- Sometimes I like to take a quote from the artist and put it at either the top to grab the reader’s attention, or at the bottom to really leave it on a high note. If you have a clear, concise sentence or two that you can use as a quote, this often will add interest and polish to your bio.
- If you find yourself struggling with your bio, try asking family and friends what they think is most interesting about your work. Find out what they think is unique about you and your journey. Take notes and see if you can find a way to implement it into your bio.
- Rather than trying to write your bio all at once, try writing just a little bit each day. Break it down into bite-size pieces if you need to – if it’s too overwhelming, make it your goal to write a paragraph a day. When you first start, don’t worry so much about the grammar, just focus on getting the major points in order, in the format that you want them. Then when you have your first draft, look at it for about twenty minutes a day and continue to polish and adjust and rewrite. Each day you will look at it with a fresh eye, and your writing will get better. Ask friends and family to read it and give you their ideas for how to make it better.
- If you can take a paragraph and condense it into a sentence or two and it still has the same impact, do it. The more you can say with the less words, the better. Unless a particular show or gallery requires you to have a long bio, shorter is usually better. But on the same token – don’t leave out key information just to make it shorter. Use your space to say what you need to say in order to tell your story. No more, no less.
- An artist statement should ideally be only one or two paragraphs. I often see artists getting carried away with their artist statements, trying to give way too much information that really should have just been included in the bio. You’re not giving your background or history here, it is just a very short statement about who you are as an artist and why you create what you do.
- The artist statement should be written in first person, unlike the bio. This is you, coming from your heart, and speaking directly to those who are interested in your art. It should be personal and intimate. Imagine sitting across from someone in a café with a cup of coffee, and they ask you, “why do you paint?” Write your statement as if you’re responding to them from your heart.
- Your artist statement should try to paint the same feelings with words that you usually do with your art. If you can, your goal is to invoke the same feelings and clarify your purpose and vision to them.
That’s it! I hope this helped to give you some guidelines into writing a better bio and artist statement to promote your work! These are not hard rules, you can break any of them you like, but keep in mind that this is what most people in the industry expect.
Do you have any questions? Leave a comment on this blog post and I will be happy to get back to you with an answer.