Courtney Einhorn has been a rising star in the Miami art scene for the past 4 years. Her vibrant and vivid work has taken her from exhibiting with top female names in the city, winning art contests in Wynwood to now collaborating with some of the premium spirits brands to develop unique experiences during the coveted Art Basel in Miami this year. We caught up with her and put the ball in her ‘court’ as we asked her some questions.
What project are you working on now?
I am partnering up with Remy Cointreau’s premium gin, The Botanist, for Art Basel. I am creating an installation for their Art Basel location in the heart of Wynwood. I am also collaborating with J.Crew and will have my pieces in their Merrick Park location in December.
How has your work developed since the previous show?
I’m constantly experimenting and teaching myself new techniques. Right now, I’m loving fluid painting. It doesn’t involve a paintbrush and you never know how the painting will turn out until it dries. YouTube it; its awesome!
What is the last show that you saw?
It was called “Women: It’s All About Us.” Sixty different artists, myself included, had paintings of women in a huge gallery in Miami.
What’s the last show that surprised you? Why?
The one mentioned in the above question. Everyone’s styles were so different from each others, yet the paintings all went together perfectly. It’s neat to see how all these artists could create a completely unique painting within the same theme: women.
What’s your favorite place to see art?
I enjoy seeing art spontaneously when I travel. I was recently in NYC, and walked through Central Park, where there were many artists displaying and selling their pieces. I was also recently in New Orleans for the first time, and was so excited when I stumbled upon a ton of art in Jackson Square. Some artists were live painting, which is always exciting to watch.
What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?
My tripod. I can create a beautiful painting, but without capturing a perfect picture of its completion, the picture may not do the painting any justice. Lighting and setting is extremely important, and my tripod does a great job in helping me get the perfect shot.
Where are you finding ideas for your work these days?
It’s easy to find inspiration in this colorful city, just walking around. I also turn to social media (pintrest, instagram) to see new techniques and get some ideas flowing.
Do you collect anything?
Wine corks! Eventually I plan to create a painting using lots of corks.
What’s the last artwork you made?
I was part of a live-painting art battle at Concrete Beach Brewery in Wynwood last weekend. I painted the back of a woman, using tons of colors, and a gold background. I won the contest that night, and my painting will actually be featured on their “Deck the Walls” beer cans!
That’s amazing, congrats! What’s the first artwork you ever sold?
I started painting professionally 4 years ago, and my paintings immediately started to sell! The first to go was a 16×20, of very colorful flowers, with drips of paint as the stems.
What’s your art-world pet peeve?
Buyers asking for discounts. I price my work based on many factors and I feel my prices are very fair. You can’t walk into a restaurant or store and say, “I love this but can I pay XYZ price instead?” I’m not into bargaining.
What’s your favorite post-gallery watering hole or restaurant?
Depends how laid back or fancy the gallery or show was. After something more laid back and casual, I enjoy the Wynwood area. If the show was on the fancier side, I tend to go out in Brickell and enjoy rooftop bars. Recently Nusr-Et (saltbae’s restaurant) opened and I love the vibe there.
What work of art do you wish you owned? What would you do to get it?
An original Jackson Pollock, but that won’t happen.
What international art destination do you most want to visit?
Paris. I went when I was too young to appreciate the art, but I know it would be a whole new experience now.
Who’s your favorite living artist?
I follow LOTS of amazing artists. Peter Terrin and John Beckley definitely stand out.