HottJoe saidI'm always perplexed as to why artists are poor when they charge so much for a simple painting.
And why do they spend so much money on art school?
Even good ("undiscovered") artists are often poor. Dealers take 50% of a sale, and typically the artist has to pay for framing as well.
Art school? It seems most "art schools" today are teaching computer generated art. Those who attend such places are hoping to get hired in the film/TV/computer graphics sector of "Art," and hoping to get a big income. Easy to get tuition loans. Probably not true of RISD or institutions like it, where they still teach painting.
Of course there are a lot of good artists (and writers and musicians) who go undiscovered. Then there are artists who end up in museums. But this thread is about buying art, and if you're just an average homeowner and you're in the market for original art, or more likely art prints, they are expensive, and if you cheap out it shows. It's challenging to find interesting art without breaking the bank. You have to have an eye for it. I think decorators just look for whatever matches a room.
It just seems like many of the professional artists must be making it based on who they know with a gallery, what city they're in, etc. I enjoy creating art, but I'm turned off by the snobbery in the art world, which seems like nothing but people circle jerking each other and promoting each other as favors. My favorite artist is Van Gogh, but he was psychotic. The snobs always turn away from the sick ones, especially in this day and age, when we're quick to blacklist people. When talent has become watered down and originality is exhausted you have to have a buddy list.