Tickling Salmon

Making and Selling Photographic Fine Art in Vancouver

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Untitled (Vendula Ralkova)

Vendula Ralkova was born in Prague in the Czech Republic and is now living and working in Vancouver. Her focus is street photography, following in the footsteps of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. Vendula truly has an art praxis, and not merely an art practice. Both her photography and her teaching emphasize the human condition, and the importance of making on-the-spot decisions about what matters.

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Having a Job

It’s a great excuse and luxury, having a job and blaming it for your inability to do your own work. When you don’t have to work, you are left with the horror of facing your own lack of imagination and your own emptiness.

— Julian Schnabel (from The Business of Art, Second Edition)

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

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Swarm 2011

It’s time for SWARM 2011. Go look at some art.

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 10:13 am

Revised October 21st, 2011 at 10:09 am

Practicality and Art

Be practical but only about practical matters. Expect damn little, but expect a lot from yourself — because finally your relationship with the art you make will be the major source of joy and sorrow in your life.

— Bruce Beasely (from The Business of Art, Second Edition)

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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Art Photography Now

book cover If you are interested in a career in avant-garde photographic art, then this book is required reading. Susan Bright examines the world of contemporary photographic fine art and divides it into meaningful categories, with detailed discussions about several artists from each group. Continue reading “Art Photography Now” »

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Revised October 21st, 2011 at 10:10 am

Making It!

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In this follow-up to his earlier Artist Survival Skills, Chris Tyrell interviews twenty artists to find out what specific and distinctive things they did to launch and build their careers. Continue reading “Making It!” »

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

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Artist Survival Skills

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Author Chris Tyrell has been active in the Vancouver arts scene since 1976 when he founded the Presentation House Gallery of Photography in North Vancouver. This book condenses over 35 years of his own experience, plus the collective wisdom of many artists he has spoken with over the years.

Personally, I found his writing style a little dry, but the information in the book is fabulous. Chris has also written Making It!, a collection of case histories of successful lower mainland artists. Continue reading “Artist Survival Skills” »

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

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New Resource: Colour-Coded Map to Local Commercial Galleries

I just posted a Map of Commercial Galleries. Go check it out!

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Every Step Larger Than the One Before

I just finished re-watching Moulin Rouge, directed by Baz Luhrman. The movie is amazing, but that’s not the amazing thing. What is astonishing is the sequence of films he has made, and how each one is so much more ambitious and impressive than the one before. Continue reading “Every Step Larger Than the One Before” »

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Revised August 20th, 2011 at 11:15 pm