You know I wasn't gonna say anything here earlier but I changed my mind. So much of the economy, about 70%, is consumer perspective, in fact there is a major indicator called the consumer confidence index. When ever I read or hear how bad thingsare I wonder why there is no seller price index. So with this in mind and only as an illustration let me tell you a little diddy.
I met someone at an art show that was sponsored by a local publisher at an upscale shopping center three weeks ago. I did not call him the next week because I was getting ready for what has been a great fine art show in the past. This show cost $675 to get into, however my expectation was to sell around 9k. I sold $1500, no one out of the several dozen of the 275 artist present that I spoke with had anything worth bragging about. In fact by Friday night pretty much everyone had a long face. Here's the key, Friday was the first day. No wonder we all did terribly, we wrote the show off the first 6 hours.
So why did I bring up the first show which cost nothing but a couple gallons of gas and an afternoon?
No one had told me how bad my sales would be because of the economy at this show. I had the right attitude. I did better in 6 hours at the first show then 27 hours at a real show with track record. I called the guy that I met there this morning, I just got back and I'm short two of my kids (paintings), however I do have a great attitude, an attitude that has sold $4275. I believe if we keep plugging we will make it through this much better then if we don't!
The California artist Jerry Lipp is regarded as an instinctive master of acrylics. He achieves strength, drama and richness of color in a medium not easily controlled. His masterful techniques and incredible palette have long been recognized as unique and interesting as his works have earned international accolades.
Lipp was born in Los Angeles, California in 1962 and has always been immersed in art. Talent courses through him via his bloodline. Both of his Grandmothers were accomplished professional oil painters. His interest in art was guided by this constant exposure, guidance and tutelage of his family. This gave Lipp an incredible opportunity to learn from those master artist’s who were in the circle of his grandparents. Soon after this he was able to gain access to the newly developed world of acrylics. Frustrated by the “drying time” of oils, he took to this medium immediately. As acrylics gained popularity he grew his knowledge and abilities. He sat at the knees of some of the earliest artistic successes in the world of acrylics. He was able to digest a myriad of techniques as they were first developed. As the world of this new medium exploded so did his intimacy with this incredibly diverse ever expanding exciting new universe.
His earliest works proudly hang and are still highly regarded in collections worldwide. The artist sold his first piece in 1971 at age 9; “Man Pushing a Rock” was a sculpture of copper wire and stone, thoughtfully created with the mythical Sisyphus portrayed with all the emotion and frustration stunningly captured at just under one foot tall. He went on to create dozens of these works as well as hundreds of acrylic, oil paintings and sculptures all sold through the formative years of his life.
Though already an accomplished and successful professional artist, in 1981 Lipp attended the California Institute of The Arts. He was able to work his way through the Institute with his continuing success as a highly regarded artist. The artist continued to study under many internationally recognized abstractural masters. He continues to learn and grow as an artist. Lipp believes that arts creation is a practice, much like many other professions. “The longer you do, the more you create, the better you get.”
In 1987 Lipp went on to teach, unfortunately now with the demands on his time he will only occasionally be able to budget time to instruct a few workshops. Lipp regrets that his teaching career has been limited by these demands, he states “I love to teach, my biggest regret is that I haven’t enough time to do both, teach and create. I learn so much from teaching.” Though Lipp continues to give back with his participating in a number of foundations and charities, he still plans to teach in the future.
With this latest venture, the resulting works manage to convey effortlessly the particular emotion of each subject. We anticipate that his very personal vision and interpretation of these sensual subjects will appeal to his audience for years to come.