One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person engaged in a fine art, or the fine arts; now especially a creative visual artist (such as a painter or sculptor) whose works are intended to be appreciated primarily or solely for their aesthetic, imaginative, or intellectual content.
Mid 18th century. From fine + artist, after fine art.
fine artist/ˌfʌɪn ˈɑːtɪst/
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