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Painting, not Cut-Outs for Me.

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Despite the fact that I live in a smallish town in the Cotswolds UK there is a significant population of artists.  I nearly said thriving artists.  They are thriving as far as their art might be concerned but I doubt that they are thriving as far as their contribution to their cost of living. There just has to be another job in the mix to enable most artists to “indulge” themselves their creativity.   I digress…..

Matisse Lithograph Painting of flowers

Stroud in the Cotswold Hills (UK) is a town of artists and creativity, music and alternative therapies, alternative remedies and alternative people.  We have Open Art Studios in May and festivals of Music in the Summer and all sorts in between.  Our Museum is the best ever for a small town, and within the same building is an exibition room which celebrates art of all varieties.  We are lucky enough that the Museum In the Park as it is known as  is  currently hosting a selection of art from Matisse.  Cut-outs (collage shapes cut with a scissors) was Matisse’ form of art which he made during the 1950’s.  

Art exhibition Matisse Cut outs

Matisse Lithograph

To be honest, this work which must have been quite a revelation in that era does not do alot for me.  But it must have been quite a development for that time and the evolution of different creative expressions have enabled us to have the freedom to create across all sorts of media and mix them up too,  the ultimate in this being Mixed Media.

Still, even if Matisse is not your bag it is good to be in the presence of original art and have feelings toward different styles and media from the art world.   You might want to buy only what you like, but witnessing and processing what art history and contemporary art has to offer will help develop your own view about your art and your art process and where it sits on the spectrum of creative expression.

My artist friend here is using her creative expression to mimic the art!

Exhibition of Artist Matisse Cut Outs

Following my visit to the Matisse exhibition I then went to the Subscription Rooms in Stroud town centre.  They  have an exhibition space where Mark Amis is exhibiting a number of portraits called Beautiful People.  His work is stunning.  the exhibition was a room full of oil large paintings of people that have “sat” for him including a portrait of Jenson Button celebrating a win.

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Author: DianeY

Illustrator Artist

One thought on “Painting, not Cut-Outs for Me.

  1. This is a great piece of writing about art in a way that is accessible to all – and if I’m not too late, must make the effort to visit both these exhibitions. Stroud is a great place and you are so right about the “thriving” art scene – not many manage to live on their art alone, but that does not mean they are not “proper artists”!

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