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February 16th, 2008 #1
Is anyone familiar with this man and his inflated sense of self worth?
My roommate's family came to visit this weekend. They went to see this artist, Robert January, speak about his work in NYC and he made some fascinating statements.
"No one alive can draw hands as well as I can"
"You need a masterful eye to depict the ellipse of the bike wheel"
I normally wouldn't go out of my way to speak poorly of an artist but he has a terrible attitude towards his achievements. He's been drawing for almost a decade, but most of his work just looks like student quality. There are all kinds of apparent flaws in his drawings and his finished (and expensive) landscapes look like sketches a 14 year old made. Some of his painted figures aren't as awful, like the man on the bike (only 25 grand, by the way). But it's like his ridiculous attitude has kept him from making much progress in the decade he's been working. Oh, and if you work digital, you're apparently not an artist, "but a graphic designer", you're untalented, and you can go fuck yourself.
the drawings are some of the more recent ones in his online gallery. I just don't get this guy.
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Man, how I wish you were joking, but I know you're not.
I wish it wasn't possible for artists to succeed by simply pounding their chest and declaring the top of the mountain to be where they are, but this sadly seems to work with some segments of the general public -- at least for a little while
I agree: it all looks very student quality.
It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
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What a crummy tale. How this guy managed to get a speaking gig is beyond me.
But maybe, to look on the bright side of things, as he gets better, his ego-self-worth issue thing will diminish. Trying to learn how to make art is a fairly humbling experience.
Of course, we've all met artists who never get it, and remain scared defensive loons for their entire lives.
Artists who write self-hype like this... that's usually a dead giveaway...
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February 16th, 2008 #4
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February 16th, 2008 #5
Did he get to sell some of the 20 grand pictures ?
If yes it would make me 33.459% more angry.
February 16th, 2008 #6
Jesus christ that's incredible please tell me they touched his hands?? What did it feel like?? If you could ask them what he smelled like in most intimate detail i would paypal you money TIA
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February 16th, 2008 #8
God, what a tremendous douchebag.
February 16th, 2008 #9
Lets see if this works....
I am the greatest artist ever to live!! Noone can draw as awesomely as I!
....Am I a great artist yet? Cause his art sucks ass, but hes apparently fairly big. I cant tell if that face looks like a girl or the bad guy from the matrix.
FUCK YOU YA PRETENTIOUS DICKS!! BAN ME!!
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February 17th, 2008 #11
* looks at portrait of the woman * * Laughs and laughs rolling on the floor until it starts to hurt * * gets back up and avoids looking at the picture again for fear of dying of laughter *
February 17th, 2008 #12
Well, this does set the standard much lower. I'm sure i can raise the price of my oils now.
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February 17th, 2008 #13
I used to work in framing. Artist Bios are the BEST THING EVAR. I've never seen one that wasn't full of pretentiousness. Sadly, this man is far from alone.
'Course, whenever we got another one in the shop, we always said: "But they got out there and sold their work. What have we done lately?" (& then we hung the bio on our WALL OF AWESOME). Humble artists make for bad money-makers.