Deep Thought Thursday: Dating artwork on the Internet

Do art images online look bad with an older date beside them?

Is there a perception–by you? by others?–that only new stuff should be online?

If so, does this keep you from dating your work that’s online?

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11 comments to Deep Thought Thursday: Dating artwork on the Internet

  • I continue to date my work that is online.

    It has been my experience that people buy my artwork, based on whether or not the image speaks to them, and that the age of the artwork, is unimportant to them.

  • I agree with Nina. Plus, a lot of people like to see the progression. There’s a reason art collectors go after ‘early works’ of the masters.
    I suppose some people might see it in a bad light if you’re touting work from years ago and nothing new, but in general the body of work showing the growth of the artist is sought after or a piece that says something to the onwer. Age is largely irrelevant.

  • A lot of people have not seen my art at all so I have a mix of old and new works online, all dated underneath with the copyright. As Rhomany says it shows progression in the development of your style.

    My preference in a ‘perfect world’ would be to only have new work online but currently that is not possible. I am, however, working towards the goal of just showing new pieces as it is important to keep a blog or website looking fresh all the time.

  • It’s nice to see the progression of an artist from one point in time to another. I agree Rhomany that it doesn’t matter if you have old works shown, as long as there are new ones, too. Keeping the website fresh and updated solves the problem of “old” and “outdated.”

  • I think when it’s a piece I’ve done that I no longer have (a piece of art that was done by commission, for example), then the date is fine. It does seem to matter if it’s a work that’s currently available for sale. I think the perception would be, if it’s 2010 now, and the artwork is from 2003, then for 7 years, nobody bought the artwork, so even if the viewer really likes it, they’re going to have a kind of second guessing of their own good taste in their mind. If nobody else liked it, then maybe, they think, that they shouldn’t get it either…there’s less demand for that piece.

  • I just sold a painting of mine that I did 12 years ago. I find that people generally don’t care when it was made. If the piece speaks to them, it speaks to them and they must have it.

    However, I would agree with others in that the caveat is you should have current work as well. As a collector of art myself, I find it disappointing when an artist’s website or online work was last updated 3 or 4 years ago. I might love a piece of art from years ago, but if they aren’t currently active it’s a turn off.

  • Wow, I must be really out of the loop, it never occurred to me that there was anything positive or negative about putting a date with one’s work online.

  • It really is a non-issue for me…but if something I did a long time ago isn’t as good as recent works, I would want to mention it’s older or put the date on it. But in most cases, if the art isn’t good, I wouldn’t want to show it online anyway.

  • April Field

    personally I’d prefer to see both new and old works. I don’t have a website myself yet, but I think that as a viewer, that if there are only old works, then the site might seem dated, or like the artist hasn’t been productive in recent years. But, if there are only new works, then I wouldn’t have any knowledge of their progression as an artist, which is always a good thing to see.

  • Ive personally found that my newer pieces sell a lot faster than older ones. This may be because improvemnets were made in newer pieces where they are not so visible in older ones, I’m not sure. However this also depends on the nature of the work such as colour, theme, meaning. This doesn’t stop me from dating any of my work, never thought that it would be such a great issue. Great point though thanks for sharing.

  • I don’t put the date on my work online because I think it’s irrelevant. Nor do I put the date on the painting itself. Although, my work sells fairly quickly, I still have a few older pieces available. If the work lives up to my standards, it’s on my website and available for purchase.