May 29, 2018

Let's make the art world a little better

Aspen Gallery focuses on contemporary fine art photography by emerging artists. We curate work from new talents who have a distinctive vision and a recognizable handwriting, and are committed to both making art attainable for new collectors and raising awareness among established art buyers.

Aspen Gallery was founded by Johnny Patience, a fine art photographer, writer, and educator. Focusing on fine art photography for almost a decade, Johnny has extensive experience in the art world and believes that the concept of an artist-led gallery has many advantages over a traditional gallery run by an art dealer.

"A problem I saw relatively early in my own career is that classical art galleries are often very non-transparent. They charge high commissions but tend to be vague about what they're willing to commit to in return. I often had the impression that gallery owners put their own interests before the interests of the artists they represent, and were more focused on driving revenue than helping someone build a sustainable career," says Patience.

"We're doing things a little differently: we aim to price art competitively, and are able to attract a new type of art buyer while charging less commission to make up the difference for the artists. We are also completely transparent about how much we sell, to whom and when. We want our artists to have the opportunity to form a long-term relationship with their patrons. We are well-networked and committed to finding young talents earlier in their career to create real value for established collectors."

Long a symbol for strength in community, aspen trees grow as a group; interconnected by their roots, they support each other by sharing resources. Aspen Gallery's collaborative approach is unique in that each individual success benefits all represented photographers. The gallery also awards an annual $5,000 Artist Fellowship to honor artistic excellence and advance the careers of emerging artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are informed by an applicant’s work (details about the grant and how to apply will be announced shortly).

Aspen's curatorial board is formed by Johnny Patience, Rebecca Lily, Gary Briechle, and Elan Cohen.

Rebecca Lily is a fine art photographer whose work has been exhibited and featured online and in print. She designs professional color grading products and consults for top photographers in the industry. Her products have been utilized in creative work for many Fortune 500 companies.

Gary Briechle is an accomplished artist who sculpts, draws and photographs. Gary's first monograph was released in 2012 by Twin Palms Publishers representing 10 years' worth of his artistic process. His work has been published in the New York Times and is part of the permanent collection of the Jersey City Museum, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and the New Jersey State Museum. Gary was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015.

Elan Cohen is an advisor for some of the most recognized photographers in the industry. He curated the archival of prints for the trust at Paisley Park, home of music artist Prince, and manages the prints and archiving for renowned rock n' roll photographer Henry Diltz, who photographed Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and The Doors among many other artists.


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