Author: Greg

The Intricacies of Land Art – Part 2

The impact of the environment Within the genre of land art, there is an important distinction between artists who care about the potential damage their art may have on the environment and those who care only about the aesthetic results. Robert Smithson’s 1969 work While Spiral Jetty is regarded as his seminal work. However, it […]

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Intricacies of Land Art – Part 1

At a time when our relationship with the environment is becoming more and more unstable, environmental art is more important than it’s ever been. People have changed the environment ever since prehistoric times but have also worked to forge a relationship with nature through stone circles, megaliths, and cave wall paintings. Since those times, a […]

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The Sand Art – Part 2

The long evolution that has unravelled has led to this unique form of art that has come to be known as “sand art”. It’s defined as a practice of shaping and moulding sand into a piece of art, such as a sand painting or sand sculpture. A sand castle is just a category of sand […]

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The Sand Art – Part 1

The art of building sand castles began a long time ago. Recorded evidence, however, only dates back around some 500 years. Records from the 14th century show that a poet by the name of Balaram Das built sand sculptures in his native country of India. There are a number of people who think that the […]

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The Marine Art – Part 2

Themes in marine art The marine artists were traditionally tasked to show ships with harbours as a frame, or sea-battle settings. Starting in the mid-1900s, however, we saw new themes emerge, as a result of more freedom. People wanted play and fresh air, and the seaside provided it for them. For example, John Constable painted […]

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The Marine Art – Part 1

Rafts or boats, in some form or another, will likely have existed at least some 50,000 years ago. And sooner or later, along came marine art. The earliest visual reference we have of a boat dates back 8,000 years; since that time, artists have depicted boats, ships, seashores, and, of course, the ocean. It seems […]

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The Early Wildlife Art – Part 2

African cave paintings often featured animals. American cave paintings included such animal species as pelican, eagle, octopus, sardine, tea, turtles, whale, sheep, wild goat, deer, lynx, puma, and rabbits, and is known for its remarkable colour and high quality. Rock paintings from Australian Aborigines featured “X-ray” depictions, which showed an animal’s organs and bones. Australian […]

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The Early Wildlife Art – Part 1

Wildlife features in some of the very earliest of all known art (pre-historic rock and cave art). Although there’s a case to say that the art is really about food more than it is about wildlife. For much of the remaining history of western art, wildlife was largely absent, as a result of the fact […]

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The History of Landscape Art – Part 2

In part one of the series we delved into the beginnings of the landscape art, discussed how this particular genre evolved and changed over time. In the second part of the series we continue the narrative of the change and improvement, as well as taking a look at the modernity of the style and it’s […]

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A History of Landscape Art – Part 1

Landscape art is often a genre that artists choose to explore when first becoming interested in engaging with their artistic side. From Turner’s ethereal works to Monet’s Water Lily Pond, these paintings have become so associated with the very fabric of our culture that even those without an artistic bone in their body would recognise […]

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