What man has created is what separates us from the birds and beasts and connects our souls. The greatest creations of men can be summed up into one word: art.
Throughout history, some artists have received renown, credit, money and fame for their creations. Some during their lifetime, some long after their death. In some eras artists have been celebrated, high-ranking members of society, from Michelangelo and da Vinci to Picasso and Warhol. Many more, however, have gone relatively unnoticed. Some have worked “behind the scenes” – creating art that is seen but not attributed. More still have created stunning works that have not been seen by a wider audience, for a myriad of reasons. And some are still waiting for their audience to grow.
The art world has changed drastically throughout history, and most drastically in just the past 25 years. Personal computers and the internet were huge game changers for every form of art. They made it easier to learn and create certain forms of art – and created a mass market of cheap art, widening the gap between the average art buyer and the high-end buyer. For some art professions it also damaged sales in the way of piracy. The industry is evolving every day though, and new ways of figuring out how to be an artist in today’s world are surfacing all the time. From crowd-funding projects to putting your work on an iPhone case – artists are still figuring out how to support themselves and reach a larger audience.
But something is missing. Rare are the artists who are celebrated like Salvador Dali or Ansel Adams were in their time. The contemporaries – and we do have a few – are older and generally only known by niche communities or wealthy aristocrats. You can now find mass-produced IKEA prints where once real art would have been placed. We can only hope those photographers that licensed their photos to IKEA made a killing. They probably didn’t.
Invisible Artists is a community and a launching pad to help invisible artists become more visible. It’s also a documentary in the works, slated for an early 2016 release. If you’d like to become involved in any way, please reach out to us using the contact form below.