How to Write an Artist Statement

Please note, as JanKossen Contemporary is a professional gallery, we reserve the right to proof-read and edit Artist Statements. As such, your statement will be subject to edits, and where necessary, constructive critique. 

Why40-07162015 write an artist statement?

From the viewer’s perspective, some insight as to what your work is about makes the difference between surface level appreciation and a profound connection with your art.  Moreover, if there is more to your art than visual aesthetic, an artist statement opens the door for discussion, creating in turn a deeper impression in the viewer’s memory. Artist statements aide enthusiasts and laymen alike in understanding works of art, garnering respect for both your vision and technique. Remember, although your concept may seem obvious to you, the same may not always hold true for the viewer.

What is an artist statement?

Think of it as telling your story. Your statement should be used as an opportunity to explain your artistic process, technique, perspective or philosophy. An artist statement should provide context for your visual image, connecting viewers to your purpose and experience of creation.

What To Avoid

It is not necessary to write a mini auto-biography, unless it directly relates to your artwork.  Avoid chronicling where you went to school, awards received, etc., as these facts do not weigh heavily on the average viewer. General rule: if it did not directly influence the artwork, leave it out.

How long should an artist statement be?

Concision is key. While we allow artist statements of 3 paragraphs or less, the first paragraph is truly all that is required.

Getting the first words on paper

Explore other artist statements online. What makes their statements interesting? Then try starting your statement in the middle. Say what is important for you to say, then return to the beginning and summarize as a concise intro.

Additional Ideas & Considerations

Discuss what idea, event, or influence led to your creation of the work.

Perhaps you want to express if and how your art reflects your personal perspective or experience. Perhaps you want to explain how a particular event influenced your style, subject, or passion for art. Perhaps you want to explain your medium and why it is the ideal choice for expression of your artistic vision.

Always proof read your statements thoroughly for spelling and grammar. 

 

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