As many of you know I've been using Google Street View as a resource for paintings for some time now. Every so often before the recent State Series. But painting 50 works of art in just over two months gave me a real appreciation for Street View, and the possibilities that lay within it and art combined as a vehicle for painting the world.
After speaking with Google's Maps Team, it has been determined that artists can use images from Google Street View as reference for creating paintings and drawings, and the artists can sell these works.
One thing that needs to be made clear. If the artist shows an original view on which a painting is based, the artist must make sure to keep the Google logo and copyright visible on the reference. The piece of art needs nothing of the sort, of course.
The team is very excited about the concept! As am I.
While this news is wonderful, I have a feeling I'll be letting you know about other very exciting things in the near future. One I'm hoping will emerge is the use of Street View by disabled artists and those confined to their homes/facilities, or mobility challenged.