Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

What Influenced the Baroque Movement?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

There are many things that inspired the Baroque artists. This period was man’s first “modern age” of art, so there was a certain freedom that these artists had to express themselves, and this freedom had really never existed prior to this time. Artists were now able to express their emotions, and their reality. This period was a turning point for humanity. It was a time when there was more awareness of  people, surrounding, nature and the world.  The world was expanding and scientific discoveries were influencing the art and the times. Galileo’s investigations of the planets accounted for the painting of many astronomical motifs of the time.  Landscapes began to become popular as people realized that there was more to the world than just the church and themselves.  World trade began to be portrayed in the exotic themes that many artists of the time chose.

At the time the Roman Catholic Church greatly influenced art and influenced the movement in its attempts to combat the spread of the protestant movement. Even politics influenced the baroque movement. The greatness of the Spanish and French kingdom influenced the grandeur of the movement. As mentioned before there were many influences in the Baroque period and it was an awakening for many societies and many artists.


What Inspires Collectors?

Monday, August 24th, 2009

What inspires people to buy art and to collect art? True, many artists exhibit work in museums, hotels, restaurants, shows, art galleries, but unless they sell some of their work, they are going to have to look for other career paths. The art collector looks for art for a variety of reasons, and many will say that there are only a few true art collectors, but this just isn’t so.

Claes Oldenburg once said, ” I am for an artist that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum” and the truth is that a real collector is not going to look for that million dollar painting, they don’t even want pieces that are museum works. A true collector wants to choose art that speaks to them, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to spend thousands of dollars for an art piece.

Most collectors may start with an art work that cost them as little as $50 to $100, the important thing is that that work speaks to them and and gives them emotional value.

 Besides when you buy something form an unknown artist, you are supporting someone’s dream, and their inspiration and values.

Photo: Courtesy of JaimeLondonBoy


Turner Before his Time

Monday, August 10th, 2009

“Good art is not what it looks like but what it does to us”

At least that is the way Roy Adzak put it so eloquently, and one of the most famous english artists of all time, one that could draw out the emotions of any person with his tempestuous art was William Turner.

Most artists don’t even realize how much their art affects us the viewer, they can’t really understand what it is that makes them so popular. In fact, Turner, on his death bed was known to have said: “So I am to become a nonentity, am I?” With as famous as he was and still is today, how could he have thought that we would forget him and his work.  For more than 6 decades this painter, born to humble parents worked to establish his reputation as one of the best painters in England. Even after all of that he was unsure of the permanence of his work and whether others would understand what the meaning of his work was.

If you ever get to see a Turner exhibit, you can see his capacity for imagination, and innovation. Turner brought to the art world great vision and innovative techniques in light and dark that still influence artists of today. Turners purpose was to bring his painting close to becoming poetry, and he attained that purpose, although in the end, he was still unsure!


Why Do Artists Create?

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

John Opie was once known to have said,”Art is more godlike than science. Science discovers but art Creates.” This quote tries to answer the question that most artists are asked. What is it that gives them their inspiration? Sometimes we can easily see what the inspiration is. Sometimes the answer is as simple as the people and situations that surround the artist become his inspiration.  But other times we don’t really know how the artist got his idea.

Most artists use people, surroundings, and areas they are familiar with, even for works that are abstract, or ar fantasy art. Sometimes the people in an art work are even a composite of many different people. Some artists are inspired by their dreams and even their life goals, that’s why I say that each piece is a part of the soul of the artist. So to really understand what inspires the artist, you need to know about the artist, his history and what interests him as a person.

It is really difficult to understand what inspires creativity, and that may be what makes it so interesting. Artists use many things to inspire the, a conversation, another piece of art, nature, and many different things.

Photo: Courtesy of Stephenpoff


Giorgio Chirico – Metaphysical Art

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Out of the dark we came, into the dark we go. Like a storm driven bird at night we fly out of nowhere: For a moment our wings are seen in the light of the fire, and lo! We are gone again into nowhere – Quoted from King Solomon’s mines.

When exploring what inspires artist, I came across a very short movement that lasted for about 20 years. This movement was the metaphysical art movement of which Giorgio Chirico was considered the father. This painter born in the later part of the 1800’s who died in 1978, was  the founder of the metaphysical art movement, but what is more interesting are the concepts that inspired him. Giogio Chirico was not only a great artist, but also someone with a keen interest in philosophy and he metaphysical.

He first studied art in Italy, but for a time he moved to Germany, and while studying art there he read works by philosophers, Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, Arnold Bocklin, and Max Klinger. When he returned to Italy, his work began to reflect his religious beliefs. Chirico is best known for putting his poetry into his art work. For a time his metaphysical work was only done with cityscapes but later Chirico began to do his Metaphysical art with humans.


Technology Inspires Artists

Monday, April 27th, 2009

\"Technology Inspires Art\"

What creates passion in People? Inspiration may create passion or vice versa passion may create inspiration.  At any rate we know that people are inspired to create art and art inspires people to look, listen, and enjoy more art.

For many the enjoyment of art, music, literature, even film is not enough in itself, but they also look for other people that enjoy the same type of art and creation. Although, true that we are each individuals, we are also a whole, and as such we look for people with like interests whether we are artists ourselves, or just enjoy art.

The web has changed the way we enjoy and create art, giving us a medium in which we can either share our creativity with other creative beings or in which we can enjoy the same styles and types of art and talk about it with other people who also like the same things we do, and this creates both a maketing tool for those of us that are creative, a support system for artists, and a way of recommending art to friends and family when we enjoy certain types of art.

Photo: Courtesy of Hieronymus


Inspiration from Museums

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Roman Art - Inspiration from Museums

When talking about what inspires artists, we realize that many have taken their inspiration from previous periods, but, which period influences them all? I was recently able to visit the Roman exhibit that is traveling throughout the United States from the Louvre. As I walked through the exhibit rooms and was awed by such impressive and monumental work, I finally understood why artists from all eras have been influenced by these great works.

If you look at work done during the Renaissance, the Baroque period, the Neoclassical period, the Victorian age, you realized that they have all been influenced by this one great era, the Roman era.

So then the question arises where did the Romans get this great interest or this great artistic influence from? We know that they were fascinated with the human body and worked to portray it with such infinite precision. We know that they studied muscle and bone groups and then used them in art, but where did they get their inspiration to portray such knowledge with such beauty? This may be something we never know.

What I do know is that I walked out of this exhibit with thousands of ideas rolling around in my head. I was truly inspired by the work of these unknown artists and I can truly see why so many artists are influenced by the Classical Roman style. If you have a chance to get to this exhibit, it is truly one you don’t want to miss.

Photo: ArtCulture


Religion Influences Many Current Artists

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Peter Eugene Ball - Christ

Henry David Thoreau once said,

¨If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.¨

An artist that has truly taken this saying to heart is Peter Eugene Ball. Throughout history artists have been influenced by religion and this is still true today. Let’s take the post modern sculptor Peter Eugene Ball. This artist is inspired by other past religious artists, but he brings modern simplicity to this influence.

Those who see his work notice the timeless quality he gives each of his pieces. He seems to be fascinated by the mysteries of life, and yet easily portrays the human simplicity.

The unique way Ball can express the inspiration he gets from religion, life, and spirituality is portrayed with such simplicity. Often it is nothing but a piece of driftwood that he uses and transforms into a human gesture or face. He is influenced by iconic art, religious art and artists from the medieval times. Ball has done work for many churches within England and you can find works in Westminster, Birmingham and Winchester.

Photo Courtesy of: Zoreil


Women Artist Inspired With the Metaphysical

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Contemporary artist seem to be inspired and fascinated by topics and themes that represent the metaphysical.  Ellen Lanyon is one of these artists. Her work fascinates me because she uses so many fantastical images mixed in with realistic ones.  She makes one wonder at the mystery of nature and how we as humans affect our habitat

Lanyon tries to show that all living things are linked together through her work. She advocates the ecological balance of life and expresses it through her painting.  She combines normal things found in nature or in everyday life and combines them with items from junk shops, or taxidermy specimens and combines them all into a fantastic combination, expressing the relationship between man made objects and those objects found in nature. She wants people to understand the magical process that happens once life begins.

Even the titles of her paintings gives you a hint of what she is trying to communicate through her painting. Take the painting ¨Endangered,¨ in it she tries to explain how we shouldn’t allow things that are important to fade in our memory.



Pop Art Icon and Other Icons

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

“Life is full of dead spots. Art gives it life”

Big Torn Campbells Soup Can (Pepper Pot) by Andy WarholThis quote was said by Irwin Edman, a 20th century philosopher. He mentioned that artists have a way of making life come alive and have been able to do so through time. Art history is full of icons of every type and nature. They can come in the form of images of Christ or the Virgin Mary or even an icon like “Campbells Tomato Soup Cans” by Andy Warhol. Icons let us connect with culture, nature, our own humanity, our inner self, and our religion.

When an artist gives meaning to a symbol or an image (an icon) then it acquires a certain value to society and to history and mankind.  To an artist the icons he takes on represent a part of himself or of the world he lives in, just as Jesus was a part of the world El Greco lived in and “Campbells Soup” was an icon of the world of Andy Warhol. What makes an icon up to a society depends on the societies beliefs, their tradition, and what they find value in, and these will differ depending on age group and on country.


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