Tag Archives: Criticism

The Crucial Twenty Percent

I’ve heard it said that the following applies.  It’s the 20/60/20 rule: 20% of people will hate you, no matter what kind of art you make, or what kind of person you are.  It doesn’t matter.  They’ll hate the way … Continue reading

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Fear of the Unconventional

There is a significant population of people that are alarmed, scandalised, affronted and viscerally offended by pictures painted in bright colours, whether representational or abstract, or somewhere in between.  I have the anecdotal evidence.  They can’t stand them, but more … Continue reading

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Chasing Your Tail

Have you ever seen a dog chase its own tail?  It’s a spectacle that is both bemusing and somewhat alarming.  Here is a supposedly sentient creature engaged in something that is utterly pointless and completely impossible.  If they ever catch … Continue reading

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Iconoclastic is Fantastic

An iconoclast can be defined as a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc, as being based on error or superstition.  An iconoclast is a breaker or destroyer of images, especially those set up for religious veneration. Do you … Continue reading

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A Modern Interpretation of “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”

The book, “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”, was written in 1884, by the illustrious William Morris; at least three years before the first Arts and Crafts exhibitions were proposed and long before there was such a thing as an “Arts … Continue reading

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Entertained to Death

Move closer.  We can talk about this without too much concern.  The statistics show that virtually nobody else is reading this post, so we can speak freely and openly.  This is just between you and me. There’s something about society, … Continue reading

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In Praise of Skill

My art teacher and friend posted a link to this sardonic article on my timeline, recently: http://www.treeshark.com/treeblog/?p=1816 It was a tongue-in-cheek review of an exhibition of the works of John Singer Sargent, held recently at the National Portrait Gallery.  While … Continue reading

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