Elitism and Art

My favourite place to post art on the web is a place called GFXArtist. It’s a somewhat complicated place to upload your pictures to but browsing it is a breeze and the interface is just fantastic. Unlike Deviantart, its not too big either. There are about 1000 active users there and the quality in artwork automatically shows. I can be found at http://bakatron.gfxartist.com.

One of the most irksome things about GFX is the entire elite concept – I absolutely hate it. I hate elite. I hate elitism. I hate the entire machinery behind it.

I’ve watched really good friends go gonzo and tear each other apart so that their stupid icon goes yellow from blue – that they can go out there and collect as many votes as they want. it pisses me off. Why can’t we all get along because of a stupid yellow icon?

I’ve been nominated before for elite and i took my work out of the public galleries until it was over.

I could have properly run for elite this month and gotten away with it because all my friends have already gone elite. I miss not being able to show my work in the same gallery as Dean Kuhta, Aaron Sikstrom, and Matt Blair. Those guys are amazing- being with them made you work harder as an artist. GFXArtist, in itself, made me a better artist. Being friends with them gave me greater insight and respect for other styles and methods.

Being nominated for elite doesn’t make me want to draw for some odd reason. I don’t want to be a part of a misogynous system called elitism. No artist can be called elite. No artist can call himself better than another after a certain period of learning. After achieving a certain degree of vertical learning, we strive to expand ourselves horizontally. to call that elite is nothing less than a joke.

For now, I’m unpublishing my work from the forum until this month’s nominations are over. I’ll be back on the eight. GFXArtist is still a fantastic online art forum, and in a lot of ways far better than


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