Categorizing Your Art
Personally I am not one to advocate allowing my work to be categorized into one particular stereotyped painting style. Yes I’m one of those guys who finds the critics analysis boring and even on occasions unethical. I am a hopeless romantic indulged in an idealistic world when I undergo the painting process as if there were a higher being directing me. For me there are only two ways to view art:
Grapevine with a Lizard
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However, in the real art world throughout the centuries critic’s and collector’s continue to justify the need to classify, and categorize art due to it’s equitable nature always in comparison to an older masters work. And, then there is the new creation of genius that itself cannot resist the urgency to become the footstone of the next exciting new cliché. Maybe I’m exaggerating my lack of enthusiasm for stylish trends and maybe I’m just getting old and set in my ways. However, one thing I do recognize as being true. An artist that sets a trend is usually just doing his/her thing, connecting with his/her inner self and then he/she attracts followers to ride the next wave. This movement is what in time gets classified into specific painting styles.
If you find the need to contribute to any of these styles don’t fret unless you’re not satisfied with the results of your effort. You should not feel obligated to dedicate yourself to any one style unless it is your desire to do so. Your originality is what will be appreciated most so, as a rule strive to concentrate on a technique that expresses your vision and an original concept.
What determines or significantly defines a specific painting style? Numerous repeating key elements in your painting combined in both subject matter and technique such as:
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|Not all art is determined by these factors. As an example, the sarcastic expressions of “Dada” whose artist’s rebelled against the rational or traditional and socially accepted aspects of art. This style was utilized as a means to express anti-genre art, hatred for bourgeois values and to impress simplified humanitarian views of life.As an example of painting trends, in competition with Expressionism Dada eventually progressed into Surrealistic concepts as well as Cubism and Abstract Expressionism.|
Although a repetitive or distinctive painting style is what most galleries look for in your work, you should not feel obligated to accommodate them. Your developed style of painting is something that will come as naturally as your signature. It’s your unique fingerprint that you develop in time as your paintings become more refined. The obvious question here is should you just paint whatever you want or choose the style that sells. Depending on your personal logic you are the only one in procession of this answer.