Are Many Modern Artists Lazy Or Lacking Talent?

Is It True That Many Modern Artists Are Lazy Or Untalented?

Modern artists are often labeled as being lazy or lacking talent. And to the untrained eye, Modern artists often look like they are lazy or untrained. But Modern artists are far from being lazy and lacking in talent. They can see things in an art form before it exists. This is an extraordinary talent. To be a professional, modern, or contemporary artist, you must be self-motivated and hardworking.

In this article, I use the words Modern art and Contemporary as interchangeable. I am not concerned with being that precise about this particular topic. I say this because I know as soon as an art student reads, they will be quick to point this out. So thank you for your understanding.

Contemporary art came before modern art. The majority of art historians date the start of modern art in the Western world to the 1860s, with the period lasting until the 1960s. Contemporary art, on the other hand, refers to work created in the present. However, defining what the present day truly entails might be difficult. Is that art made by the living or art created during our lifetime? Contemporary art’s inception date is sometimes determined to be in the 1960s and 1970s, which is rather ironic.

Modern Artists Makes Sacrifices And Are Not Lazy

Being an artist is more than a professional, it is a calling it’s about making sacrifices. For example, this sometimes entails forsaking social, familial, and personal comforts to create greater work. Now, that is to say, that not all modern artist fits into this category and some have the luxury of money. Every artist has an inner self that is driven like no other to seek inspiration from all corners of the planet. The inner self aspires to create something that has never existed before. This is the genuine artist, the visionary, the innovator, and the adventurer. To say a modern artist is lazy is utterly not true.

Even for those with talent and perseverance, art is recognized to be a difficult job, and success is not guaranteed. None of this, however, can deter a true artist who have to create to express themselves and make a living.

Many people do not begin their artistic careers as full-time artists, but rather as part-time workers. One job pays the rent, while the other is for the love of art. Of course, devoting time to art is essential for artistic development, growth, and productivity. And that time is usually in the evenings after work, when the kids are at school, or on weekends. So, what’s the secret ingredient here? I contend that its self-determination, not laziness, is the driving force.

Being an artist causes a dedication to your craft and a desire to make it a priority. This is something that no one else can assist you with.

Modern Artists Are Visionaries And Not Lacking Of Talent

To be a Modern artist, you must also have a vision and have enough talent to create appealing artwork. It is quite difficult to become a well-known artist in today’s environment. You can’t simply go to your local hardware shop and get a couple cans of liquid paint in various colors, and you’ll be another Jackson Pollock in no time. It may look easy to the untrained eye, but it’s far from it. There’s a lot more to great Modern Art than just making something one-of-a-kind. It has to be appealing and liked.

Now that is not to say there are bad Modern artists. And there certainly are. I have been to many art shows and can see the talent is lacking. The most common theme I see is artists who can not for some reason or another, put together a good-looking color combination. But this theme is not only for Modern artists but most all the art I see. That’s what I see and experience. You may have other things to point out where talent is lacking. But does not have to be this way.

There are simple techniques that any artist can use to help overcome choosing bad color schemes. I often use what I call color prototyping to get the right colors. Here is how it works.

Before the final version is constructed, prototyping is the process of making a sample or model of the artwork or result. This allows you to get knowledge from the model-making process. To acquire a good vision of the colors, I typically make paper examples of my artwork in various colors. Following the creation of a sample or prototype, I will either design another sample in the same or a different color scheme. While everything is still on paper, it is much easier to adjust the colors.

However, art is very subjective, so what I like to think is a lack of talent may not be the case. That’s just my opinion. And to say all Modern artists lack talent or are lazy is going to be impossible to tell. I would have to look at one’s art and I can give my opinion, but in reality it does not make it so.

Most of the Modern artists that I know are hard-working individuals who strive to learn as much as they can to better their work. I would say most artists are above average in talent. Just because someone does not understand Modern art or that artist’s art does not automatically translate to laziness or lack of talent.

What may appear to a non-artist as random colors or random ideas are steps in the progression of an artist. If the artist studied painting, they’ll be familiar with color theory and composition. The artist has also likely studied the history of art and other artists’ work. Being an artist takes far more than the skill to splatter paint. It would be the height of ignorance to believe it is that simple.

When compared to other types of art, modern art is sometimes difficult to understand and considered garbage. Because of the departure from traditional styles, Contemporary Art becomes increasingly difficult to comprehend. When looking at abstract items or lines on a plane, it is difficult to determine what the artist intended. Furthermore, some contemporary artists are often just clowning about.


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