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Beauty in art
Beauty. A long time ago at Art School we didn’t talk much about it. We saw it in History classes, but I can’t remember us openly striving for it in our work.
Not that it was taboo, but by its omission, it was clear that it wasn’t edgy or contemporary in the 60s. Certainly not centre stage. Colour was everything. We were armed with masking tape and the “new” acrylic paints, pure and bright. We were creating mood and excitement with the juxtaposition of shimmering disharmonies.
It is amazing that ideas become ingrained so strongly. I have noticed over the years that I associate beauty in art with weakness, sentimentality and (heaven help me) femininity! There are lots of examples all around us of strong, beautiful art. They have always been there and they continue to appear, in galleries, books, on websites.
Times have changed. I see things a little differently these days. The world has shrunk.
Now more than ever, it is important to me to add beauty to the world. To bring it into people’s lives through artworks – be they paintings, drawings or books. I believe with it comes serenity and a sense of peace. To be treasured.
So I am just letting you know, what was once consciously avoided and pushed behind the scenes has popped up in front, to be noticed.
On a parallel theme, I purchased my first black paint about 10 years ago. Another imagined “taboo” I had kept alive.
Who knows what’s next…..