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8 Kids Who Were Better Artists Than We'll Ever Be

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Sarah Jessica Parker is searching the world to find the next great artist in her new Bravo show, "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" (which premieres tonight). Meanwhile, there are apparently some talented children out there who can paint circles around the rest of us. But is it art?

10 Kids Who Are Better Artists Than We'll Ever Be

2-Year-Old Aelita Andre

2-Year-OldFeddy Linsky

5-Year-Old Artist Marla Olmstead

10-Year-Old Alexandra Nechita

9-Year-Old Haris Imtiyaz Khan

11-Year-Old Dawn Kwuan

7-Year-OldKieron Williamson

14-Year-Old Joshua Johnson

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34 comments so far | Post a comment now
Chris June 12, 2010, 11:40 AM

This is really stupid. They’re literally just playing with paint. This isn’t art.

Anonymous June 12, 2010, 12:07 PM

thats not a artwork, shes so young to know it. is simply, like the elephants who paint itselfs. thats a joke, a bad and distrurbing joke.

Alix June 12, 2010, 1:38 PM

This is nothing more than an idiotic display of parents trying to sell their kids. These parents has probably never became accomplished artist so they’re attempting to force their child into the media to make up for it. As an artist myself, this is extremely offensive, regardless of her age.

Anon June 13, 2010, 7:54 AM

This is why the world hates parents, you all think your kids are brilliant and unique.
The only difference here is that the parents (pretty stupidly, when you think about it) gave their kid real acrylics to play with, instead of those stupid dollar-store watercolour pucks the rest of us got.
Ask her to explain why the composition has radial symmetry and what mood she’s trying to express, or ask her to paint a realistic figure, like a real artist?
We all know abstract isn’t even worth our time, anyways, let alone when it’s from a child.
I hope these parents don’t have anymore children. Ugh.

Anonymous June 13, 2010, 11:41 AM

I for one am simply jealous that they thought of it first,and that it worked. abstract art is a joke and this little girl seems to be the punchline, but good on her i hope she makes a fortune of the idiots that celebrate this kind of drivel.

ThNd3r June 13, 2010, 11:48 AM

the only thing interesting about that is the look into the child’s mind. That’s what is significant about those paintings.

Other than that, you can’t call that talent, they might “grow out of it” by the time they hit 8, or 5, etc. so it’s more coincidence than anything. its not like they put thought into the concepts of art or tried to make a beautiful or meaningful picture. they don’t even know what they are doing, they haven’t developed enough cognitive reasoning to do that. concepts like color scheme or perspective don’t exist in a 2 year old’s mind…it all boils down to either coincidence or the random ideas swirling around in the child’s mind.

So calling these 2 year old children “better artists” or suggesting they are using talent to make these works of art is totally irrational.

Teddy W. June 13, 2010, 11:57 AM

kbizzzz June 14, 2010, 7:01 PM

totally right. my dog could do this, it takes no artistic talent or even creativity

Victor June 14, 2010, 7:11 PM

The people that pay for the paintings are doing charity. Don’t call these kids are artists yet they have not chosen to be that. The parents are the artists for using the baby as the medium SCAM ARTISTS. Im going to cover some garder snakes in paint put them on the canvas and as the wriggle away the art will be created ill make the snake millions

Anonymous June 14, 2010, 7:38 PM

Notice it all looks the same. No technical skills shown, no pre-exposure to art (even the guys that paint abstract are taught how to excel in traditional methods). Every kid does this. This could literally be anyone’s kid.

Anonymous June 15, 2010, 9:00 AM

I dont usually comment on this stuff but i just have one thing to say


Abstract Figures June 15, 2010, 9:15 AM

However they were produced, the paintings do have a certain attractiveness. I suspect much of it is accidental, or giving her a good combination of paint colors, or artful arrangement of multiple canvases (especially the red tryptic), or throwing out a lot of ones that don’t work. Of course we can’t know what she’ll be capable of once she can talk about composition and art history and form and everything else, but why does that matter?

There are plenty of artists whose story sells more paintings than their talent or training. If Andy Warhol looked and lived like Jim Nabors, would he be as well regarded? The whole story is hilarious, and a great sendup of people who take themselves a little too seriously, but that doesn’t mean the paintings are not art.

Sometimes art is where you find it.

Jon June 15, 2010, 11:14 AM


If this is offending you, you have bigger problems than your own art not selling…that’s for sure.

These are examples of parents making money off of their kids FUN! If someone is willing to pay for it, then there is no problem. The only thing that is ridiculous about it all are the art critics…what a bunch of stuffed up idiots.

jaredd June 15, 2010, 1:57 PM

lolzzz this is rubbish. fuk the guy with the bowtie and green striped shirt. do u even know what ur saying? stop tryin so hard to be different, its rhetorical.

15 years. June 15, 2010, 2:00 PM

I love to express my thoughts and feelings through art. All my life I have. I bet I could be as good as these kids if I had parents that bought me expensive tools instead of coloring books. I’m not a fan of the abstract art, but the kids with the actual paintings are pretty good. I just wish I had the same chance to be a great artist as them. It just goes to show that to be great you have to have money…I hope one day I can prove that wrong and be great…Thats all I had to say.

Nick June 16, 2010, 3:26 PM

I’m having difficulty understanding why abstract art is being hated on so much. Abstraction Is a motif in art that has been used since the dawn of time. Would you classify works by Jackson Pollak, Marcel Duchamp, or even the ancient Egyptians as “not art”? All of them are abstract in some way. It’s silly how hyped up this little girl is, to haul off and say that her paintings are not art is just ignorant.

If they’re not art, then what are they? What is art? can anyone really give me an answer to that? Does it have to be a perfect pretty little picture hanging on a white wall in a gallery with a $5000 price tag under it to be called art? Do people have to know about perspective and color theory and composition to be an artist? If you see “some art” you can decide to love it or hate it. You can say you don’t understand it and move along, or it can really speak to you and you’ll spend X amount of hours staring at it. But if you decide to scoff and say it’s not art because it was not done by an “artist” or because its too easy, or you don’t see enough “talent” in the work, then you are really limiting yourself; and failing to answer the questions that appear in the work.

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