February 10, 2008
I had 14 paintings to choose from, he returned eight to me and chose eight to take back with him. All Bokushos were returned and I had a good chance to pick his brain as to the whys and wherefores of what the gallery needs from me. He didn't say anything I didn't already know, but sometimes you just have to follow your muse (he understood) and I will never regret having taken that year long sidestep. (If new to this blog and curious, check labels for Bokusho or go my site, there's a link at the bottom about how it began.)
My analysis: It's important to establish your 'look' so that when a gallery visitor sees your work, then returns to see what's new, he can build on that experience. I confused them. I was scheduled for a show and instead of bringing work my 'fans' could relate to, I brought a totally different body of work. Good work, but not what they were looking for. I see this happening in other galleries as well... "Nice, but not what your collectors are looking for from you." All my galleries have sold several from the series so it's not a loss and I'm sure with time they would begin to hold their own. But at this point in my career, I think if I want to continue supplying my reps with work they have a market for, I'll stick to my "look." This is not a problem, there's a lot of wiggle room in my style. The best part is that the big paintings are selling better than the small paintings... and that's a very good thing!
Meantime, I have a body of work that includes some of my favorite paintings... but I will need to look for independent show opportunities in order to show it properly and not fractioned or diluted.