Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Abstract Art versus Realistic Art


Is the disparity between Realistic and Abstract Art really that big? With any style of art, the elements (or language of art) are still prevelant and vital to a piece's success. Line, shape, light, color, space, and texture have no prejudice - they belong to every category and style of art.

For any art lover, the understanding of these basic elements can help you - if not to fully embrace a particular style as a favorite - then to appreciate and develop an understanding of any style of art.

Many of our Gallery United Fine Artists on Etsy create work in a variety of styles ranging from realism to abstract.

Gallery United Artists - please add your commets - how does the language of art become incorporated into your work? Are the challenges in creating successful realistic art the same as creating successful abstract art?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

What is Art? Meanings, Purposes, Styles

The Group of Gallery United Fine Artists on Etsy represent a broad range of artistic styles and content. Borrowing from "Understanding Art" by Lois Fichner-Rathus. and from the Art of the Gallery United Team, here is a list of some of the Purposes of Art.
"To Create Beauty"
"To reveal Truth"

"To Express Fantasy"

"To Express or Create Order and Harmony"

"To Elevate the Commonplace"

"To Stimulate the Intellect"

"To Express the Universal"

"To Reflect the Social and Cultural Context"

"To Express religious Values"
"To Reveal Truth"

"To Protest Injustice"
"To Record Experience"

"To Meet the Needs of the Artist"

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Why do you buy Original Art?

Why pay money for an original piece of art work, when you can buy an inexpensive print?
When it comes right down to it, creating a piece of art is a mystery. No artist, no matter how articulate, can explain why a particular work of art was created. By buying an art work you buy a piece of that mystery and have something that no one else will ever have.

If you compare a room with bare walls to one with original art work, the room with the original art work will be vibrant and alive. People will want to visit that room, very much the same way they want to visit museums, because the art work touches their soul in a very personal way. It reminds them of their humanity, of their significance in the world, something that is lost is the business of everyday lives.

Original art is inspiring and moving; it helps people get up in the morning, get through that meeting that they just didn’t want to go to. It can give people the courage to go on, because it expresses something wonderful and profound about themselves, which they may not be able to articulate. That’s why people say, “I don’t know why I bought this piece of art, all I know is that I love it!”

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Welcome to Gallery United Fine Art

Gallery United Fine Art represents a group of Professional Artists connected thru