Visual Art Jen Graves, Art Dealer
posted by February 12 at 15:38 PMon
A week ago today, Jen Graves posted this oil-on-linen painting by Linda Davidson, Genie, and the post got a ton of comments, including: “Oooooh I like that!” and “That’s stunning” and “Papa like” and “Bad ass!” Jubilation T. Cornball weighed in: “Wow. I could see this being done by a 19th Century English landscape artist. It’s got Industrial Revolution vibes all over it. And it’s gorgeous.”
You remember the one, right?
The day after it was posted, Jubilation T. Cornball posted another comment to the thread: “At lunch today, this I went to the gallery and, I am pleased to report, this painting became the newest addition to the Jubilation T. Cornball Collection of Modern Art. Thanks, Jen, for alerting me to this beautiful painting.”
It’s true. I just got off the phone with Catherine Person at Catherine Person Gallery and she told me how it went down last week: “My assistant got a call from a Stranger reader asking me if the painting was still available. And we said: ‘Yeah.’” They hadn’t noticed that the painting had just been one of Jen Graves’s daily Currently Hanging posts. Catherine Person Gallery gives images to the media all the time.
“I didn’t know it was even online and then this guy came in and said: ‘I saw it online and this is so what I’m into.’ I hadn’t met him before. I was so happy. I’ve had a lot of coverage before but nothing has resulted in a sale from print media. Not directly, like, ‘I saw it here and I’m buying it now.’ Not like that. It was great. And the guy’s great. I’m actually going to deliver the piece on Saturday to his house, because it was too big for his vehicle.”
The painting went for $1,900, plus tax. Linda Davidson has a solo show at Catherine Person Gallery in November.