Prolific artist Paul Edelstein builds a brand and a loyal customer base

Memphis artist Paul Edelstein poses in front of a four-panel screen he painted in a display at Palladio Antiques and Art. (Photo by Brandon Dill)

By Jonathan Devin

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Posted November 19, 2012 at midnight

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but for one artist, it’s also worth several thousand dollars.

Climbing art prices and soaring sales both locally and nationally have made Paul Edelstein’s business recession-proof.

“My sales have never changed,” said Edelstein, who is originally from Kentucky. “I think my clients were insulated (from the recession). I’ve heard that other galleries and artists were having a hard time and some galleries closed. I was lucky.”

Edelstein took private painting lessons as a teen and was working professionally in his 20s. He majored in Russian, art, and biology, but always knew he would be a painter.

While he does some portraits of both people and pets, his first love is contemporary, abstract art like the slightly elongated figures usually painted in groups which are his signature.

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