Shades of Buffalo Springfield (paranoia strikes deep)

There has been some concern expressed that our efforts to catalog what we could find of Jim Mickelson’s paintings, construct a biography, and get him listed on AskArt would open the possibility that someone could download images we had put on our website and reproduce them as posters, or giclee prints. We at SmartArtMarket do not condone or participate in any such activity. Our efforts are primarily intended to raise awareness about Jim’s work, and hopefully increase its value for those lucky enough to have collected it. We have taken some pains, short of watermarking the images we’ve put online, to be reassured that should anyone undertake such actions, they would be disappointed with the result.
Beyond that, we wrestled with the notion that if such a piracy were to occur, who would be the ones to suffer from it? Collectors of original artwork are, we believe,
in a different marketplace from collectors of reproductions, and thus are not in competition with one another, making their respective values mutually exclusive. We further believe that making an artist’s catalog available for viewing to a wider audience ultimately increases demand for it, and its relative value. We equate our service in this case to that of a library, or a museum.
Were it not for the efforts of those unconcerned with the exclusivity of ownership, how many of us would have ever seen a Picasso or a Van Gogh, a Rembrandt or a Laura Coombs Hills painting? We applaud those who share their collections as much as we applaud those who created the contents of those collections.
Having said that, we reluctantly announce that some of the work sold by the Connor Summers Gallery has been removed from our website at the request of the person who purchased it. At the same time we are pleased to announce that AskArt has accepted our initial biography of Jim and seems willing to work with us in compiling a representative catalog of his work to be included on their website. We are grateful for anyone who wishes to continue to participate in this project.
Jim may not have been the equal of a Fitz Hugh Lane, but only a hundred years will determine if that is really true. In the meantime, he was a talent, and a damn nice guy, and his work deserves to be seen, and appreciated.

3 Responses to “Shades of Buffalo Springfield (paranoia strikes deep)”

  1. Betsy Tomke Says:

    Wonderful !!! Congrats and kudos to you. And love your integrity and consideration.

  2. millie Says:

    Hi. I have two paintings by Jim Mickelson that I would like to have someone help me evaluate. I discovered this blog by googling him a few weeks ago, and have read these pages with great interest. I could send pictures of my paintings, but was unsure how to post them to the blog.
    thank you, Millie

    • Yes, please do send pictures if you can, to:
      Current retail market for Jim’s work seems to average between 1.75 and 2.00
      per square inch, depending, of course, on the quality of the image. There are a few iconic paintings of his which would sell for significantly more, if they were for sale. Are you intending to put them on the market, or just get an idea of their value?

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