The art of giving back: The New York painter buys works by unknown artists

After two decades of hard work, New York artist Guy Stanley Philoche planned to celebrate the success of his two-day sold-out show at the Cavalier Gallery a year ago with the purchase of a $ 15,000 (RM 62,000) watch.

But an inner voice spoke as a pandemic hit, telling him to step up and help other emerging artists.

“I made a promise to myself that every time I sell a painting I would buy a painting,” said Haitian-born Philoche, 44, who grew up in Connecticut and drew and painted before he could walk.

Philoche posted a video of himself on Instagram offering to buy as much artwork as possible to help other artists hurt by the shutdowns.

“I hit the send button and then I opened Pandora’s box,” he said.

In one year, Philoche has spent $ 70,000 (RM 289,000) on more than 200 works of art by over 150 artists around the world.

“I’m still going through it, buying it and I love it,” he said. “I also realize that now that I have a seat at the table, I have to open doors for people, so now I make it my business to give people a chance.”

Philoche’s collection, which includes works by his former professors and his tattoo artist, has drawn the attention of museums around the world looking to host them. But first he wants a New York exhibition for the works that are on display in his small studio apartment and kept in a storage unit.

“It’s going to be really cool and very fun and amazing to call some of these artists that I’ve bought and whose work has never been sold before,” he said.

“I was the first person to buy something from them and I thought, hey, by the way, you know the painting I just bought, it will actually be in the MoMa.” – Reuters

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