I run the website http://www.sculpture-boutique.com which showcase a varied range of sculptures by artist Nikos Makis, a graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts. I would be very grateful if users would take a look at the site and feedback your thoughts on the work [sculptures] and the website in general.
The pieces are currently being sold in the UK and Greece, if anyone out there is interested in offering the pieces for sale in the US or Europe please get in touch at email@example.com.
All feedback is welcome, this is a genuine request to help us develop the website and to provide the artist with feedback on his work.
This forum discourages commercial postings, but since you are asking for feedback that will be directed to the sculptor, I will respond. As far as the site goes, the large blank area above the thumbnail images is a mistake. At first I thought the screen was blank, but eventually I scrolled down to see the images. The images should be visible more immediately. A lot of people don't have time to dig around a site and you don't want people to click off because they think there's nothing there.
As far as the sculptures, there are two things that I find troubling. One is that the forms seem generic, as though I have seen most of them before. Secondly, since you are mass producing them to keep the costs down they don't have the personal value I would feel in looking at unique or limited edition works, and that feeling that there is only one of this particular sculpture in the world is part of what art is about.
I'd also suggest that you rethink your description of materials. There are no stone sculptures in your collection, for example. They are cast stone over clay or whatever. You could say mixed media or specify what they really are. Saying stone seems inaccurate - a misrepresentation.
On the positive side, there is continuity in the style and size, so that it is easy to see what your artist is driving at, and the goal of making the works affordable so that a wider range of people could afford them is a good one.
Well, that's my two cents.
Thank you for the feedback Jaz and your comments on both the site and the pieces.
We have had a few problems with the accessible design of the site that is causing it to display incorrectly in some browsers (we have discovered this in the new ff1.5) but It would be very helpful to know which browser you are using so we can address any others.
The pieces are massed produced and some of the pieces use generic designs to reduce costs making the pieces much more widely available to the mass market. I take your point that this removes some of the value that unique and limited edition works provides but these particular pieces are aimed at making art affordable. We are bring some limited edition pieces to the site early this year.
Some of the pieces are hand carved stone, produced by the artist and his team.
Introspection is one of those pieces
and some pieces are cast reconstituted stone. We ran with the reconstituted stone description for some time but this was fairly misunderstood by the site visitors and so we decided to drop it, using the generic stone description instead.
Thanks again for your feedback, I will pass it onto the artist.
Had some time to work on it, I see. Very nice site. I enjoy the style of sculpture you have listed. :)
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