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At What Point Can You Call Yourself An Artist?

At What Point Can You Call Yourself An Artist?

At What Point Can You Call Yourself An Artist?

The discussion of when you can call yourself a bona fide artist is an age old question. There are many definitions of what an artist is and if you ask 100 different people you’ll probably get 100 different answers.

The Oxford dictionary doesn’t make things much clearer with their definition of an artist: “A person who creates paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.” Does this mean that a sculptor or someone that designs wood furniture isn’t an artist but ‘merely’ a craftsperson?

The word artist comes with a lot of baggage as people immediately associate the word with famous artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Picasso.


Artists are usually worried about what the outside world thinks of them when they classify themselves as artist and some even suffer from imposter syndrome. When asked what they do they may simply say they dabble for fun or are just learning to produce art.

There are many different factors that people take into consideration when defining what an artist is. Some say that formal art education is required before someone can call themselves an artist. Does this mean that some of the most famous artists in history who were self-taught, such as Frida Kahlo, Paul Gauguin and Henri Rousseau, are not actually artists? Of course not.

Others think that artists need to produce art full-time before they can call themselves and artist. Does this mean that someone who just came out of college and only has time to produce art in their spare time as they have a day job to earn a crust is not an artist? Very doubtful.

Another often considered factor whether someone can call themselves an artist is if they have buyers for their art, other than their friends and family. If you go by this criteria Vincent van Gogh would never be considered to be an artist as only his brother Theo bought one of his paintings during his lifetime.

We believe that the key lies in self-acceptance and moving away from the negative self-doubt and external judgement. If you create something out of nothing, are proud of it and share it with the world you can call yourself an artist.

Write down that you’re an artist on a piece of paper a 1,000 times, sing it to yourself (and possibly your neighbours) in the shower, or shout it from the rooftops until you fully believe you’re an artist yourself and are comfortable saying it to others.

It may take you some time to get used to saying you’re an artist, but it will feel liberating once you come to that realisation.

So, if after reading this article you believe you are indeed an artist, why not go to and register your interest to get discovered and sell your art to art collectors all over the world. Once registered you will be notified as soon as the platform goes live and you can fill out a quick and simple simple pre-qualification form before you can upload your art and get your art seen and sold.

The goal for ArtChain Global is to be the most trustworthy reference point for art buyers and sellers around the world, to enable efficient, secure and fast sales transactions of art and collectables. ArtChain Global will collaborate with artists, galleries, collectors and online platforms worldwide.

The ArtChain Global platform will:

  • Reward artists for uploading artwork to the system
  • Protect intellectual property and copyright
  • Track and/or pay resale royalties
  • Open new global markets to artists and galleries
  • Provide a new level of trust


Is this art?

Another matter to raise about the topic of when you can call yourself an artist is that ‘artists in the traditional sense of the word’, such as painters, in some instances refuse to credit another person as an artist as their work in a more modern world doesn’t fit within the traditional profile of an artist. Let’s put this to the test. Would you consider the below 3 examples to be art?

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‘My Bed’ by British artist Tracey Emin was created in 1998 and was one of the shortlisted artworks for the Turner Prize.


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Non-visible art is displayed in The Museum of Non-Visible Art. Visitors have to use their imagination to interpret the art.


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Titled ‘Untitled’, this work by Cy Twombly was sold for $2.3 million.

Do you laugh at the above examples and don’t consider them to be art? Do you think that the creators of these examples are con-artists? Or are you more of the opinion that these are prime examples of modern art and that they challenge our preconceived views of what art is supposed to be?


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