An artist's statement is your opportunity to provide your viewers with personal insight into you and your work. This insight may be related to one particular piece of artwork, a specific collection, or your entire body of work.
What is an Artist's Statement?
An artist's statement is a few, short paragraphs on a single sheet of paper that introduce you and your art work. It is a way of making contact with your viewers. It is an opportunity to share personal information that will enhance the experience of viewing your artwork. Your artist's statement should be authentic, personal and simple.
An artist's statement is not a static document, written once and then used throughout your career. It evolves as you evolve. It changes as your artwork changes.
An artist's statement is not a resume, a biography, a list of accomplishments and awards, a summary of exhibitions, or a catalogue of works.
Why do I need an Artist's Statement?
There are many occasions when you might need an artist's statement.
- A gallery owner may request one to tell potential buyers about you and your art.
- You might include one in a press kit.
- It could be mounted alongside your work at a show.
- Your artist's statement might be part of your website.
- The content of your statement could be used in brochures, press releases, grant applications, and media articles.
How do I write an Artist's Statement?
Start by jotting down ideas about what you might include. What is your artistic vision, your inspiration, your passion? What materials do you use? What is your process? Why do you love this particular medium? Why do you create works of art? Are there particular design elements or principles that are important to you?
Share these ideas with friends who know you and your work. Ask them for their feedback.
When you start to put these ideas into sentences and paragraphs, think about your audience and talk to them. People who like your work want to know more about you. Share yourself with them in simple, everyday language.
Go to any artist's website and read their artist's statement. Go to Fine Art America, click on any artist's name, and read what they have written about themselves. Often it is a combination biography, resume, and artist's statement, but it should provide some ideas.