reply to post by SymbolicLogic
(love that word)
I've known competent, successful artists who, after many years of education in the field, have had their work honoured by an appreciative public. The
one I most like to trot out is
, not only because I know him on a personal level, but also for the quality of his work. Yes, he's well educated in
the art of printmaking, calligraphy (among a myriad of other accomplishments), but it is his fine brushwork with acrylics that most impresses me.
I've also known some who, after a great deal of further education, have either never pursued nor become accomplished in the field. I've met competent,
successful artists who never went beyond grade school as well.
The point I'm trying to make is that it doesn't really matter.
What makes an artist, whether educated or not, is diligence to their own developed technique. One could look to successful styles and try to emulate
those who have become famous, but it would not stand as original art for long before it is exposed for what it is. As much as one admires the work of
Van Gogh, to copy his style would be immediately apparent.
And, in my opinion, IQ has zero to do with creativity. It's not what appeals to the public that matters as much as what the artist themselves feels is
'right' on a gut level as they are doing the work
. It's instinctual, not cerebral.
I'm working on a painting right now which is dedicated to this thread. In my mind is a loosely structured idea of representational colour and form,
but that's it. There is no concrete deliberation included in the piece whatsoever and I'm focused only on what appeals to me
What my IQ is is anyone's guess. I don't know, nor do I care. I remember vaguely taking a test in public school, but I was neither serious about
answering the questions or what the goal meant for me personally. I figured that if it was designed by 'officials', it follows that the questions were
tainted by the politics of academics (who change their stripes constantly)
edit on 3/11/12 by masqua because: Changed link for Rudolf Bikkers