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: Selling art that has the style of someone else.

01-11-2013, 08:36 AM
Hi all! Before I say anything else I just want to make it clear I am not going to copy someones' art and sell it. I have become interested in art again. I've been off and on with it my whole life. I've never sold a painting and mostly in the doodler category. Some of my art is "ok".

I recently saw some art I really like and would like to take inspiration from it and do something similar. It's abstract... mostly stripes and arcs. I am wondering if I use my own colors and patterns will I be violating any law and/or ethics if I sold one?

Here's is an example of the stripes of his:

And here is one of mine attached:

Is this too similar ? I'm really enjoying doing the stripes.
IF you google stripes paintings there's a million people doing similar stuff so I'm just wondering.
I don't have a pic of the arcs I'm doing but they are very similar to his for practice but with my own colors and patterns.
I have an idea to contact him to see if he would be interested in a royalty payment since it would end up looking like his work (not a copy just looks like something he did) is that something that happens in the art world? I'm kinda nervous to even ask because I don't want to make anyone mad. I would not do it without an approval. I also would mention to him that I would not sell anything that he thought was too similar to his paintings so every one would have to have his approval.

I do have my own original ideas which I am working on so this is just a thought.

01-11-2013, 12:46 PM
Hi Arteeest, welcome to the forums, great that you are back into art again. You are fine with your piece, even though it has the same directional stripes it looks nothing like the piece shown and don't worry about contacting the artist on this piece the only thing that is in similarity is the movement of the lines, your piece is totally different. It's great that you want to make sure you are not infringing on copyrights but in this case you are not...I like your piece better than the one shown, can't wait to see your other and ideas go hand and hand, we are all influenced by something or somebody so there are really no true ideas of the artists own. An artist just does not wake up and have an idea they use their experiences to get to their ideas.

01-11-2013, 07:33 PM
ThAnks George !

02-10-2013, 12:28 PM
Hello Arteeeest, I looked at both pieces and to be quit honest, I liked your interpretation better. Art is so subjective. 5 different people will result in 5 different interpretations. Good luck and keep up the great work.