Hi All. I did a show this weekend, where I had a very fine wood
boxmaker on one side of me, and a very good painter on the other.
After the painter was celebrating the sale of a $4000 painting, the
boxmaker and I got to talking about something that had bugged both of
us for years. Why could painters get away with charging so much more
for their work than either of us could? WTF?
Does size really matter that much? What about time expended? Talent
demonstrated? Cost and rarity of materials? Length of respective
artistic traditions? Again, WTF???
A painting will fill that spot on the living room wall. Jewelry is
carried close, always there for enjoyment.
The cost of paint and canvas can be significant. But more so than
precious stones and metals?
As to respective traditions, I’m guessing that wearing a shell
around the neck is probably about as old as painting in a cave.
Lots of paintings clearly require a great deal of time and close
attention to detail, and lots don’t. Ditto for jewelry.
And then, what about the aesthetics expressed? Jewelry can be as
simple as that shell around the neck. Painting can be as simple as a
yellow square over a green one. Yet the painting will sell for
vastly more. For what???
While I’m using jewelry in this little rant, you could substitue any
other artistic tradition. The painters top them all.
Someone, please help me understand this warp in the universe!