|Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) - self portrait c.1500 - age 28|
professional adjMy definition of a professional artist is purely pragmatic - it's an artist who makes their living mainly or entirely through their art.
1 earning a living in the performance, practice or teaching of something that is usually a pastime • a professional golfer.
2 belonging to a trained profession.
3 like, appropriate to or having the competence, expertise or conscientiousness of someone with professional training • did a very professional job.
4 derog habitually taking part in, or displaying a tendency towards, something that is despised or frowned upon • a professional misogynist.
1 someone who belongs to one of the skilled professions.
2 someone who makes their living in an activity, etc that is also carried on at an amateur level. professionalism noun. professionally adverb.
Chambers 21st century Dictionary
So for example, that might mean a professional artist was somebody who was a practising artist who sold their art in galleries, also taught art in a school or college or workshops and maybe did some illustration work as a sideline.
What's YOUR definition of a professional artist?
- what, in your view, are the defining characteristics of a professional artist?
- do you have to be able to sell your work to be a professional artist?
- do you have to make enough money from your art and give up all other employment to be a professional artist?
- what characteristics or attributes or practices distinguish a professional artist from an amateur?
By the way - did you realise that earlier this year the magazine Art Calendar (http://www.artcalendar.com/) changed its name to Professional Artist. However, it's still the same URL for the website!
Note re image: Following on from the Rembrandt drawing of the previous post, this is also an opportunity to post the self-portrait of a professional artist with an enormous output who I hugely admire - Albrecht Durer. He is regarded by many as being the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance.