Star Photographer Corey Arnold – artmarketblog.com
If you haven’t heard the name Corey Arnold then you should go and get a pen and some paper and write it down now because this particularly talented photographer is going to be a star. If the name doesn’t ring a bell maybe the face will, that is, unless you haven’t ever seen an episode of the awesome reality series Deadliest Catch. Having worked as a deck hand on the crab fishing boat Rollo for the last five years, Arnold has had the opportunity to indulge his passion for photography in some of the most spectacular and brutal places on earth. As well as recording the natural wonders that he comes across, Arnold has also endeavoured to document the harsh and challenging conditions that the crab fisherman face on a daily basis. Armed with a BFA degree from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, a passion for photography and a sense of adventure, Corey Arnold has risen through the ranks to become one of the most promising and exciting young photographers.
I came across the work of Arnold while browsing the limited edition photos available on the Humble Arts Foundation and, after seeing how much attention this artist was getting, I immediately purchased one of his works. The work I purchased is titled “arcticness” and is from the “arcticness” series which was taken in 2006. According to a statement by Arnold on the Humble Arts Website, “Arcticness is a group of images from the far North that I’ve compiled over the past 3 years. These are outtakes from the visual journal of my life as a fisherman in the Bering Sea, and my wanderings around Arctic Norway during the off-season. With these photographs, I strive to inspire the adventure of escaping common life”. What struck me about this work is way that Arnold has captured a sense of isolation and desolation but has also created a sort of conflict with the incredibly beautiful and awe inspiring landscape.
The investment potential of this artist is fantastic with his work having been exhibited all over the world and printed in recent publications such as Italian Rolling Stone, Giant Robot, Outside, RE:UP, Men’s Journal, Norwegian Adbusters, National Fisherman, Vision Magazine, Artweek Magazine and most recently in Juxtapoz, Outside Magazine, China’s Photographer’s Companion Magazine and Monster Children issue #16 and on the cover of the free Seattle magazine The Stranger. You can also find Corey Arnold’s work on four billboards up in NYC and Los Angeles as well as ads in several major publications advertising the new series of Deadliest Catch. Looking at his website, 2008 is going to be another big year for Corey with the inclusion of his work in several solo and group exhibitions. Arnold’s cv is extremely extensive and his future as a photographer is extremely bright so if you are looking for a fantastic investment go to the Humble Arts Foundation and buy one of his photographs for the seriously low price of US$375.
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.