Writing an Artist Statement

Examples of artist statements:

Josh Foley

Raymond lives in Queenstown specifically to draw inspiration from it and its surrounding landscape. In a way he and his surroundings, through the medium of his mind and his perception, become one. There is a loop between the surface of the work as an object, the flesh as paint – the façade of western portraiture and the Euclidean landscape that supposedly Raymond is standing in front of. My work explores themes relating to illusion, surface, material and texture and I have drawn inspiration from Raymond’s stellar and diverse example, particularly the series of prints that he made depicting oil paintings in the late eighties. It is currently this sort of thing that fascinates me and I hope that I can build upon ideas explored by artists such as Raymond through image-making like this portrait.

Alison McCrindle

Dubbed Crindle, Mr McCrindle, legend and more. This is a portrait of my father Ebenezer McCrindle, who evidently has a profound impact on most people he meets and knows. His reputation is famous among the Tasmanian community and most particularly high school students on the central North-West Coast. He is arguably the most powerful figure in my childhood, and to this day. He’s not a father. He’s a great friend. He shares a universal knowledge that, when spoken, each and every human is touched by a mutual understanding. He has shown me real life, the life beneath career, car, holiday, mortgage, to do lists and so on. I’m not saying he’s perfect. Imperfection is inherent in us all as it is in the stencil and airbrush technique I have employed to produce this portrait. I think the real reason I chose him is reverence, respect, admiration, worship, awe, contempt.  And..thank you for you, Eb.

Writing an artist statement

Use your artist statement as an opportunity to engage and inform the viewer. Provide enough information to hook them and invite further interest in your work. Key points to consider when writing an artist’s statement

  • Keep it simple, clear and straightforward. Write your statement in language that everyone can understand. Be yourself.
  • Answer key questions such as why you made the work, what/who was the inspiration, what does it represent, why you used a particular medium and what it means to you.
  • What response do you want from the audience?
  • If you struggle with writing about your work, invite a colleague, fellow artist or supporter to help.
  • When you think you are finished, ask for feedback from a friend, colleague or someone whose opinion you value.