Is it “Art”?

Steve MerrymanArt1 Comment

There are people out there in the world who look down on digital art as though it's somehow "cheating" and not real art. When I tell them I create my paintings on a computer, they do their best to hide their disdain. But I can tell.

I have friends who are artists, and I know they think my art is not legitimate. How do I know? Because they never ask me about it. If they thought it was "real" art, they'd be interested. But they don't ask. Ever. I'm not exactly sure why, but I suspect to their minds, if they were to show interest it would somehow legitimize a form of art they feel lacks authenticity.

To be clear, I don't think digital art should command the same dollar value as traditional art. Obviously, something that can so easily be reproduced is not as valuable as a one of a kind, done-by-hand painting. But that's not what I'm talking about.

Art is not about a dollar value, it's about the act of creation. My digital paintings are as legitimately "art" as a Rembrandt self portrait. I am NOT saying they are as valuable. I am NOT saying they are historically significant. What I AM saying is that both are legitimate artistic human expressions.

Human expression. That's what art consists of - whether created with a finger, a brush, or an electronic stylus.

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Steve Merryman is a cranky old fart. He writes about things that make him tick, and things that tick him off. You may object to his views; you may think he's a moron; and you might wish to tell him so. In return he would remind you that his lack of concern for your feelings is only exceeded by his indifference to your opinions. Good day, Sir!

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