All artists collaborate. Art is never created in a solitary vacuum. Legendary artist Takashi Murakami knows this, of course. Consumers often times do not.
On the back of each of my own paintings, there is a list of staff members who were involved in its production. My intention is to make it possible for anyone to research who had a hand in making these artworks long after my staff and I are gone. I am often criticized, however, that I am exploiting labor and creativity by working collaboratively with my assistants, which deflates me to no end.
Film and music productions are widely accepted as collaborative processes, but the presumption that a painting must be created by a lone artist persists -- even if, historically, artists like Michelangelo produced his works in a workshop setting.
So inspiring, especially since I live with my favorite artist (Nicola Yoon) and we talk about stories all the time—either things we’re currently working on or things we want to work on. Collaboration, done properly, always makes the work better.