Michael Ellis working on a photorealistic painting. It takes 3-6 months for Ellis to complete a piece

Michael Ellis working on a photorealistic painting. It takes 3-6 months for Ellis to complete a piece. (Photo: Courtesy of NewPatron)

Unless you can survive without sleep or food or your parents have lots and lots of money, it’s tough being an emerging artist in New York these days. Studio spaces are expensive, the fancy gallerists and dealers don’t give a shit about you and neither do their patrons. On the flip side, unless you’re a gazillionare and/or have a formal art education, buying art in New York can be a rather daunting endeavor (the fancy gallerists and dealers don’t give a shit about you either).
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