THE BIRTH OF GRANDMASTERS OF FINE ART
A few years ago, a movement called “Conceptual Art” produced a storm in the Art world.
Not for the beauty of its creation but for the shocking aspect of some of its products.
It was not long before some publicists took advantage of the situation, buying at high prices anything being on display.
The craze went around the world. The more shocking, the better.
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The same place who drew hundreds to see a rotting cow’s head under glass
The shocking aspect became sensationalism. A terrific publicity for any involved artists but not for artists of Fine Art.
I have witnessed, a brilliant artist who has painted beautiful portraits of celebrities and still life, being now ignored while a baker in his hometown, has drawn a few circles on a piece of paper and was rewarded with the press coming to his shop to celebrate the new discovered artist.
Is it to laugh or to cry! Has our civilization become blasé, idiotic?
It is a fact, not a criticism! I do not think that any form of Art should be criticised.
I am writing this as I am defending the Real Fine Art that has been crucified, abandoned, highly criticised by money makers with the only goal to increase the value of Conceptual art.
These days, with the internet, we witness hundreds of so called Abstract paintings.
It seems that anybody is in anyway splashing paint on canvas and call it Abstract, without having really studied what Abstract Art is all about: An abstract painting got a meaning. We build a painting after an idea. We do not try to find a meaning after its creation.
Now about FINE ART
To make sure the public abandon Fine Art, it was told:
Fine Art is dead
Forget Impressionism, Traditional Art, Realism Art.
No point carrying painting, there is no more to say.
It is a catastrophic opinion. Degrading artists of great talent who during their time on Earth transpose their emotions to canvas or paper.
Watercolour painting has always received disdain by some who prefer Oil painters. Why? There are terrific works in Watercolour.
Turner was a brilliant Watercolourist
"Watercolour painting is the easiest medium to start , but the hardest one to Master. It is not a race, it is a search for yourself."
Acrylic is being criticised by some critics. Ask to David Hockney what he thinks of Acrylic!
Now I will turn my attention to Realism Art and Hyperrealism Art, Photographic Art.
I have heard critics say: "Might as well have a photo"
How stupid! their eyes do not acknowledge the craft behind the production of such masterful works.
Or may be they have been told, it is not the way to paint.
It is as bad as turning to Luxury handmade homewares and tell the crafter, you might as well get it in IKEA!
We need our today's artists to carry on the flame of Fine Art to hand to the future generations.
We cannot possibly be the product of nullity.
So what about me and the site.
I was an artist on Redbubble. I created the Group Painters Academics. I found on Redbubble amazing art.
I was invited to curate some Art shows. They were very well received and attracted a large public.
Artists in the group did not realise the time spent, the hard work being put in running it. Not receiving enough back up, I decided to leave and turned to other ideas.
My main project was to find Today's Grandmasters of Art. It does not matter where I was looking for, I could not find references other than the past masters.
Surely I should find some great artists of today!
I did and the idea of creating TODAY'S GRANDMASTERS OF FINE ART was born.
I am looking for 100. No more.
I want the World to be once more educated in Fine Art. I am fighting back in the name of all artists who believe in their Craft and dedicate their lives to well executed work.
It is a rebellion to those who have tried to kill artists of Fine Art.
Curators: Beatrice Cloake NAPA FRSA
In partnership with David Poxon NI NWS