It should be understood here that i'm not advocating some form of "ascetic" existence for artists where hardship should be sought and embraced. I'm also not advocating systems of support for inept, wannabe individuals ready to ride on the coat tails of philanthropic handouts from a private or public purse. Quite simply, great art takes time, sometimes decades and before it's ready to appear many artists are often derailed simply by the pressure of working to survive. You know the rest of the story, history is replete with examples of lost or wasted talent! Who knows what could have been? In fact, we're lucky we have what we have after all the barbaric onslaughts that have destroyed so much.
Maybe, at this point, you're ready to take me to task over Andy Warhol's supposedly famous obsession with celebrity and money as reason enough to disqualify him. Yes, Andy worked the ropes publicly and we have the photographic legacy to prove that. Yet, behind the scenes he was an incredibly hard worker always looking for ways to innovate his art. Andy understood the power of celebrity having grown up as an outsider and used it to leverage his chance of success but he never forgot that it was art that had taken him to the heights of success. His need to create was always the driving force in his life and he was able to surround himself with talented individuals that contributed or facilitated new ideas. Love him or hate him his art legacy is enormous both in the work produced and his profound influence on generations of artists and he is applauded for instituting almost singlehandedly a new 20th century art paradigm.