How to make your art works distinctive from others

If you are looking to get abstract art gallery presentation, or to sell your abstract art in some other, more ground breaking way, we have presuppose that you already have a body of work that composed of at least 20 30 works in a style, medium, colors, and subject matter that differentiate you from other artist in some way.

As an alternative, here’s what I found out from those artists who would like a career in art but seem trapped in first gear: flexibility. Generally speaking, people don’t want to know flexible you are! With very little exceptions, I think you have to specialize for a long time before you can allow yourself the lavishness of flexibility.

If you want to get people’s attention, it is essential to be recognizable, and you can do it possibly with the use of a portfolio that’s all over the map stylistically. And here’s a tip: if you want to have a gallery represent you, that gallery owner is going to want to know what you are about, and if he/she would likes it and thinks it’s wonderful, he/she would want more of those when he/she sells them all. What you would need is a body of work.

I know I’m talking a lot here, that a lot of savoir-faire artists already know they need a distinctive style, but I still hear many artists wondering out loud if they are somehow missing the mark.

Consider this exercise: Think and decide on a style, subject matter, palette, and value range that you love, and are comfortable doing. Try to narrow it down. Cat? Too broad! One breed only, too broad! One specific only! That would surely help narrow down your palette. Do that one person over and over, in the same narrow range of colors. But that cat should not just an ordinary cat. She has to breathe the very essence of catness, and can become a symbol a countless of things.

But I’d take it even a few steps further. If I were you, I would make a series of 12 paintings of my cat on the same size and style of canvas (or even in paper). My cat would most likely have something in the background unrelated to dogs. I don’t want my cat who just sitting there and looking out from the canvas all iconic and everything. I want mine to be doing something else. Anyway I think you got the idea. Focus! You’ve got nothing to lose but a few art supplies, and you might actually enjoy staying with a series enough that you’ll do two dozen instead of just one.

If you like flowers, or landscapes, or seascapes, or birds, or even fruits, apply this thinking process to any one of them. But be sure to choose just one thing! If you want to make a contemporary painting out of flowers, you may do so, but not just flowers! Not just one variety, buts it could be one color of that variety. Like what I said, narrow it!

Maybe for some, the hardest one of all the discussion is abstract art painting. If you are an abstract painter, you should make some different choices. A limited palette is good, but is it going to be geometric or organic? Atmospheric or hard-edge? Representational or not? Saturated or subdued color? Textured or smooth surface? Think about it and decide! And make the same decision if you are going make out of realistic subjects.

The reason for this is to force you to choose something and stay with it long enough to accrue a body of work that looks like you. You don’t have to stay with it forever, nor desert your explorations into other things, but it is extremely favorable to prove not just to yourself but to your public as well that you have the ability to focus on the essence of a thing.

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