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Here is a constantly updated list of links to sample artist statements from all over.

  • Need editor – i'm an artist in LES looking for a writer who can edit an artist statement and a bio for me. Doesn't need to be super elaborate but has to be professional sounding.
  • Dream House Installation Artist Statement | amy barrett – Dream House Installation Artist Statement. Published . at 1024 × 682 in Dream House · ← Previous Next → · Dream House Installation Artist Statement…/dream-house-installation-artist-st…
  • Artist Statement | Pandora Pillsbury – “What is an artist? A provincial who finds himself somewhere between a physical reality and a metaphysical one….It's this in-between that I'm calling a province,
  • Dan Deacon: America – review
    In his artist's statement Deacon makes the point that touring in Europe for the first time made him feel truly American, despite being the sort of American who habitually eschews the corporatism and apple pie. He's part of Baltimore's Wham City arts
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    The Guardian
  • ARTIST STATEMENT ArnoldArtist StatementSince my preliminary year, my work has involved symbolic patterns of traditional and modernSamoan body art. In year 11 I began sketching…/ARTIST-STATEMENT—Arnold
  • What do you think of this painting and artist statement Concerning – Peregrine Honig, 'Bed of Roses'Artist's statement: I came to "Bed of Roses" because my body and wo.…/What_do_you_think_of_this_painting…
  • ARTIST STATEMENT – Threesquared – Emily Clayton: Studio Warmups. ARTIST STATEMENT. Studio Warmups began as an exploration of what transpires inside verses outside of the studio. While in…/CLAYTON-ARTIST%20ST…
  • Artist Statement | Denise PhilipbarArtist Statement. My work is about transformation. I love to make objects out of unexpected materials that become recognizable only upon closer inspection.
  • Suda House: Artist Statement: Aquarella – "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. She to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no
  • bryan holland arts: artist statementARTIST STATEMENT: Recently, I began working on a series of animal portraits based on photos that I'd taken at zoos or museums. These are combined with a
  • Seattle artist debuts mural painting camp – The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow – Music Videoby artists846,111 views · Artist's Statement 1:54. Watch Later Artist's Statementby charlotteyoung248,595 views · Autistic Artist 5:17. Watch Later Autistic Artistby scvw79351,351 views · Neil Gaiman
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  • Iranian-American Artist Eric Parnes Dreams of “Jeannie” in His Middle Eastern
    Parnes, whose work often applies Iranian iconography, text, textile, and ceramic patterns to incongruous mass-produced objects like soccer balls, deck chairs, or cars, coined the term “Neo Orientalism™” to describe what he calls in his artist's
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  • CD: Dan Deacon – America
    Dan Deacon's 'America' is mostly oblique and observational. America comes with an artist statement where Deacon says “I never felt American until I left the United States”. His third album digs into his “frustration, fear and anger towards the county
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    The Arts Desk
  • Bonny Zanardi: 16 artists share 'FourSquared' show at Arc Gallery – In her artist statement she notes that portraits, the major part of her work, "incarnate the most representative archetypes of human condition." "From spirituality to propaganda, from lust to virtue, from loneliness to seduction, they become strong
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  • Video: Christian Siriano's Spooky, Sexy New Collection – Siriano said the collection was inspired by “bats and film noir,” and according to his artist's statement, “These flying demons of the night intrigue me with their creepy, dark, and dramatic presence…the intricate details of the veins and bone
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  • Buffalo River Photography Exhibit on Display at Cantrell Gallery
    “I have spent over 40 years hiking along the Buffalo and its surrounding mountains and valleys," says Caldwell in an artist's statement. "I have enjoyed this part of Arkansas probably more than any other part of the state. With these photographs I hope
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    In Arkansas
  • Roberta Trentin Photography: Artist StatementArtist Statement. All of my projects, ideas, and moments of creativity come from an encounter — not necessarily a physical rendezvous, but a coming together of
  • Artist Statement | NEW "Visions of Bay View: The Exhibit"Artist Statement Eveyline Hall 1890, BAY VIEW #1/1 Cottage on Glendale Ave., BAY VIEW #5 The Music Box Cottage circa 1890 Porch Culture IX & Woman's…/artist-statement-49_1_460….
  • artist statement (PDF) – Lucas DickersonArtist Statement. When I begin a series of work I come to a piece with a vague idea of what I hope to achieve, and immediately start working. After I have…/Dickerson_Lucas_ArtistStatement…

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Feature Article

Artist Statement Do's and Don'ts

By Alyson Stanfield
ArtBiz Blog

An artist statement is a necessary component of any professional artists' portfolio or promotional packet.

When writing your artist statement, DO:

* Write in the first person. It is a statement, after all.

* Be brief, 2-3 paragraphs at most. Always err on the side of brevity. You can write more, but why would you want to? People have short attention spans these days. Load as much punch into the delivery as you can. Combine sentences and delete ones that aren't vital. As Henri Matisse said in his treatise on painting, "All that is not useful to the picture is detrimental." The same could be said of your statement.

* Describe the current direction of your work and your approach, particularly what is unique about your methods and materials.

* Sit on it for a few days and come back to it with a fresh mindset. Most artists, in my opinion, hate their statements because they rushed them in preparation for an exhibit and didn't care to spend any more time on them. How do you expect it to be any good if you don't work at it?

* Consider more than one statement if you are trying to discuss more than one body of work. If you try to get too much into a single statement, you run the risk of saying nothing and trying to be everything to all people. This is bad marketing/bad promotions.

* Allow your artist statement to grow, change, and mature along with your work. Don't let it sit on a shelf and collect dust. It should be organic and you shouldn't be afraid to change it and make it better.

* Make sure your statement passes the litmus test. Above all, viewers should be compelled to put the statement away and look back at the work. Your statement isn't successful if people read the words on the page, and then put them down and go on to the next artist.

When writing your artist statement, DO NOT:

* Use too many personal pronouns. Yes, I said to write in first person, but try to severely limit the number of "I"s, "me"s and "my"s that are used. You'll be amazed at how many other ways there are to phrase things. You want people to relate to your words and to your art. Too many personal pronouns will put up an unnecessary a barrier.

* Tell your life story. You can keep that for your bio (as long as it's interesting). Your artist statement is only about the current direction of your work.

* Quote or refer to anyone else by name. Keep the focus on you and your art. Mentioning another name shifts the readers' attention from your art to the other person.

* Forget to use spell check and ask someone else to read it over for you.

View the time to write your artist statement as an opportunity to clarify your thoughts. A well-written statement, approached deliberately and thoughtfully, can be a boon to your self-promotion efforts. You'll use the language on your Web site and in grant applications, press releases, brochures, and much more.

© Alyson Stanfield, All rights reserved.

Alyson B. Stanfield is an art-marketing consultant, artist advocate, and author of I'd Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion. Sign up for her free Art Marketing Action newsletter at

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