We are excited to announce a regular new feature we're launching called 'The Artrepreneur Update' where we will be bringing you exciting news about artists who have shown with us either at New Artist Fair or Talented Art Fair. You can keep up with the latest news from the latest artists! We're thrilled to start this monthly feature off with an interview from Sue Haskel about becoming a professional artist and how she's preparing for her upcoming solo show at the Plateaux Gallery next month. Read more here...
The Era of the Artrepreneur
Once upon a time, artists who wanted to pursue their artwork as a full-time career had limited options. Self-taught artists and recent art graduates could get a job, a very small percentage could be signed by a gallery right away, or they could continue on to further education. Even those who went on to complete a Masters degree would 9 times out of 10 be back to square one at how to begin the process of becoming a professional artist.
This meant that as little as 10 years ago, artists were very reliant on galleries, museums, curators and/or the elusive art patron or interior designer to elevate their artwork to the next level in the art market and to make the connection between artists and art buyers. These are still material routes to market in London but the path into the art market is expanding and evolving due to artists becoming more entrepreneurial at artist-led art fairs such as the New Artist Fair and Talented Art Fair.
Surrey born, Vincent Kamp first exhibited his original oil paintings in 2014 at the New Artist Fair's 'Framed Exhibition' at Candid Galleries in Islington, London. Our visitors, including several galleries and other art event organisers, took great interest in his cinematographically styled portraits of sports and film stars such as Robert Downey Junior. Vincent continued to exhibit at the New Artist Fair over the next 2 years whilst fine tuning his distinct style of portraiture which artistically combines visual inspiration from movie sets with real life subcultures.
The inaugural Talented Art Fair in 2017 provided him the platform to exhibit a groundbreaking series for Vincent's career: his very popular (and completely sold out) Barber Shop paintings, which were hung in a Barber Shop setting within his own dedicated area in the fair. Unsurprisingly some of these paintings had sold even before the Private View, but exhibiting the work as a complete series was an important joint decision between Vincent and the art fair organisers that not only added value to the works of art but also provided them with an impressive provenance. By the end of TAF17, all 18 of his incredible oil paintings had found new collectors and he was scouted and signed by Mayfair's premium contemporary gallery Clarendon Fine Art. This meant TAF17 was the last time buyers would have the opportunity to buy Vincent's work directly from him and thus has propelled him into the next level of the London Art Market.
Many gallery level artists exhibited at the inaugural Talented Art Fair in March 2017, and Vincent Kamp epitomises this new era of artists who are combining their artistic talent, friendly personalities, absolute dedication and spot on business acumen. We're thrilled to be part of this artistic revolution happening in London and look forward to continuing to promote and nourish the 'artrepreneurs' who are creating new and positive stereotypes of what it means to be a professional artist.
TAF Director and Co-Founder Oliver Norris, caught up with Vincent exactly a year after his innovative Barber Shop exhibition at TAF17 to discuss his rise to success and the incredible journey he's been on. Continue reading to learn more about how he made it in the London Art World...