Has Art become meaningless?

What is Art? Some ask this philosophical question after Duchamp’s famous upturned toilet. The modern art that’s popular today, what gets in the galleries and museums, is often more likely to be conceptual or abstract. But the problem with such art, as Tom Wolfe points out in his essay The Painted Word, is the ambiguity. The Artist’s Statement is … Read more

Art Style-A Yearning for Form

After years of chasing after atmospheric art, after being wowed by Turner, the smeared, palette knife works of Erin ward, Louise Balaam, etc. Like Plein air painting years ago, I’ve noticed it all tended to look the same. Now I now yearn for something else. Form. After years of delighting in lost edges, I now … Read more

Is Fan Art acceptable?

Fanart in the art community is controversial. While many people create art about films and TV characters they love, there’s an acknowledgement it’s copying other people’s ideas. Questions arise: ‘is this art?’ Is it plagiarism? Should we create fan art or art of our own? I find the controversy a little overplayed; I’ve never done … Read more