Painter who sells paintings
A painter is a general term for a person who makes paintings. There are various types of painters depending on the painting style, art materials, and making style.
Painters create works of art such as landscapes, still lifes, and abstracts using paints, ink, and brushes. Looking at this definition, all people who make their own work can be called painters.
But when I first made my debut, I wondered if I could draw and sell them for a living. Even Van Gogh, a painter everyone knows, could only sell one painting in his lifetime. As such, there is a clear difference between painting and selling. Some artists are very good in terms of talent or skill, but they lack marketing opportunities or business acumen, and sometimes the environment is not good, so they cannot sell their paintings. Sometimes it is a picture that is perfect for anyone to see, but it is not the style or trend that the era demands or the gallery likes, but it is rejected. As such, it is not so easy for artists to make money by selling paintings.
Because they know this environment and situation so well, painters have no choice but to humble themselves. And because they know this reality, they study marketing on their own, develop business sense, and try to promote themselves. It would be an ideal situation if painters could simply draw and concentrate only on creation. I too am tired of the life of painting, teaching, studying, and marketing at the same time.
However, I consider this to be a reward for the joy of creation I enjoy, and I have been doing it without complaint. And when this joy is revealed as tangible results or connections through the sale of paintings, the joy doubles.
As a painter, I have two aspirations. First, I hope that everyone in the world will love paintings, and second, that everyone who buys my paintings will become rich.
After selling two paintings recently, I am reminded of my wish again. Customers who bought paintings think that they have a beautiful mind. Because they know the value of the invisible. I always admire their insight and sense. This is my attitude as a painter who paints.
Myungja Anna Koh