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Does Winning Always Mean Success?

The answer to the question is, NO, definitely NOT.  Back in 2007, I entered into an art competition just for the fun of it with the SAA (Society for All Artists).  I did the usual and paid the entrance fee for a few paintings, took out a membership and then waited.  A couple of months later I received a mail from the SAA asking me to send one of my paintings as it had been short-listed for the Abstract Experimental category.  I was over the moon, I was thinking that I was on my way to bigger things, they had chosen me.  I was told I had to have the painting framed but they would sort out shipping costs.  I got it framed and it cost me a good few hundred but I thought it worth the investment.

 

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Later, I received another mail telling me that I had won in this category and would be invited to exhibit at the Art Fair which took place near Oxford.  I was delighted about that too.  I thought that curators would be knocking my door down for invites.  No, that didn’t happen.  All that happened was I got the certificate above and a £100 shopping voucher to use on the SAA’s online shop and a subscription to their crap magazine, oh and a mention in it which you can’t even find online now, the link don’t work.

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The Painting that won

My advice is if you are going to enter an art competition and in the event, you win it, unless it’s for the Turner Prize or some big renowned organization, don’t expect too much.  It was written that there were 36,000 entries for this competition, but the marquee at the event was big enough for about half a dozen people, so I’m not sure if all was legit.

 

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Some Inspiring Events

I have had a few exhibitions in the past and I have done some pieces for some special friends.  Some of the below are of places where I exhibit or have exhibited and some are just things I created for my friend’s restaurant and some are my paintings lying around in my studio and the last one, well you can guess that’s not mine, but it’s where I would like to exhibit.

I loved sitting in one corner when I had these and just listening, it could have been classed as self-harming sometimes, but nothing too drastic was said.

 

The World’s Rarest Colors Live inside This Library

Harvard’s century-old Forbes Pigment Collection contains a literal rainbow of powders—many with origin stories that are practically legend.

Source: The World’s Rarest Colors Live inside This Library

Harvard’s century-old Forbes Pigment Collection contains a literal rainbow of powders—many with origin stories that are practically legend.

Source: The World’s Rarest Colors Live inside This Library

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Videos James Presley

Here are some of the videos I have uploaded to my  YouTube account.  If you want a more up close and personal look at my works then click on the link below which will take you to the video page on my online gallery.

It’s so hard to get true colours when you are taking photos of your paintings and I think videos give a more realistic feel of how they would look in life.  Enjoy!

Source: Videos James Presley

 

 

 

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James Presley – New Works Added

Take a peek at my gallery, I have uploaded some new works.  You can click on the link below.  I have also uploaded some videos to my other gallery.  You can take a peek by clicking here.  You’ll have to forgive the commentary on some of them, there isn’t any because the music I was playing in the background was copyrighted.

Source: James Presley – Large and Small Abstracts