only to discover, apparently,
that someone is possibly copying my artwork and selling it in a stand at Victoria Square, Belfast!!!!
I have no proof, since the person who told my husband says he knows my work well from facebook, and thought he saw my black and white work in a stand there 6 months to a year ago!
OK, so it`s a bit vague and quite a while back, but I am upset and the nerves have been touched so, while I can do very little about it at the moment and need to clarify what it is he saw exactly, I am just posting this in case any of you local readers have spotted anything fishy....
Neither of the two galleries who show my work in the vicinity have ever had a stand there and neither have I. (Although, now might be a good time to get my ass into gear and have one, fee depending).
So, please, please, spare a thought for us artists, who try to make a living from any little bit of talent that God has given us, only to have it stolen from under our noses, by unscrupulous, lazy so-and-sos. Advertising on social media is apparently a necessary evil these days. I say evil because while it gives us the exposure we need, it unfortunately opens the door for thieving buggers who can`t think nor create for themselves.
My style found me, I didn`t set out to find it, and it`s constantly evolving, but perhaps as I read in a blog post by artist Jackie Simmonds recently, having a unique style is not as good as it might appear. Mike Bernard`s work has been copied by another artist too, no names given, but have my suspicions....
Let`s not confuse inspiration with downright lack of manners!
If you see something that has obviously been copied from this style, (see image below) please let me know. Any artists that I know who have uncovered a copycat have usually done so with the help of a friend or fellow artist who spotted something. Any help would be greatly appreciated, although fingers crossed, it`s just a case of mistaken identity, as opposed to a stolen one!
the herd, part 2