The Starving Artist — A Short History

The stereotype of ‘the starving artist’ has been around for a long time.  So long, in fact, that it’s reached the level of archetype. ‘The starving artist’ stereotype had its origin in 17th-Century Flanders, when artists literally were starving. It worked its way through the centuries into the Romantic period of the 19th-Century, where it became entrenched as a cultural norm. Finally, the concept migrated to New York City and took up residence within the Abstract Expressionism movement of the 1950’s, where it was celebrated by the Beat poets. Ironically, it has been adopted by many contemporary artists and often goes hand-in-hand with the life of a…

Interview by Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen

Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen | IgniteYourCreativity.net Interview with Artist, Writer, Editor & Curator Lora R Fisher Lora shares with us her thoughts on art, her online Gallery — GalriMontaj Contemporary Art — as well as what motivates and inspires her. First posted on February 2, 2013 by bwitzenhausen   Tell us a little about yourself and your work. I may be an anomaly in that I am a visual artist who is also a curator, arts advocate, and a promoter. Hats get switched throughout the day, depending on what’s hot and calling my attention the loudest. When I recall my earliest memories, the most frequent activities…