Art is Not All Beauty

Art is an expression. For a designer it is a decoration but for an artist, it entails more than that. The depth of art work can be reflection of a respected culture, a remarkable history, or an ideology. It is true that people see it differently. Wall Paintings, sculptures, and murals are more than what others call beautiful.

Talk about beauty, it is innate to people to have an eye for it. The constant change in fashion and trend defines what is acceptable in the society. But no one can deny that even without these continuous mind-setting of what beauty is, human being in general appreciates what is pleasing to the eye. Take a man who has not seen anything since birth but jungle to a luxury hotel and you’ll put him in awe. Besides that everything is new to him, surely he’ll find the place beautiful. He would not say that it is a work of art. He just knows that his surrounding pleases his eyes.

However, take the same man to a simple messy ordinary cottage turned museum where art pieces are displayed and notice the difference of his reaction from the first place he saw. Appreciation of an art piece entails understanding. It may not be beautiful to others but it is the most valuable to some.

Asian art is different from that of the American’s or European’s. This is because each Asian country has different roots, history, and struggle represented by and reflected in its artwork. Their art pieces revolved from different factors until they reached their modern modification. Typical American painting usually revolves around scenarios during great depression or if not it could be rural setting of grasses with a train as a background plus a cowboy on the side. The moment you see it, you know very well that such wall painting is not of Asian origin.

Asian art on the other hand, let us say Filipino, will show lots of rural genre of farming and harvesting crops where neighbors and families work together enjoying their fruits of labor. Or fishing as a source of income in the country which began during their ancestral period to-date is a common subject to painting. And as for Chinese, you know the art piece is theirs if you see clay pots and ceramics.

With these in mind, it takes an eye for beauty to appreciate art. It is the understanding of what it depicts that one can put so much value to it. Not all those who know what beauty is have a heart for artistry. Thus, some art pieces may be adorable but it does not mean that if one speaks of art, he then talks about something that pleases the eyes.