A perfect Alberta day. The sun was shining, a gentle breeze was blowing a tumbleweed down the alley and at a nearby Tim Hortons ,amongst the enraged Albertans relaxing with their morning coffee, Press Attache A Hardon MacKay accepted a double double from the filthy rich Court Painter as they discussed an uncomfortable subject: the growing unpopularity of him as a rich artist and his ever expanding mega studio business.

Court Painter, after a quick costume change,shown  with his feet up on the chair, let out a nervous snort. He is on his third start-up studio and well on his way to being one of the wealthiest artists in Inglewood, if not Calgary.

“Realizing people hate your guts has some value,” he joked. .. with a bull’s eye spit…. in a spittoon …..across the room!

For decades Court Painter has hailed himself a  best example of the art business elite as Angry Alberta’s salvation. The bitumen might be gridlocked, the electorate angry and divided but Court Painter with his entrepreneurial, brand conscious innovative ways seemed to promise a relatively pain-free way out of the mess. His algorithm managed studio produces an endless series of portrait products that keep the political and celebrity economy churning and the gross cultural product climbing. His philanthropic efforts ( although few), were aimed at fixing some of the province’s most vexing art production problems. Government’s art granting role was to stay out of the way except for tax relief and capital infusions for his ever expanding studio enterprises.

Court Painter pictured with international acquaintance playing gin rummy  

Now that consensus is shattering. For the first time in a while, Court Painter’s version of capitalism’s future is a subject of debate among artist competitors and a source of growing angst for the local art business elite. In places such as the oil executive hot tubs and lawyers art filled offices, there is a sense that Court Painter’s kind of capitalism that made the local art scene an economic envy is responsible for the growing inequality and anger that is tearing the latte lapping hipster, digital native and hobby communities apart.

Court Painter with international business partner

Less successful painters  and creatives feel locked out of the local art economic future and Court Painter’s dominance and brand recognition make  him an easy target for those looking for someone to blame.

“What about me?” a voice joining the conversation mournfully interjected. The voice belonging to a local artist and crank CC (Name available upon request).

As a recent  advocate for democratic art socialism CC railed against “the handful of filthy rich artists” who “control the economic and political life of this city,” and who disproportionately live in Court Painter’s neighbourhood .

Part of CC’s solution was to do what he has always done, yell at successful art executive  A Hardon MacKay and celebrity artist Court Painter (well known as a thoughtful type), under this verbal assault, looked worried that the current path for both his type of art capitalism and Inglewood studio expansion was unsustainable. Boosted by a cryptocurrency spike last year, Court Painter’s net worth had briefly hit $59 billion (this figure was not confirmed since Court Painter is a notorious pathological  fibber), making him the fifth-richest artist in the art world before the currency’s value fell.

The confrontation has become known as the Tiraid at Tims

Without an intervention, the concern was that wealth would continue to pile up in Court Painter’s Inglewood studio vault (illustrated) and the anger and rage in the province would  be far worse than during the accidental NDP years way back when!

Illustration courtesy of Court Painter Wealth Management

This current anger and rage was best expressed by CC (name available upon request) as he was escorted forcefully from the coffee shop yelling…”Court Painter’s brand of unrestrained capitalism is killing my bottom line.”

Photos of CC being escorted out of Tims :courtesy of TMZ