Writing An Artist Bio

WHAT IS IT?

Your artist bio is a sort of amended CV. You will only be writing about the medium you are focussing on for this project. For example, if you are marketing and promoting yourself as a fine art photographer or vector based graphic designer; the content you will refer to will have to do with these subjects.

STILL BE ORIGINAL

There is wiggle room to give extra “character” to your bio, making you more of an individual, but it should not feel random.

USE YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY

You also want to try to be succinct but also you do not want to just have a bullet point list either. You need to balance giving information without oversharing or under-elaborating. 

THINK ABOUT INTENT

Think as well about intent. Is the intent of your campaign to be hired as a wedding photographer? Then you should write information relevant to that clientele. Is the intent to give to prospective universities? Then you may want to focus more on your academic background etc…

WHAT SHOULD YOU INCLUDE?

START WITH:

  1. Your name 

  2. Where you live and work

  3. The medium you work in 

  4. Your showing history 

MOVE ON TO:

  1. Anyone or anything that has influenced your work. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Its not only showcasing your knowledge of other artists it is also creating a reference point for your viewers.

  2. Any education or training in your field – Even short courses or workshops… It may not just include your specified medium, you could for example include information that shows the breadth of your skills, i.e. graphics based skills for photographers or photography based skills for graphic designers.

  3. Any related experience in your field.

  4. A summary of your artist’s artistic philosophy.What drives you, what encompasses your working practice? Do you tend to refer to art historical practices for inspiration? Or perhaps you like to hand draw out an idea before you photograph it. Are you a minimalist? Do you like to have people absent in your photos, or do you only like to create vector based graphics? Look at your work so far and elucidate what your philosophy is. Ask your classmates, they may have already pigeonholed you.

  5. Any artistic insights or techniques that are employed by the artist.e.g. Do you use a wacom tablet? Do you use studio lighting, or are you a film based practitioner? Think of your kit, whether software or hardware, what do you do?

  6. A short description of what the artist would like to accomplish with their work.

  7. Other interesting information relevant to your practice or career as an artist (e.g. Collaborations or arts collectives, other areas or aspects to your career that inform your practice) 

BLOG POST FOR TODAY

(Meets grading Criteria 3)
  1. Find an artists bio that you like whom is related to your field of work.

  2. Copy and paste their bio with a link to their website

  3. Write a Minimum of 150 words focussing on the following:

  • What is their intent?
  • Is it effective? Why/Why Not?
  • What do you like about their Bio?
  • Could you write your bio in a similar way?

Further Reading:

http://renee-phillips.com/how-to-write-the-artists-biography/

http://www.icateens.org/artist-bio-example

https://www.lightspacetime.com/how-to-write-an-effective-artist-biography/

THIS AFTERNOON

I will be demonstrating creation of a linked in account, using my own as an example:

Once you have created your account, please request me

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lillianbixler

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