Painting Stolen Yep, another one. This is the fourth of the 9 paintings which were embezzled by the Italian gallery @barbarafrigeriogallery in Milan. And yes, this is the exact definition of embezzlement. Anyone who has had this happen to, upon whatever scale, has been the victim of criminal activity against their trust. This will also be the last post I make about this. The reason artists don’t fight these things is because it deteriorates their mind, distracts and ruins any ability to focus on creating, and that’s all I want to do. But if you know me, you know I don’t stop fighting until the truth is known, and the wrongs are righted. A lawyer in Italy sent her a letter weeks ago, I offered an honest and just agreement, she has denied it, offering to pay for maybe one painting. One. The rest, she won’t promise. Swept under the rug? Not me. I have a signed contract from 3 years ago, stating this will be solved in a California Court, and legal fees paid by her. I have a signed invoice, acknowledging what she owes. I have all the proof, and all the honesty, and I will not rest until I find a lawyer who will help forever remove people like this from our art world. The truthful and honest galleries, vital to our support, will prevail where the black mold has been washed clean, and where beauty is meant to thrive, no perjurers will be admitted. Although it may be clear no reclamation of any dues I’m owed may come from this, as she claims to have no money, the greater good is apparent from all of your support: that the world now knows artists will no longer stand silent against such false facades of culture. Armed only with words of truth, an entire foundation can be destroyed, for artists themselves ARE the foundation of culture.
Painting Stolen How do you feel about this: as of this morning, the @barbarafrigeriogallery has deleted all of your comments on Instagram, has deleted ALL of your Facebook one star reviews, and has, somehow, returned to a 5 Star rating on Google. Even though I have a signed document by her, stating she owes and knows that she owes me for 9 sold paintings I was never paid for, she can pay me for approximately one painting, but has no more money, and will not guarantee to pay for the rest. If this doesn't show you how shitty the world is, I don't know what else will. I thank ALL of you for the support, comments, love for my art, and I'm so sorry that all your efforts were deleted. For obvious reasons, I do not have the money the lawyers rightfully need to take her to court.. even if I did, she has no money to pay anyway. Hands in the air with a big WTF???? Grow the fuck up.
Painting Stolen Sadly, this is the third of the 9 paintings that have been sold by the @barbarafrigeriogallery in Milan, Italy. I believe the main reason these situations occur so often to artists, yet rarely see the public light, is because of its futility to fight by the artist alone. Our days are already stretched thin, creating artwork with what means we can muster, that to be taken advantage of by those we trusted, is simply a debilitating fight to stand, both mentally and financially. Many simply, as I have before, just given up in order to find peace and continue creating that which only we can create. But this is garbage, and I’ve had enough. Not only for me, but for everyone, that galleries like this take such wrongful and unbelievable paths, destroying the good worth of a gallery, and tarnishing the art we create. Every waking moment is shadowed by doubts that this situation will simply be paid and resolved, as I was once promised. All of my current galleries are in support, and are completely behind me as I am behind them, absolutely fundamentally flabbergasted that this sort of thing happens. It is those great galleries who we must support, and as well, stand up against those galleries who do not belong amongst such golden examples. But moreover, the support I’ve seen in the past few days, is simply overwhelming. All you diamonds shining through the mud of the world make me damn proud and humbled to be an artist. 👊🏻🍷 #barbarafrigeriogallery #payyourartists
Painting Stolen This is the second of the 9 paintings that I gave to the Italian gallery @barbarafrigeriogallery in Milan who has sold them all, and months later is still withholding payment. The disgust we all feel comes from this situation: When an artist has a solo show with a gallery, it is an equal and respectable agreement. The artist spends months or more enveloped in creating their art, and we hand them to the gallery in full trust, for the opening night. Sales are made and the gallery thrives, everyone says “oh” and “wow” and “loved it, thank you!” After the agreed upon typical thirty days, the artist is to be given the money that the collectors entrusted with the gallery to give directly to the artist. In this way, the artist can eat, buy more supplies, make more art to give to that gallery and change the world, and they both thrive and grow, together. It is a symbiosis. We need them, and they would have nothing without us. But what do we do when we fulfill our agreement, delivering paintings for the shows, paintings with which the gallery makes money, and then, incredibly, they refuse to pay us when due? You realize, this means they spent your money, either because they were already in debt, or on their own fancies, whatever it was, it was your money so that you as an artist may continue to live and create. Imagine if you promised a gallery a huge solo show, and on opening night, you give them nothing. NO paintings. They would be outraged. Cheated. Disrespected. Just imagine that situation for a minute. So why, when the tables are turned, does the light still shine and the disrespect stay silent, while the artist suffers and the gallery now has twice as much? It’s so ridiculous it hurts. I would never wish this situation upon any other artist. And more than anything these days we need to support the galleries which stand as bastions of respect for our culture. As for me, I just want to be paid for everything I did, so I may be relieved of this terrible situation, and continue to create in my own peace. #barbarafrigeriogallery #payyourartists
•Painting Stolen• This is one of 9 paintings that I gave to the Italian gallery @barbarafrigeriogallery in Milan whom I’ve discovered to have sold and delivered the paintings months ago, and is refusing to pay. I’m at a loss for words for such blatant disrespect for the artists who are the pillars of any gallery. We deliver on time, as promised, many works of art we struggle and exalt to create for the pleasure and enlightenment of us all, but must hand them to the gallery to sell for our collectors to treasure. And the audacity that they care not for the artists who uphold their business is undefinably wrong, it is mind numbingly depressing. In my so far short life dealing with galleries, I’ve discovered a flabbergasting amount of frauds, but this is the worst by far. I love Italy, I want nothing more than to be represented in Europe, to travel, to paint, but with people like this, parading before you as genuine, galleries who deceive all of us artists, who tarnish not only the reputations of good galleries, but also our desires to support them with our creations, who squash that dream of love. We all know who the bad galleries are in our circles, and we all know and respect and love the great gallery owners, but it is important for the future of all artists to bring them each to light. #barbarafrigeriogallery #payyourartists
Some vine charcoal sketches from this morning for some more Collector's Editions of the Sketchbooks shipping out today.
The manager inspecting this morning's sketches in the Collector's Editions on MANN vol. 1.7 The Sketchbooks.
Unquantifiable gratitude goes out to all those who ordered the new book, MANN vol. 1.7 The Sketchbooks. Sending out a few of these Collector's Editions today. One of the main points in making original sketches instead of just a simple print, is to reiterate to myself, as well as to others, that the more you observe, sketch, paint and explore, the more you will evolve as an artist in any medium (also the reason I included the shittier pages from earlier Sketchbooks, as a visual example, a textbook without words.) Also: bare with me... It may take some time to receive your Collector's Editions.. there's only one of me, and my cat sucks at sharpening pencils, but insisted that she participate. 🍷
Finally here and now available at www.redrabbit7.com MANN vol. 1.7 The Sketchbooks A 400 page exact duplicate of the last five Sketchbooks over the last three years at home and abroad (including all the embarrassing early pages..) At about the size and weight of a motel bible, this hefty bastard comes in two versions, the Standard Edition and the Collector's Edition which includes a unique and original sketch within the book. Hope you all enjoy! 🍷