Where are all the pictures?
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There are no images of my Artwork on this website. Nevertheless I ask you to trust me and buy my Art on blind faith. I promise to send a very large and beautiful Artwork for your wall in exchange people need to: send full payment, tell me something quite personal*, and share the postal address where you wish your Artwork delivered.
But hold on… "This is the internet, send a large amount to a unknown person on line, for an unseen whatever! This must be some kind of trick?" Well… yes and no, at least a beautiful moment of Art-magic.
Let's be truthful for a moment, the idea of buying an Artwork of value without ever looking at, is not what many people would do. How can anyone do this, from a website?
As humans we are programmed to distrust on instinct, as people we often distrust ourselves.
This site is here, to be found mostly through luck, in particular I hope; by people who trust in their own ability to make brave choices and know by rational intuition when they come across something special or of real value or worth.
If that is you and you can afford the price – just go directly to the bottom of this page and pay for an Artwork, when it arrives display it in your home and show people something they will find breathtaking and can not have seen anywhere.
If you are sceptical, here is why you could trust me, an Artist and obtain a real work of Art…
Technology has given us many thousand forms of irresistible gratification and constant distraction from self awareness. Sometimes it takes a power cut, or a disruption, to make us stop, look up and slowly recall an important promise we all make to ourselves: To try and have only real people and real things around us, things that bring value and meaning, not more expensive noise. I will give you that value and meaning, but you are going to have to trust, and for many people that is already too much.
There is obvious absence of my Art anywhere on the internet: the begin the reasons were copying, fraud and exclusivity, but there is one more; it is not the right place to show some Art. I try to have a private exhibition every few years and show works the old fashioned way: invitations, people come and buy. When the internet started I saw the web as a wonderful canvas for new types of Art, not as a giant sales room, so I did something, that has become unique:
"I kindly ask that all collectors, galleries and museums that are in possession of my signed artworks NOT to ever reproduce any copies online, on their websites or on any social media."
Sticking to my principles means that to some people I am a kind of ghost, no internet = no exist… And to be honest that is almost OK. My new work is beautiful, powerful, and noble, it was not made to entertain a general public. I did not spend a decade to just make nice pictures for people to swipe swipe buy swipe.
These new works were made as a perfection, as an answer to the imperfect human questions.
If this Artwork can be sold in this unique way, then it will belong only to a "self selecting few", brave and interesting people. Please accept this compliment, you have read this far and may be about to buy the best work of Art, for you, ever.
About the new works:
"On seeing his work I now totally get it. That any copy of these is seen before the achingly beautiful originals would spoil an opportunity to feel something real, for me it was a wave of emotion, of inner Joy."
Jane Ballentine – Ballentine Collection
"There is something intense locked into these pictures."
Eleanor Golden – Art, Science and Commerce
"Standing in front of the large imposing images, is an authentic experience. These days art is rarely if ever this affecting this dare I say it, compelling."
Matthew Steeples – The Steeple Times
"One of the today's most important artists intentionally working in near anonymity"
Stanton – Arts Review
"I would sell my soul and own one of these"
"Listen to me, I know a thing or two about art, if these are not selling for $1.5m in a couple of years for the injustice I will burn down the Louvre, the Tate and the MET"
"The most beautiful single thing I have seen in my life"
Making this latest collection of 48 photographic works consumed nearly ten years, it was exciting to start, but to complete it properly was one of the hardest things I have ever done.
To make this something that can be called Art, beyond just a beautiful visual account of the human condition, needed a wholly different process: to completely obfuscate of all the cotton, hay and rags of life, and to look clear heartedly inward and own the truth of one's time, to exclude repetitions, excise vanities, cut away sentiments, and pull a distilled insight out of meaning, so as to be relevant to others.
Each step a slowmotion battle against an army of monsters, common distractions and life traps.
All this to reach a place where Art has power beyond any sorcery of matter or new arrangement of old words.
If done right, something life altering can happen when enough emotion, experience and human honesty are concentrated at one time and in one object. In that moment something strikes deep inside and the meanings of common words can be changed, and things ugly written are reset, anything can be forgiven, a life transformed.
for limited time
Art = 1 Bitcoin
(One very large photographic print!)
Artwork by Angelo Valentino.
For a very limited time and only from this website, if you can pay in advance, you will own a signed Artwork from Angelo Valentino and (at the current value of Bitcoin) at a very large reduction on the price in Gallery.
Here are the 3 conditions to place an order.
1*) Tell me in a few words, about a dream you have had. I will then choose or make a new Artwork based upon what you tell me, which will remain private and confidential.
2) The work may take a little time to produce and deliver, you will be fully informed.
3) The Artwork is sold unseen. If you are unhappy with what you receive, just send it back. I am an Artist not a salesman, huxter or merchant. I give my word all monies will be returned, minus 5% and costs.
This offer may close, but once the fee has been paid, a finished work will be delivered to your given address.
PRICE: 1 Bitcoin or the value equivalent in any other major currency at today's midnight rate of exchange. Delivery is included.
(plus United Kingdom sales tax where applicable)