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Art Studios of the Not so Rich and Famous. How Does Yours Measure Up?

Art studios are often associated with the wealthy and famous artists who can afford to rent or buy large, well-equipped spaces. A point in case would be the studio of Lord Leighton. Upstairs at Leighton House, in the artist’s studio, is a door to nowhere (see below). This oversized aperture was created in 1868 to facilitate the passage of large canvases out of the studio—the processional paintings on which Frederic Leighton (1830–1896) staked his reputation as an ambitious artist.

Leighton's Studio
Leighton's Studio

However, there are plenty of artists who create in much humbler settings, whether out of necessity or simply because they prefer a more DIY approach.

If you're an artist working in a less glamorous studio space, it's important to remember that your creativity is not limited by your surroundings. In fact, some of the most groundbreaking art has been created in the most modest of settings.

So, how does your art studio measure up to those of the not-so-rich and famous? Let's take a look at some of the characteristics of these types of spaces.


One of the most obvious differences between the studios of the rich and famous

artist's studio
Broad view of the studio

and those of the rest of us is size. Wealthy artists may have entire buildings devoted to their work, with separate areas for painting, sculpture, and other mediums. Meanwhile, the rest of us may have to make do with a corner of a room, a closet, or even a storage unit. My first studio in Australia was on the deck of our house at Newport. Rather chilly in the winter!

However, small spaces can also be an advantage for artists who need to stay focused and avoid distractions. Many successful artists, such as Yayoi Kusama and Louise Bourgeois, have worked in tiny studios that forced them to concentrate on their art.


Another factor that sets wealthy artists apart is access to expensive equipment. From top-of-the-line cameras to professional-grade printing presses, wealthy artists may have access to tools that are simply out of reach for most of us.

However, not having the latest equipment doesn't mean you can't create amazing art. Many artists have made a name for themselves by embracing low-tech methods and experimenting with everyday materials.


Natural light is essential for artists, as it can enhance colors and create a more inviting atmosphere. However, not all studios have access to ample daylight. If your studio is located in a basement or other dark space, consider investing in a daylight-simulating lamp or other artificial light source. You can buy daylight globes, which are certainly worth the investment.


Finally, the most important factor in any art studio is the inspiration it provides. Whether you're surrounded by beautiful artwork, lush greenery, or your favorite books, your studio should be a space that encourages creativity and exploration.

If your studio is lacking in inspiration, try adding some personal touches that reflect your unique style and interests. Hang up posters, display your favorite objects, or create a mood board to help you stay focused and motivated.

In conclusion, the size and equipment of your studio may not measure up to those of the rich and famous, but that doesn't mean you can't create incredible art. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, any space can become a haven for creativity and self-expression.

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