Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Commercial Art Vs. Fine Art - the lines are blurring.

I saw a blog post asking about the difference between commercial art and Fine art.  This got me thinking about what many artists are doing, myself included, to market their work.

This is the comment I posted on his blog as my 2 cents on the matter.

'Commercial art is more of a commodity, originally produced in mass quantities for the purpose of affordability. This makes it less unique and more commonplace.

Fine art is originally created as a one-of-a-kind work giving it more value just by it's rareness and uniqueness.

I am aware that the lines are getting blurred with Print on Demand websites and sites like Zazzle where pieces originally created as fine art can be sold as commodities on t-shirts and mugs. I am guilty of taking part in these venues to get my art seen.

Alternately, with the popularity of digital art, commercial art can be just as beautiful and creative as fine art. '

I don't know if this makes any sense, but I do enjoy seeing my work on postage stamps and even sneakers.  I will never be a famous artist, but I want to share my work any way I can.  The internet offers the ability for anyone in the world to see and purchase my art.   It is such a high to open up my inbox and see that I made a sale on Cafepress or Etsy!

Check out these sneakers that you can buy on Zazzle - commercial art or fine art? - either way it is MY art.  The piece was created ACEO (2.5x3.5") size and sold as an original ACEO.

I would love to hear your comments on this subject! 


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