It is rarely easy to earn a living as a fine artist in the best of times. As pandemic restrictions become more serious, for many, it became close to impossible. The idea that many people were struggling during these hard times spurred NYC-based painter Guy Stanley Philoche to launch a crusade singlehandedly to support his fellow artists.
In an interview with CNN, Stanley Philoche said:
The art world is my community and I needed to help my community. People say New York is dead, but it’s far from that. There’s an artist somewhere writing the next greatest album. There’s a kid right now in his studio painting the next Mona Lisa. There’s probably a dancer right now choreographing the next epic ballet. People forgot about the artists in these industries.Stanley Philoche
Back in March, Philoche made an Instagram post to reach out to artists all over the world asking them to send images of their work. Since then, he has spent about $65,000 and bought more than 150 unique art works from both friends and total strangers. The only criteria for his purchase is that the art speaks to him.
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It took two decade before Philoche could achieve success; however, after getting to his desired level, the 43-year-old feels obligated to pay his good fortune forward.
Art saved my life. I owe it a debt I could never repay, but the only way to really repay it is by buying other art from someone who hasn’t gotten a big break yet. And that’s what I’m going to keep doing.Stanley Philoche
While Philoche favors the Abstract style for his paintings, the tangible expressions of support he delivers to his fellow artists shine from a perspective that’s stunningly real—and may just well be his true masterpiece.