Homeless Artist Herbert Freeman

The Art of Herbert Freeman

directed by

Giovanni Santacroce

This short documentary is a tribute to the homeless artist Herbert Freeman, who has been selling his art in downtown Orlando, Florida for over a decade. I took away two things from watching it. A true artist can be the richest person in the world. And second, what Freeman says about solitude: “I like to have solitude to see what I’m really doing—and that means a lot.” Watching this video has left a deep impression on me. After the video, check out Freeman’s blog and Flickr stream.


Herbert Freeman’s Blog
Herbert Freeman’s Flickr stream
More about Herbert Freeman on EIL

Thanks to Art Found Out for finding this video!

8 responses to “Homeless Artist Herbert Freeman”

  1. Draw For Joy says:

    About the solitude…I feel the same.

  2. Melissagw192 says:

    i bought a piece of art from Mr. Herbert Freeman in downtown orlando acouple of days ago… and its the most beautiful thing i came across…its special to me. – melissa g. williams

  3. EIL says:

    That is the sweetest thing to hear. So glad you shared with us. Thank you 🙂

  4. Pumpkinspice6143 says:

    I just returned from Orlando and purchase a piece of art from Herbert Freeman, my only regret is that i didn’t have more luggage space to buy more, he is a special human being

  5. The Dark Engine says:

    It’s unfortunate that you have to label him as “Homeless Artist Herbert Freeman.” He doesn’t need a qualifier for “artist.” His art and his words tell us everything we need to know about him.

  6. EIL says:

    This post is to bring awareness to artists that are in fact without a home.

  7. grav3nimag3 says:

     What’s unfortunate is that the deepest impression left upon some by this post amounts to little more than politically correct drivel. He is homeless, and that fact has formed his strength both as a person and as an artist. I spoke at length with Mr. Freeman five years ago about his art and the meanings behind it, and I own several pieces, which he explained to me in loving detail.

    He talks to those to whom he sells his art, because he truly needs to know that it will be appreciated for what it means, and won’t sell to someone who just doesn’t get it. If one were to lay upon his mind their modern concerns about his being labelled, I believe he would think twice about selling.

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