Why Politics and Art Sales Don’t Mix

In spite of the fact that the campaigning for this year’s presidential election has been going on for well over a year (actually, did it ever really end after the last election?) we still have eight tumultuous months of electioneering ahead.

Election season is always a complicated time for the country,  but it seems especially so during this cycle. Emotions run high, and even friends and families sometimes divide down party lines. Lawn signs and bumper stickers abound and the election is front and center in every newspaper and cable news show.

We almost can’t help ourselves – we’re Americans and we love a good political fight.

While politics permeate almost every aspect of our daily lives, I would argue that there is one place where it doesn’t belong, and that is in the conversation of any artist or gallery professional engaged in the sales process.

The art sales process is, as you probably already know, a very delicate undertaking. During a sale, everything has to line up perfectly. First, you have to be in the right place to encounter a willing buyer. Second, you have to interest them in your art and persuade them that buying a piece is a good idea. You have to ask them for the sale and often resolve doubts that stand in the way of commitment. Fourth, you have to process the sale and deal with the logistics of physically transferring ownership of the piece of art.

Any distraction can throw the process off track, and once you are off the track it is nearly impossible to get back on.

A political conversation is going to be just such a distraction. You might think you actually help your cause if you and your potential buyer share political opinions – wouldn’t sharing a common interest strengthen your relationship and trust with the customer? While you might expect this to be the case, it simply isn’t so. Politics stir up such profound emotions and passions that even when you are agreeing with one another, the political conversation has filled up your buyer’s mind (and probably yours as well) and again, you are off the tracks.

Of course, it is going to be even worse if you disagree. Several year ago, I overheard a conversation of an artist who had some strong political opinions. While I don’t remember the exact conversation, it was clear that her sentiment lined up with the “Occupy” movement and that she felt the rich were too rich and that they needed to give more back to “the people”. It was clear she had put a lot of thought into her position, and she made some interesting arguments. I wondered, however, if she had stopped to realize that in all likelihood, most of her buyers would fit into the class she was railing against. While she probably never would have expressed these opinions in a setting where buyers might be present (I hope!) I would be concerned that her view might prejudice her feelings toward her buyers.

Remember, people are far more than the labels with which we might try to paint them. You might have a difficult time agreeing with a customer’s political views, but you will likely find that you share other common interests (especially art related interests) and can communicate successfully around those common interests without your political persuasions getting in the way.

So with that in mind, declare your art business a politics-free zone.

  • Avoid posting political thoughts, images or even humor on your website, blog or social media if there is any possibility a potential buyer will see it.
  • Don’t place signs in your yard or bumper stickers on your car if clients might see them (at a studio tour or on a delivery, for example).
  • Don’t ask your client’s who they support, and decline to engage in a conversation if they try find out who you support. I guess you might call this the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. I simply state that I find that politics and business don’t mix and that I have declared the gallery a politics-free zone.

Please don’t get me wrong, I feel that political engagement is a critical civic duty and I feel that we should all be educated and informed when it comes to making important decisions about the direction of our country. I simply advocate creating a firewall between your politics and your art sales.

I recognize that some artists are political artists and that social consciousness and politics are a critical element of their work. For these artists it’s impossible not to have politics enter into the conversation. These artists have already come to terms with the fact that their work may alienate members of one political movement or the other.

What do you think? Do you agree that politics and business don’t mix, or do you think there is a place for political discussion even in your business? Have you had positive or negative experiences engaging in political conversations with your potential buyers? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of reddotblog.com, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.

65 Comments

      1. What about it?
        Acknowledging that some artists have politically-themed art and can’t avoid politics showing up in the discussion says nothing about how the sales discussion works when politics have a high probability of appearing.

  1. I have not as of yet known any artist that is not a self expressionist when it come to their views on politics. Sad, however, true. I have at least on one occasion stated a personal opinion towards a political party. Though I am not quite sure of the impact or importance it may have had on my art attracting buyers. Either they love my work, or not, seems a bit far fetched to think they would not purchase a painting from me due to my political opinion. Any thoughts from you Jason?

    1. It may or may not impact a sale, but my point is, why risk it? I’ve seen too many political discussions get heated lately, and that can be heated disagreement or heated agreement. My point is that if you are talking about politics, you are no longer talking about art.

      Let me prove my point.

      Donald Trump.

      Without saying a word about my opinion on the candidate, without expressing support or disdain, I just stirred up your emotions with the mere mention of his name.

      I feel that art transcends politics, and I also feel that it has far more lasting value.

      1. Yeah Jason, I think you have a point. After all its my artwork which is the priority the moment I am with my client. Its the ultimate reason why our business relationship exists. In other words, my Art work is what sparked the conversation in the first place, so why change the subject and talk about something irrelevant to my market prospects? I deem it unimportant in this regard and Above all, it could make my work lose the client’s attention let alone buying it. The bottom line is this; You are an artist so just stick to your goals. Politicians do not speak art on the campaign platform, likewise I should not dilute my marketing skills with some kind of distraction and gamble with my fortune. Its of no use.

      2. I have always tried to keep political conversations out of anything that I did professionally. During the last election, a client of the gallery gave this idea validation. He told me that he’d just walked away from a possible purchase of artwork at another gallery due to an argument over political candidates. Not only that, he said he would never go back there. This may be an extreme example, but I think it illustrates your point pretty well!

      3. They say that every novel is at least a little bit autobiography. I n like vein, I think you could say that every painting(/sculpture, etc.) is at least a little bit of a self portrait. Given some of the meaning academics have found in paintings (Jesus and Peter’s bodies form an M, so Leonardo must be suggesting something to do with Mary), even something as innocuous as an actual-place landscape can suggest a political orientation (You could have chosen a ruined barn for a subject because of all the factory farms putting family farms out of business, for example). Whether the conclusion is correct or not is another story.

  2. Sex, Politics and Religion have always been my “Three Taboos”. Every person I come in contact with is a potential lead , buyer, or future client, at a recent show I also noticed how an artist will stand with a circle of friends visiting with their back to their art , not realizing that people are looking around to see who it belongs to. I always stay with my art, and greet , introduce my self and ask people to sign my guest book…… Life Is Very Good. CoCo Leraas

  3. I agree totally I never mention politics nor do I do political themed work although from time to time I will use symbols but not overtly. Why alienate 49% of your customer base.

  4. Excellent article, Jason. The majority of my sales thus far have been to customers which I am personally acquainted . As far as I know, most of them are already aware of my political leanings. I don’t cower from my stance. That being said, however, when I meet new potential customers, I keep my opinions to myself. My goal is to focus on the artwork. I will do my best to dodge the proverbial “so who are you voting for” questions!

  5. Well said and thank you for posting this timely blog! I have found myself to be in this very predicament. Not artist to buyer but artist to artist. Being in a room with fellow artists and this topic has come up numerous times. The assumption that everyone in the room has the same views is just that….an assumption. The statements made have been quite hurtful. You never know who you are standing next to and what their life story is. Compassion, empathy and understanding go a long way.

    1. Well said Val, and an excellent point. And truthfully, are we going to convince someone who doesn’t agree with us that we are right and they are wrong? Probably not . . .

  6. Oil and water! When speaking about politics you are bound to step on some toes. I agree that’s it best to avoid the subject as even joking about it can alienate buyers. A gallery that has represented my work for 27 years showed me their sales spreadsheets and the big dip in sales every four years during an election year. Interestingly, sales spiked in December right after the elections. More so than in non-election years! It did not matter who won or lost, the uncertainty was over. This is a consistent sales pattern set over 27 years. With that much tension already on people’s minds why exacerbate the anxiety by talking politics?

  7. I totally agree. I am shocked at the number of artists that broadcast their political views on social media like Facebook and Twitter. We should never assume that clients won’t be turned off by our views.

  8. I agree with studio, car and social media but there are times when I want a sign in my yard. I guess I’m willing to risk a sale if I feel strongly enough.

    Once I had a client buy paintings in spite of the fact that I went to Iowa snd she was Iowa State. I didn’t engage of course and we ended up having a mutual friend.

    We are who we are and also need to be careful not to be willing to be anything anyone wants us to be just to make a sale. Especially if it goes against our fundamental self.

  9. I keep mine completely separate. Different facebook accounts under different names, etc. My left hand never knows what my right hand is up to…especially since I am very politically involved.

  10. Curious… there seems to be this consensus that art sales will be down in an election year as folks tend to hold back due to uncertain times. Do you find this true?

    1. It’s hard to make a direct correlation, but inasmuch as the election introduces uncertainty and that uncertainty tends to make the stock market more volatile, we do see a slight downturn during election years.

      1. Interesting that election years would affect the art market. My family was in the commercial construction business and election years were always very slow. Most of our customers would hold off letting contracts until after the elections. For my art business, last year was slow and this year sales have been non-existant so far.

        1. That happens to me every four years! Clients who felt free to buy in non-election years will wait until after General Elections to make that big purchase. I wonder if it’s the same with cars and houses. It seems superstitious to me( wouldn’t your state of employment, or investment, impending retirement, health be a better factor in determining whether to purchase art?) But I’ve seen it enough that it seems to be true, in my case anyway.

  11. Curious… there seems to be a consensus that “art sales will be down in an election year “. Do you find this to be true?

    1. Sales are usually down in election years due to stress and uncertainty. Also, sales can downturn after disasters and economic downturns. It doesn’t matter what the politics an artist has, it is just how it works.

  12. Thanks Jason ~ Very timely and thoughtful. I SO much appreciate your thought … “Remember, people are far more than the labels with which we might try to paint them. ” Being gracious is my ultimate goal – in my life and of course in my art. None of us are stereotypical ‘anything’. It may be an easy thing to group people together, but it’s a lazy and unproductive pastime. We can never really know another’s experience, or judge how they’ve responded to it. For all these reasons, I fully support leaving politics outside of my relationship with my clients.

  13. Actually, ANY kind of politics doesn’t mix with business. Whether it be actual politics, or your views on religion, sexual orientation, or just your opinion about some issue like saving the whales, or whether you like or dislike a certain celebrity. It’s a mistake I made when I was young and in the art business. I made some comment about another artist’s work that I found violent towards women. I would have been best to keep my opinions to myself because it started a minor war on public media, and it took a long time to blow over. I still feel strongly about the subject but it was not the place for me to share my views on a site where we share our artwork. I learned that if I want to talk issues with people, that it’s best to talk among friends vs among potential clients. It was, however, a catalyst that inspired me to raise funds for rehabilitating human trafficking victims, so it wasn’t all bad.

  14. Jason, I can intellectualize what you’re saying and if I weren’t African American I would totally agree. However, since I’m not afforded that choice, I have to give my opinion. Yes, I also heard you say that, “if politics is the focus’ of your work then that’s something the artist has already chosen to deal with”. There are so few African American artist, let alone African American female artist, I feel I must tell the stories because if I don’t, I’m afraid our Voices will be forgotten. Yes I mean the nasty political stories…ugh….!
    My point is this, I believe as an artist, it’s our job to give and be the narrative of the times in which we live in. I’m an advocate and activist for social justice, so maybe my lens are of a different color. However, I believe we who can influence people should take the opportunity to do that, whether they agree or not. I’m not talking about changing people, I’m simply saying reflecting what’s going on in our country and not do the side step, as if we don’t live in here or are not affected by it, simply because we don’t want to loose a sale. Of course being an artist I say that loosely….lol. I do know my job is to be the voice of our generation. I’m not by any means saying all artist must follow my path, but I would hope and pray that all artist and you included see how crucial this is for us artist who must follow that path. Why not tell us how to sell those paintings that reflect political views, instead of saying stay away from them. I know you didn’t say don’t paint those paintings, you said, “try not to give your political opinions”. By the way I love, love, love your blog and adheres to most of your views and practices. Adrienne La Faye

    1. Thanks Adrienne – and what you’re talking about is exactly why I added the caveat that it’s a different story for an artist who is focussed on political subject matter. A landscape painter or a figure sculptor doesn’t necessarily have the direct connection to the politics the way you would. While many artists see a decrease in sales during an election year, you may actually see an increase!

      1. Jason, please give me insight to the best practices or the best venues to get my work in front of the galleries that might interested in showing my work. I also paint social justice paintings. Any suggestions?

  15. My husband is a professional musician and I am a professional artist. We would never consider posting a Federal or Provincial Election sign on the lawn, nor would we discuss political affiliations with the public. Potential clients may take offence, and memories are long where politics are concerned, especially in a smaller city. We are Canadian, but share the same sentiments as the post.

  16. I would be helped if this argument differentiated between politics and issues. Real issues that affect our future (like climate change) are politicized regularly and are being addressed by artists, myself included. The havoc we face as a species due to unchecked population growth is a political taboo that nonetheless deserves to be faced and discussed if civilization is to continue; nothing including a cancerous growth grows forever without causing its life support system (or victim) to fail. Cancer works as a metaphor for humanity taking over the earth for its own purposes, yet we live as if endless economic growth is the only worthwhile path and could never kill off our life support system. How much visual art takes on this large disturbing subject would be interesting to quantify. Electoral politics may be best avoided in discussions pertaining to art sales, but life-affecting issues may be among the most deserving of themes for artists to take up in whatever they create and market.

  17. So right, in most cases! I am a natural patriot and have earned a gold star or two, but do not affiliate in tandem with arts events….wise to avoid and stay focused on the artwork. Thank you .

  18. Adrienne, good stuff ….
    Some artists feel their art must deal with culture and the times. I applaud those who do. We need that perspective because of its timeless power. Political commentary in art or conversation will inflame half your audience left or right – guaranteed.
    Mine is more a salve for the soul. Those who have experienced hardship and turmoil and feel the art that graces their walls must calm rather that stimulate; relax instead of stimulate. No, not “pretty pictures,” serenity in image.
    We might take a notion from the Chinese. I went to China in 2010 and was startled the arts center in Beijing flagrantly illustrated the ills facing the country. Drug abuse, alcoholism, homelessness … the only reference to government was poverty. They even had a 12′ sculpture of a crucified Christ in the courtyard in a supposedly atheist country. Artists criticize social ills rather than their government. They got by with it … who isn’t against drug addiction? Even the Communist Party can agree with that. My favorite sculpture was an old fashioned IBM typewriter on a pedestal that pulsated. 🙂
    Some artists are deeply political and if they can’t get their point across through their art they follow up trying to convert visitors – bad mistake. You will never, ever change a convicted mind at an art show any more than with political emails. Give it up and go for the sale. Leave the fight for the voting booth and go do your art … that is your calling.

    1. Thanks Jackie, I agree with you. I don’t like to have those conversations with clients and it’s usually those clients who want to argue. However, I always try and let me art speak for itself. My goal isn’t to convert or convince anyone, my call says I must speak and that’s all I have to do. That’s all I usually have to do is just paint and say nothing. Thanks again!

  19. I’m grateful to see this wise advice stated in such a direct and pragmatic way. I totally agree with Jason. There’s so much animosity in the political arena, and one beautiful aspect of art is the way that it can draw people out of the rough and tumble of life into a realm of contemplative experience. Politics divides people. Art, by contrast, is (at least potentially) available to everyone — it speaks to whoever “gets” its message. It exercises our empathy and helps us better understand human experience broadly.

    What I find especially welcome about this cautionary advice is that it offers a bit of relief for the rest of us from those artists who seem to think that political engagement must insinuate into every hour of life. Some artists even define the very role of artist as politically provocative. Seems to me that history argues the very opposite (most art is not political), but nonetheless one encounters these artists who want to bash you over the head with their opinions, and you’re suppose to agree with whatever they believe. And, oh, their self-referential tirades are so narcissistic and tedious, and thus I heartily favor any effort that might discourage their pontifications. Let’s hear it for peace and quiet!

    If the subject matter of your art is political, why not let the art speak for itself. If it needs the additional amplification of the artist’s vocal megaphone, then perhaps “as art” it has failed. If political art is to matter, let it speak in the visual language of silence. Its message ought to be more efficacious for its having moorings that go deeper than just one election cycle.

    The people who need the advice most probably won’t heed it, but it’s refreshing to see pragmatism and neighborliness extolled. And as always Jason says these things in a very diplomatic and kind way.

  20. I actually have very strong political opinions but I keep them under wraps when there’s the potential for creating some bias against me due to my opinion. I’m most mindful of this when I post on Facebook. Much as I am tempted to post something political at times, I remember how much I wince when I see the political posts of a artist friend of mine on Facebook. She’s an amazing jeweler and painter, but I wouldn’t begin to post what she does. Sales suicide in my book!

  21. I produce political themed art under a pseudonym. I have very strong political views and I find it very cathartic to release them onto a canvas with oil paint.

    I do not support any political parties but instead paint my observations and understandings about how the system works. I have recently gained a lot of recognition in local publications for one of my political paintings.

    I live in Brighton on the south coast in England…

  22. I post political stuff on my personal facebook site but not on my page. That may not avoid all possible contamination as a buyer might see my personal posts. However I do not feel that I should avoid all mention of politics on facebook. I am not entirely non-political and while I might risk alienating some, that’s a risk I am willing to take. My opinions are pretty mainstream at any rate. I do not get into politics, religion and the like on my website.

    1. That’s what I do, Gary, no politics on my business page. I don’t know how much a non friends can see on my personal page, but I do post political opinions there. I’ve been staying away from the most charged posts. It will get harder as the political season continues. This was good advice. I think I’ll go through my friend list and turn any business contracts into acquaintances. Then, if I post to Friends Only, the others won’t see it.

  23. “Sex, Politics and Religion have always been my “Three Taboos”. -CoCo Leraas
    Th0se are the three very themes that have driven art movements throughout the ages. I find it nearly impossible to keep them out of contemporary art. I’m not sure what “movement” this era’s art will be defined as, but I would be surprised if it didn’t have socially relevant themes at its core. The changing roles for the sexes, the volatile state of race relations, the brewing contention between the religions, nationalism, et.al and my favorite topic, the state of our economy and our duty to preserve our national strength, all seem relevant to the role that art plays in influencing and recording the current culture of our time. I don’t particularly care for “inflammatory” imagery or narratives, debaucherous images, and sensationalism just for ones own self-aggrandizement or for plain “shock-value”. However, pushing the envelope should be core to any artists pursuit, be it by technique (e.g. exploiting a materials capabilities, unique technical approaches to traditional materials, etc), by theme, narrative or the exploration of new media. Part of the reason for “pushing the limits” is to gain attention, sure. But the main reason ought to be for the advancement of art in general.

    I know this is long for a comment but I’ll wrap up by saying:
    With all of that said, I am very conscious of remaining neutral when presenting my work and when discussing it. Particularly with potential collectors. And I certainly do not engage in any heated discussions regarding anything that is not core to my themes and narratives. That talk is better saved for barstools. I am an artist first… but a businessman second. It is a delicate but important balance and a very close race.

  24. When those situations arise, and they already have, I say, “Although I have strong opinions, my middle name is “Switzerland” so I’m declaring a neutral zone. So far, it’s worked well. Besides, I have numerous friends, family and acquaintances on every side of every fence. Opinions don’t usually change based on face to face or social media controversies. I like to keep it private and peaceful.

  25. While I have strong views on politics and the country’s general state of affairs, I try not to state them, unless I’m pointedly asked. Then I will express myself, without being be an apologist for my views. Neither would I engage in a heated discussion, looking at artwork is not the time or place for such indulgences.
    But, if a potential buyer is persistent in soliciting (and taking offense at an opposing) point of view, there’s very little I can do to alter the course.

  26. Totally agree. One landscape photographer I know is really working hard on his online sales, doing mostly everything right, except he can’t seem to help going off on political rants on the same social platforms he’s using for business. I can’t see anyone that disagrees with his chosen candidate wanting to purchase his work- or even a coffee mug imprinted with his nice photography- and be reminded of his opposing views each time they drank their morning cup of Joe. Perhaps supporters would, but he cuts out a majority of potential clients each time.

  27. I completely agree, Jason. And I would add that small business owners who sell to artists might need to stifle some of their urges to pontificate about their views on web forums for that art form. I know of one who completely alienated a large number of potential customers because of how he stated his opinions.
    Any topic of discussion other than the art at hand runs a risk of turning off a potential client. I’ve seen artists at craft fairs talk way too much and saw people walk away – and they hadn’t even gotten into taboo topics, they were just too talkative. I’ve also unfriended people on Facebook who posted almost nothing but political stuff. And not all former friends support the same party.

  28. I can’t separate politics from my social media connections…I do however have several artist social media sites that are strictly for art only. My personal social media site have plenty of political views on them, and this I won’t sacrifice to win a few customers I probably wouldn’t want anyway if they are polar opposites from my views. A loss of art sales is nothing to me compared to a loss of freedom, including freedom of speech, association and expression. Anyone worthy of possessing my artwork will allow me to have and express my views. Some potential clients will badger me and to remain silent is to not defend humanity….so I don’t really care. I am what I am. If they don’t like me or my views, they don’t have to buy my art either. My art is a part of my soul. It is not separate, nor are my beliefs and views. When I am censored for my art and views, it only justifies for me the reason as artists we must have courage and stand our ground for the greater good.

    1. I agree with your response. Although I don’t make political or religious comments on my business page, art sites or anywhere my work is shown, I do feel that we live in crucial times for those who want peace and progress. May more artists live their conviction and speak when what they feel needs to be said is as important as the money. Freedom of speech is a freedom of expression as much as the freedom to paint. I enjoyed seeing your work, “Make Peace Your Jihad.”

  29. This discussion is a good reminder in general to ‘keep the main thing the main thing’. It doesn’t matter what topic derails the art buying conversation: politics, natural disaster, health care, the economy, a good restaurant recommendation. Once the distraction happens it is hard to swing the focus back around to making an art purchase.

  30. I see my role as an artist as one of a healer ~ bringing people together, creating wholeness, unity, compassion. When viewers see one of my paintings, it is my hope and intention that they feel something of themselves deeply, something of their own Creator self bringing heart and soul together as one. So much of the world we live in is divisive. If my role as an artist is to make it whole, expressing any political positions I may have would interrupt my ability to do my life’s work.

  31. I appreciate your views on this, but they don’t apply to everyone. My artwork (www.TheLiberalArtist.com) is specifically created to celebrate freedom, equality and civil liberties – and because my views are firmly left leaning, so is my artwork. My expression of political views through my artwork are precisely what attracts and earns customers for my business. I know my work isn’t for everyone, but for those who agree, they love my work.

    1. So, what distinguishes you from a propagandist? You might make better crafted images, but your art is still in the service of a political viewpoint. I’m not implying you should do otherwise, but what you are doing is not considered art by many.

      Think of music. Is a Soviet march as much art as a Grieg tone poem? Is the Stars Spangled Banner a great composition or a stirring song to make Americans feel more superior?

      Your success, and I applaud your success, is as a representative of that viewpoint and may not have much to do with the quality of your art. It might, but the message precedes the medium.

      The more universal the art, the more it transcends ideologies and the better chance it has of reminding everyone of their common values. But that’s my bias.

  32. my grandmother told me that well-bred people never discuss religion or politics. I have always made this my mantra…Of course, we on this list are ALL well-bred, and it is so easy to slip into apolitical tit for tat. Better left unsaid, and you have nothing to regret afterwards. 🙂

  33. Makes a lot of sense to me, but now I have become aware that all those online petitions I’ve been signing, that get posted to my personal FB page (some I have posted there, and others seem to just land there on their own) might not be such a good idea, as my personal FB page is connected to my art biz page. Anyway, I just went on and deleted them. Anyone have any thoughts?

  34. I forget the author’s name of a book I read years ago called The Use and Abuse of Art. The book made the case that any art that is “about” politics, religion or any other ism is more propaganda or poster art than art. It was a high standard for art, but the author asserted that art in the service of your particular opinions was, at least, inferior art. If your art simply trumpets a particular and rather common and unoriginal political or religious viewpoint, you are not actually being very “expressive” in much of a meaningful way and are rather just illustrating a party line, whichever party that is.

    It’s an idea many will dismiss, but there is much to consider, I think.

  35. Thanks Jason, for the wise and very timely advice! Getting someone from “I really love this piece” to ‘here’s money for it’ is enough of a challenge for non-salesperson-types like me. I want to avoid the possibility of derailing a potential sale.

    It does make me more conscious of my reactions (‘likes,’ etc.) to other people’s social media posts, which maybe seen by potential collectors. For potential collectors who don’t know me personally, I only want them to associate me with my artwork.

  36. When a client talked about being a docent at the NIxon Library and what a great man he was, I took the bait. Weeks later, after the custom design work was done and I was a solid 10 hours into it, not only did the sale not go through, she wanted a full refund. My refusal brought be a nasty Yelp review. I responded but I feel damage was done as many clients find me on the web. I am a very opinionated liberal, but I should have known better. I can’t be sure that discussion was the beginning of the end; it sure didn’t help the client/artist relationship.

  37. Great discussion, I have been personally affected by this recently. I recently had a sale fall through and I think it might have been related to my social justice views and my criticism of Trump on Facebook. I rarely post anything political but do occasionally comment on others posts. Since I am posting my artwork on Facebook, I have decided to stop all political comments and posts. Having said that, as an artist, I feel like I see the world differently and that it is my responsibility to make my art meaningful. There are times when I feel the need to express the human condition in my art and too often it overlaps into social issues. If that causes me to alienate a potential customer who may have bought a landscape, so be it.

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