I think it helps to know the subject that you paint. For example, if I was a farmer I would probably paint cows and chickens because it’s what I would know best. But what would I paint if I was a stockbroker in a past life?… Stock ticker symbols!!
That’s what the artist Anthony White has started doing. After the success of his Money series of paintings, he has started painting the stock symbols of companies listed on stock exchanges around the world. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I couldn’t think of a more honest subject for a (former) stockbroker to paint. It kind of adds a layer of realness to it all for me.
Here’s a blurb from his website.. “One thing I didn’t anticipate when I did The Money Series is just how attached people are to certain numbers or what numbers meant to them. I thought The Money Series was about how money related to art. In stockbroking and life I have dealt with a lot of numbers and none of them ever meant much to me. However there are a lot of stock codes that mean a great deal to me. The first share I bought, my first two bagger, my first ten bagger, the one that got away, the one that paid for my first overseas holiday, the one that went belly up, the dogs, etc. If you buy a Stock Code Painting I am willing to publish your short story about why this codes means something to you.” Anthony White
I’m the owner of the Woolworths ticker symbol (WOW), listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. It’s kind of like the Australian version of Wal-Mart but it mostly focuses on groceries, and it’s reputation isn’t quite as bad as Wal-Mart’s. I also thought it looked a bit Pop as it also says “Wow!”.
I interviewed Anthony when he started painting his Money Series earlier.