The critically acclaimed New York artist Marko Stout is considered by many to be the coolest and most relevant multimedia artists working today! The Huffington Post calls Stout’s work, “exciting and inspirational” with his sculptures, prints, films and installations exhibited at numerous high end international galleries of fine art and museums- and as best expressed by the Examiner.com, “the buzz is growing!”
Marko Stout is a popular international artist based in Manhattan, best known for his industrial pop style and with a fascinating unconventional story. Although he is now accepted as a mainstream artist and part of the art and fashion elite, this was not always the case. Stout began his early art career in the late 90’s as an “outsider” in San Francisco and later SoHo and downtown New York City.
Marko Stout’s initial path was not of many conventional artists. His life began in a small New Jersey beach town- a world away from the glitz and glamour of New York City. Stout’s early years where consumed with athletics, surfing and a passion for rock music. Upon completing high school and his first year of college, this restless young rebel decided it was “time to see the world” and travel throughout America and Europe, picking up odd jobs as he went along.
Eventually, the financially poor but memory rich Marko Stout returned home to continue his college studies earning degrees in biology and medicine from Princeton and Columbia Universities. Several more years were consumed with orthopedic training at a New York veteran’s hospital. However, this scientific conformist path became a tiresome one to for Marko to tread, his creative desires were incessantly knocking on him from the inside wanting to get out. So, the newly degreed doctor followed his instinct and split for California.
While living in the bohemian community of Sausalito, aboard a houseboat on San Francisco Bay, Marko Stout became acquainted with many local artists, writers and gallery owners. They would discuss art, literature, music and philosophy over dinner, Simona Valley wines and good Mexican weed into the late night, and most often early morning hours. However, Marko Stout was the metaphorical moth drawn to New York’s immortal flame. So, with the beginning of the new millennium in 200o Marko Stout and his Chihuahua “Quesadilla” packed their West Coast bags and return to New York, where he immersed himself in the downtown art scene and never looked back.
The recent years has acceptance of the artist by the traditional art world, galleries and dealers, along with a growing traditional and social media buzz which continues to gain the attention of numerous collectors with his works selling for rapidly increasing amounts. The past couple years has seen a rapid increase in the stature and interest of the artist, as he advances from local New York and group shows to larger international exhibitions and prestigious gallery solo shows.
In your own words what do you do?
Artist. Specifically a multimedia artist. We sell prints and sculptures at numerous international art galleries, and also produce and show art films.
What led you to your current business?
Could you walk us through your process of developing your business?
Initially began show my early sketches and prints at a few small local New York galleries and group shows. As the work sold the lager area galleries started to come around and began begging to exhibit my latest works. We’re now in a position where we can choice the galleries that exhibit my work and the place we’re it best fits.
Did you encounter any particular difficulties in the beginning?
Initially there was a reluctance for the so called established galleries to exhibit our work. They too often very conservative and afraid to take a chance with exciting or provocative new art. But, has my work sold very well at other galleries and exhibitions the older establishment galleries started to call us. This was especially true in New York City.
What is your long term plan?
We plan to expand to Asia and other international art markets over the next couple years. We currently have an ongoing exhibition a cool gallery Berlin and plans to exhibit in Paris, Amsterdam and Japan next year. Most of my work is sold in high end galleries. But, we’re also looking into ways to make my work more assessable to fans with a lower budget. And, we’re currently working on producing a film festival in New York City, to give cool, edgy film makers a place to show their art films.
Could you share with us some industry insights?
Sure. The art word is a very strange business model. Making connections is very important and it takes a lot of effort to convince an established gallery to give you your first solo show. But, being persistent and really believing in your work in help. Arts should stick to work that they are really passionate about and not pander or sell out. Let the art world come around to your style. They eventually will.
What are some important lessons you’ve learnt about entrepreneurship?
Do the kind of work you love. And don’t be afraid to take chances.
Any tips for achieving success?
Don’t compromise or sell out. Stick with your style and let others come around. They will.