Slipping into Art Ownership


Recently, I obtained my very first piece of art. More specifically, I am now a proud owner of a John Gwinn original. It hangs on the wall in my office. The painting is one of chickens, painted in John’s unique ‘Flashing Exuberance‘ style — a style that dances on the border of realism and abstract.

In considering the painting as it hung on my wall for the first time, I experienced an epiphany. The beauty of art does not rest solely in the beauty of the finished piece. Rather, the creative process by which the artist crafts the art is very much a part of what makes art beautiful. Yet, there is even more than that when it comes to art, at least in my humble opinion.

Working with the Artist

Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of working with John Gwinn on a marketing project. John and I met at Franklin Commons, where many of his paintings grace the walls with stunning effect. John asked for my help in creating an online presence for his work.

This project was my first opportunity to work so closely with a painter of such talent. In the months that passed after our first meeting, we chatted in person, over the phone and via email, developing ideas and designs for a website, business card and promotional postcard. Working with a true creative was such an exhilarating challenge.

Connecting via Art

In reflecting on the painting on my wall, the piece seemed all the more amazing and engaging because I personally knew the artist. I knew of his story and of his creative process. Through my work, I had learned what makes John ‘tick’ as an artist. In studying his painting within the confines of my office, I made such a strong connection with the art. It really spoke to me in ways that I had not experienced when viewing the wonderful masterpieces that grace London’s art museums.

2 thoughts on “Slipping into Art Ownership”

  1. How extra-wonderful it must be to have more than just the artwork, but a knowledge of and relationship to the artist.

    I can only imagine it really brings the work to even sharper focus and pride in ownership.

  2. @ Forkboy,

    Totally! Some of the pleasure I take from looking at and studying the painting on the basis is wondering how John — a guy I have known for some time now — decided where and how to place his paint brush. How did he know where to start? How did he know when it was done.

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