Taiwan 100th Anniversary International Art Competition!

Art competitions are a great way to get more exposure for your art, and maybe pick up some great prizes. I’ve been telling myself for some time that I need to enter more art competitions but I don’t – mostly because I like to paint what I want without worrying about “winning” the crowd or judges.

However I just saw this post for an international art competition for Taiwan’s 100th Anniversary:

Get your brushes ready – Radio Taiwan International invites foreign nationals to celebrate the Republic of China’s birthday through paintings! 100 artists’ submissions will be selected by professional judges to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China (the official name of Taiwan’s government). The selected pieces will be shown off to the world in a digital gallery on the event’s website, and exhibited publicly in an outdoor projection exhibit in October to coincide with the nation’s centennial.

First, second, and third place winners will each receive a 7-day, 6-night food and accommodation package upon arriving in Taiwan! (From October 5 to 11, 2011; cost of plane tickets and visa fees not included.)

Prizes
‧One first place prize: US$1,000 and 7-days, 6-nights of food and accommodation
‧One second place prize: US$500 award and 7-days, 6-nights of food and accommodation
‧One third place prize: US$300 award and 7-days, 6-nights of food and accommodation
‧97 honorable mention prizes: ROC 100th anniversary memorabilia

Additionally, the winner of the most online votes will receive one Apple iPad 2. 20 participants in the online voting will also be randomly selected to receive one RTI retro-style radio each.

Eligibility
The contest is open to all foreign nationals living either in Taiwan or abroad. (ROC nationals are not eligible.)

Eligible paintings must include the following elements:
1. The artist’s impression of Taiwan
2. The artist’s blessing for the country’s centennial
3. The digits ‘100’

Judging Criteria
A panel of five professional judges will chose the 100 winning paintings. Evaluation will be based on each piece’s thematic expression (40%), creativity (30%), and use of color (30%).

Specifications

Entries must be A3 sized (420mm x 297 mm) for paintings in traditional media, or 720 dpi (1920 x 1080) in JPG format for digital paintings.

The submission period is from April 15, 2011 to June 30, 2011. Entries received after June 30, 2011 will not be accepted.

for more details visit: http://www.rti.org.tw/ajax/2011/2011_blessing/en/

How to win an art competition

So I’ve decided to enter, and win both $1000 and the ipad 2. This is going to be a bit tricky: I will need to paint something incredible that grabs the audience and gets them to vote for me. I’ll also need to be less jaded, cynical and controversial to get the judges to pick me – nothing too sexy or with political/religious undertones. Something fun and awesome… with the number “100” on it (I hate that requirement, but what can you do?)

I don’t have an idea yet but it’s definitely worth thinking of one. I wish I could do my “google God eating people” painting which is going to be awesome, but I don’t think that will fit; neither will the “hot girl gives fellatio to Taipei 1o1” idea. My “two Taiwanese gods angry as Jesus steals Asian Baby” painting is out, too.

Maybe just people laughing and having fun? A pretty landscape? I’ll think of something.

Art Revolution Taipei 台北新藝術博覽會 2011 (5-12/14)

I just noticed Art Revolution Taipei 台北新藝術博覽會 2011 is coming up! It’s the same weekend as the Young Art Taipei 2011 Exhibition 台北國際當代藝術博覽會 (5-12/14); which means I get to spend some time exploring tons of contemporary Asian art. I participated in last year’s show and had such a great time. This year’s event looks even bigger and has some of my favorite artists coming. Something clever I didn’t notice before: Art Revolution Taipei 2011 abbreviated is A.R.T. 2011.

Unfortunately I was too busy this year to do much painting, and didn’t apply. But I’ll still go and look around – as should you if you’re available.

It’s at the Taipei World Trade Center #2, near the 101 Building. See you there!

Details

Place: Taipei International Trade Center (TITC), Hall 2 No.3, Shung-Lian Road, Taipei
http://www.taipeishow.com.tw/map1.php

Time: May 12 – 14, 2011 12:00~20:00
May 15, 2011 11:00~17:00

Admission: NT$100

From the website:

Asia’s brand new revolutionary art fair, Art Revolution Taipei 2011 (A.R.T. 2011) features leading and emerging galleries and artists around the globe. 216 plus artists, ranging from the established to the latest generation of emerging figures, are represented in the show’s multiple sections. We expect to see tens of thousands of art lovers visiting and enjoying the show.

The exhibition includes time-tested and cutting-edge paintings, sculptures, drawings, installation, photographs, and prints. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the Art Revolution Taipei, including art collectors, art dealers, artists, curators and other art enthusiasts, to enjoy a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind art fair. Another important spot of Art Revolution Taipei 2011 is that we will also invite 100 highly renowned and influential collectors to attend, which would certainly guarantee to bring great attention to the participating artists and their works.

 

Gratuitous pictures of last year

My glory days – too bad I’ll be missing it this year!

Derek Murphy Art Surrealism Oil Paintings

Contemporary Artists Surrealistic Oil Painting

 

For more information visit 台北新藝術博覽會 Art Revolution Taipei 2011 (www.arts.org.tw) or the Facebook Page.

Young Art Taipei 2011 Exhibition 台北國際當代藝術博覽會

Next weekend (5/13-15th) is the 3rd annual “Young Art Taipei” hotel art exhibition (台北國際當代藝術博覽會). If you’ve never been to a hotel exhibition, they’re pretty fun: each art gallery rents out a room and shows the art they want; guests can stroll through the hotel checking out the different rooms.

“Young Art” in Taipei is considered less than 45 – which means I still have 14 years before I’m famous enough to be invited by a gallery to display (artists can’t self-represent, they have to have a gallery backing them – although I don’t know why I couldn’t just rent a room myself and leave the door open and greet visitors. Maybe I’ll try that next time!)

If you’re a VIP with a pass, you can get into the opening on Thursday. If not, hours are 2-8pm Friday through Sunday. It’s located at the Dynasty Hotel, which is next to IKEA and the Outback Steak House on Tung Hua Rd. The closest MRT is NanJing Dong (East) Rd on the Brown Line.

Show Time 2011 年 5 月 13 日 (周五Friday) 2 pm – 8 pm
2011 年 5 月 14 日 (周六Saturday) 2 pm – 8 pm
2011 年 5 月 15 日 (周日Sunday) 2 pm – 6 pm
Location Dynasty Hotel Taipei Sunworld Dynasty
105, No. 100 Tun Hwa North Road, Taipei 

No. 100號, 敦化北路, 松山區
台北市 105

 

 

There are some excellent galleries coming from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea and Taiwan so you should see a lot of fresh, kick-ass contemporary Asian art. I’ll post some pictures next week of the art itself. Here’s a gallery list with the room numbers. You can buy tickets at the entrance on the 9th floor. Another requirement is that all art must be priced less than $800, which is cheap enough for nearly anyone who’s interested in starting out in art investment, or who just needs to decorate the living room. Serious art collectors could swoop in and make some smart purchases.

 

Rm. # Gallery Name City
925, 926 2902 Gallery Singapore
903 A gallery HongKong
965 Aki Gallery Taipei
953 Art Edition Seoul
940 Art For All Society (AFA) Macau, Beijing
946 Artdish Tokyo
957 ARTHIS FINE ART Taichung
936 BOSS art gallery Taipei
923 Butchart Contemporary Art Space Taipei
938 Cloud Gallery Taipei
906,907 C.Na Gallery Beijing
902 Dahlia Gallery LLP Singapore
956 DerHorng Art Gallery Tainan
954 Dialogue Space Beijing
973 Dynasty Art Gallery Taipei
924 E.D.LEE GALLERY Taipei
962 Galerie Grand Siecle Taipei
909 Galerie OraOra HongKong
969 Gallery Kaze Osaka
930 Gallery Kogure Tokyo
967 Gallery TAIMEI Tokyo,Shanghai
955 Gallery Tsubaki Tokyo
963 gallery Uniglavas Tokyo
934 Han Art Agency, Ltd. Kaohsiung
901 H-art Beat Tokyo
974 Ho Ho ARTS Taichung
978 hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO Tokyo
966 Imavision Gallery Taipei
904 Inart Space Tainan
910 JFA Living Art Taipei
908 Julia Gallery Taipei
927 KAWATA Gallery Kobe
952 Keumsan Gallery Seoul ,Heyri,Tokyo
959 Ke-Yuan Gallery Taichung
941,942 KING SPACE Taipei,Shanghai
975 Kinoshokikaku+Gallery156 Tokyo
977 Lee Gallery Taipei
939 Linda Gallery Singapore,Beijing,Jakarta
940 Linda Gallery@ Singapore,Beijing,Jakarta!

 

For more information go to http://www.youngarttaipei.com/

“Exposure 2”: Taipei Artist Village Foreign Artists’ Exhibition 台北國際藝術村-外國藝術家展覽 8/22/2011

Exposure 2 is coming up on October 22, 2011. It’s a collective art show (外國藝術家展覽) / outdoor art fair at the Taiwan Artist Village (台北國際藝術村), organized by the Taiwan Artists Collective. It’ll be a fun day with live music, food and a lot of foreign artists. I’ll be debuting some awesome new paintings, some incredible cut-out 3D art cards, paint-by-number postcards and some other fun stuff. It’s definitely the place to be in Taipei on Oct. 22nd – so be there, dammit!

Saturday, Oct. 22 · 12:00pm – 6:00pm – FREE Admission!
Location
Taipei Artist Village 台北國際藝術村 (02-33937377 )

No.7, Beiping East Rd.,Taipei 台北市中正區北平東路7號

Taipei Artist Village is about halfway between the Taipei Train Station and HuaShan art park; easy to walk to from either direction. From the organizers:

A day of raw art. There’s going to be a burst of colors and styles. A variety of appearances from various artists. It’s a day to expose the skills of artists from around the beautiful island of Taiwan. It will be an all day outdoor event. 

For more information visit the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118875508202516

Or the Taipei Artist Village page:

http://www.artistvillage.org/tav

 See you there!

How to make an artist website and sell your works online

Ha – hope I tricked you by the title. Actually I sold 22 works for a grand total of about $5000usd at my last exhibition, which was spent moving to Taipei, buying new furniture, and starting school. That was in August 2010, and I haven’t done any painting since then (I was working on my book, Jesus Potter Harry Christ – comparing the similarities between Jesus and Harry Potter.)

But I’m just about caught up on life, and found an awesome new wordpress theme for this site, which I’ll be updating soon (look around you; if this site looks a little messy and strange, I haven’t done it yet. If it looks shiny and kick-ass, it’s the new theme). I’ve also decided to share actual useful tips on how to be an artist, get into into galleries and sell your paintings.

But rather than post that stuff here, I’m starting a new website just for creative and indie artist/authors, called “Creativindie”. It’s going to rock.

Oh yeah – I’ve got a solo exhibit in National Taiwan University’s student center in May, so I’ll get a few new pieces done before then.

How to take an author or artist photo for your press kit + three things you’re already doing wrong

To launch my new book Jesus Potter Harry Christ I recently had a photoshoot with photographer Steven Vigar. I was surprised to learn it was difficult to find articles about how to shoot an author / artist photo, author /artist portrait examples, or even what makes good author / artist portrait photography. So I’m making my own, to chronicle the experience, and give fellow authors and artists tips on how to do it right.

Whether you’re an artist marketing your paintings or an author promoting your books, you can’t afford to hide your face. Especially in the modern age of myspace and facebook, people except to see pictures of everyone. This is especially true for authors and artists. You might ask, shouldn’t my paintings or book be enough? After all – it’s not really about ME, is it? And that’s where you’re wrong. This is because whenever people buy something, support something, share something or even like something, they usually do it because they respect or identify with the source.

A few reasons why you NEED a photo:

1) Creates personal interaction. People feel like they know you, they see you as more human. Just having a picture does increase sales. (You really should be making videos of yourself doing the things you love as well).

2) Gives you a chance to appear as an authority. If done right, a good author or artist photo will make you look good. Cool, smart, professional, etc. You can even try to look the way that your target market expects you to look.

3) You need one for your Press Kit. What’s that? You need to have a file of important information available just in case anybody wants to do a story about you. It should have your biography, statement, summary of key works, contact information, and a few stunning, high quality, high resolution pictures of you that can be printed.

How not to take an author or artist photo or picture

1) Don’t put your head on your chin. Unfortunately, everybody does this so much is come to be expected. This is what it seems natural to do, even though it is totally pretentious. The nice thing is that, even if you do it, most people won’t realize how dumb it is (because they are used to seeing it anyway). But don’t do it.

2) Don’t take a staged, weird or uncomfortable pose. It should be natural. It can even be an “action” pick of you doing something. (Writing or painting for example).

3) Don’t take an old family photo, a too-casual photo, etc.

The difference between cool and corny

Cool people do fun things cuz they don’t care who’s watching. Corny people do stupid things that they think might be cool. The difference is very, very subtle. It’s safer to take a standard, nice portrait of you smiling at the camera rather than try and do something fun or crazy and make yourself look stupid. If you can pull it off, a nice action picture of you doing something crazy and enjoying yourself could work really well… but it’s risky. Instead, try these tips:

Secrets to taking a great author or artist picture

First off, let me say I’m no expert to taking pictures. Like most people, I’m a little comfortable having my picture taken. Especially when a real live photographer is taking professional pictures of you. I feel self-conscious about where to put all my appendages. Here are some tips I learned from Steven Vigar.

1) Try everything. Taking pictures is a game. Take lots, and lots, and try everything, and see how they look.

2) The hands problem. Where to put my hands was my biggest problem. I like to stick them in my pockets, but that’s no good. We tried folding my arms, holding until my collar, leaning against a wall, or just hanging them by my side. The easiest solution would probably be doing something (like reading/holding up your own book) or painting /writing) so keep that in mind.

3) Dress nice. Even if you go casual, go nice casual. You want to make a good impression, that you’re professional and you care about your reputation. As an artist or writer, you may want to appear like you don’t give a damn, and that’s fine. Cool, stylish, grunge clothes can work too – if they’re awesome. But  your clients – especially art buyers – might not be impressed. Why not be safe and look good for the people who can afford to actually buy something?

4) Smile. Yes, moody, pensive, frowning author portraits are common. But they’re overrated. A warm, genuine smile works better. A laugh is great too if you can capture it.

5) Find pictures that you like to copy. Don’t try searching for “author / artist portraits” or “author / artist photo“. You won’t find much. Instead, check out actor or models headshots or modeling agencies. They know how to take portraits.

6) Work with a professional. This is especially true for authors. Artists can get away with having lots of fun pics on their website. Authors usually need one great one; and you can tell right away if a picture is professional or amateur. An amateur picture says “this author isn’t successful enough to afford a photographer.”

This doesn’t mean you have to spend tons of money. Let it be known on your blog or on Facebook that you need some pics taken. Trade or barter or buy a cup of coffee for whichever hobbyist photographer with a great camera offers to help you out.

7) Drink beer. This was the last thing we tried to ‘loosen me up’ enough to let my personality come out. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

Here are a some of the author pics taken by Steven Vigar. Which one do you like?

For more of Steven Vigar’s stunning professional photography, click here.

Geisai2 Taipei Art Fair 2010 – Derek Murphy

What?: GEISAI TAIWAN#2 には、出展物がオリジナル作品であれば、プロ・アマ問わずどなたでも参加できます。
Where?: 台湾台北市華山創意文化園區 (Huashan Culture Park Taipei)


Today I went to a big art fair in HuaShan Culture Park called Geisei – it’s a Japanese art fair run by a famous artist. There were a couple hundred artists ranging from bleh to pretty sick (= great). Unfortunately, for my part, I didn’t do so well.

I’d planned on making a big deal out of this but have been too busy with school and writing my book, so I didn’t prepare at all. Also, I hadn’t realized that you were supposed to really think about how to use the space creatively. All I did was throw up some old beaten up paintings and some of my leftovers from previously galleries.

Also, probably because I paid last minute, they stuck me upstairs (I think opened an extra room as an afterthought) and about 1/4th or less of the visitors realized there was anything up there. So we missed all the heavy traffic. And, for some reason I brought only a few hundred of my postcards (rather than the 1000+ I have at home) so I ran out. Then, I took a taxi home to get more, but left me keys at the show, so went back empty handed. I had no business cards or anything, really pathetic. And I was freaking tired. I quit early and left.

It wasn’t a total loss, I got some exposure, people like my stuff, I made some new friends. If they do it again next year I’ll plan it well and put together a much better showing.

I was number “C001” (C-0-0-1) which looks like “Cool” . 🙂

Here are some pictures of the stuff I liked. My buddy Hack put together a very nice showing, spent a lot of time on it, was well prepared. My absolute favorite was the wolf wrestling the sexy sheep girl by Touko Yuma. Fantastic painting.