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Kate Singleton | Guest Curator

Meet Artmuse curator, Kate Singleton. Based in Brooklyn, blogger and art consultant, Kate, has an interesting eye. She relishes discovering interesting new art and artists, old objects re-conceived, engaging people and spaces, and the innovative. And lucky for us, she shares her discoveries daily on her blog, ArtHound. Kate believes that good art is for everyone. Her recently launched Buy Some Damn Art website features hand-selected original art for sale.

Kate favors urban living and is very enthusiastic about online communities, e-commerce, good everyday design, sweets, and earl grey tea. She shares her home with her web developer husband, Cameron, and her two Maine Coon cats, Darwin and Yoko. She is also a dog lover with a special affection for the king of low riders, the dachshund. Read on to learn more about Kate.

 

ABOUT KATE

CC: What five words best describe you?
KS: Curious. Passionate. Persistent. Perfectionist. Opinionated.

CC: Where did you grow up?  Tell us a bit about your background.
KS: I grew up in a very pretty part of Connecticut. I was very studious and grown-up. We had a series of dobermans that were more or less members of the family. Many of my memories are of playing outside or with our dogs.

CC: What did you want to do or be when you grew up? 
KS: I really don’t remember wanting to be anything specific, but I did enjoy rearranging my bedroom furniture and little collections endlessly. My space was always very important and something that I made my own from an early age.

CC: Did you study art?
KS: I studied psychology and art history in college and had a love/hate relationship with the latter. I did not enjoy the survey courses that take you through 1,000 years of art in one semester. How do you connect with the material that way? I think psychology and art history are similar in that both investigate the state of the mind and how we perceive the world around us.

CC: Tell us about the path you took to get to Art Hound and Buy Some Damn Art.
KS: I began collecting art as soon as I finished school and had a pay check. I scoured the Internet for good, affordable art in my free time. Right around the time I got married, I was in a transition point with work and decided to hold off on getting another job and started Art Hound. It seemed like a crazy idea at the time but looking back it seems so obvious. Buy Some Damn Art came about after two years of blogging and uncovering the online art world.

CC: Do you come from a creative family or are you the lone creative?
KS: I am the lone creative. I imagine it’s a lot easier when there’s a path set by others in your family but I had to beat down the path myself. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though – it makes you tough.

CC: What do you do when you aren’t working?
KS: Meeting up with friends and local artists around New York City. Talking to my cats. Looking at sassy gossip websites. Napping.

 

KATE ON ART

CC: What makes a piece successful in your eyes?
KS: I think it’s different every time. The best way I can describe it is to say that the artist has something meaningful to say and is successful in communicating it in the artwork.

CC: What are your thoughts on the growing accessibility and affordability of art on the Internet? 
KS: It’s amazing! But people need tools and resources to find the “good” stuff.

CC: How do you think the ease of artists getting exposure will affect the art business and artists in general?
KS: It’s changed things a lot, although I’ve never worked at a gallery so I can’t speak from experience on that side. I think the role of the gallery will evolve and platforms online and off will play complementary parts.

CC: Why do you think art is important?
KS: It reminds us of the bigger picture of life. It’s a time-out.

CC: Who are a few of your favorite artists?
KS: Any artist who has been featured on Art Hound. (I have a hard time playing favorites.)

CC: What dream piece of art would you most love to own?
KS: One of Nara’s little girls like this one for example.

 

KATE ON COLLECTING ART

CC: Who are your favorite artmuse.com artists and what do you like about their work?
KS: Kristy Lynn and Tyson Anthony Roberts all have poignant, unique ways of translating nature.

CC: What advice do you have for someone just starting their art collection?
KS: Buy what appeals to you… period. It’s not about what other people think.

CC: What is your favorite piece in your own art collection?
KS: Chris Mitton‘s Coffee Cup.

CC: What is Living Artfully to you? 
KS: It means caring about your space – how it looks and how you feel in it. It’s not just superficiality. Otherwise why not live in a cave?

 

KATE’S ENDEAVORS

CC: Is there anything you learned in the past two years that surprised you? 
KS: Everything! I had never “built” anything concrete in my life. Being in school and working for large companies do not teach you much about what it means to start your own business.

CC: What is the best lesson you have learned?
KS: Trust your vision.

CC: What do you feel has been your best decision?
KS: To keep at it even when no one’s paying attention.

CC: Do you have any other projects on the drawing board or do you have your hands full for now?
KS: My hands are full.

CC: What are you most proud of?
KS: Starting from scratch and creating something new.

 

KATE’S TOP FIVE

CC: Favorite food?
KS: Japanese and Italian.

CC: What are you reading?
KS: Kafka on the Shore. I’m obsessed with many things Japanese.

CC: Favorite music?
KS: Lately I’m really into Speck MountainTune-YardsCults and Cut Copy.

CC: If you could have one super power–what would it be and why?
KS: How about ending the oppression of women?

CC: What is your personal credo or motto?
KS: Have a point of view. Be genuine. Work hard. Be good to others.

 

written by Colleen Cassady, artmuse.com contributor

 

Buy your limited edition prints of Kate’s artmuse.com faves now. Here are some of her picks:

Kristy Lynn | Clairvoyance II | Artmuse.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristy Lynn | Clairvoyance II
Print: $25 / $75 / $200+
Framed: $135 / $220 / $395+
Free U.S. shipping for all framed prints!

 

Tyson Anthony Roberts | The Fountain | Artmuse.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyson Anthony Roberts | The Fountain
Print: $25 / $75 / $200+
Framed: $135 / $220 / $395+
Free U.S. shipping for all framed prints!

 

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  • Tyson Anthony Roberts says

    Nice interview!

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