Inner Art

Posted: May 6, 2015 in The Store

Edward Hopper – Sunlight in a Cafeteria – Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery

We’ve all seen photographs of ourselves.  Over time they serve as recorded portraits of each of us as individuals.  But here’s an interesting thought.  The artist leaves behind a very different kind of personal portrait.  The typical photographic portrait, whether black and white or color, depicts the out person.  Okay, I agree that in certain cases the eyes may communicate some sense of the person’s state at the moment of the shot.

When the artist paints or draws something, it’s also a portrait; one that’s more revealing than a photographic version.  The artist projects something out of his inner life, a particular view or perspective of how he sees the world outside.  The art is in a strong sense, a portrait of the artist from the inside out.

“Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist,
and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.”
Edward Hopper
Unlike a photograph that can only depict the individual’s exterior, art reveals the inner portrait of a person.  Look at your work. What would you say it reveals about your inner view of the world?  Others are making that kind of judgment every time they observe your work.
A.S. Pirozzoli

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