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What To Consider Before Dating An Artist
Because it’s not as easy as just hanging around their studio all day
Art Girls Jungle 04 Apr 2020

Despite us all knowing that artists are unreliable, erratic and often totally the wrong choice for a romantic partner, nearly every art girl out there has long dreamed of dating an artist. So, who are we to tell you that you can’t?! That said, we can give you a little guidance of things to keep in mind when romancing an artist, so read on for some advice on how to cope when dating an artist!

You’ll Need To Learn Be Patient

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#jeniferaniston #90s

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Artists are unpredictable. While they’re perfectly capable of surprising you, it’s often the case that they are so wrapped up in their own worlds that they take a little time to be romantic or thoughtful. Don’t take it to heart, it’s a side effect of being a creative soul. Patience is key.

Be Prepared For Some Alone Time

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Johnny Depp in Cry-Baby, 1990

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There are going to be lots of times where you’re out partying and socialising together on the art circuit, but there are also going to be times when your artist locks themselves indoors while working on a new piece or going through an existential crisis. During these moments, it’s best not to interfere. Take this time to focus on yourself.

Relax, Or You’ll Go Crazy

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Drew Barrymore, 1987.

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Artists have their own schedule. The 9 to 5 doesn’t exist for them, so don’t expect them to be ready to take you out for dinner once you leave the office. Artists run to their own tune. In order for it not to get to your head, take a chill pill (or two, or three…).  

At Least Pretend To Be Interested In Their Work

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Winona Ryder, 1991

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If you’re dating an artist, you’ll need to at least show an interest in their work, even if you’re not a fan. Artists take their work very seriously, so when they let you in on their process, it’s a big deal. You’ll need to be able to offer your thoughts on what they’re making, and also to support them during big commissions. 

It’s Not Going To Be Glamorous All The Time

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Julia Roberts ????

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Not all artists like socialising, partying and going to art fairs. If yours does, then great! But, there’s also a big chance that your artist is an introvert and prefers to stay away from prying eyes. If you’re dating an artist for the champagne lifestyle, you may have sought the wrong romantic partner…

You May Not Be Their Muse Straight Away (Or Ever)

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Titanic, 1997

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Dating an artist sounds incredibly romantic, right? And often it is, after all, artists are known for their softer side. That said, not all artists use their girl and boyfriends as inspiration, so don’t get upset if this turns out to be true.

Be Wary Of Art Girls (And Guys) Ready To Steal Your Artist

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Cindy Crawford ????

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Artists are hot property, which means anyone and everyone will be out to steal your crush. Keep an eye on who’s trying to sweet talk your artist at events, and make sure you make it clear that they are off the market. 

Their Careers Are Unstable, And Often International

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David & Victoria Beckham, 1997.

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A plus point of dating an artist is that they aren’t ruled by offices and bosses who dictate that they must be chained behind their desks 24/7. They are also often part of international trips, galavanting across the world to art fairs and biennials. That said, their schedules are precarious and subject to change at the last minute, which can be a little difficult to adjust to if you aren’t used to it.

And Lastly, Buckle Up And Enjoy The Ride

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(TV Show: Friends)

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Nobody said dating an artist was a walk in the park. There are going to be moments where you want to pull your hair out. But, there are also going to be times where you have a hell of a lot of fun, and for that we say, buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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