Though artist like Thomas Kinkade have made a living off mass marketing and replication of prints since the beginning of mechanical reproduction, there have been a number of backlashes to this money making tactic.
|Thomas Kinkade Cottage Print|
During the Arts and Crafts movement between 1880 and 1910, traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration. During that time artists began to create a social reform and were essentially "anti-industrial". The idea and loyalty to traditional pieces of work became a highly noted idea until modernism grew in the 1930.
|William Morris Trellis|
In this portion I definitely agree. As a person who falls head over heals for Artist Alley in Comic Con, and has also had a close relationship with many illustrators at SUU; I have found a passion for collecting the original pieces of arts that an artist develops. When they begin to mass market or replicate their art it generally loses the feel and love. Looking at the artist and SUU alumn Chris Bodily, his art has chaotic and emotional line work that loses it's motion when it is duplicated.
My questions on this topic are:
Do you feel that mass marketing devalues the original artwork? Or reversed: Do you think the accessibility of an item more beneficial to an artist?