No Free Art 2015: Meet Tiffany Neal and Joshua Drakes, Two Artists with Two Different Perspectives

Tiffany Neal
Tiffany Neal

“We are also artists”

On Saturday, I was scrolling through the artistic side of Twitter and happen to come across Tiffany Neal, a young visual artist from New York. The first thing I noticed on her timeline was NoFreeArt2015 and some tweets regarding the struggles of a visual artist.

Are visual artists receiving the recognition and rewards they deserve for the hard work and passion they implement into their creations? Can true artistic talent get something more than a few retweets and favorites on Twitter these days?

I asked Tiffany to elaborate her thoughts on the matter.

What do you mean by NoFreeArt? Is there a deeper meaning to it rather than ‘people should pay for art’?

Tiffany: Not necessarily a deeper meaning, it is a pretty self-explanatory. In reference to art, visual artists work hard to create and invest in materials. We deserve to be rewarded just like rappers, singers, and songwriters. We are also artists.

Why do you think visual artists aren’t rewarded or recognized the same way as musical artists?

Because it’s so hard for visual artists to get attention. Many people don’t care for art unless it’s of their favorite celebrity or something basic. You get a couple retweets and that’s it. Most aren’t willing to actually pay for a piece. As for musical artists, they get so much support from fans and people willing to buy from them. There should be an equal balance. Who do you think is making those album covers for your favorite rapper or singer?

Kanye West inspired piece by Tiffany Neal

Do you think this is something that can be changed? Or do you think it will just get worse with time? If you think it can be changed, what can be done to do so?

I do think it can be changed actually. Social media being a curse and also a blessing helps so many young artists. It’s so much easier in 2015 for a young artist to make a name for them self than it was 30 or 40 years ago. This is because social media connects you to millions of people. Visual artists may not be as supported as they should, but believe me, it’s getting there and it will change in due time.

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Above is a slideshow containing some pieces by Tiffany herself. Feel free to peruse the collection and give us your thoughts on her work.

Now, meet Joshua Drakes.

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Joshua Drakes

“Reach for art gallery levels, or even past that.”

Joshua Drakes is a visual artist from the UK who carries out a very abstract, yet elegant style of art. Some could say that Drakes’ pieces can be described as fine, abstract art with a meaning that is to be determined by the viewer. Some could say that Drakes’ pieces can be described as a confusing, trippy, odd, or maybe even disturbing collage of randomness. Either way; it’s art.

Although Neal and Drakes are both visual artists killing the game, they have somewhat different perspectives on the way artists are recognized, respected, and rewarded.

A piece from Joshua Drakes' capsule with ACURE WORLD.
A piece from Joshua Drakes’ capsule with ACURE WORLD.

Do you feel visual artists get the same recognition, respect or rewards as artists in the music or film industry? Why or why not?

Joshua Drakes: I honestly think they do. Because without visual artists, a lot of those music or film industry people wouldn’t gain the recognition they get

I asked Tiffany Neal, a visual artist (painter), the same question and she disagrees. She feels that artists are not rewarded or recognized the same way as musical artists. She says that people need to invest in art to support the hardworking artists. “Who do you think makes the album covers of your favorite rapper or singer” she says. What are your thoughts on what she says?  

In this case, I do agree with her. But at the same time, a lot of people don’t have the time or are too lazy to research who design the album covers. They just care for the musician. We as visual artists take the backseat, and sometimes that’s how it is. Yes people should invest in hardworking artists, but understand, we live in a world where everyone thinks things should be free. Visual artists will eventually get the investments, the recognition, etc. We should focus on our own individual crafts and work past working with musical artists. Reach for art gallery levels, or even past that.

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Above is a slideshow containing some pieces by Joshua himself. Feel free to peruse the collection and give us your thoughts on her work.

What do you think about this topic? Do you feel as if people need to spend more on art? Are visual artists getting the attention and recognition they deserve?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Cut x Sewn Magazine Founder & Creative Director.


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