Inspired by whimsy and purity of the feminine form, Cindy Shaoul is known for her impressionistic and abstract style. She is best recognized for her series ‘Brides’, ‘Dripping Dots’ and ‘Hearts’, as well as her ‘Plein-Air’ street scenes of quintessential New York locations. Shaoul’s works can be found in hundreds of permanent private and corporate collections worldwide. This is Part 2 of Cindy’s exclusive interview to The World Art News.
What is the most expensive painting you ever sold and what was it?
It was a large 60 x 60 inches painting titled ‘Dripping Dots – Monaco’ which sold for $10,000.
On average, how long does it take for you to create an artwork?
It depends on which collection and how large the artwork will be. For instance, a small ‘My Heart’ may take up to 3-7 days. Larger works, because of all the paint layering and the overall technique, on average I would say anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month. And because I use so much paint, it takes a long time to dry, that always adds another week or two.
How do you decide what size a painting will be, and what is the typical size of your artwork?
My thematic collections often dictate the size of the artwork. For example, most of my paintings from ‘My Hearts‘ series are 10 x 8 inches, that way they can be displayed in an installation of 2 more. My street scenes are usually 20 x 16 inches or smaller, although I have gotten commissions for larger 36 x 48 inches as well.
The ‘Dripping Dots’ collection is where I love to go big! So far the largest I have created is a 62 x 62 inch piece. I do smaller paintings in this genre as well, starting at 12 x 12 inch, however, typically I work with the 36 x 48 inch canvas, which I find fills most spaces beautifully … and I just love this size format overall.
There are so many artists today creating amazing art in a vast array of mediums and styles, do you ever feel the pressure of competition?
At times, of course. But a large part of staying true to yourself as an artist is just focusing on your own thoughts, doing your thing, and not letting any outside noise mix-up your one-of-a-kind artistic formula. I am always inspired by other artists who are on their own unique path, creating incredible pieces. You can look at them as competition or inspiration – the choice is yours.
How and where do you sell your art?
Mainly online and through art galleries.
Do you have to look for clients or do they find you?
Most of the time clients find my work.
Who buys your artworks and from what countries do your clients come from?
For the most past I am not really sure because the galleries are handling that side, but when clients find me, it ranges greatly, from young collectors to retired couples. I’ve personally sold all over the United States as well as to Paris, London, Shanghai, even to Peru.
What is the average age of your buyers and with how many clients do you work with on a regular basis?
I would say, around 40-50 years old. I usually work on commissions for several clients on a monthly basis and in addition paint for various collections, galleries as well as online sellers.
What is your overall outlook on how the art market is changing?
I think more and more people are getting their feet wet in the art market, and taking the leap of faith in buying original artworks from modern artists. I’m super excited to be creating during this time, because I want first time buyers to know that purchasing a unique work of art is very easy and should be a fun experience!
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