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Hanjo Schmidt
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acrylic on canvas
h.160cm w.160cm d.0cm
Jul 2012

Hanjo's Description: oh, portraits again . . .

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2012-09-27 14:33

Well, I will use this space for a Fraud Alert

Every now and then painters get an e-mail from an unknown person offering to buy a painting.

I think it’s not exaggerated to state that in 99,99% of all cases this turns out to be a fraudulent action. It goes like this: The artist is made believe that a certain Person from a place abroad, will buy an expensive painting from him or her. Very early in the correspondence it’s all about the money transfer. The painter then gets a cheque that is about two or three thousand Euros higher than the artist's fee. From this combined sum the artist is asked to deduct his or her fee and to transfer the rest to the "shipper" that in all of those cases is provided by the customer. While the cheque is still in the process of examination by the artist’s bank the painter is asked to pay the shipper in advance for to start the collection of the painting. The account of the alleged "shipper" mostly belongs to a private person. Later it will turn out that the cheque is a bounced cheque only and the artist is deprived this way of the amount of the shipper's fee.

Well, I could easily produce a list with all the suspicious signs in such a correspondence or show, how a real art buyer would act in such a case. But of course I do not want to involuntary write a manual for potential impostors of what to avoid in such an e-mail or how to improve it in telling him how a real buyer would act or behave instead. Okay, I could make it a workshop with minimum 25 subscribers and a fee for each of them of 10,000 Euros ha ha ha. Okay, back to serious.

The problem however is not how perfect the impostor acts or how many suspicious hints are in such e-mails. The problem is a psychological one that lies in the human nature.

The average artist, and that is over 75% of them is more or less poor and constantly lacks money for to buy the needed materials, pay for the studio rent and so on. So the prospect of making a big deal automatically starts what we call hope. Hope triggers a kind of blindness against things or facts that would diminish hope. So the more in need an artist is the stronger is the hope factor and the more perfect the blindness towards reality and the weaker the ability to judge. So anyone not involved would see clearly what is going on, whereas the artist in hope does not, or better, does not want to see. This is the danger that might even let clever persons step in the trap.

So let’s cut a longer story short in summing up as follows:
When someone from abroad offers to buy a work of art, provides a shipping opportunity and a combined fee with you to pay the shipper, then HANDS OFF !

2012-09-29 12:24

Hi new to the art world regards selling my work, thanks its something that I would not know about. It has made me more aware of what is going on in the art world.

The painting that you have done is good, it is difficult to get good features in the portrait.


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