Tag Archives: article

Evolution or Devolution?


When it come to erotic art, it is very apparent that the world, as opposed to advancing in mentality, has significantly receded. This recent article published in “The Times of Israel” bears witness to this fact: READ HERE

This is presumably not least of all due to the influence of modern day religion (and by modern day I am referring to everything within this past 2000 years or so) who teach that everything pertaining to sexuality or even simple nudity, is evil or dirty. In-fact, if one were to follow the teachings of modern day religion, it’s amazing there are any people!

Facebook themselves are a perfect example of draconian mentality when it comes to such subject matter.

Not so the case with the world’s ancient cultures, who not only embraced nudity and sexuality, but in many cases also worshipped it, especially in an artistic context.

So much for evolution, it seems to me that the modern world is in “devolution” when it comes to this subject!

Myself excluded of course, as is demonstrated by some of my more controversial works, such as the following (ATTENTION, NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK IF BEING VIEWED IN 2014, BUT PERFECTLY OK IN 2000BC AND BEFORE!).








Art Galleries, What Are The Options For Artists?

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 9.59.25 AM


Published back in October of this year, my article for AAD pertaining to art galleries, is I am confident every artist will find helpful. The full article can be read HERE.

Fine Art Photograpy vs. Commercial Photography

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 9.59.25 AM

My latest article entitled “Fine Art Photography vs. Commercial Photography” has just been published on the AAD blog.  You can find the full article HERE.

Changes In The Photographic Art Market

Cosplay from an edition of 5.

Cosplay from an edition of 5.

My latest article entitled “”Changes In The Photographic Art Market” can be found on the Art, Antiques and Luxury Design blog (AAD) via this link. Enjoy!

Editions: Yes or No?

Sunny Side Up


Seemingly, it is a contentious subject, but in reality it shouldn’t be!  My latest article for Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog as published on 12 July 2013 can be read HERE.

How Social Networks Are Dictating What Is Art!



Following-on from my earlier article which I published herein back in April 2013, I went on to write a further article for Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog, which was published by the latter in May 2013.  This is an important topic and your feed-back via commenting in the AAD blog is always welcome.  The full article can be read HERE.

Is The Camera Really Important?

Simply Safia ~ Gaze

Simply Safia

The above artwork was created with a very simple Casio compact camera, which begs the question “is the camera really important?”.  My article as published in Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog back in April of this year, addresses this question in quite some detail.  You can find the full article HERE

What is Photographic Fine Art?

Bath With A View

Bath With A View

This article dates back to December 2012, but better late than never!  Written for Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog, you can read the full article HERE and feel free to comment via AAD.


Michael K. Corbin

Michael K. Corbin

Michael K. Corbin is an avid art collector, writer, full-time broadcast journalist, yogi and runner. A New York City native, he travels far and wide for art’s sake. He writes for various art websites that include www.absolutearts.com and of course, www.artbookguy.com.

I am delighted to have been listed by Michael as one of “106 SUPER HOT ARTISTS FOR 2013”. I recently also did an in-depth interview with Michael, which can be read HERE.

Thank you Michael, I shall do my very best to prove you right!

Does the lack of major/international gallery exposure lower the overall value of an artist’s work? – b-uncut.net

“I remember quite a lot of points you made up on the artists marketing salon. However I have a question that I don’t think got covered. I have been selling art now for 5 years but still have not had a show at a ‘big’ gallery or any gallery with international visibility. Does that devalue the work (not the selling value but overall value). By this I mean do you consider one to one sales and commissions to count in light of the career of a given artist.

I only say this because every gallery I have approached have basically said they are not open for submissions (ie the submission process has been closed off).

But the question of the overall value of my work lingers because I have created just over 1600 works including 250 paintings. Your insight would interest me greatly (only if you have time). Best, Luke”.

The above is a comment I received from fellow artist and friend Luke Gilliam. I decided the most beneficial way to respond to Luke’s comment/question, was for me to create this discussion and respond herein, thus perhaps benefiting other group members in the process.

Ok, so in my opinion (and remember this is only my personal opinion), the answer is no!  Personally, I do not think that lack of any major gallery or gallery with international visibility is going to devalue the overall worth of the work.  The fact that Luke discriminates between monetary value and overall value is an important distinction, as commercially, lack of exposure will certainly hold back the value of work in monetary terms.

Now here we hit upon the usual issues of what does the individual artist seek from his endeavours.  We have artists that are motivated by wanting to be internationally known, have works exhibited extensively, held in both private and public collections and reap all of the commercial (i.e. monetary benefits) that all of the aforementioned can potentially bring.  Alternatively, we have other artists whose prime motivation is to create, have no real interest as to if and where their work is shown, and commercial gains are of no relevance/interest whatsoever.  In both of the aforementioned circumstances, one could argue that the overall worth of the work remains unaffected as to a large degree, “overall value” is subjective (not so with commercial value, as this is primarily bench-marked by secondary market sales).

Thus, perhaps my first question to Luke must be “which artist are you, the former or the latter”?  I mention this, because Luke goes on to talk of gallery submissions.  Now private art galleries are undoubtedly only interested in the former, because they are commercial businesses and stay in business by selling artist’s work.  If the artist is not motivated commercially, it is unlikely that the gallery will be motivated to work with him/her.  Of course, there are exceptions, but they are few and far between.

Essentially, what I am saying, is if you want to secure representation with a gallery, first and foremost you will need to sell them yourself, followed closely by your work.  Chose carefully the galleries you approach, because your work will need to be a “fit”.  If you have strong work, are commercially minded and can demonstrate such, galleries will almost always be open to submissions (often even when they indicate they are not).  Of course, you will also need to build your status as an artist, try to secure international recognition (you don’t need to exhibit physically to do this, there are numerous other methods), or at the very least national recognition.  You must be credible, as must your work, but above all, you need to be commercial and attractive to collectors.  This for sure will draw the attention of the galleries.  Now if we’re talking of public institutions (Museums and the like), that could be another story and perhaps another discussion.

Lastly, just out of curiosity, I did a Google search for “Luke Gilliam”, which turned-up a couple of Ning based websites (including b-uncut), and an image search likewise.  No personal website that I could see, no business listings (at least not on the first two pages).  Ning sites, Facebook, MySpace and the like are all well and good, but your’ll need more than this to build your commercial credibility as an artist.

I hope this helps and if nothing else, at least gives you some food for thought!

via Does the lack of major/international gallery exposure lower the overall value of an artist’s work? – b-uncut.net.