On Artists

The “suffering artist” is a cliche. Artists seek to have rare conditions, of which (self-aware) suffering is only one. All conditions that children never experience are initially rare for an artist, and after that all conditions suppressed by society are the most rare and the most useful to experience.

Artists are those people who upon transition from childhood to adulthood look inward and fully explore their new status.


3 Responses to “On Artists”

  1. mad dog Says:

    Not only is it a cliche, but a laughable exaggeration. Take it from someone who went to art/design school. Most of these people are actually drama queens, with wealthy parents who often give them trust funds, should they ever fall into financial trouble. There are some of them who actually have some talent, but they often take themselves for granted. Of the ones who actually become successful and go somewhere, they tend to be from middle class and even poor families.

  2. briankoontz Says:

    To be fair to my post, I’m not talking about people who went to art school, I’m talking about artists.

  3. mad dog Says:

    Well, if there is one artist/illustrator in particular that I like, it is Brad Holland. Perhaps you have heard of him? Anyway, I like his take on the art world: http://www.bradholland.net/beta/articles/expressYourself.html

    (you might have to zoom in on the text)

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