoriety and to make my place, here and abroad.
Finally, the established artist sells his paintings for more than $25,000 each.
It is also found in auction houses such as Christie's and Sotheby's.
The works are also found in the secondary resale market.
It's a long way to get there, I'll give you that.
I am patient, very patient.
And I can see myself making it to the list of established Canadian artists before I die.
For it is said that established artists are worth more dead than alive.