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Good artworks contain more than what we see from our eyes.

Updated on January 26, 2015

An archaic painting:'Dancing in Baden-Baden' by Max Beckmann (1920)


Normal cases

This is an industry that provides employment for many people across many continents. As a practical profession that requires more practical rather than theoretical approaches, artworks are done by fewer people because it is based on one's clamour to pursue the 'golden' talent rather than motivation for making money.

Artwork is something that is perceived to be an activity that can just be done at the peripheral basis because many people would argue that artists have other professional jobs but do artistry to pass the extra time they have. But the answer to this is NO! It is a full time profession to many people and they always pursue it with a motive of making a living and perfecting what they already know.

I have a friend known as Clinton Kirkpatrick, an Irish painter who has done seasoned paintings delivering messages through factual and fictitious conceived messages that use some bit of imaginations. He has earned quite good money from the paintings and therefore is very satisfied with his job.

Aside from this, those who are in love with 'rasta colours' always get their caps done by artwork gurus, who weave the caps out of nothing with cotton threads. They not only get the value for their money, but they also get to perfect their works. Working on such materials on daily basis form the foundation of their learning hence the ability to retain the customers.

Decorations and body wears

Talking of artwork perhaps may sound like it is just about human creations that are manifested in paintings and sculptures. This however is not the case. The definition of beauty in many societies forced some people to take up some quite interesting roles of decorating the faces of women.

The Massai community of Kenya do their decorations with red ochre and big dangling rings of beads around their necks. It is culture speaking but creating a job and so artwork is born. For the Turkana of Kenya, their ladies get decorations as well but they also receive marks on their faces. These are cultural values that are defining the deepness of artwork. They depict the other side of artwork that many perhaps never understand that it can be a conceived along cultural affiliations.

Artworks versus cultures and personality

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder! This adage say that has transformed into a cliché can sum it all. How people conceive and graduate the modicum of beauty of an artwork is subject to cultural beliefs and human understanding. In Africa, there are many types of baskets-namely plastics and woven baskets among others.

But there is something peculair here. Most African women prefer carrying around plastic baskets to woven ones. This is because some of them feel that the plastic ones are more attractive but this is not the case.

The woven baskets are therefore preferred by the visiting Europeans. This is because when they get to Africa, they find this woven basket that is made of grass more appealing and worth carrying as a prop. Culture dictates much about how we perceive the beauty of something.

As artists working on the artworks, whether painting, sculpture,woven baskets or any other thing, the most important thing to note is that the piece of working is an entire depiction of culture. It is a representation of a people and therefore deserves more effort and perfection.

Woven baskets are mostly associated with Kamba and the luo communities in Kenya. When one purchases it, they must remember its history and origin and therefore connects with the place of origin.

Paintings and sculpture

Paintings and sculptures are the most misconstrued types of artworks that on various occasions people fail to understand. Paintings of human are considered mere portraits for representing one's image.

Sculptures are deemed aspects of giving an image of something or somebody. So used are they that most monuments are reserved for mere memories devoid of fathoming the probable relevant emotions they ought to evoke.

Painters are not just doing a job to represent the image subjects and the story is done. Normally when people paint, they have messages to pass and a painting that fails to come with such attributes instantly fail the much required tests. Sculptors are also supposed to follow suit by doing the same.

The artworks are not all meant to entertain. Viewers often peruse through them only to realize that they have been foregoing critical message. Most fail to even look at the trivial details for clues. For instance, looking at the dark tear-marks of a cheetah can be the only revelation that he or she is suffering anger as painted.

Kenya's Maasai women in a traditional ceremony with red ochre symbolizing beauty and maturity
Kenya's Maasai women in a traditional ceremony with red ochre symbolizing beauty and maturity | Source
Turkana woman with decorations on her face depicting beauty in terms of culture
Turkana woman with decorations on her face depicting beauty in terms of culture | Source

What we fail to consider

When paintings are presented in forms of representation of situations such as weddings, churches, parties among others, we fail to digest the contents and remain with only pictorial representation of subjects.

Paintings are more beautiful when they evoke feelings. Painting a scene of second world war victims in state of shock can only be regarded as beautiful when it evokes nostalgic feeling of sadness and empathy. This is where most of us may miss the line.

Sculptures on the same accord are not different. So vivid they ought to be that watching the tears of the carved subject should be enough to make the viewer shed tears too.

Bal at Moulin Rouge: A humorous and emotionally touching painting
Bal at Moulin Rouge: A humorous and emotionally touching painting | Source

Inspired artists are driven to the best channels

Who is a perfect artist?

A perfect artist is one that is driven by intrinsic motivation to represent his or her environment using the hidden talent. This is someone that is not motivated by quest for making millions but serves the humanity with a purpose of making a mark. This person touches lives and behaves like a critical journalist.


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