What makes great art.

June 7, 2008 at 5:47 am (artist) ()

I get asked allot what makes something art or what makes something great art.
What makes something art in my mind is emotion.I think art,TRUE art is 90% TRUE feeling and 10% technique/artistic ability,talent or whatever you want to call it.
You can have amazing technical ability,but if there is no emotion behind it,then that just makes it a ability to put something together,it’s just design then.It’s not art.
I think that if you have enough strong emotion inside of you,that it will grant you the talent and artistic ability to make amazing art.
If you look at the art of the mentally ill,even if it’s crude it’s so filled with emotion that it’s almost always striking.
That is one of the reasons I really detest kitschy pop type art.Even if it’s something that is design/technique wise that is really well put together,it’s just design.Like a image on a t-shirt or a bumper sticker.
Again it’s one thing if you are making something that would happen to fit into the whole kitsch art genre,but you damn well can’t tell me that making modern copies of sad eyed kid paintings or paintings is done out of some deep emotional response.It’s done because you have no soul and aren’t smart enough to tap into your own emotions,or maybe you really are soul less and don’t have emotions.
I know I tend to chap people because I am in a way a art snob,but so were the founders of Surrealism.Maybe it’s just in a Surrealist blood to want to go against the grain of the rest of the art world,but I guess somebody has to.

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1 Comment

  1. Amrita said,

    I completely agree about the 90% true feeling and 10% technique/talent…..I’m an artist (an extensive hobby) and an Architect (professionally)….though my design is affected a lot by my art, there are times when there are distinct differences between them……

    Great post…thanks for sharing!

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