“White Cow in a Snow Storm” 50×50
So What is Art?
I thought I’d share with you my latest painting. It’s an exercise in Minimalist art. The black outline was added so you could see the painting. No, I’m being sarcastic. I didn’t create White Cow in a Snow Storm, but it does lead me into the topic of What is Art?
Artworks are like opinions and just like opinions, not everyone will agree on them. Attempts to describe what is art, often becomes a work of art in itself as an exercise in creative writing!
By definition art is an expression or application of human creative/technical skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
However, the genre of Minimalist art which according to one source began in the 1950’s and continued thru the 1970’s was intended to thrive on simplicity in content and form, seeking to remove any sign of personal expression. It was to allow the viewer to experience the work more intensely without the distractions of composition, theme etc.
When TV Journalist Morley Safer died in May of this year (2016), a morning news segment highlighting one of his reports on contemporary art was shown whereby a museum curator was describing to Morley the large blank white canvas hanging on the wall was done by a Minimalist artist. As to who created it I’m both ignorant and apathetic. I don’t know and I don’t care.
Thinking to myself it’s no wonder that it was called minimal because it involved minimal work, minimal materials and minimal thought. After all it was a totally blank canvas. There are plenty of those in my studio. Why I even have a brand new roll of the stuff. I can roll it out anytime and take in it’s beauty. If you like, I will stretch one for you. On second thought I don’t want to work too hard, I’ll just buy one already stretched, put my signature on it so you can enjoy it on your wall. You can have it today, just let me know. Oh the price, it’s next to nothing only a $1,000,000.00. Any takers? Please, serious inquiries only.
Not So Minimalist
If you’re looking for something more affordable and not quite so minimalist, I do have three paintings up on my eBay auction. These bear my “Byron” signature. The auction ends Sunday July 31, 2016 at 6 PM pacific time. Each auction endings are spaced by 7 minutes, so you can have time to bid on another in case you miss out on one. The Bids are already starting. Remember, I never set a reserve and the bidding started at only a penny. You can click the link to go to my eBay profile and access the auction.
Misty Day 9×12 oil by Byron copyright 2016
Hues of Autumn 8×10 oil by Byron copyright 2016
Spring Days 9×12 oil by Byron copyright 2016
Additionally I have two small 6″x8″ William Hagerman signature paintings shown below at Sherwoods Gallery in Houston, TX.
If interested in purchasing these please contact the gallery at: (713) 974-3700
Bluebonnets and Cactus 6×8 oil by William Hagerman copyright 2016
Sun and Clouds 6×8 oil by William Hagerman copyright 2016
Thanks for reading!