Claire Brown was born and raised in Minneapolis, went to Northwestern for college but always saw herself eventually coming to NYC. She lives in Williamsburg and works for Sugarlift, an online gallery, and art consulting company. They connect young, talented artists with art buyers.
She’s observed that abstract, colorful, impressionistic, big statement pieces as most in demand right now. Artists have to have an original vision combined with technical skill in order to succeed in the art world. Her job is to match skilled artists with people who are looking to fill their homes with art in line with their own taste and vision. One her company’s goals are to help sustain the artist community and allow them to work full-time as artists.
[00:02:01] Where did you grow up?
[00:02:18] Why did you move to New York?
[00:02:40] Did you move straight to Brooklyn?
[00:03:19] Why did you choose Williamsburg?
[00:03:58] Your Company’s name is Sugarlift. What exactly do you guys do?
[00:04:48] What does an average day in the office look like for you?
[00:06:50] So a lot of your work involves people who bought a home or those looking to fill a space with art?
[00:07:41] What kind of art is in most demand right now?
[00:08:22] What are the two most important qualities of a successful artist?
[00:10:19] What’s the most unique or challenging job you’ve taken over the last few years?
[00:12:00] Where in the city are you getting most business right now?
[00:12:39] Do most of the artists you work with fit under the starving artist cliché or can they make good money?
[00:13:36] What’s your favorite area of Brooklyn?
[00:13:52] What is it about Greenpoint?
[00:14:30] What’s your favorite restaurant in Williamsburg or Greenpoint?
[00:14:59] Any art galleries or hotspot you recommend checking out?
[00:15:32] What professional advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?