My name is Oscar Finch and I’m an artist and storyteller. But let me confess something. I can’t use oil paint to reproduce a majestic scene or breathtaking Renaissance portrait. But neither can Damien Hirst. Nor Tracey Emin. Nor Banksy. Nor Picasso.
But we know their names because they answered the questions few artists ever do (...4 by my count).
How can more humans to see my work? What will make them care when they see it? What will make them care enough to give me money? And before I'm dead? (I’m looking at you Vincent Van Gogh).
Those are the questions I'm hoping to answer as I set sail on the most daunting adventure of my life and I’m inviting you in to see where the road leads (and for help along the way). It’s a tale of one artist but also all artists and I’m calling it 'The Quest Of The Four Questions'.
My first adventure (white walls, poor artists and beautiful people...)
This year I entered the famous Archibald Portrait Prize held in the magnificent Art Gallery Of New South Wales. At the opening night I realised I was surrounded by mostly poor artists painting in the hopes of rich, immaculately beautiful (and sartorially eccentric) people noticing their works in a giant building with white walls. It’s a wonderful and curious world but not the natural habitat of humans.
So the first adventure on my quest to answer the four questions is to do the very opposite. It will bring my art and tales to where humans walk and talk and stand and think.
When I a boy, my family passed an unattended roadside fruit stand with a sign that read $2 per bunch. Alongside it was a simple container with ‘honesty box’ handwritten on its front. I gazed, awestruck by the inexplicable magic happening right before my eyes. There was an invisible meeting of human beings around that box called trust.
I’m going to try replicating that very magic as I hold...
In public places I’m going to display personally signed original prints with an honesty box. Then I’ll start to experiment.
What will happen? I'm unsure, but I’ll share the ride here on my Oscar Finch's Adventures Blog.
These are just a few of the personally signed original prints of my artworks I'll display first (you can also purchase one for yourself here).
I have some radical plans afoot...
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These are the most common questions asked of Oscar.
● Why are your products so special?
Many products (including wall art and t-shirts) are made by combining stock art (you know, images you can buy on used on bad advertisements) to make pretty patterns that don't mean a lot.
Oscar’s works are original and interesting - all designed and crafted using his own hands onto real paper with his imagination, real pencils and ink. That’s what makes each piece like nothing else in the world.
● What are the prints made of? Why are they such quality?
Each piece is printed onto the finest museum grade paper. Oscar chooses the Hahnemuhle brand because it feels and looks superb (if you’re interested it’s acid free and calcium carbonate buffered) plus it can last longer than 100 years!
The inking process is called giclée printing and is a high-quality way of getting ink onto the best paper.
id="size" ● Which size is right for me? A few helpful things to consider:
A4 is small and good for a small desk, kitchen or small wall like a corner.
A3 is medium and good for a larger desk, larger kitchen or moderate sized wall.
A2 a larger and really nice on a wall, behind a bed or desk, adorning a hallway or thoroughfare.
A1 a very large and a wonderful way to make an impact in a room, office, reception, thoroughfare or atrium. Pow.
A4 210 x 297 mm | 8.3 x 11.7 in
A3 297 x 420 mm | 11.7 x 16.5 in
A2 420 x 594 mm | 16.5 x 23.4 in
A1 594 x 841 mm | 23.4 x 33.1 in
● Do you offer free worldwide shipping?
Oscar offers free shipping to anywhere in the world. The farthest flung so far is the Netherlands, United States and England but he’d love to go even further! (perhaps you’re from Nepal or Antarctica maybe?)
● How can Oscar offer free shipping?
Well, Oscar loves free shipping and it’s worth what it costs him for radically happy customers!
● Can I return and get a refund if I’m not 100% happy?
Yes! Of course. Oscar wants you to be radically happy and satisfied (that’s good business isn’t it? But also good humanness...). We’re convinced you will be! But if for whatever reason you’re not super happy please contact us and we’ll arrange a full refund as soon as humanly possible.
● Oscar is Award-Winning?
Yes. He’s entered and won art prizes including for a piece about a magical bus and its passengers and a 22 page piece Moleskin about a boy who woke up with a strange knowing one day. He was also featured in prominent publications for his work and journey to one of the world’s largest portrait prizes, The Archibald Prize.
But now he prefers to imagine and make to change the world.
● What is Oscar’s life Mission?
Oscar mission is to change the world with a pencil, pens and beautiful paper so that his imaginative tales and creations can be found in rooms, offices, buses and wall facades in town and cities large and small - so people awe at the ordinary.
A billion people on earth would be nice :) A beloved collection of children’s books too (that Roald Dahl would be proud of). Oh, and a film trilogy...
But I’d love to start (if you don’t mind) with you today!
● Have another questions? Contact Oscar here and he'd love to answer it!
September 05, 2015
I love the nostalgia and beauty of your idea and am excited to hear where it leads. It sounds like such an exciting adventure. Good luck!