I have absolutely loved the artwork I have seen on this trip so far, particularly in the hotel and the art museums. The artwork itself got me pondering about how great art is created and why some art becomes as valuable as it does. What is truly valuable about art and how is it possible to judge its value?
What is art, who does it, why is it done, how is it done, where does it begin, where does it end, what can you expect from it, what not? All these are good questions when discussing the intricacies of art itself. But I am more interested in the fundamental question “Where does creativity and genius come from? “. How does an artist truly become a great artist and how do they produce their masterpieces?
Is art an abstract thing, some kind of idea manifesting itself in various forms? From a Platonic perspective, art would be an idea, some unattainable yet constantly strived for essence that translates its attributes into any form possible. I believe that art can be temporary and can be immortal. It may just exist for a brief moment of time, like when somebody enters a room in a very specific and uniquely artful way, but it can also try to outlive that single moment of apprehension and fight death itself by solidifying itself into something like a poem, a photograph, a painting, or something else. True art can not only be done by humans. Even a bird song could be considered art in a moment of peace.
My personal view is that a true masterpiece reflects the authenticity of the artist themself. If a piece of work is TRULY genuine and reflects the mind of the master-artist then that in itself is valuable art. Anybody can therefore create art of esteem and value as long as they are true to themselves. If the Brit draws a picture of a cat from his HEART/INTUITION then that is true art. It is real and inspirational and captures the true essence of the artist themselves. That to me makes art interesting. I hate the picture of Edward Munch’ “The Scream” but I appreciate it for what it is. I can see the pain portrayed in the picture though I would never want the picture up in the sitting room at home! As long as art is authentic, art is art. It doesn’t matter if it’s Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso or Daswani; if it reflects the mind of the artist it’s art. The authenticity of the artist is reflected in the masterpiece.
So paint, paint and paint…then paint some more. As long as it comes from your heart and soul, it is the most valuable thing in the world.
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh