Saturday, March 17, 2012

True Art Revival Pt.1

This keynote address was presented by Fred Ross at the Oil Painters of America Meeting, May 5, 2006.

Let me start by very loosely paraphrase from the writing of Jean-Jacques Rousseau when he said: 'Artists are born free, but everywhere they are in chains.' Whether we are talking about the chains of the conceptual,...or the dungeons of deconstruction....the leg irons of irony.... or the shackles of shock,...All "have been forged link by link and yard by yard," ...paying lip service to composition and design while long ago having Abandoned all of the parameters of fine art where paramount was the need to harmonize great subjects and themes with drawing, modeling, perspective, color, and tone, and expert manipulation of the paint. Subjects and themes which more often than not are a form of ...dare I say the word out loud..."storytelling."