Cedric Alessandro Chambers, a Bolivian-American meta-modern oil painter.
I’m a solitary brooding artist and art historians like to claim that I don’t exist. What drives me to paint is my gut reaction to the changing political environment. I express my feelings through my paintings. I believe that art should be created with this in mind: technical skill and subjective interpretation.
I think that the art world can be pretty ridiculous. For example, I have a personal vendetta against Abstract art. Abstract art was innovative at inception, but now Abstract art is the most advertised genre of art; it's in fashion magazines and TV shows. I've been harassed by laymen and artists alike on how 'everything has been painted', as if it's an accepted truth. I strongly believe that Abstract Art is the most extreme example of the Dunning Kruger Effect.
Unlike the abstract artist, I don’t create out of pure intuition; I paint on purpose. My brush strokes are the result of years of honing, not randomness justified through thoughtlessness. Art historians like to claim that Abstract Art is the epitome of painting. I think that this is equivalent to claiming that Disco is the epitome of music. That statement also begs the question; If one can imagine unique infinite depth and meaning within swaths of color, then one can also imagine infinite depth and meaning with just about anything at all? i.e. poop on the concrete, abstract art, and realistic art?
To be fair, realists old and new tend to paint the same subject matter. They often take no risks, sometimes they’re even painting the exact same scene over and over again. Just as Cezanne did, painting the view of his mountain home. The common art historian's argument is that “everything has been painted’, and that argument is supposedly exemplified by realists. Claiming that everything has been painted is like claiming that every novel has been written. Historically speaking, there are a lot of paintings of Jesus and Boobies, so how did Art historians arrive at the conclusion that everything had been painted? Does this imply that art historians think that Jesus and Boobies are all there is to paint?
I believe that the ‘old masters' were impressive, but I think it’s wrong to compare modern-day painters to them. While painters like Michel-Angelo were skilled, 1980's hyper-realists are leagues beyond. A lot has happened in painting since the ‘old world’. For example, we know how to preserve art for thousands of years. Digital photography is a thing now. We’ve created pigments that are smoother to work with, less toxic to the environment, and more opaque with a higher tinting strength. Have you ever painted with the same pigments they had in 1600? Burnt Sienna is literally made of burnt dirt scooped up from the ground of Sienna Italy; resulting in a thin paint that is not even sustainable to produce. While I dabble in old-world methods and techniques, my artwork is created with the latest innovations and environmentally friendly materials that are intended to last thousands of years.
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