Curious Art Gallery presents
Up against the Wall
The first new exhibition for the Curious Artists
February 16th to April 3rd 2011.
After an early one – photography by Clare Bryant
Up Against the Wall is so named for a number of reasons and the name may mean different things to different people.
It could be that feeling of beautiful warmth leaning against a wind sheltered wall after a swim in winter. It could be the hard pressed feeling humans find themselves in when life is challenging them for any number of reasons.
One factor for the Gallery was the simplicity of an exhibition with one work on the wall for each artists and the rest leaning against walls!
Up Against the Wall also relates to the individual struggles of artists dating back when artists first practiced their trade craft in return for money, goods or services.
The modern day situation really has not changed that much. Many are called; few are chosen. Nevertheless we create for the pleasure it creates for us and hopefully, others. And if this means that it puts us up against the wall from time to time, so be it!
If any artist ever lived his life ‘up against the wall,’ it was Vincent van Gogh. For a man who sold less than $100 in his own lifetime, his art work now attracts hundreds of millions of dollars yet more importantly gives hundreds of millions of people pleasure everyday from viewing his artworks.
Are we not glad that he did not collapse and give in, but leant against the “wall” and carried on? What a gift and inspiration we have from Vincent and other artists who despite the struggle and the criticism believed in their work and kept crunching on.
Vincent van Gogh -Self Portrait from the Vincent van Gogh Gallery
Birth Year : 1853
Death Year : 1890
Country : Netherlands
Vincent van Gogh, for whom color was the chief symbol of expression, was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland. The son of a pastor, brought up in a religious and cultured atmosphere, Vincent was highly emotional and lacked self-confidence.
Van Gogh’s inimitable fusion of form and content is powerful; dramatic, lyrically rhythmic, imaginative, and emotional, for the artist was completely absorbed in the effort to explain either his struggle against madness or his comprehension of the spiritual essence of man and nature.