Are artists genuinely selling art as a result of twitter??
This has been a topic on our minds for several months since we first started with twitter. We see much sincere and engaging activity from artists sharing their philosophies, sensibilities, passions, and of course, their art. But is the online community building leading to actual sales?
Success as an artist takes multiple forms. The most basic and possibly the most important is being part of an artistic community and being recognized as an artist. This is like a secret initiation into a new stage of artistic life when one is recognized by one’s peers as an artist. It is an amazing thing…. This is one area where social networking applications like twitter have enormous scope because you can build a large community way beyond your geographical or national boundaries.
At some point though the word “professional” comes into play and by definition, “professional” suggests that the artist is selling their work, even if not necessarily making a living from it. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the art is better – take Van Gogh for instance who sold very little work in his lifetime – but today we recognize the true genius of his work.
But lets say that we want to be professional and that we want to sell our art – does twitter help? We’d love to hear back from artist’s on this:
- Have you sold any art as a result of twitter and what was the price-range?
- Is it possible to sell “high-value” art to relationships established through twitter?
- How overall has twitter helped your professional art career?
Please let us know your thoughts on this by adding your comments – we are looking forward to a fun and rewarding discussion!