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Are you an artist if you don't sell your work?

  1. baygirl33 profile image60
    baygirl33posted 5 years ago

    Are you an artist if you don't sell your work?

  2. Faithful Daughter profile image86
    Faithful Daughterposted 5 years ago

    I feel you ARE an artist even if you don't sell your work. Some people paint, draw, or use some form of artistic expression as a hobby, and prefer to give away their artwork to family and friends. Some just hold on to them because they don't feel confident their work is good enough to sell or don't know how to go about selling it but it does not take away they are an artist.

  3. Marion Elodie profile image61
    Marion Elodieposted 5 years ago

    I don't think being an artist has anything to do with selling. An artist is someone who expresses themselves creatively, whether they share their song/writing/film/etc. with the world or not.

  4. Lisa Luv profile image78
    Lisa Luvposted 5 years ago

    Of course you are still an artist.  When you are an artist it is part of your soul.  It doesn't even matter if you take a brake from actually doing conventional art work, because your eveyday living is treated like a canvas.

  5. Sunita-Sharma profile image69
    Sunita-Sharmaposted 5 years ago

    Yes, I feel you are still an artist. I beleive artist is a person who likes to express his love, passion or feelings through painting /singing/dancing etc..I personally don't sell my artwork.I make paintings and love to gift them to my friends & relatives.And in return when they praise my art work, I feel that is far more important than money.

  6. The Lex Blog profile image74
    The Lex Blogposted 5 years ago

    I am an artist who sells lots of my own work unfortunately not a high prices.  Damn it I only get $100,000 per piece these days and not the millions that more succesful artists do.  Of course talent as a visual artist ahs nothing to do with money you may or may not make.  Ask my good friend Van Gogh.

  7. Der Meister profile image70
    Der Meisterposted 5 years ago

    I think so. It is just not many people will know and you will have to make living doing something else.

  8. Civil War Bob profile image60
    Civil War Bobposted 5 years ago

    Absolutely.  A good friend paints in the style of Bill Alexander and has been giving away his stuff to friends and relatives for 3 decades.  He may have sold half a dozen, but that was due to the kindness of the recipients.

  9. alliemacb profile image96
    alliemacbposted 5 years ago

    Yes, I think so.  The primary goal of a lot of artists is not to make money but to express their creativity so for some people, selling their art doesn't even come into it.

  10. Shawn May Scott profile image60
    Shawn May Scottposted 5 years ago

    Yes, art has nothing to do with selling. Selling is what an agent does.smile

  11. Sharda Sriram profile image73
    Sharda Sriramposted 5 years ago

    It's not necessary if you are an artist you need to sell your work even i'm an artist but i love to canvas my thoughts as later in my life i want it to be as my impressions for my loved ones, i love to teach my art work to my 3 yr old son and that's where i share my knowledge of art. An artist art is priceless as no body knows the price of thoughts from where the art rise.

  12. Insane Mundane profile image60
    Insane Mundaneposted 5 years ago

    Totally!  Monetary gain has nothing to do with whether or not you're an artist!
    Personally, when I used to occupy the hobby of art, I was somewhat selfish and wanted to keep all of my works no matter if they could easily sell or not.