fauning painting

Fauning, 2019, oil on linen, 60 x 44 inches a

Fauning:  The Mythological Beast – the Artist

Artists are inundated with the idea of marketing and branding. The artist is imagined as a brand, with fame based on good ideas, a definable style, and a notorious statement. I’ve had a few business-minded people tell me that I’d be really famous if I could just figure out how to brand myself.  I think I’m doing fine.  Being a successful artist shouldn’t be all about branding – a successful artist explores life. But, if pressed to define my ‘brand,’ I’d say it’s that of an awkward adult: youngish but old, strong but gawky, confident but insecure, artsy but businesslike, surrounded by images of other artists’ as brands, and wanting to fit in. In this image, I’ve included “Andy” (as in Warhol), a Henri Rousseau lion head, a worn-out Playboy Bunny, the jug I have in my studio that reminds me of one the brand-master Picasso painted, and a Matisse-like figure in sienna and umber. In a mix of tight and loose style, I have also included a portrait of a friend who ‘helps artists navigate the art world’.




vb (intr; often foll by on or upon)

1. to seek attention and admiration (from) by cringing and flattering
2. (of animals, esp dogs) to try to please by a show of extreme friendliness and fondness (towards)


  • 1.displaying exaggerated flattery or affection; obsequious: fawning adoration”

noun Classical Mythology.

one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat.