Paul Dorrell is the Author of the updated and revised book, Living the Artist's Life.
He has been the owner of The renowned Leopold Gallery in Kansas City since 1991, a Fine Art Dealer and Artist's Representative.
I hope you enjoy our conversation below and images from some of the artist's he represents.
His book truly can apply not only to Artists, also Writers, to Designers, Architects, really any Entrepreneur who realizes that one must follow their dreams. and what it takes to do just that! Living the Artist's Life is bold, part memoir, and even humorous at times.
|Event at the Leopold Gallery|
1) Paul, I understand that you opened The Leopold Gallery to support your true avocation of being a writer. Were you surprised that indeed you became a renowned Gallery Owner, Art Dealer and Author?
Very surprised, as that was certainly not the plan--but such is life for most of us.
2) You have represented major artists; painters, sculptors, fine glass blowers. Do you develop an innate sense that an aspiring artist will become successful? What do you look for?
From some I look for outrageousness, others a firm rooting in great artistic traditions, others a profound sense of abstraction or craft. Of course I can’t always tell who will succeed, but my staff and I usually have a fairly good sense about it.
|Kansas University Medical Center|
3) How do you help artists turn their left brains on to be able to deal with the business side of being an artist?
We just guide them, step by step, in ways that don’t intrude on their creativity but that do enhance their career. I mean if I can do it, as a writer, anybody can.
|Presentation and Book Signing|
4) In your book, “Living the Artist’s Life”, you very candidly describe the highs and lows, the extreme struggles and the huge successes that you, yourself have experienced. Why is this so relevant to the working artist?
Because the vast majority of artists often feel, at various times, that they’re failing—as do most people. I feel it’s important that they realize how common that experience is, as that can be reassuring.
5) Which are some of the Art Installations you are most proud of?
All the big works—blown glass, paintings, sculptures—at H&R Block, University of Kansas Hospital, Saint Luke’s Hospital, and the Overland Park Convention Center. Also the National D-Day Memorial.
|Portion of H & R Block Installation|
6) You describe corporations today as being like The Medici’s of the Renaissance Art Period. Can you tell us more about that? How does this affect communities?
Corporations have resources for buying art that far outstrip what most individuals can spend at this time in history. This means they can have a huge impact on the culture of their region if they’ll work with regional artists—and not try to dictate the art. That is somewhat similar to what the Medici family did in Italy.
7) Paul you have had many travels, far and wide. What compelled you to come back to Kansas City to work and raise your family?
This place has always been home to me, and I was acutely aware when we opened, in 1991, that it felt culturally inferior to the larger cities on the two coasts, as though people here were not as talented. I wanted to help put an end to that, as it was impeding the cultural and artistic growth of the region. My clients, both corporate and private, have helped us in that mission.
8) Finally what words of wisdom would you impart to the artist of any age or genre?
Never give up, never give up, never give up.
Thank you so much Paul for taking the time with us!
|Paul's New Book, Living the Artist's Life|
I hope you have enjoyed this interview with Paul. He has made a huge impression on the landscape, the recognition of art and its importance in our world!
You can visit Paul's Leopold Gallery website at LeopoldGallery.com
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