Pretentious twaddle

I’m going to say something and I’ll try hard really really hard not to use any swear words to tell you……… but I’m gonna be really struggling with this, so bear with me……….

Lots of people give me things that they think may be of interest to me, especially if it’s to do with art, and this morning was no exception, as I was given a pamphlet about an art exhibition for a group of artists. I’m always interested to read about other exhibitions, even though I rarely buy art (because I’m in the business of selling it!) and I flicked through it with half interested attention until I read one of the phrases in it and instantly went into *rant* mode! WHAT THE FUCK????!!!! ……….(Told you I wouldn’t be able to tell you without swearing!!!) – Well, I’ll tell you what it was and you tell me what you think, cos I know what I think about it!!! The pamphlet was about the exhibition and gave a few brief details about the artists exhibiting then said:

“Placed in the company of the others, each body of work affects the viewing experience of the next, while retroactively changing the memory of the preceding one”

Yeh? Well, what a surprise! Of course it does! Anything would! That’s how the brain works!!!! WHATEVER you look at affects what you next look at and is affected by what you JUST looked at – whether its baked beans on a supermarket shelf, guys in a bar, flowers in the desert, clouds in the sky or questions in an exam. But to use this as a selling phrase for an exhibition of paintings seems to be stating the bleeding obvious to me (you see, I’m swearing again!). Of course viewing one painting will affect the viewing experience of the next, that’s what images DO, no matter WHAT the image is of. We all do it, all day, all the time!

This rant and my thoughts on it has reminded me of two separate conversations I had over the weekend, one late at night in the pub and one with other artists (and not the erotic lot I was with on Sunday) and it seems to me that I just don’t understand the bollocks (you see, more swearing!!) that surrounds modern art. Why does a piece of artwork need to be explained? Why does it have to have “intellectual” artyspeak to describe it? Why can’t it stand up on its own with out having to be propped up by fancy words? It seems quite easy to me, if its a piece of art it should be self explanatory. And it can evoke emotions in others one way or another (and it doesn’t always have to be in a positive way) and it should speak to the viewer, and the viewer should be able to tell that some sort of artistic talent has gone into painting it (not that a child of three, an elephant, or someone just out to rip off other people, has produced it). I don’t mind looking at a painting of a blue box on a red background so long as I feel that that image is created by an artist. I don’t like every realistically painted painting I see, I don’t like every old masterpiece I see, and I love some modern art, but I want to feel that I LIKE the painting because I can relate to it, not because someone has TOLD me its good. We’re back to the “Emperors new clothes” aspect of art again. Its the only way I can describe it! (Whoops, I almost swore again!!!!).

Right, I’m off to paint a picture, and something that’s NOT white spots on a white background!!!!!

And if you want to you can tell me how the painting on the left “speaks” to you, and what deep emotions it evokes. And after that I’ll tell you that its part of the painting on the right, and I bet you get a different emotion from THAT one!!!

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

Comments (18)

  1. Vi
    Apr 24, 2008

    *passes valium with a glass of wine*

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 24, 2008

    Vi – Lol – Yes, I probably need it! Thanks hun! I know I get wound up and passionate on this subject!!!

  3. nitebyrd
    Apr 24, 2008

    Jackie, you ranted with restraint. Something I couldn’t do. I can’t understand the appeal of some modern art nor the inspiration (drugs? brain trauma? making others look foolish?) behind it. Why is a piece of rope nailed to a wall considered art?

    I also think that some artists and art collectors/critics want others to feel inferior or stupid because we can’t see the talent, emotion, and/or story behind a white spot on a black canvas. After years of art training and art history, I still don’t “get” Jackson Pollock.

    As you can tell, I’m also passionate on this topic. Throw some pills and wine over here, please!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 24, 2008

    Niteybyrd – Thank goodness its not just me! I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets all worked up and passionate on this topic!

  5. Luka
    Apr 24, 2008

    I like feisty Jackie.

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 24, 2008

    Luka – You’ve not met me in real life yet have you, Luka!? Feisty eh? Yep, that’s me! 🙂

  7. Indigo
    Apr 24, 2008

    Ya can’t beat a bit of feist!! And in my line of work, the more feist the better, Go Jackie..Go Jackie..Go Jackie..yey!!Lol.

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 25, 2008

    Indigo – Ha ha! Thanks!! 🙂

  9. nitebyrd
    Apr 25, 2008

    I got on the soapbox and forgot to say, I love the tiger!

  10. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 25, 2008

    Nitebyrd – Well thankyou for coming back to tell me!

  11. Willsibob
    Apr 25, 2008

    Is that a newly painted tiger I see before me?

    Wow.. that tiger has such passion, a lover of old masters may say that the tiger doesn’t give a great detail on the original tiger, ie. it doesn’t look photographically like a tiger.

    If you have just painted that tiger, I think you certainly passed on some of your “rant” into it, and a great painting has come out of it.

    Of course, this makes me wonder, if you were put into an erotic mood before painting an erotic picture, would you internal eroticism be reflected into the painting?
    The question being how do you put someone into an erotic mood? (That’s something that definitely you shouldn’t answer on a blog! a. it changes over time, b. it’s very deep c. if you reveal it does it cease to be erotic to you ? )

  12. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 26, 2008

    Willsibob – Actually it’s a tiger I painted a while ago. Its called “Spitting mad” which I thought summed it up well enough! I’m glad it has passion in the painting although I tend to be in a good and easy going mood when I paint, so no, my rant didn’t go into it!

    Now, to answer your more personal question! – yes, I suppose my internal eroticism would show in an erotic painting BUT I need to focus on the painting itself and use a different part of my brain for painting and that needs to be sharply focused to produce a decent piece of artwork. If I was thinking of something else (my own erotic state for example) I wouldn’t be thinking of the artwork so deeeply! I’ve said this before, but it’s an odd thing that I don’t feel erotic whilst I’m painting erotic art BUT I have to make the viewer of my erotic art feel erotic! A strange anomoly!!!

    And as for your question about how do you put someone in an erotic mood, its all down to chemistry, if it works, it works, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. If it worked last time, if may not this, and if I’m not in the mood, then nothing will work!!!

    As ever, Willsibob, you’ve given me a lot to think about! Thankyou for your constructive comments and ongoing interest in my art!

  13. Racy Redhead
    Apr 26, 2008

    My interest in art really started when I was 10 years old and first saw a painting which my uncle had recently bought. It had been painted by a friend of his who was paralysed. Any art critc would hate it – but I was captivated by it from the start.
    When my uncle died, I was given the picture and I would never sell it ( even though I have been offered rather a large amount of money for it! ).
    I can appreciate talent and technique, but if I like something I don’t give a stuff about what anyone else may think.
    And I’ll add chocolate to the wine and valium!!

  14. Indigo
    Apr 26, 2008

    The painting on the left is the face of the tiger on the right, if you look closely at the left picture, to the lower part of the face just below the jaw line, this speaks volumes, my kind of picture, pussies.

  15. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 27, 2008

    Racy Redhead – That’s what art should be – that you are captivated with it from the start and no one elses opinion matters much to detract from that captivation!

    Having said that it helps if someone can apprecaite talent and technique because they will (in theory!) make good paintings (and talent is something you’re born with, technique is something you learn).

    As for the chocolate, that’ll calm me down any day!!!!

  16. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 27, 2008

    Indigo – Quite right, the picture on the left is part of the tigers jaw but on its own it looks like a piece of modern art. As far as I’m concerned there’s far more passion, talent, technique, and interest in the painting of the tiger than the one purporting to be modern art on the left.

  17. Anonymous
    Jul 9, 2011


  18. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 10, 2011

    Anonymous – Precisely!

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