I have been a full-time artist since 1991. I am seeking financial assistance, in the amount of $10,000.00 US, for the creation of my next suite of artwork.
I have a summer-long solo exhibition scheduled to open in July 2013 at the Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, BC (40 minutes East of Vancouver, BC). This exhibition, to be titled 'Sandstorm', will feature ten new paintings and four new silkscreen-print editions and will tackle my continued look at pop-culture and its effects on society and the individual. My previous series of paintings, 'SUPERFORTRESS', completed in 2012, dealt with a ‘pop-culture apocalypse’ that predicted an alarming future in which advertising has become self-aware and has taken up arms against the consumer.
This exhibit, will follow this theme after it has crossed over into the realm movies, video games and television. By creating works reminiscent of blockbuster films such as Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Terminator 2, and Bladerunner. I hope to forcefully convey the dark future that consumerism and globalism is pushing us toward through over-consumption, global warming, and societal ignorance.
The poor state of the economy has affected ALL artists negatively and I am no different. I have been a working professional in the arts since I was twenty-one and have been able to not only make a living in the arts but have always had the ability to fund future projects until the economic downturn of last five years. A continued drop in sales over that time has brought me to the conclusion that my future as a full-time, professional artist may be in imminent danger.
I have submitted grant proposals to several arts organizations in Canada and the U.S. and have, sadly, been unsuccessful in securing funding for this project. My options are steadily running out and your help is desperately needed in the creation of this new series.
As a reward for your contribution of $10,000.00, you will have your pick of one of the completed paintings in the new series as well as a full set of the silkscreen prints. This amount is on par or below the current selling prices of my work. Your investment would be fully returned in kind via this agreement.
Your financial assistance in this endeavor could allow me to ‘weather the storm’ over the next sixteen months, assist me in creating a vital and stunning new body of work for public exhibition and allow me the privilege of continuing in my profession, which I consider a personal ‘calling’, for decades to come. You would also have the added benefit of supporting the arts in your community by allowing this project to go forward.
Please contact me for image mock-ups and a detailed 'Artist's Statement' describing the works planned for the show.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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