Canadian painter’s business booms after a viral photo of his painting causes LinkedIn to freeze his account

Tim Packer

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TORONTO: August 5, 2016 – Canadian landscape artist Tim Packer is proof that even the most traditional artists can benefit from the power of social media.

Initially a strong believer that social media was for cat videos and giggling babies, Toronto-based painter Tim Packer reluctantly posted an image of himself with his painting, Shall We Dance, on LinkedIn on July 19 after encouragement from his son. To the artist’s surprise, the post quickly garnered over 73,765 likes, 6,649 comments,recording breaking sales and a flood of business inquiries – and the numbers are still climbing.

Following social media best practices, the artist proceeded to interact with LinkedInusers by thanking and responding to each comment and request. But the dialogue was halted when LinkedIn suspended his account for an hour, suspecting Tim of using third party bots and scrapers to achieve the likes and responses to his post.Despite several assurances that he is only responding to comments appearing on his post, LinkedIn is continuing to threaten to permanently disable Tim’s account if the high engagement continues.

“I’ve been getting up at 4:00 am every morning to spend 4 hours responding tocomments before I work on my paintings because I believe that I should treat peopleonline the same way as I would in person,” said Tim Packer.

Since last Friday’s final warning from LinkedIn however, Packer has only been responding to specific questions, leaving thousands of comments unanswered.

“While I appreciate the exposure and business LinkedIn has given me, it is killing me to read all of these wonderful comments and not being able to say ‘Thank You’ ”, said Packer.

Following the viral recognition, business has boomed. At his opening the following week, Shall We Dance – his most expensive painting to date – sold in the first hour with a second offer for the piece leading to a commissioned painting for a new fan in England who saw the piece on LinkedIn. His sales were higher in the first day of his most recent show than they were after a whole month at the previous show. Tim Packer has also received hundreds of requests for prints of Shall We Dance and has had inquiries from distributors in China, the UK and Europe since the viral post.

Although Shall We Dance sold at Packer’s opening last Saturday, it will be on display at The Gallery on the Lake in Buckhorn, Ontario until August 13th.

About Tim Packer Fine Arts

Tim Packer Fine Arts started in 1997 while Tim was a detective with the Toronto Police Service’s Headquarters Fraud Squad and painted on his days off. In 2000, Packer resigned from the Toronto Police to pursue his art career full time where he quickly became internationally recognized and a mainstay in the Canadian art scene.  Packer’s colourful, rural works and unique style draw on deep traditions of the Canadian landscape through a modern eye.

Available for Interviews: Tim Packer, Canadian artist

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Grieve and Packer Exhibits;”Meet the Artist” Weekend


The David Grieve exhibit has been extended! The exhibit will be displayed in the Art School until August 15th! There is still a good selection available, so come and see them while you can!

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This past Saturday July 30th we held the Opening Reception and “Meet the Artist” for the eagerly anticipated Tim Packer “Romancing the Sun” Exhibit!  Many enjoyed the spectacular new pieces that Tim recently created, and, meeting the artist in person!

The signature piece in the collection, a 4′ by 7′ spectacular painting “Shall We Dance” sold within 40 minutes of the show’s opening! Several other pieces were also acquired, at the opening, by astute collectors! Many phenomenal pieces are still available and there is also an amazing collection of hand-embellished and Giclee on Canvas reproductions.

The exhibit runs until August 26, 2016… you don’t want to miss it!

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On the weekend of August 13 and 14 2016, we will have a number of our artists here for a “Meet the Artist” Weekend. You can come and meet some of your favourite artists and talk to them personally about their works here in the Gallery! Should be a fun time for all!

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