I came across a few of my older paintings in my studio today as I unwrapped works from storage to hang in the upper reaches of my studio space.
Several, in particular made me remember the two times in my 5-year art career that I’ve heard someone utter a disparaging remark about my art being “Rothko knockoffs”. So, I’m wondering (and asking you, dear reader): “What, exactly, is a knockoff”?
I should mention that Mark Rothko is one of my most favorite artists. And yes, my art has been influenced by him. I should also mention that the paintings in question are not of my “elementals” or “fossils” series that surely couldn’t be accused of being a “Rothko knockoff”.
So, I dug up some examples to see what you think – are these “knockoffs”? Or are the just “inspired by”? Are they something else? What would make these a knockoff (style, composition, color)? Why do I care? Would anyone else care? So many questions! I might have to do some research into this… in the meantime, I sure welcome comments and thoughts!