An Introduction To The Power Of Art

By Jaclyn Hurley

There are many different ways that a work of art can affect people. What someone can describe as powerful may be different for other people. What is true is that for almost anyone there will be some form of artwork that will affect their lives. Whether it is a painting, a sculpture or a performance the power of art is something that can be inspiring, uplifting and thought provoking.

Of course it is debatable what people define as art and what people believe to be powerful. For example a lot of people may be derisive about the works of Andy Warhol. They may feel that the creator of pop art who famously declared that one day everyone would be famous for fifteen minutes was in fact more of a marketing creation than he was an artist.

What is clear when you see this piece is its power. Michelangelo is an artist who clearly puts passion into his work. The problem is that it is not easy to describe the effect of the piece if you have not seen it in person. Photographs can capture the detail but they do not really capture the feeling when you see it.

The best way to describe is that the images seem to loom over you. They almost feel three dimensional, like you could reach up and touch the images. This feeling may or may not be tied to the romantic nature of Rome itself but the history and grandeur of the city may well have an effect on the art as well.

Naturally art will affect people in different ways. What one person is inspired by a person can also be bemused by. Often the meaning of an artwork can be lost and people may not fully appreciate this on the first viewing of a piece. In other cases it may be that somebody gets the message but does not like the style. A good example of this is Bristol based anonymous graffiti artist Banksy. When his stencil work was first exhibited it was considered a nuisance and was quickly removed. Over time it has since become something that celebrities have spent thousands on at auction.

The cynic would say that as soon as this occurred the Banksy mystique was ruined as the anti capitalist subversive became available for sale and his work became a desired item available for the highest bidder. Banksy himself responded to this by creating a picture that mocked his celebrity status and derided the people spending large sums in order to get hold of his work.

This is why art lessons in school are often positive. It gives children space to be creative. While learning techniques are important there is something to be said for giving people the space to be creative and feel confident that they can get engage with something and make something that they will be happy to share with people.

The good thing about the internet is that it is now easier to share art with people around the world. Whether you make your own pieces or you want to share your favourite works with other people there are lots of ways to learn more about the diverse styles of artwork available around the world. It is also worth checking to see what exhibitions and pieces are available in your local area.

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