AI-generated artwork wins US competition, angers art community

Other submitting artists were upset that Allen was declared the winner even though he himself didn’t paint the piece. He instead used an AI program called Midjourney to generate the artwork based on a text prompt.

Allen did, however, note that he touched up the final image in Photoshop and upscaled it with Gigapixel. To make this clear, Allen labeled his submission as “Jason Allen via Midjourney.”

The digital painting consists of an artist creating artwork on a computer through a painting software or through intelligent AI software using text commands. Many feel that works created using AI tools like Midjourney and Dall-E also fall into the category of digital art, at least until they get their own separate category.

But are such tools hastening the death of human creative tools?

In April of 2021, an artwork called “painter” was engineered by the Paris-based collective Obvious. The artists achieved this by feeding their Generative Adversarial Networks (or GAN) a data set of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th and 20th centuries. Their algorithm analyzed the human-made images and proceeded to create its own art based on what it had learned from the thousands of portraits.

AI-generated artwork wins US competition, angers art community

An artwork created by AI.

This piece of art brought up a lot of questions. Is AI a threat to painters everywhere? Is AI the future of art? Will all traditional painting methods become obsolete?

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