First and foremost, let’s clarify what a series is when it comes to art. A painting series can be many things, but the paintings in the series all need to have a common thread that connects them. Connections can be made by using a common technique, color palette or the same subject or elements done in different mediums or different ways. A series is essentially a collection of paintings that when viewed leaves no doubt the same artist created them all. The theme running through the work is stated and restated in different yet interconnected ways, and the viewer can look at the collection and understand more easily what the artist is trying to convey. In this post, I’ll share a couple of the series that have emerged in my work and how they came about. WHY A SERIES? A series done well speaks to the breadth and scope of an artist’s creative abilities and to the depth with which they can expound on a particular subject, concept or idea. After the commitment to begin a series is made, it begins to take on a life of its own. With each additional painting in a series, the original thought grows into something more refined and bigger than a singular painting could ever be. Every addition allows the artist’s voice to get louder and clearer demonstrating that they are on a path, know what they’re doing, where they’re going, and what they have to do to get there.
Creating a series in art offers numerous benefits for both the artist and the audience. Let's explore some of the reasons why artists choose to work in series:
Depth of Exploration: A series allows an artist to delve deeply into a particular theme, concept, or subject. By creating multiple pieces with variations and different perspectives, the artist can fully explore the intricacies and nuances of the chosen theme, revealing its complexity and richness.
Coherence and Unity: A well-executed series creates a cohesive body of work that is visually and thematically connected. The common thread running through the paintings establishes a sense of unity, making it clear that they all belong together, which can be visually appealing to viewers.
Artistic Growth: As an artist progresses through a series, they inevitably evolve and grow. The continuous exploration of the same subject matter allows them to refine their techniques, experiment with different approaches, and push their creative boundaries.
Clear Communication: Working in a series enables the artist to communicate their ideas and message more effectively. The repeated exploration of a theme allows the artist to convey their intentions with greater clarity, making it easier for viewers to understand and connect with the artwork.
Narrative and Storytelling: A series can tell a visual story or present a narrative. Each painting becomes a chapter or a piece of the puzzle, contributing to the overall storytelling experience for the audience.
Recognition and Signature Style: Developing a distinct series with a unique style, technique, or subject matter can become an artist's signature. It helps in establishing recognition and identity within the art community and among collectors.
Engagement and Interest: Series can intrigue and captivate the audience, encouraging them to spend more time exploring the different pieces, uncovering the connections, and appreciating the depth of the artist's vision.
Exhibition and Market Opportunities: Curators and galleries often find series compelling for exhibitions, as they offer a comprehensive and coherent display of an artist's work. Additionally, collectors may be more interested in acquiring a series of artwork that resonates with them.
Overall, a well-executed art series can showcase an artist's creativity, skill, and vision in a powerful way, leaving a lasting impact on both the artist and those who experience the artwork. It provides an opportunity for artistic growth, a platform for meaningful expression, and a way to connect with the audience on a deeper level.