What is Art?


In this article we explore what in fact is art or perhaps it’s easier to look at what art isn’t. Here are a few quotes to start us off:

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” (Salvador Dali)

“Art is like soup. There will be some vegetables you don’t like but as long as you get some soup down you it doesn’t matter.” (Wyllie)

and my favourite….

“Art is art. Everything else is everything else.” (Reinhardt)

Art is in it’s nature a very subjective and emotive topic. I love the work of Van Gogh, but my colleague prefers much more modern and abstract paintings. We are both right in our own mind and it’s a bit like choosing something to wear, so from that perspective we could say that everything is art, it’s the look on my daughter’s face, the view of the blackbird in my garden, some say God is the world’s best artist. Art also encompasses a wide range of activities, including music, literature, theatre, however we will focus here on painting, drawing, and sculpting.

Good art is something which stirs a reaction in you, whether it be good, bad, or indifferent. Some of Banksy’s works for example, can make you feel very uncomfortable! Some pieces of work have a connection with you and the best ones change you. What do you think? What is art? What does art mean to you? Tell us on our Facebook page!

What does Art mean to you? Please comment below and see what kind of responses we get! Some thoughts are in this blog post: http://ow.ly/XMQs30iNMb1

Posted by Commission an artist on Wednesday, 7 March 2018