Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Keiser Collectors - a new website community for collectors of work by Duane Keiser

Keiser Collectors

I'm a great believer in keeping a close eye on what Duane Keiser does. He's the man behind A Painting A Day who literally posted a painting each day from 10th December 2004 until 1st April 2006 and has continued to post a daily painting only slightly less frequently ever since. His work is now owned by a huge number of people - many of whom endeavour to collect it. They have rather a lot of competition - from each other and all would-be Keiser collectors!

Yesterday Duane announced the creation of Keiser Collectors, a new venture which creates a website community for collectors of Keiser original art.

But first, why should this be of interest to artists and collectors alike - apart from maybe answering that niggling question of what name is behind "Private Collection"?

3rd December 2004
(private collection)
copyright Duane Keiser

Here are a few things that Duane Keiser has started or helped to popularise
  • having an exhibition of small postcard sized paintings - which generated the idea for....
  • the daily painting blog
  • Duane has created new ways of making art more accessible to collectors by:
    • linking his art blog to 7 day auctions selling his daily paintings on eBay under the name duanekeiser
    • ensuring new artwork would be delivered to the inbox of a collector or would-be collector every day
    • linking his art blogs to Google Groups
    • selling giclee prints of small paintings from his website
  • Increased the collectible status of small paintings
    • through collectors bidding up the auction price of small original paintings for rather large sums on eBay (Although I think Duane might argue his collectors are responsible for this!)
  • which in turn led to a very big increase in the number of people describing themselves as daily painters.
  • and Duane sharing the process of painting and being an artist on blogs through:
    • his work in progress blog called Process and his thoughts about being a painter in his blog On Painting For example:
    • Duane shared his thoughts with all those wanting to know what it takes to do 'a painting a day' in a series of three posts in his blog On Painting tagged a painting a day
Some stray thoughts on what I’ve learned (or think I’ve learned) about painting and how the internet is changing the business of art.
Duane Keiser - On Painting strapline

    • between November 2006 and July 2007 he developed a self-potrtrait which is captured in the video process, the movie 2
    • he also developed videos of himself painting which you can see on YouTube videos of Duane painting his daily paintings
    • and then in March this year switched to live studio cam sessions on ustream.tv filmed while Duane paints much larger paintings in his studio - such as the giant Oyster (I watched that one!)
    • and wrote a book
  • creating new iconic themes by painting doughnuts, PB&J sandwiches and broken eggs! I was never been quite sure as to whether these are particular favourites of Duane's or his collectors - although I rather suspected the answer might be both! Then in June 2007 he posted the egg painting to end all egg paintings - A dozen eggs and explained why he paints eggs.
A dozen eggs
10th June 2007

(private collection)
copyright Duane Keiser

Keiser Collectors - and what it all means

Duane's new venture Keiser Collectors is a site which limits its membership to owners of Duane's original artwork. It offers an opportunity for people to display their collections of Keiser originals and to discuss ownership in a forum. Duane sets out why he has set it up in a post On Collecting in his 'Keiser on painting' blog On Process.

I'll be doing a follow up post about this new site in due course. I've got some thoughts about what I think it might do - and why all those painters with serious followings (Julian Merrow Smith, Carol Marine and Karin Jurick are three such people who immediately spring to mind) might want to think about doing something similar - if they have the time and the inclination.

So - here's my speculation as to what this site will do:
  • allow people to see work displayed as a collection - and note the way in which the sum of the parts can sometimes be greater than the whole
  • allow collectors to actually find out who got which painting! (This I predict will be of major interest!)
  • allow people to discuss the story behind how or why they got the painting and why they collect Duane's work
  • compare notes on methods of framing small works
  • generate interest in securing work which will develop or complete a collection associated with a particular motif
  • possibly increase the value of new work coming to auction
  • develop a secondary market for the work - between the current collectors.
So - will that all come to pass? What do you think?

Let's see how it progresses during the remainder of 2008.............

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  1. As a Duane owner (not sure if I count as a 'collector' with only one!) I have to say that his email about this definitely piqued my interest and I'll be joining the site! :)

    And then my second thought was "why"? He's so clever! I don't know why I want to join, but I do.

  2. Actually I found Duane Keiser via Julian Merrow Smith. Nonetheless, they both got me painting again on a regular basis.
    They have also helped to legitimize working small. I had always liked working small but only considered them studies. Now I regard them as quite proud little paintings.
    I think it was Whistler who at one point in his life decided only to paint small as a stand against critics who tended to disregard small paintings.
    At any rate, though I have only committed to one painting a week due to my teaching job,( I have kept it up for almost 2 years) - I owe both of them a huge debt.

    Thanks guys!

  3. ..and I'm a member having a collection of two Duanes. I agree it's a great idea and lovely to see great swathes of Duanes owned by one household--which seems to be often the case!

  4. Phenomenal post! I especially love the chronology...thank you.

    I've been pretty excited about the whole concept as well and I can't wait to see where it leads. Duane always seems to be breaking new ground.


  5. I don't collect avidly but I can tell you it's fun to see people talking about the art they bought from Duane, connecting and sharing ideas for framing, etc, within the network. It will be interesting to watch an see how active the group is months from now. Its a great idea... fun too.


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