In a recent post I mentioned the Art Initials website, where the artist (entrepreneur?) is selling two letter initial paintings. I thought that the One Thousand Paintings artist and the Art Initials artist must have had a personal or working relationship, as the websites and the idea were so similar. But Sala from One Thousand Paintings says this is not the case..
“If you look at the website, you will see that not only the paintings look similar (which is fine with me – no one has a copyright on blue symbols on white background), but the entire concept is almost identical (again, fair enough – no one should have a copyright on an art project).
What is somewhat disturbing is that the content of the site seems to be largely copied from onethousandpaintings.com, sometimes almost word by word. The site structure is basically identical: all paintings have wikipedia information below the detail information, the authenticity check is identical, even the photographs look similar.”Sala
Imitation is a form of flattery, but I would probably be a little peeved to have an idea copied like this. There are very few new ideas in art, so the best thing to do is probably just take it as a compliment and move on. If I could sum up the history of painting in one word it would probably be “regurgitation”.
This is the One Thousand Paintings website..
And this is the Art Initials website..