The eighth post of the series is up! For this article, we asked the the talented landscape painters Peter Brown and JOPP 2018 Commended Entry Emily Powell what advice they would give to emerging artists.
To view our other posts in this series, please visit our main blog post ‘Advice for Emerging Artists‘.
Peter Brown, otherwise known as ‘Pete the Street’, has become known for his street paintings of Manchester, London, Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Chichester, Bath and Henley-on-Thames. He rarely paints in the studio, preferring to work directly from the subject on site in sometimes the foulest of weathers. He works in charcoal, oil and pastel for which he has received numerous awards at various national exhibitions; he has also been featured by BBC Radio Bristol and BBC1. View more of Pete’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
‘Get your head down and concentrate on your work. Take sales whenever you can – don’t be precious. Selling a painting buys you time to do more and better work. But get everything professionally photographed. It’s all about getting better and better and to do that you need to paint, paint, paint. Don’t be frightened of dealers or begrudge their commission. A good dealer who can sell paintings allows you to do what you do best. It should stress you out but remember you are lucky enough to be doing what you love so smile and don’t be too goddam serious.‘
Powell’s practice explores an extensive range of mediums and substrates to produce what have been critically acclaimed as vibrant, energetic, expressive and gestural paintings, both plein air and in her Devon studio. She explores capturing the intensity of her sensory and ephemeral experience through colour, tactile use of materials and expressive mark making. She was also awarded a Commended Entry during Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2018 for her stunning painting, ‘Exe Estuary’. View more of Emily’s work on her website.
‘Go for every opportunity, whether it be collaborations, exhibitions or competitions. Meeting other artists is very important to me, its given me a network of people who can advise with their gathered experience like price and framing or selling. Taking photos cataloguing my studio day on social media gives people a chance to see how I work and for me to see others work and network globally. It’s a very experimental stage and learning through doing has really helped me gain much-needed knowledge and expand my practise and audience reach.’