Here at We Love Perth we’re big fans of original art, so we were excited to discover Artfinder, an online marketplace for art that supports local artists on a global scale.
We’re beaming with homegrown pride that Perth artist Damien Venditti is one of the top selling Australian artists on the platform. We spent some time getting the low-down on how he began his career in art, and what he loves about Perth.
How did you get started as an artist?
My art career began when I was working in customer service. I was winding down as a musician and needed a creative outlet. I hadn’t done any artwork for a long time and it felt like the right time to learn oil painting. So I went out and bought everything I needed and really enjoyed it. I left my job two years later and haven’t looked back.
What are the best and worst things about being an artist?
There are probably too many positives to mention. I would say one of the best things is the freedom of being an artist. Getting to explore expression in any way I choose and creating from the heart. When someone adds a work of mine to their personal collection to display in their home, it’s really the highest compliment. The worst is a hard one. Probably not having the stability of a weekly paycheck tops the list. Other than that even the frustrating days when the art is a struggle, but it usually leads to an important lesson.
What’s your fave Perth coffee spot?
When I studied graphic design I used to really enjoy a good coffee in any of West Perth’s coffee spots. The cafes near the Art Gallery of WA are always great to stop by before looking at the current exhibition.
What’s your fave Perth restaurant?
I love great food so I have a few. James Parker Sushi & Sake is a great Japanese restaurant. Happy Meals for Chinese in East Vic Park is also great.
What do you love about Perth?
I think there’s a lot to love about Perth. The near constant sunshine, the overall relaxed atmosphere, the people and the amazing beaches. Perth city has the best of everything; we may be one of the most isolated cities, but everything we need is here.
Damien has found a global audience for his painting through Artfinder, now selling his work to art lovers in many countries around the world. Currently, Artfinder is connecting 10,000 artists in 113 countries with 600,000 subscribers around the world, with 350,000+ artworks in categories including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, drawing and collage.
Artfinder lets you easily uncover artists from all around the world. As well as Damien’s work, we’re currently crushing on Richard Grateloup’s abstracts, David Jones’ nudes and Julie Alex‘s portraits.
Artfinder is kindly offering readers of We Love Perth 10% off their first purchase. Simply enter the code ‘LOVE-PERTH’ at checkout to take them up on the offer. Valid until Thursday 11 May 2017.