NEW YORK (Reuters) – After two decades of hard work, New York artist Guy Stanley Philoche planned to celebrate the success of his two-day sold-out show at Cavalier Gallery a year ago by buying a $15,000 watch.
But an inner voice spoke as the pandemic hit – telling him that he should step up and help other emerging artists.
“I made a promise to myself that every time I sell a painting, I’ll buy a painting,” said Haitian-born Philoche, 44, who grew up in Connecticut and was drawing and painting before he could walk.
Philoche posted a video of himself on Instagram offering to buy as much artwork as possible to help fellow artists hurt by the shutdowns.
“I hit ‘send’ and that’s when I opened Pandora’s Box,” he said.
Within a year Philoche has spent $70,000 on more than 200 pieces of art from over 150 artists around the world.
“I’m still going through it, buying it and I love it,” he said. “I also realize that now that I have a seat at the table I have to open doors for people, so I’m making it my mission now, you know, to give people a shot.”