Artist: What is it?

justartWhen I post my latest poll on whether or not writers perceive actors as “artists,” I received some interesting results.  The majority of those who responded chose “Depends” or “Other.”   Unfortunately those who chose the “Other” option didn’t let me know exactly what this entails so…

Now that we’re on this topic…

What qualities does a true artist have?  What does one have to do in order to be labeled as an artist?   In the past, I’ve had conversations with individuals who believed that writers are not really artists; that they’re just that…writers.

O-okay…let’s get to the heart of this, shall we?

Art.  What is it?  According to Dictionary.com, art is “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.”

We can agree that there is a lot of art out there lacking in quality, right?  I like to focus on the “expression” part.  How do people usually express themselves?  Through pictures, words, music, movements…you get the idea.   I’m thinking by this alone would include photographers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, dancers and even actors as people creating “art” that could be perceived by others to be “beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.”

In other words, these are people using various mediums to express themselves.  Their purpose behind these expressions may or may not be readily evident to their audience, readers or listeners though; but, we can talk about that in another post 🙂

So, are writers and actors truly artists?   Given to what we talked about above, I say that answer is a yes.

Disagree?  I love to hear from you!

8 comments

      • Because pretty boys and pretty girls on TV and in film just don’t know how to act. Stories are so singular and set, there’s little for them to do but show up and smile or be mean. They’re great at PR, but what sort of brains are behind the faces? Listen to any of them talk, not enlightened individuals. How many James Francos are there amongst them?

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      • Yes, it is true that there are far less talented artists these days but they are out there. One of my favorite actors is Colin Morgan and to me he is one of the better actors out there.

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