I used to participate in the well known discussion of painting might be dead. The snob I used to be, but now I’m over shaming artists for the choice of medium because to be honest its really silly and in a world where artists are already struggling we don’t need to add medium/media shame about their practice. Here are some reasons why I think painting isn’t dead.
1- Painting is a visual language that is valid, because it is a language.
Painting takes either a piece of imagery, a subject, a topic, a scene, a fantasy, or emotional waves of colour and powerfully renders it. How is it rendered? Painter’s choice of blurred, partially rendered, photo-realistic whatever they desire. Why? Because they want to convey more than an image, they desire to evoke emotion. There are so many different styles of painting that you could take a single image and produce so much work because of the way paint can be managed and explored.
2- Painting is in our nature
Look back at cave paintings, if some of the most primitive people were painting, and cultures today that tend to still follow more traditional lifestyles paint it bears to wonder what causes us to paint? There must be something within us that propels us to work in such a fashion to depict landscape, animals and mythology.
3- There’s still so much to explore
I really don’t think that people have exploited painting enough as a medium. I’m still seeing way too many rectangular and regular canvasses, hanging canvasses on a wall proper gallery style etc. Painting isn’t dead, if anything, painting became lazy.
Those are just a few of my ideas and arguments for why painting isn’t dead. I would love to hear anything else that you want to add for painting isn’t dead!
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Melissa Cayford is an artist, designer and educator bent on making art and art education more accessible.