Definition of artist in English:



  • 1A person who produces paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.

    • ‘The 35 exhibits from as many artists range from oil paintings, photography and videos to mixed-media installations.’
    • ‘Paintings also allow the artist to reconstruct the events in a way that the photograph cannot.’
    • ‘During the years at the Bauhaus the artist had his most productive and prolific time.’
    • ‘Hoptman is doubtless right that for many artists, drawing is no longer a secondary genre.’
    • ‘The first extensive exhibition in this country devoted to the paintings and drawings of the Renaissance artist will uncover his origins and trace the dramatic development of his style.’
    • ‘Cubist painting gave to artists complete freedom to deal with reality in art in any way they chose.’
    • ‘In a way, the question is: are we allowed as artists to create art out of suffering?’
    • ‘Just like any art, the ultimate value of the work depends on the artist who created it.’
    • ‘Australian born artist, singer and animal lover Rolf Harris is a former resident of Sydenham.’
    • ‘One bathroom featured a Thai Buddha while others were hung with paintings by artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.’
    • ‘Jeanette Jarville is a Richmond artist who began oil painting at the age of 11.’
    • ‘There he met all the other famous artists like Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and George Braques.’
    • ‘The staff at Rand Water will also contribute by working with a professional artist to create an artwork made up of chosen elements from the archives of Rand Water.’
    • ‘For the show, the artist has created a new sheet-rock structure based on the Golden Rectangle.’
    • ‘The irony of inviting an Aboriginal artist to create a work for a rifle range was not lost on Andrew.’
    • ‘Signac believed that the artist's ability to create harmony was stronger in a peaceful setting.’
    • ‘I come from a family of artists, and painting was always an obvious choice for me.’
    • ‘The artist Michelangelo Pistoletto created the furniture for the different areas of the building.’
    • ‘In 1917 the French artist Marcel Duchamp created one of the most famous of Dadaist statements in New York.’
    • ‘The artist's drawings and paintings will be featured between December 14 and January 18.’
    creator, originator, designer, producer, fine artist
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1A person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, novelist, poet, or filmmaker.
      • ‘Logan and Murray-Leslie hide in a back room surrounded by friends: fashion buyers, designers, film-makers, artists.’
      • ‘Clowns relieve tension during performances by artists such as acrobats, flying trapezists and jugglers.’
      • ‘She will perform with other local artists at the launch.’
      • ‘Designing this seemingly simple piece of light sculpture required a creative team of artists, architects, and designers.’
      • ‘Deep in the quiet art kingdom, visitors may be summoned by the loud sound of beating gongs and drums to an open-air stage, where local artists perform the drum dance.’
      • ‘There will also be face painters, clowns, artists, magicians and creatures of all shapes and sizes roving through the festival site.’
      • ‘Contemporary dance artists Forecast will be performing their new show Ready at Lancaster University's Nuffield Theatre on Tuesday.’
      • ‘I doubt I can actually retire either, but that's another question, one facing many artists and creative people, especially women.’
      • ‘Also, in an effort to promote khadi, models will display the garments while artists will perform traditional cultural programmes.’
      • ‘Hollywood sees a moral dimension in protecting its property and the creative works of its artists, as well as a nobility in bringing entertainment to the masses.’
      • ‘Poets, musicians, dance troupes, artists and actors from various African and Caribbean nations will be on the ship.’
      • ‘Company dancers, along with some guest artists perform 10 works, which they've created themselves.’
      • ‘I believe our filmmakers, writers, poets, and visual and performing artists do us proud, alongside those of anywhere in the world.’
      • ‘Visual artists and filmmakers teamed up with dancers and musicians.’
      • ‘Creative artists, screenwriters and filmmakers will need time to figure it out too.’
      • ‘He is one of the 150 artists performing worldwide for Cirque du Soleil.’
      • ‘Also, they all work in creative fields - artists, musicians, writers, architectural photographers, cartoonists.’
      • ‘Some of Britain's finest artists will be performing in villages across the county as part of Rural Arts Wiltshire's spring season 2003.’
      • ‘The WSF was in some ways like a circus - a huge performing act with many artists, acrobats, entertainers.’
      • ‘Other events on the day include performing artists, novelty races, face painting, workshops, market stalls and music.’
      entertainer, performer, trouper, showman
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2A person skilled at a particular task or occupation.
      ‘a surgeon who is an artist with the scalpel’
      • ‘We have two positions for artists skilled in modelling and texturing.’
      • ‘Yes, his squad of highly skilled artists can weave beautiful patterns and cut a poor defence to ribbons, but we knew that anyway.’
      • ‘Make-up artists and beauty consultants will be on hand throughout the day offering advise and tips on how to perfect your make-up and skincare regime.’
      • ‘This was of course without the skilled crew of artists and technicians special effects departments deploy today.’
      expert, master, maestro, past master, adept, virtuoso, genius, old hand, skilled person
      View synonyms
    3. 1.3A performer, such as a singer, actor, or dancer.
      • ‘The artists are world-class opera singers Roger Davy, Meg Kiddle and David King, with pianist Kylie Foster a special guest.’
      • ‘Her enviable reputation as a concert artist and opera singer has lead her to work with many of the world's leading conductors.’
      • ‘Joseph Rezits is internationally known as a performer, recording artist, lecturer, clinician and author.’
      • ‘It's what makes her an artist rather than a singer.’
      • ‘Writer, composer, singer, playwright and artist, Ray was a man of huge energy and ability.’
      • ‘Spoken word artist and singer Evalyn Parry wowed the audience with poetry and song.’
      • ‘Without much difficulty, you can lay one singer's vocal track onto another artist's music.’
      • ‘Moore is a songwriter, performer and international recording artist who began her career in the folk clubs of Southern Ontario.’
      • ‘Frances Black is one such artist, a singer for whom the link with her audience is paramount.’
      • ‘He's not a great singer: other artists - more emotional or technically proficient - will have fun doing cover versions of the songs on Contrasts.’
      • ‘The AMI award for best male artist went to pop singer Rio Febrian while the award for best pop album went to singer Marcel.’
      • ‘The single was the most played song on Irish radio for two weeks and was Damien's first commercial affirmation as a performer and artist in his own right.’
      • ‘Do you see yourself as an artist and singer all your life?’
      • ‘Before her solo career she toured for one year with fellow Philly artist Jill Scott as a backup singer.’
      • ‘Local recording artist and singer, Michael English, who is a past pupil, was guest speaker and award presenter.’
      • ‘Performers included high-flying trapeze artist Amanda Sandow, 39, whose act incorporated walking upside down across the circus roof.’
      • ‘The first thing that you notice about New York-based artist and performer Tara De Long is how calm and quiet she is in person.’
      • ‘Having done so, this vaudeville performer and escape artist regales the audience with stories of the old days.’
      • ‘In the performer category, artists are only eligible for induction twenty-five years after the release of their first album.’
      • ‘A former folk singer and recording artist, Lester introduces ten of the most beloved black blues singers with the voice and wisdom of an elder.’
    4. 1.4informal [with modifier]A habitual practitioner of a specified reprehensible activity.
      [as modifier] ‘a con artist’
      ‘rip-off artists’
      • ‘Scam artists have become quite skilled at creating sophisticated offering statements, Crawford says.’
      • ‘The scheme, supported by the Evening Advertiser, was set up in Wroughton, a burglary hotspot, in August 2002 to combat the activities of con artists.’
      • ‘Some of history's greatest scams have been perpetrated by con artists masquerading as philanthropists.’
      • ‘All too regularly we carry stories detailing how con artists and thieves swindled and stole from householders.’
      • ‘Mankind being what it is, murderers, robbers, thieves, thugs, and con artists will always exist.’
      • ‘Fraudsters and scam artists are cashing in on the generosity of the public according to Trading Standard officials.’
      • ‘These are not a bunch of empty promises made by a seasoned con artist.’
      • ‘I don't condone cheats and con artists who swindle innocent victims out of their hard-earned cash.’
      • ‘The middle-aged con artist partners up with young two-bit purse snatcher Fiona, played by Liane Balaban.’
      • ‘In the United States, thousands of people are ripped off by con artists selling bogus investments.’
      • ‘When one is dealing with fraudsters and scam artists, there is almost no chance of ever getting the money back.’
      • ‘There's no doubt about it, computer technology makes life easier for con artists and identity thieves.’
      • ‘The ex-husband, on the other hand, is one of those cardboard cutout con artist crooks whose rather simple death is more decent than he deserves.’


Early 16th century (denoting a master of the liberal arts): from French artiste, from Italian artista, from arte art, from Latin ars, art-.