The Good and Bad of Regenerated Artists

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The general conception of a regenerated artist is that he is an artist who has been reborn and is therefore, a different person. The regenerated artist has found God and his art is transformed.

Regeneration can be seen as a kind of rebirth, and there are many paintings that show the way in which the rebirth process can be interpreted. He might be shown as literally being born again, either through an image of the Virgin Mary or through a literal birth. In one painting, Christ appears to St Jerome in the form of an infant who touches his breast. Jerome seems to recognise this as a sign from God and so opens his robe to allow Christ to suckle.

Another painting by Caravaggio shows St Jerome with an open book in his hand, in which it seems he is reading about the life of Christ. This book represents everything he has learnt and understood about Christianity.

The list of phrases that might appear in a post about an artist is fairly standardized. It goes something like this:

(1) A brief biography;

(2) a thumbnail sketch of his style, with some examples of works from the same period;

(3) a list of major influences;

(4) links to other posts on the same artist, or at least to related artists; and

(5) a concluding section where I say whether I like him or not.

The goal of this format is not just to give the reader information: it’s also to give him something he can use. If you like this artist, there should be enough here for you to find more works by him. If you don’t like him, there should be enough here for you to find paintings by other artists who work in a similar vein.

The problem is that as technology has made it easier for me to link my posts to other things on the Web, they have also made it easier for me to link them to each other. Here’s one example: I had already linked Levitan’s Orlovsky painting to another artist named Orlovsky who painted rather different things, when I decided I would do better by linking both Levitans to a third

The art world is a world that contains very talented, creative people. It also has people who are just not very smart. This blog is about both types of artists and the work they produce.

Artists who enter the art world with no talent, or are perhaps not even trying to succeed, provide excellent fodder for interesting art. Some of them are successful while others fail miserably. These types of artists can be very interesting to write about.

A well-known example of an artist who failed miserably is Andy Warhol’s Flowers series. They were rejected by the public and by critics alike. They could not be sold when first produced and have gone on to sell for millions of dollars at auctions in recent years. Although it did take some time for them to gain this status as a masterpiece, it was clear from the beginning that they were badly made and should never have been produced in the first place. It would be surprising if any serious artist would have used these paintings as inspiration for their own work in any way, shape or form.

Another example of an artist who has created work that is simply not very good is Thomas Kinkade, aka The Painter Of Light™, who you may know from his awful television commercials about “painting the light.”

This blog is an attempt to keep a record of my own progression as an artist as well as offering a critical review of other artists. I am a painter and writer who has always had an interest in the work of others, both contemporary and historic. I have been painting for about 10 years and have tried to understand the relationship between painter and subject, how to create meaning, what is “good” art.

I’m going to use this space to document my thoughts on art, the history of the medium, aesthetic theory and practice, and share my own work.

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You’ll find here a large collection of the most beautiful pictures, gathered on the web. They are all very different, but they share one thing in common: they’re all very inspiring.

“Art criticism is an attempt to impose on a spontaneous activity of creation an alien scheme of values based on the self-interest of the critic.”

– Anatole Broyard, “The Times We Had: Life and Times of The New York Times Book Review”

Newman’s work often draws attention for its use of color. Bright blues, yellow and reds dominate many of his canvases. This does not necessarily imply that he was aware that Impressionism had revolutionized painting just two decades earlier (though Newman was alive in 1869 when Claude Monet’s “Impression, Sunrise” was first exhibited). Nor did he take up the idea that color could become the subject matter in itself (though he did write about his friend, the abstract painter Hans Hofmann). Instead, color as a means of expression emerges naturally from Newman’s style. This can be seen clearly in his religious works.

__*Good Old Neon*, for example (1948), portrays Christ as a tall, vertical figure against a red background. He is cloaked in blue and orange robes and holds a small white disk—an allusion to the halo surrounding Christ’s head in traditional Catholic imagery. In Newman’s interpretation, Christ has become a symbol of transcendence within the secular world

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