Do real artists need a Facebook page?

Value Art Facebook screenshot

When I asked myself whether I actually need a Facebook page or not, I was a little hesitant in the beginning. Since I want to keep the online presence simple and leave out anything that could be distracting I wasn’t too fond of the idea of adding this main stream channel to my communication mix. Classic dilemma: being afraid of blending one’s name with a main stream brand and thereby risking to be taken less serious vs. the opportunity to reach more people with one’s message. In the end I decided to create the page because it makes it very convenient for everyone to stay updated. And since I – probably just like many other people who are proud of their work – want to reach as many people as possible with my message, I decided to just go for it.

So, here is the link to the page. Consider liking it if like the Value Art concept or just want to be updated with the latest news.


What do you think? Good or bad idea?
Comment below or tweet @matthiaskamann


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Searching for a pseudonym

Matthias signature on Value Art paintings

Matthias signature on Value Art paintings

Most artists have a name that is rather easy to remember and in a way unique. If their given name isn’t that exclusive they might use a special pseudonym.

I guess Kamann doesn’t sound too fancy, or does it? Just Matthias? Mmhh, probably not that great either. I guess I have to continue looking for a better one. Until I find one I just go by the name Matthias Kamann – yes, I totally agree, maybe a little too ordinary for an artist’s name.

If you have any suggestions, please let me know, comment or contact me on Twitter @matthiaskamann #valueart

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Banksy stall sells art works for $60 in New York

Banksy New York - Spray Art -  Value Art

Yesterday I read about Banksy’s latest coup, selling original signed canvas in the streets of New York.

The fact that probably no one who passed by either knew that it was Banksy’s art or even thought these spray-paints would be originals makes this event very interesting. This creates a classic “Imagine if …”-scenario. “Imagine you had been there and only known that these paintings are actually orinals.” I actually had this thought when I read this story. What about you?

I guess that if anybody new about it the whole stall would have been sold out in less than a minute. Who wouldn’t pay $60 for an original Banksy?

One thing I found rather interesting, the canvas with the price sprayed on it :) Obviously it wasn’t meant to be sold for the price of $60. But I wish I could have asked the old man who sold the canvas whether I could buy exactly that one.

I must say that I also was a bit glad to see that Banksy made his spray paints in black and white on canvas – well, just as I did ;) If I had the opportunity I would also like to take my seven canvas and sell them on the streets of New York. Obviously, I wouldn’t need a canvas with the price written on it. I wonder how the people of New York would react on a stall with seven large canvas, only with numbers written on them….

Would you buy a Banksy spray paint canvas for $60?
What would be the maximum amount you would pay for one of those paintings?
I would really like to read your answer. Comment below or tweet to @MatthiasKamann #valueart

Banksy sells art in New York

More about Banksy New York

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How to look like an artist

Fabrice (artist)

Today I found this picture of an artist on Flickr (courtesy of Michiel Jelijs). I always thought, to look like a proper artist one has to look a little different than everyone else. That guy on the image certainly does a good job showing that he is an artist. Maybe art is just his hobby and he works actually as a dentist, wearing a white doctor’s overall.

So, I guess, if you want to reach many people with your art it might be helpful to dress like an artist – or at least in a way people think an artist should look like.

I must confess that neither my wardrobe, haircut or accessories are very artistic. My wardrobe is packed with blue, white and black shirts. There’s only one purple and yellow one which I only dare to wear on motto-parties – for example “bad taste party” or “Studio 54”. Not even my stubble or part-time beard shows any fancy lines that are shaved in a creative way.

Since my looks are more banker than artist, I thought I get some inspiration from the web and see what I could do to look at least a little more like someone creative and less like an accountant.

Google led me to a website that informs me about how to look like an artist in 5 steps:

1. Put spots of paint on your self and on your face…
2. Wear a brown apron and put some paint on that too
3. Wear a beret of any colour
4. Wear some ripped jeans
5. A nice colourful t-shirt would work

Well, after I read this I decided I might just stick to one of my black shirts and maybe black trousers whenever I want to look more like an artist. (Normally I probably wouldn’t wear this combination.)

However, now when you see me somewhere being dressed that way, you will know that I am in “artist mode“. ;)

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Value Art exhibitions in 2012

Value Art exhibition in library Växjö 2012

About two years ago, in Autumn 2011, I finished the Value Art paintings. One year later I had my first exhibition, starting with Café Tufvan in Växjö and then in the library of Linnaeus university in Växjö. Both exhibitions were quite a success I received many comments about the paintings and had a few very interesting discussions about the topic.

It was also fun to just sit close to one of the paintings and watch people stop in front of it, discussing with their friends what this art might be about, and then reading the paper with some information that I placed next to the painting.

Some spectators even smiling when looking at the art work, which made me very glad.

Here are two posts about the exhibitions which I mentioned in my blog in 2012:

About the exhibition in Café Tufvan Sebtember 2012

Read about the exhibition in the Library of Linnaeus university

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