Artist Painting

11 years ago

Artist Painting
Artist Painting

Why most artist choose painting as their medium in artistic work?

Why most artist choose painting as their medium in artistic work?

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I reckon the question is “why DO most artists choose painting?”

The premise may not be very solid for this question, as I am not sure most artists choose painting. I would hazard a guess that most artists who paint or sculpt also draw – and then there are the artists who draw, so drawing would seem to be the most popular medium.

But, if you accept the premise that “most” artists choose to paint, there are several reasons:
1) It is a classic art form, steeped in centuries of tradition and taught in virtually every art school in the world.
2) Painting is the most difficult way to create an image – there is a strong intellectual and psychological challenge inherent to the pursuit. Artists are frequently intellectuals, this is a suitable challenge for them.
3) Painting is open to extensive interpretation, it’s hardly exhausted in possibilities. Consider the fact that people have been painting for thousands of years, and yet we’re still in the throws of totally new movements of expression and ideas, not to mention the continual evolution of painting mediums.
4) Very practically, it’s easier to construct, store and move a painting than a sculpture. It takes less studio and gallery space, paintings can be rolled or put into flat files… it’s much more accessible than a large piece of wood or marble and requires less equipment and facilities than welding or casting metal.

Those things are fairly rational, but I suspect many artists would suggest that the medium chooses them. Meaning there is a physicality and a connection to the very act of painting that captivates them much the way pro-athletes dedicates themselves to a sport, or a musician to their instrument.

Landscape Artist. Warwick Fuller

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