Every first is a swirling storm of anticipation, rueful regret, what-ifs and if-onlys. I imagine it was that way before the Wright Brothers first flight or the first brushstroke of a young Michelangelo.
Equivalent feelings preceded Saturday when the world saw its very first glimpse of the World's 1st Ever Honesty Box Gallery Exhibition (with my personally signed original prints) at a special book launch in Newtown, Sydney.
It was the first step on my Quest Of The Four Questions, a voyage of discovery and experimentation. Yes, there will be failures and successes but I hope human knowledge will be pushed forward with each tiny step...
Until an idea leaves the warm glow of an optimistic mind and into the cold, stark lights of the real world it is infallible. But real ideas are more influential than imaginary ones so they must travel that road.
Likewise with the World's 1st Ever Honesty Box Gallery Exhibition. So I introduced its first incarnation to group of more than five hundred people at that book launch event and here is what happened…
More humans saw my work (Question #1 of my Quest)! But did humans pay for it (Question #3 of my Quest)?
Of course the first step to many people buying my work is a single person buying it. After an hour I glimpsed the honesty box and yes, there was cash! I'd succeeded. Let's not underestimate what happened: there was a human being - a stranger - I've never met who let me into their mind and been persuaded to exchange their money for something I had created.
Over the next hours four more people including a journalist joined the club of first owners from the first edition of the World’s 1st Honesty Box Gallery Exhibition.
But of course this is the start of my journey not the end. As I watched, hidden in plain sight as strangers picked up my works and absorbing them, I began to scheme about how more people would give me money in return for my work.
And that’s to where I turn next...
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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.
● 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!