Art Concept Ideas

Before we delve into the world of art concept ideas and its meanings we must first define art itself. Webster defines it as: the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principals, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more ordinary significance.

In simple terms it’s basically anything that gives visual joy or elation over a concrete portrayal, like a painting or a vase. But be careful to note that no piece of art is intrinsically beautiful, specifically when it comes to a painting or a jar made of clay.

For instance: to you an abstract painting may appear as a canvas with a bucket of art splashed all over it. But to another it may be a literal stroke of genius. But keep in mind that there are different manners and styles as well as intentions of art.

But is there actually a way to pinpoint the aesthetic value of art in itself.  A lot of critics would say no. This is because an object or physical thing does not reveal the style or tenor of the art itself. Rather critiquing defines the artist’s fetish or thinking.

In the 18th century the full fledged, developed and integral process of proper critiquing was introduced to the world. The name of such art critiques were called connoisseurs. It was soon coined by an Italian named Giovanni Morelli.  This art critic laid the initial principals for connoisseurs that would originate in Europe and spanned the US an eventually the contemporary art world of today.

Art connoisseurs were rather petty when it came to critiquing. This institution of thought was for the wealthy and elite demography. Such connoisseurs would “pull apart” artist’s art pieces. In a sense they were just flaunting their own opinions and base their view of paintings on very stringent criticism.

Naturally, friction and uneasiness grew between connoisseurs and the artist who put their hearts into their works. Such critics even targeted the written descriptions and personal thoughts of artists. Painters of today must be annoyed or even intimidated by the elitist critics.

It is amazing how a clear, lush painting that looks like almost the real thing can be “thrown under the  buss” while an abstract piece of art with literally only a sleuth of vertical brush strokes in front of a blue backdrop is praised as genius and sells for tens of thousands of dollars.

I read almost every day about art relevant content I research. And I’m learning a  lot. Roughly five months ago I bought an art reference book because at that time I was clueless about the basic art concept ideas. Related to that, the book aims to turn the reader into a connoisseur. In basic terms it comprehensively and simply enlightens the reader of what a genuine work of art is and how to spot fake or forged paintings from a mile away. Moreover, it tells all the technical art terminology and a brief history of art and the various movements that thrived through periods of time.

I am happy to learn more of the ways of an art connoisseur through the reference. I know the knowledge I will acquire will open a whole new world. For those of you who were stimulated to broaden your forte of art, specifically fine art. I will post this book for acquiring  so you may get it in the future so check back every so often.

In conclusion, I hope you learned a thing or two about art concepts as well as the origin of art critiquing in its varying facets. It is at least food for thought. My biggest point is the manners and  styles of artists and how they relate with the wide palette of those who view their works.

As usual, please leave comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject! Or, feel free to deviate from this particular article but still reflects art. Who knows, perhaps you will become a sophisticated art connoisseur yourself! Catch you alter art admirers and composers!


Contemporary art definition and movements 

Contemporary art is thing of liberality and innovation. You’ve most likely seen this kind of art on more than one occasion. Have you ever been to a subway station and seen the vibrant art on the walls? It breaks the mold in terms of what is considered art. Sometimes it may be brash and filled with agenda.

The contemporary art definition may loosely described as an introduction to a world of templates to convey a relevant opinion or defiance of mainstreamed thinking. As a matter of fact, that departure from such thinking’s is at the heart of the definition  of contemporary art.

Artists abandoned all prior idealistic and proper concepts. Instead, contemporary art was implemented to up to the moment, at the cusp of the dilemmas of the present.

Things like racism and political sectors were addressed through peaceful but powerful mediums. To show art, for example, that addresses global warming one may go to Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project was captured on photo in 2003. In this photo , the artist shows an enormous yellow sun scorching people who are standing or laying down. Obviously, it was not a real photo. It was made by a unique and captivating process. The Weather Project,  used a glowing orb suspended in the air with a mist vented into a  large room with people in poses. Such a thing is a veritable unique and original method. In the same way, examine the image below.


Notice the rough, vibrant, dynamic element of it. It almost looks 3D. To me it resembles an organ inside the human body like the heart. The black hole might be a valve or aorta. If this is the case, such a concept would be quite open and revealing.


Some Contemporary Movements


  • Afrocubanismo

This movement occurred in Cuban culture and originated from 1920’s. It argued and promoted black integration in culture, social life and art. In Cuba, blacks were treated much like they were in the US in the 1800’s. This included slavery. There were a few privileged blacks in the pre-Afrocubanismo movement. But, as i the States, slavery came to an end 1886. Sixteen years later, however during a defining hostile conflict called the Race War, Afro-Cuban farmers and sympathizers were pitted against high class fully Cuban and white armed forces. And despite the slave abolition in 1912, blacks were segregated from prominent Cuban countryman.


  • Art Intervention

This movement fused more classical forms of art with art of today. It naturally entails a form of propaganda. Nevertheless, today it is considered to be a conventional, and accepted form of art. Individually based art intervention led to critics questioning what is art and out-and-out vandalism.

  • Arte Povera

This title literally means “poor art.” This art form began in Italy but it co-existed in other various cites throughout Europe. During a contentious time in Italy at the end of the 1960’s, artists vehemently targeted and criticized the basic and cardinal facets of Italian society like culture, politics and institutions.

Arte Povera sought to veer in the direction of the primal sources of art. The proponents broke free of elementary concepts like pattern and conformed style. More or less, it was as if these such artists came straight out of 4000 BC. No art rules existed; the imagination roamed freely in the primitive world.

Only things that had unaltered corporeal essence were brought into the scope of art for those who held to Arte Povera. In relative relation, language became a facet of artistic prowess.

  • Defastenism

The people who follow this movement feel that society is stuck in  a cultural rut so to speak. They intended to break through the vacuum of mundane   artistic passivity and revitalize and rejuvenate the art world. All who follow this movement have nine philosophical tenets that are relatively extensive. So I will summarize them briefly.

Art is a thing one must be obsessive and bluntly in tune with. Moreover, these individuals pried their craft with a hedonistic mentality but at the same time they consigned to what they believe be a perfect, self-sustaining universe.

One who adheres to Defastenism holds to the ideals of prior modernism era that stresses the evolution of society. The concept joins all  spheres of thought and production into a form that extends from the past to the future.

People of this movement considered themselves to be a complete, operating entity with cardinal rules and motivation and that their central base of thought is a physical place.

In conclusion

I wonder if the “contemporary” art will ever change its name and affect and move to a different art era. Will art always be branded as “contemporary?” or will a new wave and course of movement take over. What do you think about the future of art? Leave comments in the comments box. If you want, just leave a comment on whatever you want about art in general. Happy art admiring!


Modernism in Art Movement

When you take the above title into consideration, what do you think of? If you think modernism to infer “modern days” in a sense it’s actually misleading in that regard. The modernism era actually occurred roughly from the 1890’s to the 1940’s. Modernism in art movement refers to the radical change from the preceding art movement called Romanticism. You’ve probably heard the term before. But what does it mean? More or less it is the linear, real, or subjective art style. That basically infers that Romantic art is based on natural  individual things apart from the surreal and abstract forms.

Modernism on the other hand reflects more spontaneous, liberal art compositions. Picasso, who actually lived from 1881 to 1973, is good example. He is famous for his abstract art creations. One of his most famous works was the Guernica which he composed in 1937.

A more recent modernistic artist is Jackson Pollock. He is famous for his abstract paintings that typically were contrived with paint blots and dribbles. A funny fact is how Time magazine branded him as “Jack the Dripper.”

Modernism in art brought more freedom to express and portray opinion and criticism. The artist of that period experimented with emotionally infused art. Often they would scorn popular cultural, social, and intellectual concepts that were held in Romanticism art. The whole movement sought to out-mode and neutralize present views in those days. These artists cast off the limits of the art that preceded them. They challenged the mundane, streamlined course of thought. They embraced ambiguity and brutally condemned uniform law and order.

The modernists tried to break away from what they saw as fascism. They broke the moral code of  art and often contrived vulgar images. Modernists might have been viewed as revolutionaries and in some examples they may have been considered cultural and intellectual rebels.

The works of modern artists helped pave the way for abstract art in the 21st century. Again I want to discern the difference between modern art and that went up to the 1970’s and art of today that still  continues to thrive.

During WWII the Nazi regime criticized modern art as too psychologically innate and reflective of one’s own ego. In other words the Nazis thought it wasn’t based in reality enough and that it was too abstract so much so, they considered modern art to be infinitive to art by mentally ill people.

Moreover, just as the Nazi regime thought ill of free-thinking contained in books, they abhorred paintings that sought to “broaden” and revolutionize idealistically based free thinking.

Nevertheless, modern art survived and artists in the mid-20th continued to compose enriched, and thought provoking pieces of art.

Modernism was contrived by movements including fauvism, cubism, futurism and vorticism. In all there are considered to be at least ten however.


This was the birth of the bold and bareheaded element of art. Artist who practiced this form used rich, light-filled still images of life. Eventually, it became more emotionally infused. In other words, it was the kind of painting that just seems to “jump out at you.”


This movement may be the most familiar movement of Modern art. The famous artist Picasso came to embody Cubism. But it it got its name in 1908. The term came from a prominent art critic named Louis Vauxcelles. A likewise notable artist named George Braque made a painting called the House at L’Estaque was described as being made of cubes by Vauscelles.


Futurism, like it sounds to be, focused on autonomy and technology. It was born from the ideas on the cusp of evolution in thought and technology. Hence, art from this movement portrayed cars, trains and the depiction of quickly moving and progressive thought. Things like images in motion such as dancers and bustling crowds came to preeminence.


Vorticism, was a similar to Futurism because it stressed evolutionary thought and quick paced change and progression of machinery. Unlike Futurism that commend in France and Italy, Vorticism was birthed in a very localized place of origin, which was London, England. This movement adapted abstraction to break free from the organized faction of the society of the monarchy. Ironically, though, it was dissolved to the very few as the military machine of WWI – the futuristic drive that ultimately did this.

In Conclusion

Eventually, modernism gave way to contemporary or post-modern art which is a subject for another time. Just as modernism broke the mold from Romanticism, contemporary art made a bold, outspoken change as well. Modernism is probably more relatable in its time and taught people to interpret images that painters of that time made. It broke form the streamlined plain depictions of ordinary scenes and introduced the luster of interwoven emotional robustness.



Modern Art vs Contemporary Art.

The relationship between these two art forms is easy to define. So how would one define idea of modern art vs contemporary art? To begin with, modernism was the evolution from the subjective or concrete templates that reflected actual scenes, typically with religious and spiritual content. With the change form the previous art ideal, modernism introduced the abstract, visually robust and truly luscious portrayals. A good example of a modernist artist would be Picasso who lived from 1853 to 1890.

A big defining trait of modern art is its time era.  Although there are a few variations in calculations, most experts say the period lasted from the 1860’s to the 1970’s. The artists of that time introduced composition forms  called movements. There are, to name a few, cubism, surrealism, realism and futurism. I will discuss these movements in succeeding posts. For now, let us focus on modernism and contemporary forms in their own regard.

The era before modernism is exemplified the veritable legends like Leonardo da Vinci and his famous Mona Lisa. Portraits like this personify the basic mainstream, classical convention of real life reflection. Scenes of American Revolution battles with bare boned violence is a good representation of pre-modern art. You may find these in an a Harvard history book for instance. A good example of such art can be found below which is a drawing of General George Washington.

Modern art gave way to more liberal methods. True modern art began in the 1970’s and continues to the present. It was and is driven mostly by agenda and idealization. It addresses social and political views. It also encompasses present day media like digital CGI and photo doctoring like the image below.


In light of those comments, one may conceive video games to be art. Modern art may come across as offensive or very bold. A painting that depicts a politician with the body of a dragon would obviously vilify such a person, but in a much rude, blatant and derogatory manner. Such demonized people, would feel more deeply insulted and criticized on a heavier degree than just being called an invalid. The mind thinks in pictures and contemporary often seeks to exploit that.  It’s one thing to be criticized or flat out branded as a two faced scoundrel, but to to depict a person as a two headed monster goes a long way to impress and caused to be remembered as “two faced.”

A few months ago, I saw on TV the completion of a metal cast statue of President Trump arguing with a little girl. That is a decent form of personal opinion.

Since we are in the era of contemporary art, some truly profound and amazing things are still to come. With the visual media like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, visual artists from any platform is in demand. On a Yahoo search, I saw a title of a site saying “Top 50 emerging contemporary artists.”


Modern art example


When I opened the page, the comprehensive list showed their areas of expertise ranging from filmmaker, sculpture, photographer, painter, and media artist to name some.

The above description is an ample amount of information. The only thing that I haven’t included is the movements of modern and contemporary art. But I will touch on these next time.

On a free note, if you learned something or if you are a art professor or  a devoted art connoisseur, please get back to me and leave something in the comments section! I’d love to hear from you!





Landscape Painting Ideas

For all you art composers you probably know this question; what is a decent definition for landscape paintings? Simply put, it’s paintings that depict nature in pure form. But they don’t have to be modeled after a real life setting. It can be anything your imagination conjures! In this case, the term “The sky is the limit” does not apply in this case. It can be a view of the terrain of an alien planet or the view of the earth from a bird’s eye view. A peculiar and relevant fact that demonstrates this are the Nazca Plains. The famous designs and animals discernible only from the sky may come from religious beliefs. So then, we have our first possible template to derive from. In the following paragraphs I will briefly touch on some veritable sources that make good landscape painting ideas.


Fantasy Books

Fantasy is a realm all its own. A lot of fantasy novels content includes castles, forests, oceans, mountains ranges and so forth. A good, specific example would be J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic masterpiece The Lord of the Rings. How would you paint the fiery Mount Doom? How would you depict Endor, Gondor or the Shire. There are a handful of people have already made luscious, beautiful, and accurate sketches or paintings of such elements of the world of Middle-Earth. Imagine all those artists who had to create all those pictures to make  the full-length film? How about those strange creatures in The Chronicles of Narnia? Who knows? Some day you will be doing digital art for a fantasy movie or paintings for pictures in books.





This avenue can be a tricky source to derive from. We tend to forget what we dream of. But there are those moments when we wake up in awe at what we saw and experienced the night before. It’s been said to keep a pad and pen ready to jot down your dream as soon as you wake up from one. This is a good way to also remember the appearance of your dream as well. The dream experience can sometimes yield a profoundly deep and surreal landscape. I once had a dream I would almost call spiritual. And while I caught some fleeting glimpses of it, there a some images that were very clear. As I recall it, the entire dream was filled with a mystical azure glow. I stood at the edge of a swimming pool full of water. In mid-air above it was pyramid with the same blue glow. There was a book that likewise illuminated with that hypnotic blue hue. As for the rest of the dream, I gathered flashing gazes at the surrounding landscape. I recall villa-like buildings that I can’t immediately describe the form and architecture of. In this case I would just improvise how I would paint them if I was an artist.


Hiking and Exploring

This is an obvious and effective way to firsthand create landscape art. It is also a real image you’re depicting. A lot of nature art shows bodies of water frequently combined with a sunset or sunrise. Likewise, mountain art is fused with a sunny backdrop painted with brilliant shades of pinks, yellows, reds, oranges and so forth. Realistic portrayals such as this will sufficiently feed your natural creative or mentally contrived landscapes.

There is also a form called aerial art. Aerial art first began as paintings from vantage points of high elevation like high mountains. Eventually it evolved as air travel came about with the creation of the air-balloon and later with airplanes. On a side note this is also when truly accurate topographical maps were made.






This inspirational source may take some time to just listen and reflect and see what kind of images are formed. A good example would be how the  Christmas song Carol of The Carol of the Bells may bring to mind an icy, glistening landscape. Atmospheric music may conjure images of misty, grassy fields or to other worlds like fantasy would. Simple instruments like a xylophone may cause you to paint a picture of crystal clear rain drops falling on a lake. Wind chimes may give the same picture. There may also be some classical music that feeds your muse. Deep dramatic melodies may cite images of a still landscape picture of erupting volcanoes. Other joyful more robust music might create the painting of a meadow of cheerful roses and bright sunshine.

In Conclusion

I hope this was helpful. I honestly wish I had fostered a better commitment to drawing and painting. I did at one time when I was very young. I’ve always had a very vivid imagination. Another niche of mine is writing. I would love to illustrate what I write about. Anyway, let me know if you can think of other inspirational sources for landscape painting. Leave them in the comments below. I would love to hear anything you have to say. If this helped you, I would like to know. And of course, the best to your art overall!