To create this drawing Fool’s Paradise, I set up an arrangement of sticks and stones and took a series of photos from different angles. I was aware of the role that shadows and light play in such still-life arrangements and spent time getting the shadows ‘right’.
As an art judge I get to see and analyse a lot of artwork in a broad range of mediums and disciplines. I enjoy looking at other people’s art and having to make judgements, although it’s not always straightforward.
Is it just me, or are we seeing a decline in truly original artwork these days? With all the advancements in technology one would expect to see exciting new art, but this year I have come across instances where there has been direct copying of published photos and even other artists’ work! What’s going on here? I thought this was the clever country?
Copyright laws in Australia are very clear. Why is it that some artists have little or no regard for them? Are they themselves devoid of creativity or are they just plain lazy, or maybe even devious?
My art is precious to me and so is all the research I do in order to create my work. I instigate all my work and like my fellow artists, I demand respect for what I do and how I do it. In return, I give that same respect to all the artists whose work I see.
Why are people continually copying from books and magazines?
Art is personal, not borrowed. Art is original, creative and expressive, or at least it should be.
Copying from (your own) photos is quite acceptable although dangerous if you do it all the time. Some seek the permission to use other people’s photos and while this is legal, it’s something I would never do. One needs to work with three-dimensional subjects now and then, as they can teach you far more than a photograph can.
In order to obtain as much realism as possible many simply copy (or trace) all they can see. Art is not about detail, it’s about (visually) convincing the viewer that the illusion you have created is believable.
Some think that the more realistic (the more detailed), the better the artwork. I have seen so much detail in some artwork over the years that I am convinced that the human eye could not have possibly noted all the information. Seascapes are a great example where in some instances every single detail of each wave has been perfectly (and I mean perfectly) rendered. The problem is that many are more enthralled by all the detail than the artwork itself.
The appearance of digital art in galleries has only added more grist to the mill. While there are some wonderful examples to behold, the lack of originality in some instances, is a concern.
The boundaries of art are continually shifting. Will originality become a victim?
Richard Klekociuk ©