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Should an Artist consider ever the option of retirment from making art when reaching retirment age? 

417 deviants said No, Explain
56 deviants said Yes, explain

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kabya19 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If they want to. There's no obligation to stop but none to continue either. Honestly though...even if you retire and decide not to work any more. You're still going to do it. love it. No-one has the right to tell someone to stop doing something they love.
GingerSpice019 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
If they feel like their artistic journey is over then absolutely they should consider it. If they feel like they want to continue for a longer time, then they should continue. It's not like we should force all artists one way or another.
kemuff Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
you are never too old for art!
i mean, i believe it's ok to retire from making them for the purpose of selling
but a person who enjoys art should make some pieces after their retirement, just for fun or something
Suraj2399 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
i think there is no limits and age for art....
StarlingLee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Commercially, I can see it.
But personally, for your own pleasure, I don't think it would be possible to stop.
I can understand taking breaks every now in then, sometimes life is hectic and sometimes we are just not in the mood.

It's like the saying "You can take the frog out of the pond but you can't take the pond out of the frog."
I think being an artist is something that is lifelong.
rlhcreations Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Art is not a job, it's a way of life.
devilschild669 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
because an artist will always feel compelled to do art when he's inspired because i don't think of it as a job its a passion.
Kurisiti Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think its possible to stop creating works of art, even long after going into retirement.
Vivi-kiramaru-sama19 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
as a profession you can't really retire... um i don't know how to explain
XalloxMellex Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
i cannot speak for other people but from my own experience art is not something you retire from. not that i'm old enough to say so for sure:P art is a compulsion, an expression of self and i don't think anyone "retires" from that. there is no age limit or desire for your own expression of self^.^
GloriaPM Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
DaVinci Painted the gioconda in 1506... with 54 year old...
Michelangelo Painted the sixtine capel between 1536 and 1541, so between his 61 and 66, if he stopped in between the "Last judgement" would have never been painted ...
Salvador Dalí finished his last work with 78 year old...

I think MASTER pieces come when you really are a MASTER, and that is not free... it comes with time and effort, i think the retirement age is just the begining for a true artist...
hotso Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You mean an artist completely quits art after reacting a certain age? No, unless you're completely disinterested in it (then again, if that were the case, why would you be an artist at all) or you have a physical disability that makes it impossible or so difficult, that you have no other choice, but to quit. However, if you're like an illustrator and you want to quit that job and concentrate on your own art, I say go for it.
Rosecrance Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I think it's something you can still do occasionally. if it's what you love, you can spend your retirement doing it :)
I would.
Obvisouly if you're sick of it.. then....
Leonidafremov Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for all the comments. I personally will never quit. as long as I can hold a brush I will paint.
EndlesslySparkly Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
to me it doesnt matter how old you are to do art,if you have the passion and determination you can go on for the longest time,age doenst matter when making art at all.
REB-ART Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Artist is not a profession its a life style, a part of your whole person.
Dark---sora Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
people get older, their art doesn´t.
in-response-to-death Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011   Writer
for me, art is a part of my life.
i don't think i could ever stop.
but i think it's a matter of opinion.
art is like a hobby,
like reading.
you enjoy it and as such it's not seen as an effort to make
more of something you enjoy (:
although, this is just my opinion.
it's subjective.
MayakaEd Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Considering retirement is pretty natural I think. It doesn't mean we actually have to retire or even if we do, it doesn't mean we have to stop making art. Maybe it means that we make different art than what we used to. Maybe it means we just make less of it to spend more time with our loved ones. There is no need to retire at a certain age of course. Art is something we should do as long as we enjoy making it!
butercup93 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
why would someone stop doing something that he/she likes because of that....I mean...even if you are in retirment age it doesn`t mean that you don`t like to paint anymore.....I think that no-one paints just because of money....
GhostAvalon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
I understand the need that artists must make a living and so get jobs.

But the process of creation should not have a limit age.
vive-m Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
when working with the arts - whatever arts - it has to come from deep within you, from your soul and heart. if you do art to only make money you shouldn't even have started.
the way i understood it you love painting, so there is no reason to quit something you love because of your age.
PandoraV Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
For me, an "artist" is not a career - it's a lifestyle.
imp-girl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
no, unless you are don't love it anymore and art only wear you out. then is the time to retire.
amidarosa Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I thought retirement age is decided only in corporate businesses, if art is your hobby that's like, asking should you retire from your hobby?
Samuel-Hardidge Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Art is not really an occupation, unless you make it that. Art is a life style.
mpaquin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Yes. I worked for an 80 year old guy who was waaaay past his prime. It was sad actually. I'd see his work from when he was younger, that wasn't bad. But with cataracts and a touch of dementia, his ego was still crying out for approval. And his work was just awful. Keep making art when you're old, but never stop being your own worst critic.
ArtemisiaAbsinthium Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only if it is medically unsound to continue making art. Or, of course, you tire of it and wish to do something else.
JullyFlint Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
art is from the heart. art should stop only when the heart stops
T-Thomas Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   General Artist
An artist could not retire. Its impossible.
paintbro1 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
have you ever met a retired artist? that's because there are none. you can retire in a professional sense, but I don't think you can quit painting entirely.
TheFAN101 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
It really depends on the artist. If the artist feels tired and disillusioned with his trade, he should consider why he is doing what he is doing and if he wants to continue. Maybe the artist might need a break. However, if the artist is simply concerned with what is kosher in today's society, I would recommend the artist do what he feels like doing, no matter what age. I think, as a hobby, a life long artist never really quits but simply moves on to recreational art. I can't really answer yes or no to this, but there's my two cents!
Monterz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
no completely noooo.. an artist is an artist through life up until the day death passes for him. death is all around us whether its painting, speaking, or simply the way you do everyday things is art. you cant stop who you are so dont give up what you love. i met someone who was paralyzed from his neck down but still painted by holding the brush in his mouth. there is always a way if the heart is the candle leading the way
NarutoxHinatafan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
My personal thought on the matter is that art has no limit unless you give yourself a limit. If you feel overwhelmed by commissions then it is up to you to decide if you want to quit or not. But age should not be the reason why you'd quit art or not. Yet again, this is my opinion xD;;
Chaibird Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I don't believe that you can just walk away from art at a certain age, but depending on individual situations, it is something you COULD consider. Not SHOULD. COULD.
kiki-lee7122 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Writer
Art is expression. Unless you must, why would you stop?
stephyx101x Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist
art isnt really a job you retire from its a passion if you really are into it
PandoraV Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
I agree. Either you are an artist or you're not. And if you are, then it's forever.
buelltonsux Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
My uncle started making art when he retired so I say no
Chicklit142 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Artist
no because its a good way to keep busy while retired and a good oportunity to expand on your art skills.
koolandcut411 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
they have one its in la California for all types of arts
Nodamechi30 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
age doesn't matter :)
teeru Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
I think if you view making art as just as job and you're counting down the days to retirement so you can stop, then you probably shouldn't be doing it at all.

An artist can't just stop, it's part of who we are, for me it'd be like trying to stop breathing. Whenever I do take long breaks (because of repetitive strain injury in my wrists) I can feel it building up and if I don't let it out, it usually comes out in the form of negative emotions and depression.

However, if you just meant retire from a commercial career then yes, if you feel content with your finances then. Personally I think I'll die working on my last ever piece. :P That's the dream anyway.
mcrflyleafdisturbed Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I think it's really up the artist. Art is meant to be enjoyed in the process of making it and by looking at it. It's a way to express yourself. When you feel it's time for you to stop, stop. But don't ever stop because someone tells you you're too old or because THEY think you should stop.
Okayim Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
If it's what you love, then there's no reason to stop! It's both a hobby and a career. Personally I could never retire from art I'd feel like there was a hole in my life
madam-sketchy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once you hit that age, you'll still feel the need to make art.
Atlas0 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist

And to quote the Legendary Michaelangelo: "Many believe - and I believe - that I have been designated for this work by God. In spite of my old age, I do not want to give it up; I work out of love for God and I put all my hope in Him."
PuffsxPlus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
If you no longer love it. But...why stop doing what you love?
DikinsonovA Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
No. I believe an artist never stops thinking in that particular way. You can't just stop making art, like you stop teaching in a school or being a doctor... It's a way of life.
msilvestre Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
When you get to the Retirement age, you don't necessarily have to retire what you love to do, instead make it your projects! If you have any youthful relatives in the family who could sell your work for you while your focused on producing the masterpieces.

As long as you exercise the body and mind throughout your life,
you may live longer and do what you feel passionate about.

It's mostly up to you sir, but I'm always listening to your questions and happy to respond to them. :tea:
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