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How The Art Business is Changing – 2019

Before the age of social media, if you wanted to buy original work from an emerging or renowned artist, you had to go to a gallery. While the same principal is followed by many today, over the past decade the online world has dramatically changed things. Today we're steadily seeing artists become more independent. We're also seeing more artwork gradually sold online each year. In 2018 mobile phone art sales rose by 20% with the majority of buyers citing [...]

Using Negative Emotions As Leverage: Remarkable Artist, Jenny Vyas

Chicago based artist Jenny Vyas by no means followed a traditional path to get her to where she is today. When one door closed, a new one had to be created. Her voyage in art began during 2014 when a relationship went south and an overwhelming feeling to make a life change took over. "During that period of healing, all I could dream about was painting. Having never painted before, you can imagine how daunting this pull was for [...]

From Behind Bars to Behind a Canvas: Arthur J Williams Jr.

The last place most people would expect to ever start a new career would be in prison. However, Arthur J Williams Jr. states otherwise... "When I got to the joint I had to do something with my time." Let's rewind all the way back to 1992 where this all first began. Arthur became an artist long before he ever realized it. Using his connections, he spent $300 on royal linen paper. It wasn't going to be used to draw on or [...]

One Emerging Artist You Should Know About: Mark Cesarik

While you won’t find Chicago based artist, Mark Cesarik posting regular selfies on his Instagram, you will find him in his studio daily.     “I’ve Never Been More Motivated In My Life” Like other great artists, his passion started early. His innate desire of putting pen on paper, even if it was just to doodle in class led him deeper into the art world as his life progressed. “I got into doodling more and more. Then comic books and other things started to take shape from there.” He [...]

AntBen’s Stunning Chicago Tribute Mural

Back in November 2017, Chicago Calligraffiti artist Antonio Beniquez created a mural for the West Side Neighborhood of Humboldt Park. More recently the artist set his sights on higher grounds with a rooftop dedication piece to the City of Chicago.   "The point of it was to be able to see it looking out of your window while you're flying in or out of the city and try to spot it. Engaging with the people who like what I do and support me is [...]

The Path to Becoming a Full Time Artist…

While there are millions of artists in the world, only a select amount are able to live a comfortable life off of their work; and when I say comfortable, I am not talking about just simply getting by, but to get ahead in life. So what does it take to live off your artwork? What sort of mentality do you need? How many hours per day or week are needed? With the hopes to help other artists climb the ranks and [...]