53.7% of artists surveyed said that world events from the past year have had more of an impact on the kind of art they are creating and sharing with customers.
One such artist is James Earley, based in Salisbury, who has created a series of portraits in 2020 of people he's met who have been affected by the pandemic. Earley is entirely self taught, and was honoured to be awarded The First Prize at the prestigious London Biennale in 2019. In 2022 he will be showing his work at the Venice Biennale.
Artist Julia Swaby has found international sales success throughout the pandemic, selling 50 pieces of art to countries all over the world, including the UK, the US, New Zealand and Norway, after joining Artfinder in 2019.
“It's been nothing less than a miracle to have sold so much art at this difficult time. I've sold more than ever before and this has meant I can keep my studio afloat and not only that, it has reinforced my belief that art is essential to our well-being. Many of the pieces I've sold have been expressivist works, depicting joy and hope.