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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a make-up artist (=someone whose job is to put make-up on actors)
▪ the chief make-up artist on the film
a struggling artist/writer/business
con artist
contemporary artists/writers
▪ Paintings by contemporary artists covered the walls.
gifted musician/artist/teacher etc
▪ She was an extremely gifted poet.
mime artist
▪ a professional mime artist
piss artist
▪ She also pays due attention to the different positioning of black women artists within feminist art practice.
▪ New Deal programs also gave many black artists a chance to develop their craft.
▪ Does it matter, in 1990, whether a Black artist goes to art school?
▪ Draper surely got better money at Warner Bros., just as all the black artists signing with the majors did.
▪ So the occasional gallery owner prepared to support a Black artist gets much credit in this show.
▪ And most of the music initially played at discos was supplied by black artists.
▪ In the short run, it made many black artists unacceptable on urban stations.
▪ Stevie Wonder is a black artist, but a lot of his music comes out pop.
▪ The Eighties were an important decade for sculpture when many contemporary artists turned to three-dimensional work.
▪ You name your favorite contemporary artist and odds are they are involved.
▪ This is the cue for interactive sculpture by contemporary artists and computer-generated visual effects.
▪ Nevertheless, many contemporary artists were having their drawings and paintings photographed rather than engraved and sold in different formats.
▪ The other area is close to the Liffey quays and offers contemporary art and artists studios.
▪ There are also contributions from contemporary jazz artists! bold!
▪ He also patronized contemporary artists, including Thomas Cromek and Dessoulavy.
▪ March 2-April 1: Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists, a group exhibit featuring seven major contemporary artists.
▪ I mean, there it is: he was the greatest artist at least to me of our century.
▪ His designs live on today, looking as serenely inevitable as they did decades ago, the art of a great artist.
▪ For me Ilona is one of the world's great artists.
▪ Himes' friends and acquaintances included small-time Cleveland hustlers and great artists such as Ralph Ellison.
▪ A flight of three steps led up into another gallery, this one depicting great artists.
▪ Maybe we only come to fully appreciate many great athletes and artists just before they walk out the door.
▪ The little village of Grasemere has inspired many of our great artists and poets including Wordsworth, Coleridge and Ruskin.
▪ Like great artists they see the world differently.
▪ The exhibition was set up in a room housing the work of early nineteenth century local artists, including Francis Danby.
▪ And to humanize the plant, how about adding a few paintings and collages from local artists?
▪ She went on to her meeting with a young local artist who showed her his portfolio.
▪ The municipal gallery, though, likely will become the focal point for local artists from now on.
▪ Each owned a weird splotch of colour in a white and silver frame, painted and framed by a local artist.
▪ But local artists already have another venue in the city.
▪ Our entire sense of Caravaggio as a modern artist is, according to historians, a fiction.
▪ Their ideal was the totally autonomous modern artist unfettered by ancestors, tradition, or nature.
▪ The price differential between Old Master and modern artists was inevitably reflected in the drawings.
▪ He asserted that a modern artist should be in tune with his times, careful to avoid hackneyed subjects.
▪ The fairly weak flow of publications devoted to the work of modern artists has dried up.
▪ Early modern artists, generally speaking, did little to overturn this convention in painting or sculpture.
▪ As we have seen, it is not the remit of the modern artist to make facsimiles of nature.
▪ I don't worry about stealing bits from other artists now.
▪ After all, Toulouse-Lautrec, like many other artists of the late nineteenth century, was obsessed with lesbianism.
▪ Protect Yourself Young songwriters are often worried about record companies and other artists stealing their songs.
▪ This old mill by the stream will no doubt inspire other artists, painters, maybe even a songwriter.
▪ You see Modigliani among other artists who were also friends of my father.
▪ Certainly no other nineteenth-century artist was so widely studied and so differently interpreted by the painters of the succeeding age.
▪ Another sort of writing about art is what artists themselves have written, either about their own work or about other artists.
▪ But other artists have come to light through less likely channels, such as the pages of colour supplements.
▪ The picture project was part of a district wide experiment to involve children with professional artists.
▪ Printers, modems and speakers were considered necessities, but scanners were the province of professional artists with money to burn.
▪ The state chapter is likewise determined to keep that profile high, with a membership including various emerging and professional artists.
▪ Proper gallery or exhibition space is expensive to hire, prohibitively so for the average professional artist.
▪ Wendy Jelbert is a professional artist.
▪ You provide the potential, they provide a professional make-up artist, stylist and photographer.
▪ Consequently, most professional artists need to exploit a variety of methods for selling their work.
▪ The idea is to reward young artists who would rarely command their highest price on the first sale.
▪ If Joan was an abstract purist, other young artists were turning toward Bad Painting and cartoon art.
▪ These threads, gathered together, give us some idea of the current concerns of younger women artists.
▪ Both grew from self-involved young adults to artists of rare individuality.
▪ But, like so many young artists in the early decades of the century, Miro could not keep away from Paris.
▪ The young artist seems to have the same dismissive outlook.
▪ They were partners in an art gallery that specialized in avant-garde paintings by young artists.
▪ Recent weeks have seen it ride roughshod over ostrich breeders, society con artists, champagne fraudsters and the occasional fallen tycoon.
▪ La Tour was a master of light whose subjects ranged from con artists to saints.
▪ Thorn is determined to prove that Bilko is not just a con artist but a crook.
▪ Hayes is part-time con artist, part-time investigator.
▪ Mel Stewart brings an appealing believability to the role of veteran con artist Blue.
▪ Woodstock police warn that a group of door-to-door con artists were last seen...
▪ Gone are the days when women recording artists were tightly packaged and adorned with ribbons.
▪ And recording artists are being placed in that same context.
▪ It shows the artist as Harlequin, drinking in the Paris bar which gives its name to the picture.
▪ The Red Studio and the views of Matisse at work show an artist exploring the relationship between real and fictive worlds.
▪ The winner's work will be shown alongside artists in this cartoon hall of fame.
▪ This year 48 artists work was shown.
▪ This is a fairly new Gallery which is showing art by artists who have disabilities.
▪ Carrington's Self-Portrait of 1938-9 shows the artist seated in a room with a lactating hyena and a rocking horse.
▪ The press photographs show the artist in cowboy hat with a shotgun, surrounded by skulls and horns.
▪ Philomene Magers continues to show artists who have exerted a strong theoretical influence upon a younger generation.
▪ Upstairs, in the first passage, are works by the artists who set the style for Rudolf's court.
▪ I look at most of the people I get to work with as artists.
▪ He says that he's always wanted to work as an artist at Slimbridge - it's a lifetimes dream come true.
▪ Unemployed after graduating as an architect in 1930, she ended up working as a museum artist in the University of Pennsylvania.
▪ Here works military heraldic artist Mary Denton.
▪ Tindle was then working as a commercial artist in Soho and living in a room in Portobello Road.
▪ I remember going to see some works by the artist Klement Redko.
▪ Differences of style within the manuscripts containing the signature show that W. de Brail' worked with several other artists.
a frustrated artist/actor/poet etc
artist/actor/teacher etc manqué
▪ In between travel trips Wilcock ran into a woman at a party who lived with an artist manqué, Walter Bowart.
artist/writer etc in residence
▪ A trained psychiatric nurse, he is the current artist in residence at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
▪ Well, towards the end of 1990 I was appointed artist in residence at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool.
budding artist/actor/writer etc
▪ Perhaps she is a budding artist, a future novelist.
▪ At that time Picasso was a struggling artist, little known outside Paris.
▪ I bought some post cards of prints by Japanese artists.
▪ Leonardo was the greatest artist of his time.
▪ She's an artist in the kitchen.
▪ The band are not just successful recording artists - they are constantly touring and playing live to sell-out crowds.
▪ The obituary described Nureyev as 'a great dancer and a true artist'.
▪ This exhibit of paintings and sculptures traces the artist's work during five decades.
▪ We asked a local artist to come and show her work to the students.
▪ A bold artist and rugged individualist, Jones loves to lift the lid on the id.
▪ Richter is not a conventional painter: he is an artist who happens to use paint as a medium.
▪ Royalties on record sales govern how much an artist earns from his or her recording career.
▪ Sis, the son of two artists, grew up in the Czech capital of Prague.
▪ The Minoan faience artists achieved very high levels of technical ability.
▪ Through figurative abstracted works on paper, Tempe artist Ron Bimrose taps into light themes like transition, fate and personal choice.
▪ You've just got to do your best, whether you're a road-sweeper or an artist.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Artist \Art"ist\, n. [F. artiste, LL. artista, fr. L. ars. See Art, n., and cf. Artiste.]

  1. One who practices some mechanic art or craft; an artisan.

    How to build ships, and dreadful ordnance cast, Instruct the articles and reward their.

  2. One who professes and practices an art in which science and taste preside over the manual execution.

    Note: The term is particularly applied to painters, sculptors, musicians, engravers, and architects.

  3. One who shows trained skill or rare taste in any manual art or occupation.

  4. An artful person; a schemer. [Obs.]

    Syn: Artisan. See Artisan. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, "one who cultivates one of the fine arts," from Middle French artiste (14c.), from Italian artista, from Medieval Latin artista, from Latin ars (see art (n.)).\n

\nOriginally used especially of the arts presided over by the Muses (history, poetry, comedy, tragedy, music, dancing, astronomy), but also used 17c. for "one skilled in any art or craft" (including professors, surgeons, craftsmen, cooks). Now especially of "one who practices the arts of design or visual arts" (a sense first attested 1747).


a. (context archaic English) artistic. n. 1 A person who creates art. 2 A person who creates art as an occupation. 3 A person who is skilled at some activity.


n. a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination [syn: creative person]


An artist is a person engaged in one or more of any of a broad spectrum of activities related to creating art, practicing the arts or demonstrating an art. The common usage in both everyday speech and academic discourse is a practitioner in the visual arts only. The term is often used in the entertainment business, especially in a business context, for musicians and other performers (less often for actors). "Artiste" (the French for artist) is a variant used in English only in this context. Use of the term to describe writers, for example, is valid, but less common, and mostly restricted to contexts like criticism.

Artist (disambiguation)

An artist is a person engaged in creating art or practicing the arts.

Artist or artists or The Artist may also refer to:

  • Artist (film), a 2013 Malayalam film
  • The Artist (film), a 2011 French film romance and Academy Award for Best Picture winner
  • The Artist (magazine), a British magazine launched in 1931
  • The Artist and Journal of Home Culture, or The Artist, an arts monthly published 1880–1902
  • Prince (musician) (1958–2016), or The Artist Formerly Known As Prince
  • Prince Iaukea or The Artist (born 1964), professional wrestler
  • Artists (radio series), 2003 BBS radio programme
  • Artist (EP), a 2012 EP by Teen Top
Artist (EP)

Artist is the third EP by the South Korean boy group Teen Top, released digitally on May 30, 2012 and physically on June 4, 2012 under the label of TOP Media. The lead single from the album is "To You".

Artist (film)

Artist is a 2013 Indian Malayalam drama film written and directed by Shyamaprasad. An adaptation of Dreams In Prussian Blue, a paperback novel by Paritosh Uttam, the film is about two fine arts students, both driven by individual ambitions, who decide to live together. The film traces the course of their relationship and their progression as artists. It features Fahadh Faasil playing Michael and Ann Augustine as his lover, Gayathri. The supporting cast includes Sreeram Ramachandran (of the sitcom Chumma on Amrita TV), Sidhartha Siva, Srinda Ashab ( Annayum Rasoolum-fame), Krishnachandran and Vanitha along with a host of newcomers. The film was produced by M. Mani under his banner, Sunitha Productions. The music was composed by Bijibal and the editing is by Vinod Sukumaran. The film won three major awards at the Kerala State Film Awards: Best Director, Best Actress (Ann Augustine) and Best Actor (Fahadh Faasil).

Usage examples of "artist".

If it achieved nothing else, humanism brought about the emancipation of the artist, a development that is still very much with us.

Raphael, by being employed in adulatory allegory, in honour of Princes, as is to be seen in the works of Rubens and Le Brun at Paris, artists of great talents, which they were led to misapply, through the supreme vanity of Louis the Fourteenth.

One of the speakers was relating how a very famous advertising mogul insisted that every radio creative meeting be attended by artists as well as copywriters.

Fouquet, full of affability, good humor, and munificence, was beloved by his poets, his artists, and his men of business.

He knew the work of all the great early country artists like Jimmie Rodgers and years later, after the Beatles split up, he even recorded his own solo country and western album, Beaucoups of Blues.

Those two handsome adepts of Terpsichore had never met before, and they began an amorous warfare which made me enjoy my supper immensely, because, as he was a fellow artist, Marina assumed towards Baletti a tone well adapted to the circumstances, and very different to her usual manner with other men.

It is not possible that an artist working in the years 1580-1585 should present to us traces of the archaism which even the most advanced sculptors of half a century earlier had not wholly lost.

I do not willingly enter into arithmetical explanations with an artist like you, who fears to enter my study lest she should imbibe disagreeable or anti-poetic impressions and sensations.

They felt the slow, painful growth of the artist, the fumbling toward maturity of expression, the upheaval that had taken place in Paris, the passionate outburst of his powerful voice in Arles, which caught up all the strands of his years of labour.

The atelier of the American painter was furnished with a harmonious sumptuousness which real artists know how to gather around them.

He joined the atelier of Carolus-Duran, one of the few artists who welcomed American students, and he quickly passed the rigorous exams to study drawing at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts.

It was exactly like those winter landscapes which Petya saw every year at the spring exhibitions held by South Russian artists, where Auntie took the boys to teach them the love of beauty.

Beyond rose the apartment houses where the middle and lower classes lived, those of the poorer characterized by few windows and cracking plaster, and those of the better-off by the wonderful multistoried murals painted by the gypsy artists, and by the brilliant azurine tiles which kept the houses warm in winter and cool in summer.

The true artist knows that his hero must be a character shaping events and shaped by them, and not a babbler about literature.

The artist had followed Babby around for a month with sketchbook in hand.