Michael Reid [michaelreidart]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I am an art dealer; advisor; author; columnist and educator. In addition to these core skills I am a co- founding director of Art Month Sydney; a director of the Foundation of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales; a member of the Law Society of New South Wales; the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association and am on the advisory board of Desart (the Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Centres). McCulloch’s Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, The Miegunyah Press, 2006, has my entry across pages 822-823.
What is your message?
Art is to be thoroughly enjoyed, not worshipped.
Your biography in four lines.
I am work
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
Gallery iPhone App
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Time. I need time and space to be creative. Walking in the garden does wonders for me.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Technology is a method for delivering the creative process. It is not the creative process unto itself.
What is art?
Art is an expression of who we are; where we have come from and what we would like to achieve
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
If you believe you can do something- than you generally can. If you believe that something is beyond you- then you are probably right again.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
I am not an artist. I am a highly creative person, and the garden and business are my playgrounds
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
As a rule of thumb, highly creative and successful people are ruthlessly self-centered (and I include myself in this). We are agents of change and change more often than not, bulldozes the status quo
We are our work, and without a seconds thought we believe all else must be subordinate to our practice. It is not a pretty sight (nor is it something to boast about) for there will always be a great number of casualties.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
I would hope that I am not that narrow
How should a work of art be evaluated?
With eye, heart & head
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
Absolutely not. They must keep on keeping on and evolve their practice organically –over time.
Only the intellectually bankrupt search for change, for changes sake.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
There is way too much public funding for the arts.
Is art necessary?
As an expresiion of humanity, art long existed before questions as to the nature of its existance, were formulated. And there is your answer.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
You have moved on- in intent and emotion- from the end of one undertaking and the begining of another.
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
Oh my God. These sort of questions make one want to slip the safely catch off the revolver.