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Do painters ever get bored painting the same kind of pictures over and over and over again, I hear you asking yourself over Sunday breakfast? Can an artists job be as dull as a...a nightwatchman in a cardboard box warehouse or a barcode quality control assistant? Andy Warhol said: 'Why do people think artists are so special, it's just another job'. Is this true? An artist's life - while it may be tough - is wildly romantic surely? Can artists get as fed up wtih their job as anyone else? Monet painted over 200 water lily paintings. Uh? Boring! Damien Hirst has produced over a thousand of his spot paintings - works which look very much like an exercise in tedium. But Hirsty won't be tired of them because a) he doesn't actually do them himself any more, but delegates the donkey work to a minion b) he sells oodles and makes a bundle! Counting money is never boring. But for artists whose paintings don't play in the premier league, isn't it the definition of insanity - ie, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results - to endlessly reproduce similar works? This sounds like the Vincent van Gogh version of insanity. VvG did the same thing over and over again in his short lifetime - producing 900 paintings and 1100 sketches - and yet, famously, only sold one, The Red Vineyard, in his lifetime. Andy Warhol also said that 'an artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.' (Two Andy Warhol quotes in one day! Phew! Sorry!) No one seemed to want what VvG was doing. But the life of VvG also helps to answer the original question posed in this piece: No, a true artist never gets bored churning out pictures that appear destined for the knackers yard because...this is what true artists do. Duh!! Van Gogh couldn't not paint...even if you paid him. It was just something he had to do. And for many artists this is the case. Doing anything else is just not an option. When Matisse started painting he called it 'a kind of paradise'. But it takes American writer Kurt Vonnegut to sum up this situation best: 'The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practising an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake.'

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10 Bright Lights in a Row (2017)


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