Charles Harris and I have cofounded the Association Embracing Realist Art inviting other artists to join the group for free.
I am sure there are some beautiful abstract works out there but how would we have known about the way people lived a thousand years ago had we not had their artworks. You might argue photography and film will do all that for our generation but who can tell how long a digital photo will survive or how long our storage media will store the data.
Personally I always look upon the visual arts as 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.
It is my view that artists should not have to look for sensationalism or the outrageous, or the totally ridiculous to be recognised. That is why I think the Association Embracing Realist Art will help to revive the skills and ambitions of past generations of artists. Why not apply to join now.
Here is another interesting article about the subject in connection with the Turner Prize.