Writing an artist statement and art statement

There are different views on what constitutes as an artist statement and an art statement. They are used to identify artworks in printed catalogues or media, and usually appear on display with the piece in an exhibition. Importantly they allow people to connect more deeply with the artist and the work. This connection helps people feel inspired, engage in discussion, and can help inspire them to purchase pieces.

The Stanthorpe Art Prize wants your statement. If your entry is successful, it will be included in our catalogue with the artwork image, and will appear on our web page. We define the statements as follows:

Artist statement

A 50 word statement about an artist may include:

  • A description of the typical mediums, genres or themes.

  • Information on where the artist draws their inspiration.

  • Insight into the practice or process of creating art.

  • How experiences have shaped the artist.

  • An explanation of why the artists does the work they do.

Samples

  1. My connection with the earth changed significantly with parenthood. It amplified my passion to live gently and preserve and respect the environment. I draw on this inspiration in my work, aiming to capture that naivety and wanderlust that comes from a child’s perspective and their dreams of better things.

  2. Pottery is a way I can fulfil my tactile desire to live in a storybook world. I use colour, texture and form to tell each story. I’m drawn to creating pieces that incorporate a sense of whimsy but are practical pieces that should be enjoyed and used.

Art statement

A 50 word statement about an artwork may include:

  • A description of what the piece is made from.

  • An outline of the technique/s incorporated.

  • Insight into the inspiration for the piece.

  • An explanation of what the piece is about.

  • Details of the themes, story or background.

  • Information about when it was created. Especially if this has a significant impact on the piece.

  • Concepts the artist is challenging or exploring.

Samples

  1. This portrait is of a mother that wears many hats. She looks to please others and often puts her needs last. But the love for her children is strong and she sees a future that is both bleak but full of hope. Her job is to help them build it.

  2. This pot is more than a pot. On the outside it conforms to the norms as we would expect, but inside there is darkness and light, failure and success, emptiness and depth. Texture, colour and form each play an important role as the story changes with each viewpoint.

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