This post might make you mad, or you may see that what I’m saying has at least a certain degree of truth. I am talking about every artist out there who is trying to be Original. Not wanting their art work to be like anyone’s else. Guess what? I think you can have your “style” but that style is influenced by everything you have ever seen or by every instructor who has ever worked with you, by every book, picture, photo, circumstance, newspaper article and yes , even web site. If you studied art history in school, of course the masters may have influenced you.
So why do painters constantly advocate breaking from the traditional school of thought? Is it the case of attempting to create paintings that will owe nothing to any other piece of work or artist?To create something unique and original in the world of art? It’s a wonderful philosophy, but unfortunately an unrealistic delusion, simply because no one has ever been able to demonstrate a work of art that is entirely different. Every painting I ever gazed upon, including my own and those of the great masters all echo some previous painters accomplishments. Every conceivable aspect of painting has its roots in copying or copying with a tweak. Painters are by nature copyists. Every work of art, consciously or unconsciously has been subjected to traditional values in one form or another. The truth is that there is nothing original under the sun! It is difficult if not impossible for painters to be truly original. Some times, I see art boxed differently for a new audience, but if you look back you will see it was most likely was done before, using trends for their own time. Sure we can paint different subjects but the way we apply our paint, the design elements and the basics do not change. How we go about structuring those things within our work is really all we ‘ve got.
Do you think Jackson Pollick was the first artist to sling some paint on a Canvass? No, he just became famous for it because the time was right and he was in the right place (and he took it as his own, it became his style).
Feel free to comment. Shanti Marie