Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Examples of Artists' Statements

Have you ever wondered what the artist statement of famous artists look like?

Jeff Koons, Artist, New York City,
Studio Portrait by Chris Fanning
I've been developing a page devoted to Examples of Artists Statements on Art Business Info for Artists. Or should that be "Artist Statements by Artists"?

Anyway, I think it's a great idea to see examples of what famous and successful artists have to say about their art - it can be very instructive.  It's also very interesting how websites and what artists have to say about their work changes as their careers progress and they become more and more successful.

So I sat down and did an exercise of looking and looking at the websites of various artists. It was fascinating and had some unexpected results.

Famous Artists

These include artists in the USA and UK and one from Germany.
  • Jeff Koons
  • Cindy Sherman
  • David Hockney
  • Anish Kapoor
  • Gerhard Richter
    Fotograf: Hans Peter Schaefe
  • Peter Doig
  • Richard Long
  • Damien Hirst
  • Banksy
  • Tracy Emin
  • Gerhard Richter

Professional Artists

I then started to take a look at the artist statements of various well known and successful professional artists including:
  • Duane Keiser 
  • David Leffel 
  • Kevin McPherson
  • Albert Handell 
  • Ken Howard
  • June Berry 
  • David Curtis

I intend to keep developing these lists - not least because how artists write about their intentions and their work is absolutely fascinating!

To that end I'm now looking for
  • any recommendations of artist statements on the websites of famous and/or successful professional artists you like - and 
  • great artist statements for artists outside the USA and UK

If you've got one that you'd like to recommend please highlight it in a comment below

READ MORE about artist statements on my website: HOW TO WRITE AN ARTIST'S STATEMENT


  1. Not exactly what you`re looking for... but ...... A new book has just been published, called Artists Statements of the Old Masters, it`s by John Seed and judging by the excerpts quoted in the reviews is very funny

  2. Thanks Bernadette! I'd forgotten about that although it was one of the things which triggered the page!!! Duh!



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