Samui Art Gallery, an art blog in Thailand recently did a featured post about me. Here is an excerpt:
“Whatever business you run these days, you cannot expect the growth without implementation of social media marketing component in your business plan. And this is no exception for art business.
And since we are in art business, it is interesting to learn how community arts organizations are using social media and learn from many talented artists who are using social media as an effective way to exhibit their arts.
One talented social artist whom I recently met on Twitter is Randy Elrod. He really is a nice guy with friendly smile who have over 40,000 followers. His outstanding watercolors paintings that caught my attention since I first visited his blog.”
The term social artist instantly grabbed my attention. What exactly is a social artist?
1.) Is it an artist who utilizes social media as an effective way to exhibit their art?
Last year, my online art gallery had sales of over $12,000 of my paintings and prints. Until a gallery representation offer was extended this week (more about that later), I had not ever considered exhibiting my work physically at a brick and mortar art gallery.
2.) Is it an artist who utilizes new social technology to create their art?
Consider this email I received recently from (social?) artist Jeremy Cowart:
“Just wanted to send you a video I made yesterday. Not sure if many of you knew this, but I’ve always considered myself a fine artist first. I started out as a painter, then somehow became a graphic designer, then a web designer and now a photographer. But the painter is still inside of me, dying to get out.
So for the last week I’ve been experimenting with a new process. First I a drew a picture of Thom Yorke for fun (you owe it to yourself to watch both of these videos—it is simply amazing!), now I’ve done an illustration of Christ utilizing Photoshop, as my own little bizarre celebration of Easter. So here it is. I hope you enjoy! Oh, and a huge thanks to Derek Webb for letting me use his music as the soundtrack! “A Portrait of Christ”
Imagine a physical art gallery having over 10,000 visitors to an exhibit with a single painting with no overhead. Is this social art at its finest?
I am very intrigued to hear you guys discuss this term.
Question: What exactly is a social artist?
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