Sunday, October 15, 2017

Flower Painting in context

Flower Painting is an aspect of Fine Art, and lives within the domain of the Painter.
For the serious artist, Flower Painting is not only about observational drawing and painting, it is also about the meaning that is encapsulated within the work. 

The description of Flower Painting as decorative, pleasing to the eye, or as limited to aesthetic concerns, is an aspect of the truth. However, for many artists past and present, it is by no means the entire truth. The messages that a Flower Painting offers are profound and layered with purpose.

The message held in a Flower Painting depends on the criteria and the intent that the artist has, and the statement they want to make. Their statement may be philosophical, emotional, ecological, spiritual or reveal any number of passions that relate to, or can be relayed through, the flower image. The priority of the Fine Artist as Flower Painter is to convey this content within the bigger picture of the art world.

To view Flower Painting as having a potential that is limited to the production of a pleasing image, only exposes a lack of awareness as to how Fine Art fuses content or how a message is absorbed into an art work.

Flowers have often been associated with still life in Western Art, and the flower stayed there for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Historically, this was not always so. Through the many efforts of contemporary Flower Painters, it is again no longer only associated with either still life, or illustration.

Flower Painting, even as a part of the still life genre, never has been exclusive to making only a pretty picture. Historically, it is steeped in symbolism, to name but one time-line associated with this genre. For the serious artist, Flower Painting has never been a vacuous pursuit.