Art has been an important part of the human experience for almost as long as humans have existed. The first records of the world are not written in books, but are captured in paintings, sculptures; used by ancient people and tribes to mark crucial moments in their own personal histories. Art gives us a view of history in ways that written accounts cannot. Whether it’s revealing a style of dress worn in a period by the clothing worn in the painting, or the slight heresy’s hidden in some of the worlds most religious works, art can reveal a hidden or lost side of us to the present.
International Artists Day honors those creative souls that will leave a record of today for the future that can’t be captured in history books. The anguish and joy of the human soul is portrayed through the haunting tones of a melody, the violence and fury caught in a photograph, or the serene gaze of a statue staring off into eternity.
Art has been used to educate, to inspire, to decorate, to commemorate. It is propaganda, it is promotion, it is criticism, it is commentary. Art touches every aspect of our lives, from the clothes we wear to the music we listen to. The design of our homes, even our phones, have been inspired or influenced by art in some way.
It probably won't surprise anyone to know that my favourite artist is Andy Warhol. From the time I first became aware of his work I fell in love with it. He was the subject of my art history essay in school, and I even submitted an exam piece in his style (and I still have it).
There are so many artists, in so many different fields, whose work I admire. Painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, fashion designers, graphic designers, product designers; they are create works that move people in different ways. Whether you love or hate a painting, design, building, shirt is almost irrelevant, the fact it elicits a response from you means it has fulfilled it's function as art.
How to Celebrate International Artist Day
The best way to celebrate International Artist Day is to support your local artists. If you’ve been looking for something to spruce up your living room or bedroom, then head out and find a unique piece that will bring life and personality to your home. IKEA is great for pots and pans, but the art you surround yourself with should make you feel something every time you look at it. And buying from an independent artist not only gives you something truly unique, but also helps support your local economy. Struggling artists appreciate your support much more than global retailers need it!
And if you're not sure what your after why not head to a local Museum or Art Galleries for inspiration.
It still blows my mind that in Glasgow we are lucky enough to have this stunning painting -
'Christ of St. John on the Cross' by Salvador Dali.
It is without doubt one of my favourite works of art. It's a striking image, and for anyone that has ever painted they'll appreciate the technical ability in painting that perspective.
Or better still, check out the art and other items you can buy from these very talented people:
Scottish Artist Kevin Hunter specialises in contemporary atmospheric impressionistic contemporary (and sometimes abstract) paintings, prints & commissions of Scotland and further afield.
Born in 1978 and originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, Michelle Cohen has travelled extensively and draws inspiration for her work wherever she goes. Since 2011, she has resided in Glasgow, Scotland and consequently the beautiful landscapes of Scotland have become the focus of her recent work, with an emphasis on the sky, the mountains, trees and water. Although white, grey, greens and deep blue tones associated with Scotland predominate, a hint of turquoise can often be found in her work, a reference to her love of the tropics, where she lived for many years. Her fascination with Birch trees and wide-open skies provide an allegorical link from the memories of her farm upbringing on the prairies of Saskatchewan, to more recent experiences in her newly adopted home of Scotland.
By working in a combination of analogue and digital, Jeff Edwards likes to push the boundaries of how a photograph is viewed and perceived by physically altering my negatives and final prints to explore the many physical and psychological layers of
the human body, and isolated structures.
And finally, all of the Original Artworks at NewGarDArt are 50% off!
What could be more rewarding than buying yourself an original piece of art and saving money and supporting a local artist!