Art is to some a symbol of status in modern society and because of that it can at times be quite intimidating to the casual viewer. For many of those the first impulse is to just blow it all off and to see it as worthless and purposeless. A bunch of colours put together without any consideration, thought or meaning, a circuit for the rich. For others it can simple be a decorating piece of art on a wall with colours matching the curtains and furniture. This is, without a shadow of doubt, the worst thing you can do to a work of art. Indeed it is to me, as an artist a total disrespect not only to the artist but to art itself. ("This being one of the reasons why i don't do commissioned work.") Art can be a great source of pleasure in anyones lives, it can enrich and deepen our understanding of the world around us.
Does this mean that a painting has to be beautiful or perfectly executed to be a good work of art? Yes, but that will depend on how you see beauty. I think If a work of art can draw your attention in some way or another it as already fulfilled it's objective. Which is to transmit something to the viewer even if on a very small scale.
Developing an understanding of art is not that difficult at all. It's true that some critics and art lovers devote their entire lives to studying the minutest of details of an artists’ work, and come up with all sorts of explanations of why the artist painted a specific imagery and what he was thinking of. Believe when say that they are not always right about what they are trying to convey or put across. However i can understand such behaviour because what is in fact important is what a painting means to you. It is important to me that a painting transmits something to the viewer, but
that's not always what a work may transmit to me...What I'm trying to say is that there’s no need to be an art expert to have a meaningful relationship with art. All it takes is a moderate attention to detail, a little bit of patience, and a willingness to let it reflect on your own feelings.
Great art can be amazingly rewarding (again this will depend on what to you is "great art") but you can't spend a lifetime pondering on the decisions the artist made in one painting. Instead, you should just take what the painting, sculpture etc...gives you. Andy Warhol once said: "if you want to tell the difference between a good painting from a bad one, all you have to do is to first look at a thousand paintings before". There are no rules whatsoever about what is a great piece of art. In my opinion a great piece of art is what it can transmit to you, if it can indeed transmit something to you, it was all worthed. Remember that Van Gogh’s work was once considered amateurish and forgettable. There are, of course, standards that may matter within the professional art world, but i don’t owe those professionals any-fuckin'-thing, so i don’t worry too much about what they think about my work or what qualifies as “great”, i think you shouldn't to.
Are abstract paintings no more than a piece of canvas with lines and colour or is it more than just that? It is of course far more than just that...In the hands of a painter, the lifeless piece of canvas or paper quickly gains life with it's lines, texture and colours. It transforms, or shall i say mutates itself into a variety of forms before it reaches it's final stage, "it's complition". (I'm talking on a personal level here, but i do know that many artists follow this same basic rule.) It is indeed a journey through many different worlds, often full of fantasy, memories, happiness, sadness, anger as well as pain. Some of which the viewers can perceive through it's composition, colours... but never be able to fully experience
it in the same way as the artist would.
For example "a painting that would be finished for you (the viewer), may not be finished to me (the artist)" , and sometimes i just don't know why it's incomplete...it just isn't. I can't ever explain why, i just now it...something at some point inside you tells you it's done, and you shouldn't go any further. At times a single line of colour or a simple scratch on the surface of the painting, a piece of collage could be all that's need, but first of course you need to get there. Some may call this mad and unnecessary, but to me it is the ability or maybe a gift given to the artist. To see, and feel every single detail on the surface of the painting as something special and full of life. Everyth single line, texture and colour as to fall into place. Everything matters, even the minuscule of details matter to me. I never know where the end is, ever... but i always get there somehow. Just as the master creator would give life to his creation in whichever way was special to him. The painter transmits life, to his creation, "the painting” in it's own special way, giving beauty to what some may call or see as ugly art.
A painting that is well composed is half finished.