A Beginner’s Guide on How to Become A Professional Conceptual Artist

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You are fortunate if you are paid to do what you love. If you are an aspiring conceptual artist, the beginning is always the hardest. As soon as you understand everything, things will be easy. You can create a career out of art like Loris Greaud. He is known as one of the most influential conceptual artists in this generation.

If you want to be like him and thrive in the international art scene, there are essential steps on how to become a professional conceptual artist. Like Greaud, you will soon learn how to make your art, monetise it and show it to the world in the most interesting way. Here are the steps:

Claim your calling

The thing about conceptual art is it puts more significance to the idea or the concept more than the traditional aesthetic aspect of the creation. Basically, conceptual art can look like almost anything from Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain – a porcelain urinal to Loris Greaud’s The Unplayed Notes – a short film using HD thermal imaging cameras to capture a couple’s most intimate moments. Whatever it is, you need to claim your calling. You have to recognise that you have the ability to create your own reality.

Be confident about making your art

It is understandable that aspiring artists are sometimes shy of showing their work to the world. In the case of conceptual art, you can show just about anything that you find meaning and present it to the public. If you make your art on a consistent basis, you will feel more confident every day.

Exhibit your work

If you want to be known, exhibits are important. Think of it as a coming-out party for artists. This is a sign that you are transitioning to professional art. You should show up and allow yourself to be seen. Exhibits are terrifying and exhilarating at the same time.

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Monetise your art

After coming out, it is time to monetise your art. Once you are in the circle, monetising your art is easier. At this point, you have to believe in yourself that you deserve to make a living doing what you love most. Monetising your art means you know how to ask for what you desire and willingly receive it.

Create sustainability and fulfillment

Now that you are regularly creating and valuing your worth, it is time to assimilate all your gifts. You are here to create beautiful things, which means you need to find a unique way to combine your art, passion for sharing your gifts and making money out of it. In other words, you need to create sustainability, which will lead to fulfillment at the end of the day.

The journey may take a while but the important thing is you are consistently making and never giving up. Let go of the Starving Artist Mentality that is keeping you from success. Also, it will be a great help if you get the support you need at the onset. You will get more insights once you talked to the right people. If you have an artist in mind, try to get out and see their pieces to get inspiration.

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