Is art a delusion?

by martin davis artist

I’ve been re-reading Oscar Wilde’s “Picture of Dorian Gray” recently. Apart from being just a fantastic piece of writing it is also a goldmine of quoteable art quotes such as – All art is quite useless. How provocative and pithy is that?

But this piece really got me thinking –

I cannot help feeling that it is a mistake to think that the passion one feels in creation is ever really shown in the work one creates. Art is always more abstract than we fancy. Form and colour tell us of form and colour – that is all.”

I can’t be the only artist in the world who finishes a piece of work one day, on top of the world, elated about the achievement wrought – only to be a bit disappointed the next day when the true result is seen clearly with fresh eyes? makes you wonder whether that sense of excitement and wonder experienced in the act of creation is ever really felt by anyone but the artist. It’s happened to me a lot I know.

But being an artist to my core it just makes me want to try again. That breathtaking breakthrough may be just around the corner……maybe the next image I paint!? Ever the optimist eh?