Cornwater Fine Art Gallery - Specialist dealers to the trade and retail in original paintings and signed prints by L.S. Lowry, David Shepherd and Russell Flint.

What is art?

Art; some say it is at best a set of compromises. Perhaps they are right, when we look at the world around us with all our different senses. Can an artist ever really manage to capture the essence of what his trying to portray? Well, some seem to come closer than others, but it is indeed a debatable subject. People's tastes, or rather preferences, vary greatly, and what one person finds interesting, another will find extremely tedious. If however, a piece of art brings an element of joy or realisation to one person, then it has of course earned its place in the world.

Since the invention of photography , art needs to be reassessed. As it used to be widely used as a record of past times, when only a drawing or painting could illustrate a situation, or perhaps show the beauty or ugliness of an individual. However with the coming of photography in the early nineteen hundreds, art moved into a different sphere. It was needed to show the hidden qualities of a subject, or situation, to draw out emotions that could not easily be recognised. Cartoonists would for example exaggerate certain features of a person's personality to make them look funny or scary. It is fascinating to look at old watercolour paintings and watercolours by artists for example John Constable, and imagine the world as it must have been in those times, with the horse and cart trundling along a dusty unmade track on its way home... no roads, no motorways, just the sound of the cartwheels and the various birds and animals along the way. It may portray a physically hard life as a farmer, or an extravagant overindulgent life of an aristocrat, in the most subtle ways.

Modern art tends to place a lot of emphasis at least at present, on an instant 'reaction', a display of emotion 'shock'.. Trying to 'jolt' the viewer into new way of seeing...

Artists such as Damien Hirst are at the forefront of such art. Some may say that it is simply highly skilled marketing, others will say that they genuinely like the work. The fact that his works have been sold for many millions of pounds; e.g.. the animals cut in half and preserved in a container of formaldehyde, may leave one wondering....

S what is art, and what is its purpose..? Is it to bring joy and happiness to many people or to enlighten them so they perceive the world in a different way to their usual existence. Was Professor Timothy Leary one of the great true artists, when he advised the world that a change of perception was necessary in order to see the world in new and fulfilling light. In comparison to some winners of the Turner prize it is indeed a debatable subject.

Where is the joining link between money and art..> Is it that art cannot really be priced, and therefore open to the choice and speculation of others. Certainly some of the great masters, Van Gogh, Lowry lived their lives in relative poverty, and had little material concern.

David Tatham, fine picture dealer for more than quarter of a century, has an extensive knowledge of Sir William Russell Flint's biography. Signed, prints and drawings can be seen and purchased from the website.

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