So, went in and talked to the guy, whose name is Daniel Bombardier and goes by Denial, tell him, “Hey, that’s me!” He says, “Oh yeah? I just did some pictures of people I didn’t know who had added me to Facebook.” Like he’s too cool to care.
Some problems with this: guy doesn’t ask permission before hand, doesn’t even say, after meeting me, oh hey, is it cool that I stole a picture you took and copied it onto canvas? and he sells them. So a picture I took, that is the main picture on my website, he sells as his own? Ish? Ugh. I don’t know, doesn’t seem kosher for an artist to do that to another artist. I’ve had people make paintings from my photos before, and they all ask permission (as far as I know I guess), and also when people have sold them, they’ve offered me part of the monies (which is really nice and I don’t expect people to do that.) But to just take my picture, without permission, sell it in his store and then be a dick about it, acting like he’s a motherfucking cool guy and he can’t be bothered to even ask my name after he finds out it’s me whose photo he’s stolen? Dude. Come on. You’ve been interviewed by CBC and you make money selling your art and you can’t acknowledge the work of another artist? Really? Fuck you.
Also? I didn’t fucking add you to Facebook. I don’t add anyone to Facebook. Bitch, please.
I probably won’t do anything about it, because I don’t know, whatever, but still. How rude.
So I hit the like button before I read the entire article, I do that sometimes. I’m very pro paintings of my friends! But this is such an uncool situation; I mean, I don’t sell any of my paintings of Harry Dean Stanton without asking.
I’ve given the subject some thought (and a drink or two) and the more I think about it the less well this sits with me (less well?). I don’t think that there is anything wrong with painting a picture of something that you find visually interesting, even if it’s someone or something that’s well known, but I feel that the shady aspect of the artist comes into play when the owner of said property rights isn’t even notified of the artwork created. Anyway, I feel like I’m hyperboling a dead horse. Thumbs down Daniel Bombardier.