Posting Date: July 27, 2010
KSU alumnus continues successful career
William Cash sells painting for $9,800
"Nativity" by William Cash
Photo by Patrick Boling
Kennesaw State University alumnus William Cash (art, 2006) knows his career is on the right track. “I’m one of the few people who has been able to make a living doing what I want to do,” he says. What Cash does is create art—and he does it well, as is evidenced by his most recent sale. Cash sold “Nativity,” a painting depicting three male nudes in the act of creating each other with chisel and brush. What surprised him was not the painting’s sale, but its $9,800 price tag. “In the past the most expensive painting I sold was for $7,000, so for 'Nativity' to sell for that price was a shock,” he says.
Cash was excited about the sale of “Nativity,” but is more excited about the fact that the money will allow him to be self-employed for another year. “You get a bit desensitized to your paintings selling for a lot. I just think, ‘I worked hard, this is going to pay my bills,’” he says. Cash, who has sold many paintings, feels that the sale of “Nativity” is a new plateau for what his collectors are willing to pay for his work.
“Nativity” is a re-telling of an ancient story. “The inspiration for 'Nativity' is a loose re-interpretation of the Greek myth ‘Pygmalion,’ in which an artist creates something so real that it comes to life,” says Associate Professor of Art Robert Sherer. Cash sees “Nativity” as a turning point in his work. “In the past, a lot of my work was pretty academic, and it kind of had to be at the beginning—I wanted to start out like a lamb and end up like a lion,” he says. “Now I’m easing more concept into my work. ‘Nativity’ is a way to paint three male nudes, have a bit more concept, but still have it sort of look like my old work. This painting is the perfect marriage between my old work and where I want to go in the future.”
Cash hopes that “Nativity” helps change the way people view the male body. “I hope they take away from ‘Nativity’ that the male body is beautiful, that it deserves the same spotlight that the female body does in current figurative artwork. The painting is about beauty for me. More than the story, it’s about creation,” he says.
Cash is currently preparing for his annual dual solo exhibition with Robert Sherer at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The exhibition begins on August 6 with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Cash comments, "We work hard all year and send our work up there around July. I let ideas come at their natural rate. I want to have a wide variety of themes and subject matter at the show each year."