Short version: A moron

Long version: Someone who believes that "creativity" and "individuality" is the highest point which man can achieve, despite the fact that they provide no valuable service or advancement to society as a whole. They are little more than entertainers who have the gall to say that they are more important because they find "meaning in everything." Usually imbibe mass quantities of drugs. Often despise scientists for being too "shallow" or "narrow minded."
Scientist, dragged to art museum by a group of well meaning friends: "I see no point in this. It's a bunch of liquid pigments splashed randomly onto a large canvas."

Artist: "But, can you not see the passion infused into the painting? The inherent desire to escape conformity through abstract expression?"

Scientist: "No... and if this is escaping conformity, then why are there 20 more of these, all by different people?"

by Sciencenut1 August 11, 2011
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a person or being that identifies themselves as a creator of artof any sort
duchamp; el greco; stanely kubrik; lydia lunch; ray bradbury (you get the point)
by Stacy January 14, 2004
An incredibly talented person who dedicates the time and hard work to creating a beautiful work of art, be it a sculpture, music, literature, or a painting.

This person has dedicated years of work to mastering his craft, and deserve as much credit as any other professional in a field. They generally have a higher level of creativity and imagination.

Contrary to stereotypical belief, they do not have to forego an education or be on drugs to be an artist.
Lynda marveled at the sculptors skill as she gazed at the realistic deer, soldered out of pieces of scrap metal.

Dr. Smith was quite surprised and blushed when he realized that the artist he had been talking down to was also a doctor.

Ralph, an aspiring artist, worked long and hard on his painting and was proud of the result.
by qazsw23 April 13, 2011
Anyone who uses their creativity to express themselves. Whether they believe they are an artist or not.
I'm don't think of myself as an artist, just a person with some shit on his mind that needs to get out.
by JeremiahTwine October 03, 2011
One who has the ability to transfer life onto any surface by the magic of brain/eye to hand coordination.
Those who can paint realistically or not are artists for they transfer life onto a surface such as paper or canvas.

Drawing is a form of artistry.
by RuffledRaven March 12, 2013
Devoted subscriber to the doctrine of economy of effort. Often despised by the lowly engineer for choosing a degree that won't cause a nervous breakdown or waste an extra year of life. NB: whoever thought they'd be clever and rip artists using my name should have thought twice- that message was posted at 0630h when everyone knows I don't surface til after midday.
I wish I was an artist so I'd be popular with the ladies
by The (real) Mole, engos can eat my D September 02, 2003
a master of the craft.

can also be understood as "ist", located at the end of the word being modified.
"damn, he ate all the pizza?"
"all ten slices."
"damn, that kids a straight murk-artist."

"you got there in ten minutes"
"yeah, i'm a fuckin' skirtist."
by dingdingding October 14, 2007
a person who is skilled in or specializes in something
I would respect her more if she weren't such a gossip artist.
by The Return of Light Joker February 18, 2012

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