Todd Thomas Brown is creating new work all the time
8

patrons

$379
per month

WELCOME

For those of you that are new to Patreon platform, I've provided a simplle explanation below. I also explain the unique manner in which I use Patreon, which difers from most other artists. I am not asking for money or support, rather, I use Patreon to help facilitate purchases of my artwork wherein patrons are able to make monthly payments over longer periods of time. This enables me to budget my spending throughout the year while allowing patrons a friendly payment plan.

How Patreon played out in real time in 2018. . . 
In the spring 2018 I uprooted myself from the San Francisco Bay Area (after 20 years!) to relocate to Naples, Italy. Before departure, I held a two-day open studio sale of my total inventory of work wherein numerous purchases were made via Patreon. Rather than receive the funds all at once, my buyers/collectors signed on to a smaller monthly payment which spread the payment out over the course of the year. As I was moving to a new country where it would take a long while for me to establish myself and develop a new client base, the Patreon platform guaranteed that I would receive a certain amount of funds each month on which I could depend to cover my expenses. I was able to stretch those funds until December when I had my debut exhibition in Naples. This made all the difference! 

Napoli, Italia
December, 8th, 2018, marked the opening of my first solo exhibit on the European continent, produced by Diego Nuzzo of Wunderkammer Napoli, and curated by Valentina Rippa. The work was well received and garnished three different write-ups in the Italian Press, two local and one in the Neapolitan section of the national periodical Corriere della Sera. I also secured a second, and larger solo exhibition with Saverio Ammendola's gallery Mediterranea, the oldest running gallery in Naples, and one of the 10 oldest in all of Italy. 


General principle behind Patreon
Patreon is a relatively new online platform designed to facilitate support for artists by individuals that believe in their work. Rather than asking for money for a one-time project, Patreon is about supporters joining as members to make a regularly occurring contribution, effectively becoming a "patron" of a specific artist, and receiving something in return. It builds on the idea of artists in past centuries who had wealthy patrons that supported/commissioned their work. With Patreon, the support is from a wealth divided and shared among many. (They have a great little video clip that explains it here: https://www.patreon.com/about). In my case, however, it enables you to build a monthly deposit that will go towards a future purchase of one of my paintings (of your choice). It turns the “pay over time” model around and into a “build a deposit” model, where patrons essentially prepay for works they choose later at their leisure. 


The real difference for me in this arrangement is the relationship between work and money. Rather than having the sale of my work be reduced to what is essentially a consumer purchase of a product (artwork), patronage via Patreon moves to a deeper and far more impactful level of supporting the process, that of research and experimentation, from which new and compelling work is sprung. This is to say, the difference is not merely financial but philosophical

Tiers
I want to vote, "Forward-Ho TTBrown, I'm with You!"
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Knowing that many of the people in my community are also artists, or involved in nonprofit work (i.e. receive less compensation than the for-profit sector), and face extra challenges by the economy, I wanted to have a way for those of you to cast your 'vote' of support by signing on with a symbolic amount. This could be $1-$5 per month. It feels wonderful to have this connection, and I'll be better able to keep you tuned-in to my developments in Southern Italy. 
Sustainer - I want to make sure you keep on the path
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Apart from celebrity-level achievement in the arts, the vast majority of artists and arts organizations struggle continually to merely just get by. The arts simply do not work in the way that our commercial market economy functions, because one-of-a-kind objects and experiences can be mass produced without losing the very quality that makes them so unique and transformative. While we, as a culture, have yet to find a model of support in which artists can thrive, we still can take direct action by supporting individual artists. A small handful people contributing $10 - $20 per month can make an enormous impact on the sustainability of an individual artists work. For myself, it can cover basic materials and smaller monthly expenses. You can also look forward to special annual gathering in San Francisco that I am planning as a way to celebrate everyone that joins my patron base of support. (I will plan a smaller one in Vermont for those of you on the east coast).
I've always wanted an original TTBrown painting. . .
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
This is an especially good option for those of you that would really like to buy a piece but always feel strapped for funds. $25-$50, this is where you can begin to build credit for the purchase of one of my smaller original artworks (12 months x $25 is $300, enough for a small paintings). Think of it as putting something on layaway and paying over time. I will track your monthly payment, and you can choose at any time to cash it in on a painting of your choice. 


I'll send you updates as my work projects progress in Naples. You can also look forward to special annual gathering in San Francisco that I am planning as a way to celebrate everyone that joins my patron base of support. (I will plan a smaller one in Vermont for those of you on the east coast).

Hmmm, maybe I'll start collecting. . .
$100 or more per month 2 patrons
$100/mo., and up, will allow you to establish substantial credit within one year's time for a purchase of one of my medium-larger works. This is also a level of support where I can begin longer term planning, including planning of community-engaged projects that do not generate revenue. The sale of medium and larger works is what helps give me the freedom to think bigger.  


As someone that presently makes his living from the sale of his artwork, I cannot express how remarkable it is to move through life in this way. In my view, buying a painting is not a "purchase" in the consumer sense, but an investment into the energy of creativity, not simply on the individual level but as a principled act. By the time I sell a piece, the time and the work it took to create it has long passed. I don't get that back ever. What I receive as payment I do not see as compensation for my time/work, rather, I see it as a present investment into what I am doing next. It's like 'paying it forward'. This understanding invokes an entirely different and more expansive relationship. It is the difference in the relationship of giving and receiving as compared to that of purchasing and acquiring. One opens and is expansive, while the other closes and is restrictive. One is in movement, the other, static. So, here, as a patron, when you give, you not only receive a painting, but your giving funnels into ever more creativity activity. It is my job to make sure this activity is worthwhile and brings some goodness to the world.  


I'll send you updates as my work projects progress in Naples. You can also look forward to special annual gathering in San Francisco that I am planning as a way to celebrate everyone that joins my patron base of support. (I will plan a smaller one in Vermont for those of you on the east coast).

Catalyst
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
$500 and up. . .  this is not something I expect, but stranger things happen in life, so I like to keep the door open. If you are familiar with the trajectory of my work across disciplines, then you know well that I am forever thinking outside the box of my studio. Studio practice is a mediation and a form of sustenance. Beyond the studio walls, however, is is the hot mess of life, and I am always thinking on how I might nect engage it, and this means working with other collaborators, doing something to take our action to the next level. This level of support, of course, gives access to acquiring a large-scale artwork. It also serves as a catalyst to push into taking bigger steps. Like receiving an unrestricted grant from a foundation, it compels an artist, hopefully, into greater risk-taking. 


I'll of course send you updates as my work projects progress in Naples. And, along with joining a special annual gathering in San Francisco that I am planning for my patron base of support, we can plan a private time to break bread and discuss more deeply all the developments to date.

WELCOME

For those of you that are new to Patreon platform, I've provided a simplle explanation below. I also explain the unique manner in which I use Patreon, which difers from most other artists. I am not asking for money or support, rather, I use Patreon to help facilitate purchases of my artwork wherein patrons are able to make monthly payments over longer periods of time. This enables me to budget my spending throughout the year while allowing patrons a friendly payment plan.

How Patreon played out in real time in 2018. . . 
In the spring 2018 I uprooted myself from the San Francisco Bay Area (after 20 years!) to relocate to Naples, Italy. Before departure, I held a two-day open studio sale of my total inventory of work wherein numerous purchases were made via Patreon. Rather than receive the funds all at once, my buyers/collectors signed on to a smaller monthly payment which spread the payment out over the course of the year. As I was moving to a new country where it would take a long while for me to establish myself and develop a new client base, the Patreon platform guaranteed that I would receive a certain amount of funds each month on which I could depend to cover my expenses. I was able to stretch those funds until December when I had my debut exhibition in Naples. This made all the difference! 

Napoli, Italia
December, 8th, 2018, marked the opening of my first solo exhibit on the European continent, produced by Diego Nuzzo of Wunderkammer Napoli, and curated by Valentina Rippa. The work was well received and garnished three different write-ups in the Italian Press, two local and one in the Neapolitan section of the national periodical Corriere della Sera. I also secured a second, and larger solo exhibition with Saverio Ammendola's gallery Mediterranea, the oldest running gallery in Naples, and one of the 10 oldest in all of Italy. 


General principle behind Patreon
Patreon is a relatively new online platform designed to facilitate support for artists by individuals that believe in their work. Rather than asking for money for a one-time project, Patreon is about supporters joining as members to make a regularly occurring contribution, effectively becoming a "patron" of a specific artist, and receiving something in return. It builds on the idea of artists in past centuries who had wealthy patrons that supported/commissioned their work. With Patreon, the support is from a wealth divided and shared among many. (They have a great little video clip that explains it here: https://www.patreon.com/about). In my case, however, it enables you to build a monthly deposit that will go towards a future purchase of one of my paintings (of your choice). It turns the “pay over time” model around and into a “build a deposit” model, where patrons essentially prepay for works they choose later at their leisure. 


The real difference for me in this arrangement is the relationship between work and money. Rather than having the sale of my work be reduced to what is essentially a consumer purchase of a product (artwork), patronage via Patreon moves to a deeper and far more impactful level of supporting the process, that of research and experimentation, from which new and compelling work is sprung. This is to say, the difference is not merely financial but philosophical

Recent posts by Todd Thomas Brown

Tiers
I want to vote, "Forward-Ho TTBrown, I'm with You!"
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Knowing that many of the people in my community are also artists, or involved in nonprofit work (i.e. receive less compensation than the for-profit sector), and face extra challenges by the economy, I wanted to have a way for those of you to cast your 'vote' of support by signing on with a symbolic amount. This could be $1-$5 per month. It feels wonderful to have this connection, and I'll be better able to keep you tuned-in to my developments in Southern Italy. 
Sustainer - I want to make sure you keep on the path
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Apart from celebrity-level achievement in the arts, the vast majority of artists and arts organizations struggle continually to merely just get by. The arts simply do not work in the way that our commercial market economy functions, because one-of-a-kind objects and experiences can be mass produced without losing the very quality that makes them so unique and transformative. While we, as a culture, have yet to find a model of support in which artists can thrive, we still can take direct action by supporting individual artists. A small handful people contributing $10 - $20 per month can make an enormous impact on the sustainability of an individual artists work. For myself, it can cover basic materials and smaller monthly expenses. You can also look forward to special annual gathering in San Francisco that I am planning as a way to celebrate everyone that joins my patron base of support. (I will plan a smaller one in Vermont for those of you on the east coast).
I've always wanted an original TTBrown painting. . .
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
This is an especially good option for those of you that would really like to buy a piece but always feel strapped for funds. $25-$50, this is where you can begin to build credit for the purchase of one of my smaller original artworks (12 months x $25 is $300, enough for a small paintings). Think of it as putting something on layaway and paying over time. I will track your monthly payment, and you can choose at any time to cash it in on a painting of your choice. 


I'll send you updates as my work projects progress in Naples. You can also look forward to special annual gathering in San Francisco that I am planning as a way to celebrate everyone that joins my patron base of support. (I will plan a smaller one in Vermont for those of you on the east coast).

Hmmm, maybe I'll start collecting. . .
$100 or more per month 2 patrons
$100/mo., and up, will allow you to establish substantial credit within one year's time for a purchase of one of my medium-larger works. This is also a level of support where I can begin longer term planning, including planning of community-engaged projects that do not generate revenue. The sale of medium and larger works is what helps give me the freedom to think bigger.  


As someone that presently makes his living from the sale of his artwork, I cannot express how remarkable it is to move through life in this way. In my view, buying a painting is not a "purchase" in the consumer sense, but an investment into the energy of creativity, not simply on the individual level but as a principled act. By the time I sell a piece, the time and the work it took to create it has long passed. I don't get that back ever. What I receive as payment I do not see as compensation for my time/work, rather, I see it as a present investment into what I am doing next. It's like 'paying it forward'. This understanding invokes an entirely different and more expansive relationship. It is the difference in the relationship of giving and receiving as compared to that of purchasing and acquiring. One opens and is expansive, while the other closes and is restrictive. One is in movement, the other, static. So, here, as a patron, when you give, you not only receive a painting, but your giving funnels into ever more creativity activity. It is my job to make sure this activity is worthwhile and brings some goodness to the world.  


I'll send you updates as my work projects progress in Naples. You can also look forward to special annual gathering in San Francisco that I am planning as a way to celebrate everyone that joins my patron base of support. (I will plan a smaller one in Vermont for those of you on the east coast).

Catalyst
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
$500 and up. . .  this is not something I expect, but stranger things happen in life, so I like to keep the door open. If you are familiar with the trajectory of my work across disciplines, then you know well that I am forever thinking outside the box of my studio. Studio practice is a mediation and a form of sustenance. Beyond the studio walls, however, is is the hot mess of life, and I am always thinking on how I might nect engage it, and this means working with other collaborators, doing something to take our action to the next level. This level of support, of course, gives access to acquiring a large-scale artwork. It also serves as a catalyst to push into taking bigger steps. Like receiving an unrestricted grant from a foundation, it compels an artist, hopefully, into greater risk-taking. 


I'll of course send you updates as my work projects progress in Naples. And, along with joining a special annual gathering in San Francisco that I am planning for my patron base of support, we can plan a private time to break bread and discuss more deeply all the developments to date.