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I've never seen anything like this before.
They hire artists who receive a monthly wage and employee benefits. (to be fair: just "challenged" artists who have difficulties with the business part)
On the one hand, it's cool to just paint without having to worry about the next paycheck. On the other hand, you probably have absolutely no choice but to accept each and every commissioned work you're being assigned. But then, isn't that the same as in every other job?
I have to say it looks suspiciously like one of those deals where people send in their snapshots and get them turned into paintings... In other words, yeah, sweatshop-ish... Given the quality and nature of the art in their gallery, I'd be pretty leery of it.
Though if it's a way of giving regular employment to otherwise "unemployable" people, I guess that's cool. As long as they pay decent wages.
I am curious what these decent wages are. Maybe an ok way to make extra money on top of your 40 hours work week?
It does look like I have to be challenged in some way, and I am definitely not challenged enough. Looks like you would have to make up some sob story.
Either way I doubt their wages are worthwhile. Does anyone know for sure?
It's funny, because when I was a kid I told myself..."I want to be an artist and get paid to do what I love".
The most important part of that, though, is "to do what I love". Painting junk things for junk clients isn't what I love to do, personally.
But we don't always have the luxury, I suppose. I guess it's great for the true starving artist.
On the other hand, it also prevents me from achieving anything else of any note. But I think I'll go the Van Gogh way: go nuts, indulge in absinthe and self-mutilation, and then achieve fame despite lack of ability. :-)
I should say, mind you, that I am very much a fan of his work, and rather weirdly, perhaps more of his early work than the stuff he got famous for. He kind of gives me hope: only seriously started as adult, never achieved the slickly professional look required by the academies, produced some work that is almost blatantly crude, yet still managed to speak to many generations.
That means there must be some hope for the likes of me. :-)
His early work is pretty much an eyesore, if you ask me. (I have to wonder about some of his later work, too...) Van Gogh is weirdly inconsistent that way. When he's good, he's really pretty good, but when he's bad, he's horrid.
Granted, he started late in life and had... personality issues... that must have made him a very difficult student. If he'd been on these forums he'd have gotten banned for persistent obnoxiousness and whining.
And of course the famous potato eaters.
I know what you mean. This, for example, must be one of the most spectacularly bad paintings I have ever seen; I don't think that Spanish granny who restored the Jersus fresco could have done any worse:(I have to wonder about some of his later work, too...) Van Gogh is weirdly inconsistent that way. When he's good, he's really pretty good, but when he's bad, he's horrid.
No doubt. :-)Granted, he started late in life and had... personality issues... that must have made him a very difficult student. If he'd been on these forums he'd have gotten banned for persistent obnoxiousness and whining.
I think he would also quickly have achieved a place in the "Worst of CA" thread, after posting the above ghastly monstrosity and then shouting and swearing at some of our accomplished artists here about how stupid they are. :-)
I do suspect that his mental illness played a role in his artistic ups and downs. I find it noteworthy that he produced some of his better work while in the asylum - somewhat ironically, it was one of the more sane periods of his last few years simply because they kept him away from alcohol and whores, and kept him to a quiet routine, so that his wackiness wouldn't get the better of him.
I read the FAQ and it is kinda non-specific. I didn't get the impression that this was a photo painting factory, but it does operate on commissioned work from clients assigned to the artists. I think
Erm, I've been an employee, there are plenty of staff artists around, in studios, in video games, for entertainment. At some point even TSR had a stable of staff artists. I know M:tG has one permanent concept artist still. We don't always do what we want, and some staff artists are pretty crappy. That place in the OP's link looked a bit creepy though.
Picasso is another case in point: he abandoned lots of pieces unfinished, and never exhibited lots of others, but did not make a point of burning all the crappy stuff. So by the time of his death, his house and studio was filled to the brim with stuff, a lot of which he himself surely would have considered failed experiments. Greedy dealers then proceeded to inflict all of this on the world.
One should actually start a website titled "Bad work by great artists" to serve as antidote to this disease. :-)
"But I think I'll go the Van Gogh way: go nuts, indulge in absinthe and self-mutilation, and then achieve fame despite lack of ability. :-)"
You forgot "work incredibly hard" and "be a genius." Anyone who thinks Van Gogh didnt have ability is kidding themselves, and anyone who thinks he achieved success in his lifetime is wrong.
We should turn this into a Matisse thread. I still remember the discussion of the Red Room painting.
(I realized after I posted this that someone may do it. Please don't post that it hurts my eyes terribly.)
"He also forgot the part about "receive a generous stipend from your successful, upper-middleclass little brother Theo."
Yeah he spent most of it on tobacco, drink and art supplies and wasted the rest.
Y'see Theo, youve gotta learn to let a man to take a bath, y'see"
I suppose we'll never really have an answer to that question.
He never would have gotten a job as concept or comic book artist though, I would think.
You are right about one thing: he did work tremendously hard. In fact, I wonder whether part of the reason for his mental collapse was not perhaps just sheer exhaustion.
"Great job guys! I love you. You're fired."
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