that’s what i meant. it’s almost impossible to just paint what strikes you and make a living from it. at some point, you HAVE to paint what others want. or work shitty jobs in the interim.
okay… so when we talk about art, we’re talking about something that is almost completely subjective. all it takes is one audience member viewing a work of art, for the work of art to be considered art. and it is the audience member’s decision as to whether they perceive it as art or not, and if they do, to derive what meaning they can from it. the artist’s work is to create, then they can choose to be the audience member that determines whether it is art, or they can let others decide.
if they let others decide in a world run on money, they are required to now become business savvy, or get an agent. this is where many artists get stuck and eventually obscured.
my business takes care of this problem by connecting and organising the arts industry so that the audience is brought to the artist. from there, as with all art throughout history, it is up to the audience. this is the fundamental gamble with art, regardless of all other problems in producing the art. and it should be the only issue that an artist is faced with when wishing to decide whether he wants to be the audience or let others do it. any art that is critically “good” art, should by all rights, be well received even when controversial. and be a valid source of reliable income.