Lively Discussion about Art

Pat Harrison landscape paintings

There is a lively discussion about art on linkedin. I agree with some of the arguments while others do not appeal to me.

There are suggestions that there is nothing wrong with modern art being understood by only a few people who have taken the trouble to study the subject. My personal opinion always was that the visual arts offered a means of communication which no other medium can achieve. To me the words of wisdom still hold true which say “A picture paints a thousand words”.  

The visual arts offer a universal language which does not need translating. A painting can tell a story as can be seen in the religious paintings of past centuries or a painting can depict a beautiful scene which the artist wanted to capture for the world to see. The best photographers are admired as they waited for the right moment to release the shutter of their cameras to tell a story. Even abstract art can be beautiful in its harmony of colours and shapes.

However, to me art which relies on the chance application of paint by issuing a monkey with a brush or spreading a naked body over a canvas only shows that the “artist” has found a way of having us on. Art should be based on skill and hard work.

Will future generations still admire the creations of our times? I have my doubts.


About Pat Harrison

Painting and drawing have been my passion from early childhood. I have attended numerous exhibitions in England and Germany. Presented with the Judges Award at a show I now have one of my paintings on permanent display at a museum in Greater London with growing sales and commissions.
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3 Responses to Lively Discussion about Art

  1. themofman says:

    I think some will but I fear that most will not. Today’s generation indicates an obsession with whatever is “in” now. They indicate the sentiments of the masses of tomorrow.

  2. Hi Pat,I agree,It seems that there has been a change in the way people sees art. I understand that times are hard right now,and people just don’t have the money to spend on art.However It seems that people are just not as interested.

    • Hi Al, Thank you for commenting. You are quite right in saying that people have changed. Perhaps schools do not teach youngsters to appreciate art. Perhaps they are too busy with their iPhones. Perhaps they find it easier to buy a print of their own photographs. Or as you say perhaps there is not enough money around which has all gone to the people who already had more than enough to last them 300 years.

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