The artist’s biography and artist’s statement are required documentation when submitting works for a show, gallery, or event. Most people visiting the Art Walk website do not know you, so you need to explain who you are, why you’re here, and why people should be interested in you. You may want to note your credentials, your education, or your exhibition experience. You may choose to describe your inspiration or your artistic technique.
A complete biography is not expected. Your Art Walk bio isn’t as detailed as your Curriculum Vitae, nor as philosophical as your artist’s statement. Think of it as a 30-second ‘elevator pitch.’
It is an opportunity to condense your personal life to the span of a few paragraphs not exceeding 100 words.
Keep in mind that you should write in the 3rd person (s/he). Here’s a list of what to include:
- Where you are from
- Where you currently live
- What you are creating
- Your background in your current medium
- Your current projects
Here’s a sample of a short artist’s bio:
Marvelous Mary is a contemporary abstract painter and part-time harmonica player. She received a BFA degree from the University of Somewhere, and has participated in several shows. Her paintings are mostly oil on canvas and her signature work consists of bright, bold colours, with heavily-layered impasto effects.
An artist’s statement provides personal insight. The artist’s statement gives you a chance to explain what you’re doing. When writing your statement, imagine talking to a potential customer while standing in front of your best work. Imagine explaining the piece to them. You are offering insight into your art practice.
Keep in mind that you should write in the 1st person (I, me, my).Here is what is usually covered in an artist’s statement:
- What inspires you
- What you want to say
- What you are creating
- What your work is like
- What your challenges are
- Your philosophy/politics/technique
Here’s a sample of a short artist’s statement:
My work explores the dichotomy between nature and urban spaces. What starts out as hope soon becomes corrupted, leaving only a sense of failure, but with the chance of a new opportunity.
I don’t set out determined to produce art about any given subject. My sketchbook is always close at hand, so I am constantly drawing, perfecting my craft. Sometimes the drawings are left in the sketchbook and other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images.
Often, my projects consists of multiple works, in a range of different media, grouped around specific themes and meanings. During research and production new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work.
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