6 Art Films to help nurse you out of your creative block

By Jena Connolly | 25 November, 2015

Got the weekend off and wanting to start a fresh project? Check. Sat in front of a fresh blank page/canvas, for hours? Check. Rain running down the windows? Check… Creative block? Check! The first mark of an artwork is often the hardest. Here, at Art Retail Network, we try and help artists create more of what they love. Watching one of these films will hopefully inspire you to trigger that first mark today. Take five and get inspired!



Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Mona Lisa Smile is set in the art history department of Wellesley College for women in 1950’s America. Julia Roberts plays a young, progressive lecturer who butts heads with both students and faculty as she attempts to teach her students about contemporary art, and steps outside the outdated curriculum and social practices of the college.


Exit through the gift shop (2010)

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, this film investigates the work of infamous British graffiti artist Banksy and other well known street artists. It investigates the complicated themes of artistic originality, anonymity, and the moral issues surrounding artistic imitation and mimicry.


Big Eyes (2014)

Based on the true story of artists Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and his wife Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), and Walter’s false accreditation for the signature big eyed, fantastical portraits that were in fact painted by his wife. Set in 1950s and 60s America this film investigates the changing art industry, popular arts, ownership, and sexism within the arts.


" We all get dressed for Bill… He’s been documenting me since I was a kid and it’s one snap, two snaps, or he ignores you­ which is death."- Anna Wintour (Bill Cunningham NY, 2010)


Everybody Street (2013)

“The only tool that will stop time itself”. This documentary pays tribute to the work of iconic New York Street Photographers capturing the beauties and the beasts of the city. I challenge you to not want to pick up a camera after watching.


How to draw a bunny (2002)  

This documentary investigates the life and work of artist Ray Johnson. Filled with artist interviews and archival footage this documentary creates a rounded examination into Johnson’s artistic processes and inspirations. Highlights include interviews with Roy Lichtenstein, Chuck Close, and James Rosenquist.


Bill Cunningham NY (2010)

This documentary follows the noted, veteran, New York fashion photographer Bill Cunningham around the busy fashion world. With interviews and archival footage you discover the important role Cunningham has played in the growth of street fashion and it’s embrace by the fashion industry. “We all get dressed for Bill… He’s been documenting me since I was a kid and it’s one snap, two snaps, or he ignores you­ which is death.” ­-Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief American Vogue.


Inspiration comes in many forms. Pop the kettle on, put your feet up, hide that tauntingly blank piece of paper from your line of sight, and get one of these six artistic films on the telly.


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