Annual review of the best art and artists that have been featured in painters TUBES® magazine from issue #8 to issue #17.
PRINT ORDERS HAVE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS ISSUE
2020 – We were and still are, locked up and metaphorically moribund to one place of existence. And whilst all this non-movement is highly restrictive, the digital world expanded at a rate that has been unprecedented.
Here at painters TUBES magazine we had long planned (about 10 years) to launch a Virtual Reality presence. That of course started with our wonderful flip magazine platform and grew into the first steps into Virtual Reality Showcase Gallery. Of course we kept our toe in the real world and maintained printing TUBES issues with an almost religious fervour.
From the very beginning…
Tubes was totally under-subscribed as a printed magazine from a standing start, and to a lesser extent that lack of un-subscriptions continues at the same low level today, which means in a practical sense, painters Tubes magazine sponsors every printed magazine we produce.
As the Founder and the Editor it has been my conviction to “Print Magazines and be dammed.” and ‘Keep’ the Online Magazine Free to Read at all costsand in the tradition of a sort of crazy publishing self proclaimed un-changeable edict of an artistic lunatic.
We even tried the ‘Donations’ model and received less than a handful of generous givers, depite having a readership audience of over 100,000 individuals on the global platforms we own. That amounted to a persomal big disappointment, but that outcry for support proved a point – people have come to expect that all Art (and it seems all Art publications) should be Free at the point of delivery online. Illogical that attitude maybe, as it will destroy Art jounalism – So now I have to admit it will be the end of TUBES if we persist with this FREE model.
Art principles and Artistic ethics are always very costly for someone…
The number of times we discussed (behind closed doors) of withdrawing from the Print and Free Online orthodoxy were numerous. And my courage to keep piling money into a useless dogma, became to be seen by my fellows as not only foolish but a totally idiotic. I agreed with them because art principles and artistic ethics are always very costly to someone. That was a constant answer to the accusations of gross [business-sense] negligence that have been directed at me as the sole owner of TUBES.
I eventually caved in to keep the Print Publication alive, as it was a case of Printed Version to be Scrapped or Online to become the source of our much needed funding. I voted for the later rather than the former. Printed magazines will be £60 per annum for the new 88 page magazine published 4 times a year, that’s 352 pages (one for every day of the year) of unique content and excellent Art.
This Special issue will be the last FREE Online TUBES magazine
We are very proud to announce that painters TUBES is, as of the First of January, an official registered Brand. Our certificate will be published on our website as soon as we receive it.
This registration opens up our platform(s) to a more secure global audience than ever before. We shall be rationalising our platforms and bringing them closer together as one major Brand and continue to grow as an influential player on the global digital marketplace.
Therefore painters TUBES® will be on all our VR platforms and our real life platforms as one Branded unit – Tag-Tubes, Tubes Artists Gallery all our websites be re-marketed as Painters TUBES ® followed by the activity: i.e. – magazine – gallery – catalogues or exhibitions- and all will be integrated into one Brand over five websites.
Future Online issues will be available on Pocketmags.com and be subscribed to on an annual basis or as a single purchase.
Readers can also buy any back issue of the original painters Tubes magazines from our first issue (issue #1) onwards – for a single payment of £3 per issue direct from our virtual reality magazine platform.
Thank you all for your support over the last four/five years, be that practical, physical or metaphorical and for those that gave more than good wishes, I truly give You our heart felt thanks.
and personally wish you all, a very good New Year.
Denis Taylor – Artist. Founder and Editor
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