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 and/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 certainly valid, but less common, and mostly restricted to contexts like criticism.
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“Harrys an artist without an art ... groping for the right lever, for the means with which to express himself.”
—Jo Eisinger, and Jules Dassin. Adam Dunn (Hugh Marlowe)
“A good artist should be isolated. If he isnt isolated, something is wrong.”
—Orson Welles (19151984)
“The creative artist seems to be almost the only kind of man that you could never meet on neutral ground. You can only meet him as an artist. He sees nothing objectively because his own ego is always in the foreground of every picture.”
—Raymond Chandler (18881959)