Spiritulaity in Art

Essay by woombyetennisplayerHigh School, 12th grade October 2006

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The topic of spirituality is one of a personal nature. Many artists throughout history have portrayed their spiritual beliefs in various styles and media. Connecting their personal beliefs to their art works is important to a number of artists who release a part of their soul to their creations in the hope to connect with their audience.

Two artists that influenced my painting are Vincent Van Gogh and Ronnie Tjampitjinpa. Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch painter who lived in the mid 1800s, he was a post-impressionist. Van Gogh painted two chairs, his own chair and the chair of Paul Gauguin, his friend. "Vincent's Chair with His Pipe" and "Gauguin's Armchair" were both painted in December 1888. Ronnie Tjampitjinpa is a master of desert art; he is a contemporary Australian Aboriginal artist. "Bushfire Dreaming" is a large painting on canvas he created in 2003.

The empty chair makes you think about a moment past by or a moment yet to happen.

When you look at an empty chair the power of your imagination goes to work. It's the power of suggestion. That suggestion is made when the chair has a specific purpose like an outdoor chair, a lounge, a milking stool, or an electric chair. The eye sees the empty chair; the mind fills in the gap.

The chair is an object that many artists use as their subject matter. The chair in art is different from the chair as art. The chair as art is chair design, the chair in art, is where statements are made, symbols created, and meanings established around the chair.

Vincent Van Gogh believed that art was a form of expression. Painting was an emotional and spiritual experience for him. He painted not only how he interpreted his surroundings, but his sensations and feelings...