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I was recently banned from one of the largest art groups on Facebook called 'Artists Trying To Make A Living Creating Art.' - https://www.facebook.com/groups/artistscreatingart The group is notorious for fake artists stealing works of art and trying to pass them off as their own. One of the more famous "artists" on there posts coloring pages and puts ridiculous prices on them.
Not only is his "art" a slap in the face to real artists, but he's been called out once or twice before for copyright infringement. What's striking is that copyright infringement and plagiarism are often overlooked in the group. But swearing? That will get you banned, no questions asked.
To give you an example, take a look at the pieces of artwork below. They were posted around the same time. Take a look at the amount of "likes" each one has. And yes, that one on the right, that's a real price tag. Many people even questioned if this Sandeep guy is serious. They were met with harsh verbal threats just for asking simple questions.
The problem with the art world is not a lack of talented artists. It's websites and groups like this. Stealing other artists work and selling coloring pages for exorbitant prices is not a cause for concern. But profanity? ... that's a no-no.
Another example at this hack of an art page is the example below. It took the admins 4 days to investigate this guy here who clearly infringed on another artist's work. The original is to the right. He tried to pass it off as his own. Post after post of his was stolen work, and the page let it slide. They even contacted him just to get his side after too many complaints were logged.
But cursing? One curse word can get you banned.
After posting this same thing on my Facebook page, quite a few of my friends responded with, "I need to go like this page!" A friend messaged me and said, "calling them out may not have had the effect you wanted." Nothing could be further from the truth. If I was trying to keep people from going to their page, I wouldn't have posted a link to their page. I want you to go there. I want you to see the insanity that this "art" page has to offer. Don't get me wrong, there are some absolutely phenomenal artists there on the page.
The problem with the art world is not a lack of talented artists. It's websites and groups like this. They hinder the success of talented artists and allow trash to thrive. Stealing other artists work and selling coloring pages for exorbitant prices is not a cause for concern. But profanity? ... that's a no-no.