Visual artists use their creative abilities to produce original works of art to express ideas; to provide social and cultural commentary; to communicate messages; to record events; to explore color, texture, line, and other visual elements; and for many other purposes. Fine artists usually create works for display in public areas or in private galleries. Commercial artists produce art that illustrates, explains, or draws attention to text, as in advertising and publishing. Craft workers, or artisans, create works that usually have a function.

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