Steve Penley, one of my favorite artists, (correction, my favorite) has painted this beauty for a dinner to raise money for Haiti. His website...well, just check it out. I would give my right arm to have one of his paintings...a large one of anything he does. I have a 2 story wall in my living room that has been "shouting" for one of his landscapes for 5 years now. Can't quite figure out how to pay for it though.
Here is an bit from his biography on his website:
"The values and attitudes of every generation are reflected in it's art. This generation is definitely no exception. There is a battle being waged between world views which are diametrically opposed to one another. This polarization is visible in politics, entertainment and culture. In today's post-modern world, God has been removed and secularism seeks to fill the void. Once God is out the equation, all objective truths are out with Him - Any standard of beauty or aesthetic value is gone."
I completely agree. He makes reference to elephant "droppings" being displayed in a museum as fine art. I had the same feeling when I saw a roll of chicken wire in the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. I'm sure there's a lofty thought behind all of that and deep meaning conveyed but I missed that part in my Art History classes.
Just thought I'd share the "Hearts" with you....I love that kind of stuff you know....
on Tuesday, February 2, 2010