Since the beginning of my professional painting career (nearly 11 years ago!), I have always dated my paintings. I did this for two reasons:
But my opinion is only one in a sea of many. And like most opinions when it comes to art, there tends to be no right or wrong answers to anything. My guiding compass is to ask myself what I think the right answer is, and stick to that.
Recently however, I sat down with two lovely artists who shared with me their opinions as to why they chose not to date their art:
Personally, I love dating my work. My paintings are inextricably linked to a time and place in my life, and I don’t feel any amount of shame in disclosing this fact. In fact, I think that revealing the date of my paintings is just as likely to be the reason why someone buys my work. Think about it: "This DaSilva painting was made in Calgary before she moved to Hawaii", and "This DaSilva painting was made after the volcanic eruption."
I would love to know your opinion on this!
If you are an artist, do you date your work? Why? Why not?
If you are a buyer of art, do you feel like it makes a difference to you wether or not the work is dated?
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.