Making a real living from art

IN THE SCENE: Kimbell artist Randall Froude, whose originals and prints  have helped earn him more than $11 million, will be explaining his Impressionist-based techniques at the Saffron Gallery over the next three days.
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IN THE SCENE: Kimbell artist Randall Froude, whose originals and prints have helped earn him more than $11 million, will be explaining his Impressionist-based techniques at the Saffron Gallery over the next three days.

His art has earned him millions, making Randall Froude anything but the struggling artist.

The Kimbell artist can be seen in action at the Saffron Gallery today, tomorrow and Sunday as artist in residence, demonstrating the style which has earned him a lot of cash.

"I am in a very privileged position, I am a very lucky man."

His art has generated more than $11 million in sales of originals and prints.

"A series of six paintings I did in 2002 have earned nearly half a million dollars through the sales of reproductions. Art is a lot like real estate - unreal."

The work on display at the gallery is largely inspired by a trip to Europe in 1986.

Now he has a studio in Kimbell. At the gallery he has recreated his studio in smaller form, complete with his easel which came from England in 1924.

"My studio is nowhere near as tidy as this. I am looking forward to meeting a few people and, who knows, make another million," he joked.

He is known for his Impressionist work. He was originally trained at Elam Arts College in Auckland just after World War II.

He spent his early years working in advertising and marketing but felt frustrated by the limitations of commercial work.

As soon as he started painting he enjoyed immediate success, and became a commercially successful artist who is still enjoying the returns.

The Timaru Herald