How did I establish myself as an Artist?

It takes effort, patience, and constant dedication due to the lack of awareness or appreciation of art in our society. However, many artists have started to invest their time and money in understanding and accumulating aesthetically pleasing artworks. Thinking about this makes me happy. Nevertheless, I polished myself as a professional artist by maintaining the presence of my paintings not only on social media but also in the physical sphere of life that are Art Galleries.

My style and how it evolved

I can not categorize my art in a single box because I experiment with a diversity of styles due to my belief that art can not evolve in any sort of confinement. But, I am drawn more towards realism and art inspired by real objects.

I am fond of using human figures and portraits, and I believe that this style has been the oldest style in the history of mankind and used by many masters and legend artists such as Christian Faur, David Foster, Michael Mapes, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Eugene Delacroix, Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch.

Few of my Artworks: 

“Self Portrait”                         Oils on canvas                         18”x24”
Oils on canvas 18”x24”
“Tranquility or chaos: you define”                                Oil on canvas                        1’x1
“The desperate feet”            Oil on sheet
“BAD PAINTING”                  Oil on Canvas                     The most intolerable of all the feelings is experiencing noise near me. This art is not a creation of my hands but a movement technique that I employed using a source of sound. Solid colors in this art are not randomly used but are a symbolic representation of the noise itself.


Advice to Emerging Realism Artists?

Like any other task, it is pertinent for the one completing the task to repeat and improve without being disappointed or discouraged. Observation is the key to becoming a great realist.

“One reason my paintings have become realistic has to do with my interest in what things really look like.” – Robert Bechtle


Time Management – Where creativity clashes with time?

If art is your priority, you will make time for it no matter what the circumstances. As long as it is concerned with creativity, it may sound cliched but don’t run after creativity let it come to you. If you enjoy the work or the process, creativity will come to you one day or the other.

Every artist has their own way of working to manage time. Being a realism artist, I go for quality rather than quantity which directly reflects with pricing of artwork as more time is invested in each artwork. Therefore, we all need to carefully study our subjects before starting each painting and plan the time that would be required to complete and work around it only to manage time effectively.

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

How to Improve, Sell, & Create Original Artworks?

One needs to understand that the difference between replicating and representation is that representation may be inspired by another artist but it cannot be an exact copy of it having no original or different perspective. Replicating is merely duplicating. Emerging artists should first focus on generating a purpose to produce, then they should focus on producing art. If their art connects with people or gives them a unique perspective it will sell itself.

Though I have found social media to be a very big platform that can be utilized by emerging or even established artists.

Who are your biggest influencers?

I follow contemporary artists such as;

How do you seek out opportunities?

Mostly, I use social media, where people can contact me with regards to their needs or what artwork they might be interested in and I try my best to fulfill their expectations.

How do you price your work?

I price my work on the basis of whether it is my original work or I have to reproduce it. Many Artists price Original paintings higher than reproduced works. The work I create is the price on the basis of time, the skill required, and material costs. The same standard goes for my original work.

Author & Fine Artist,

Syeda Mariam Shah

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