Fine Artist Job Description
A fine artist is a person who creates beautiful objects such as paintings, sculptures or drawings. A fine artist creates art for the art’s own sake, and not for its usefulness.
A fine artist should be enthusiastic, perceptive, imaginative, creative, expressive and self-motivated, and have a natural ability to draw, paint or sculpt. They should have networking skills and strong business acumen to promote and market their artworks, if they are self employed.
Pursue a career in fine art if you are creative and expressive, and can work with your hands to create beautiful things that are original to yourself.
What does a Fine Artist do?
Fine artists may do some or all of the following:
- source for materials to create artistic objects
- create artistic objects by drawing, painting, carving or other means
- promote their artworks and persuade galleries to display them
- plan and set up art exhibitions
- attend art galleries and exhibitions
- network to find clients/customers
- negotiate with potential buyers and sell their artworks
- conduct research to increase their knowledge
- teach fine art in schools
Where does a Fine Artist work?
Most fine artists work on a freelance basis and set their own working hours. They work in art workshops/studios, at home or anywhere they feel relaxed to work. They may travel to attend art exhibitions, conferences or seminars.
What is Required to Become a Fine Artist?
There are no educational requirements to become a fine artist, as all you’ll need is artistic talent, but getting a formal education in fine art is very helpful. To teach fine art in schools, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree in fine art or a similar discipline.
Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
Fine artists need to have:
- self motivation
- imagination and creativity
- manual dexterity
- physical stamina
- good eyesight
- good attention to detail
- good hand-eye co-ordination
- good judgement
- good communication skills
- negotiating and business management skills
- the ability and willingness to work alone
- the ability to improvise
- the ability to use color
- knowledge of art history
- knowledge of the art industry
- knowledge of drawing, painting, sculpting or printmaking
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