Reflections on art and leadership

I use my art to reflect an artist and a senior manager in the financial services industry. I notice that the deeper I understand myself the more I succeed to impact others; in both art and work.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Finalist of Global Art Awards 2018

Yesterday I was thrilled to receive a mail with the above emblem in it.

Yes, after quite some preparation and hard work on this concept I have been selected among the finalist of this global award program. In a mail to the finalist the Organisation wrote:

"We thank you very much for entering the Global Art Awards - the Jury has now announced that you are shortlisted and in the Finals to make a chance to win. - Congratulations! This is a major achievement as we received an overwhelming amount of nominations.

Of each category one winner will be announced on 21st November 2018 at FIVE PALM JUMEIRAH DUBAI | PENTHOUSE, during the award ceremony presented by famous TV presenter Rania Ali. You can view the full programme here:"

Next to the excitement I feel gratitude to the many people that voted for me.

In more detail I am one of the 12 finalists in the category Conceptual Art. One of the encouraging reasons for me to take part in this challenging competition was actually that this award has a category for conceptual art. This is an indication that they see this as a material category and that they are open to the different and deeper thinking that supports the actual art object or manifestation. Still, I must say that seeing the massive amount of entries and also quite some nice art works I had lowered expectations somewhat.

But I got selected, yay (small jump of joy). Now the next days I will be concentrating on what to do regarding the final. I had pushed the option of being selected away as something " to worry about if or when it happens". Now I need to work out logistics, "the daytime job agenda" and such, but I realize this is a luxury problem.

While letting it sink in, let me again thank all supporters that helped make me visible by voting and develop my concepts...

Here you find all nominations


Akash Dhawan, Anna Zennaro, Bela Gold, Carlos Aranha, Cornelia Steckhan / Horn, Diego Boiocchi, Hiba Sultan, Irmin Jenni Bernstadt, Krishna VR, Maurice van Tilburg Glimne, Mery Godigna Collet, Riya Sharma

By itself not having any illusions to win the full prize, but in any case great opportunity to meet other artists, especially on the conceptual side.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Preparing for Global Art Awards

I received some weeks ago an invitation to participate to the Global Art Awards. I signed up with the Hidden Sacrifice concept, with as key art work ‘Protective Mantles’. Now voting has started and the work has just started. Sharing here some of the preparations.

First point is to select the right art work. I chose for Protective Mantles  as I have notice it is one of the more appealing art works. In general people more quickly relate to images that more directly express feelings and that they can connect to their own reality. A largely figurative art work therefore is more suitable to attract direct attention and appreciation from the general viewer. In addition people in general do not connect easily with artworks that have a clear ‘dark side’. This is a pity as any proper art needs to make some form of reference to darkness, sadness or pain. If it is not that, and only aims to convey an aesthetic image, it is more design than art... So if I was aiming primarily at a highly educated jury I would ave taken the darkest work from the Hidden Sacrifice series. But, I am betting here that I first need to to catch their interest by aesthetics before they will be willing to deepen their understanding of the conceptual ideas and darkness.

When sending the requested pictures of art works, maximum 3, I need to pick also another art work to ensure they understand this concept is broader than the angel-like image of Protective Mantles. I chose to take the Worn-out Horses art work as it more clearly shows the parchment, the inside writings and reference to ancient religious crafts. After all, the preparation of parchment for this series includes rituals to sanctify the animal skin being ‘sacrificed’. And it is decorated by script in style of writing as was done on the original parchment in 14th and 15th century and texts that stem from religious writings that are linked to the subject of relationship between humans and animals.

The Global Art Award Organisation also requested a profile picture. So I thought to get inspired. In the Thales when traveling back from Paris this week I decided to play with my iPad and the Procreate App. The result you can see above. Quite happy with the resulting design ( not art, for the record) and that with working on it for some 90 minutes or so.

As it is sometimes difficult to capture the detailed expression of the art works in the glass bell I thought to add a zoomed picture, hoping this will help people to explore and fantasize what might be in the glass bells and what could be the themes that it refers to.

Another effort to create a view of the art works that conveys more clearly the structure of the objects is above. Again I created this with Procreate, trying to simplify the composition and also allow people to understand what is displayed into the glass bell.

Now preparation starts:
- providing all images and information to the Global Art Award Organisation
- sharing with my network the link where they can vote, using mainly Facebook and Instagram as my LinkedIn account is mainly a business network, which I do not want to mix.

Considerations when signing up for the competition:
- I filed my art under the Conceptual Art category, as its richness is mainly in the depth of the concept and does not always show from a picture
- there is quite some competition. Display on their site is only an image of the art work. This is great, but actually risks that choices are made based on the image only.
- my artwork is truly different than anything else I have seen, and hope the images show enough of that. Quite some ‘design’ art that pleases the eyes but does not appear to have much depth. So, raises my interest into what the jury will appreciate.
- overall a competition like this is easily pushing you purely into competition reflexes, but in the end to me ( with my other work distraction ) is just really a way to focus on my art for some time. It is generally difficult to find time and energy for art when the agenda is already filled with many other work related challenges. And trying to be somewhat of a father to my children too.

Well getting on with it.

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