Author Archive for Jack Smurthwaite

Spotlight Interview with Photographer Tomas Schelp

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Step into the world of the immensely successful and talented photographer Tomas Schelp. He speaks on the many avenues that the art and business of photography have taken him down over his decades-long career. You got into photography through studying…

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Social Media Success: How To Balance Your Online Presence Part 1

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This two-part post looks at different approaches to managing your professional avatar: all the snippets which get thrown around the ether to create a picture of you. Some online tools are great for sales, some are great for advertising and…

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Synesthesia: Music, Art & The Pursuit of Totality

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Brandishing a brush like a baton, the cliché of the expressionistic artist as composer, pretentious and serious, is worn out. It is an image that lends itself to modernism, to the turn of the 20th century, when the abstract became…

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The News Today Will Be The Artworks Of Tomorrow

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Headlines grab us: that is their job. Photojournalism hits home hard: the best examples have become morbid bookmarks in the history of modern man as well as symbols of national identity. This post skims over the surface of visual culture…

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Domesticity: Home is Where Your Art Is

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The domestic dwelling, for many of us, is where we spend most of our time. It is where we want to be and where we always go back to. In the words of Homer Simpson: “what’s the point of going…

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Where Can You Exhibit Your Work? – Alternative Art Spaces

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With the price of gallery space at an all-time high, space of any kind being at a premium and opportunities to exhibit within the arts dwindling fast, it is important to think outside the box and diversify. This post looks…

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First Thursday Blues: How To Navigate Private Views

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Unless you are the type of person who can flit from one social circle to another, they are nightmares: the constant explanations, the chin rubbers, the ‘I-am-just-here-for-the-free-wine-ers’, the outlandish outfits and the same old questions. Private views sneak up on…

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Space Without Limits: Online Art Exhibitions

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Technology has changed the way we think about space – it has taken on a new meaning, physical limits have become arbitrary and a notion of ‘unlimited’ space, inconceivable sweeping vistas of virtual plains unspool before us. Paradoxically, these spaces…

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Design For Art’s Sake

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Group shows, design and open-call exhibitions: as a designer or non-traditional artist you should consider every opportunity as another audience and an untapped point of sale. Using examples, this post looks at how the display of your work makes all…

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Open For Business: How to Respond to an Open Call

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Life as an artist can sometimes be overwhelming. What with juggling the day job to pay the rent; explaining to colleagues what it is, exactly, you do; researching the gallery your friend has just hired for two and three-quarter days…

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