Saturday, July 31, 2021

Venice by Emerik Fejes

 Emerik Fejes seems to have painted a good number of paintings of Venice. I just acquired one which makes two  paintings of Venice by Fejes in my little collection.  

A Painting of Venice by Emerick Fejes
A Painting of Venice by Emerick Fejes


Saturday, July 18, 2020

Florencia Clement de Grandprey

Florencia Clement de Grandprey has been our favorite artists for awhile. She's local and produces incredible works and very charming.  Here's some of our Florencia's starting with her mixed media work of Carmen. Here's Florencia with two Carmens.

Carmen by florencia clement de grandprey with Carmen
Carmen with Florencia Clement de Grandprey and Carmen

To learn more or try to get your own, there's Florencia's website but also, she has active Facebook and Instagram accounts.

With us, Florencia has stretched her wings a little and created portraits of each of our three kids.

Here's one of our girls shown ack when she was in a gallery.

She's also done some cards for us.

Philippe Guillerm: Wood Sculptures

Our house is decorated with some fantastic wood sculptures done by a friend of ours: Philippe Guillerm.  His work is totally amazing. Technically, I can't imagine how he does it, the craftsmanship just astounding and the impact on me is thrilling everytime I look at them.

Sadly for us, he moved from Ft Lauderdale to Maine about a decade ago so we don't get to see him, his wife, and kids anymore. Still, we live with his sculptures.

phillippe guillerm sculpture
phillippe guillerm sculpture

More to follow...

For instance, there's one Phillippe Guillerm sculpture made as a small commission of Ed Mouse, the Educational Mouse. 

Mira of South Beach

Mira is a Miami artist who paints furniture and paintings. There's soem family stories to tell how I bought a table with four chairs that she did. And why we now have six chairs, two of which are are in-the-style of Mira but are originals by us.  For the moment, here are the pictures.

Mira South Beach Artist

Mira Miami Painted Chair

Carmen and Ariana Chairs

Monday, July 13, 2020

Javier Cruz - Painter

We’ve bought a number of paintings by Javier Cruz of Trinidad, Cuba. Several more have been bought by family members or friends.

Javier Cruz has a few trademark items:
  • Lady’s hair strung out by the wind
  • Cats, also often caught in the wind
  • Bright colors with an old look

Saturday, March 2, 2019

My Art Collecting

Here’s a quick summary of what art we’ve collected and are collecting.

Today, we bought from Rahmon Olugunna, a Nigerian artist working out of Chicago, an old painting on paper.  It was the Las Olas Art Festival.

We recently were gifted a gorgeous original Ferjo, Fernando de Jesus Oliveira.

We also have several from his equally famous student: Orlando Quevedo.

There’s also  Florencia Clement de Grandprey. We have commissioned one piece, a Carmen flamenco dancer from her. Plus we have a black and white. Both are on upholstery.

Mira - We have a table and four chairs, plus two tributes. We have it as a dining room table at home. She exhibits at Effusion Gallery but I can’t find any real info on her.
Miro Table
Miro Table

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Who owns the reproduction rights on a painting?

I've long wondered if, when I buy a painting from an artist, have I also implicitly bought out the rights to reproduce the art for commercial purposes?

For instance, these paintings by Fejes, do I have the right to make and publish copies of them?  This is more of a question of principle than of practicality since realistically, I doubt there's  anyone proactively protecting the digital reproduction rights of these paintings. Plus. there's a "fair use" concept that even if I had NO digital rights for commercial purposes, I do have rights to use them for "fair use" which probably includes this sort of article and all sorts of other news and catalog rights.  There's also the fact that Intellectual Property rights don't last forever. Here's a sentence about that which I pulled from the web: "In most countries, copyright protection covers the lifetime of the author (artist) plus 50 years after his death. In a number of countries, this period extends to 70, 90 or 95 years after death."

Still, the question stands. As background, a few points:

1.   Many artists make a point of having a publisher so that their paintings are sold as originals, as limited edition numbered prints, and in larger numbers as prints on canvas or paintings.  In these cases, I think the publisher's role would be to protect the artists rights by objecting to anyone who independently started printing and publishing the artists work.  In these cases, the artist has probably contractually distinguished between selling the original painting and the reproduction rights.

2.   Books, digital images, videos, films, and albums (CDs, records, and digital) are usually sold with an accompanying copyright notice which limits the rights of the purchaser to using the the materials for non commercial purposes and limiting making copies to back-ups.  However, I've never bought a painting (or sculpture) that came with any such message stuck on the back or as part of the receipt. I've asked a few times at galleries when I bought or been shopping about what rights they are selling. In every case, they had no answer and in most cases, they thought that I was crazy just for asking.

3. The difference between a copyrighted work with all rights reserved versus a work-for-hire with all commercial rights sitting none with the person doing the work but with the entity paying for the work. I've worked in the educational publishing and video game development businesses for two decades now and I've long been aware that the developer needs to contract with all the programmers, artists, musicians, and designers to make it clear that they are hired to work on a work-for-hire basis with all the copyright and commercial rights accumulating in the entity paying for the work, not in the people paid to do it.

4. Historically, these work-for-hire contracts can sometimes be negated by courts but only in extreme cases. The one that I have read about was Chorus Line, where many hungry talented dancers were asked as part of an audition for a play, to tell their personal story. These stories were used as the basis for the massively successful Chorus Line play and movie and albums.  Court cases through the decades on behalf of the dancers have argued with some success that they should be compensated as authors with some royalties. I think they have won significant amounts on the basis that the play often used their stories somewhat literally as the script which was not envisaged at all as they auditioned for a part as a dancer.

5.  When a painting hangs in a museum, even a contemporary one still subject to copyright law, the museum often sells postcards and posters of the art.  But, I doubt any royalties are paid. Is this the precedent that the physical owner of a work of art has the rights unless they have been distributed separately by the artist?

Anyone knows the answer?

The question was answered definitely to me by a lawyer.  Painters retain their copyright on paintings when they sell the painting. Period. Clear. It's theirs. If a buyer would like to purchase the rights for the digital copies of a painting, they can.  But those rights are not transmitted in the routine sale of a painting.