Examples of Artist CV and Artist Statements
Your Contact Details:
Relevant social media handles (e.g Art Instagram, website, LinkedIn)
Optional: Your profile - 100 words about you
Artist Statement (250-500 words)
Optional: Write in the 3rd person
An artist statement is essentially a breakdown of your work, how you think it applies to the larger context(s) it exists in.
What is your art practice about?
What do you think is important to explore in art?
How do the ideas you’ve presented in your work work together?
Pick 3 specific pieces to refer to throughout your statement, or pick three key ideas. Be specific and succinct
(Example of) Short Artist Statement: Sam Durant
My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, my work explores the varying relationships between popular culture and fine art. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music and modernist architecture, my work reproduces familiar visual and aural signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered installations. While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter. The subject matter of each body of work determines the materials and the forms of the work. Each project often consists of multiple works, often 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.
“Many people take great comfort in the bathroom towels being the same color as the soap, toilet paper, and tiles. It means there is a connection between them, and an environment of order. Home is a place not only of comfort, but of control. This sense of order, in whatever form it takes, acts as a shield against the unpredictability and lurking chaos of the outside world.
My work is an examination of the different forms this shield takes, and the thinking that lies behind it. I use domestic objects as the common denominators of our personal environment. Altering them is a way of questioning the attitudes, fears and unwritten rules which have formed that environment and our behavior within it.”
Artist Portfolios (8-12 pieces)
Document your artwork in well-lit environments with high photo quality and a clear background.
Your portfolio should consist of 8-10 of what you deem to be your best work. Be varied in your approach, choose a diverse set of mediums to showcase your best skills. Compile a pdf, with each piece occupying a page and a short description of the work (2-3 sentences)
Qais Al-Sindy: His art showcases a variety of media including painting, installation, video, and performances. His main choice of expression is through painting, preferably on canvas. His art depicts human connections through a variety of beliefs, mentalities, and politics. He emphasizes the question "Why?" through his art in order to engage the audience to find their own interpretations of the answer. "Being an Iraqi born artist residing currently in the United States, many experiences have influenced the evolution of my art and reshaped it accordingly. The multi-cultural background offered me a wide and analytical vision in approaching the humanistic issues that help to make –here and there - a better place to live in."
Ansley Pye is native to California, but spent the first part of her adult life traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East. After attending La Sorbonne, Ansley returned to CA. It was there where her life took a distinguishing turn. Ansley was diagnosed with MS at the age of 30. Upon the realization that her life was never to be the same, she began her journey as a professional artist. She started out as a watercolorist and gradually was drawn towards working in oil.
In 2008, Ansley began a career in curating art for galleries as well as for individual collections, gaining her training and experience through working with other well known curators and taking seminar workshops through the Independent Curators Association. Ansley's experience and knowledge working in galleries and in the private sector has widened her scope to not only how work is best displayed, but how her own art has become a cohesive collection.
"My subject has always been related to the feminine shapes, and to the imperfections that are the true source of beauty and uniqueness in all things.
As I continue my artistic journey I blend both the organic shapes in nature and the beauty of the feminine form with vibrant colors and bold strokes to create an image that captivates the viewer. The lines, splatter, and geometric forms in my work add an abstraction that creates interest. I always considered my art to be a continuing conversation with myself and the world around me."