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I'll Know It When I See It

May 19, 2018

Spike Lee

Last week I finished Edward Docx new novel “Let Go My Hand”. The character of the dying academic father takes his three dysfunctional sons to see the Palaeolithic cave paintings in France before he dies. The raw power of human creativity hits them hard. Art transforms us and makes us see the world afresh. It makes sense of our existence.

Then I saw Spike Lee on TV discussing his new film “BlacKkKlansman”, speaking passionately about acts of creativity in the modern world, about how art can have an impact of our state of mind, how art influences the decisions we make, and how we view and interact with the world we live in.

Would be new buyers of art in the Gallery often say “I’ll know it when I see it”.
It is sad that people are often intimidated by the art world as elitist, pretentious, impenetrable, when good art should be the opposite: engaging, human, for us and by us. We see therefore we are. All we have to do is look.
But in a world where we are endlessly bombarded by images, it can often be difficult to concentrate and connect with an artwork.
Lauren Baker’s neon, diamond dust prints have a powerful spiritual quality. Her work explores the fragility of life, energy-fields, the after-life and other dimensions. Using neon light to express her positive messages and life mantras, she aims to raise the vibration of love and connection in the world.
We feel better and more positive the longer we look at them. They change, and we change with them.
Some of Steve Smythe’s experimental new works using screenprinting, spray paint and collage techniques reappear and disappear as viewed through different lights. We feel delighted at the cleverness, the magic. They change, and we change with them.
Clare Wardman’s abstract paintings are so intricate and complex in their beauty that it is impossible for our mind's eye to remember the images. We simply turn away and see something new when we look again. We feel intrigued so we look again, and again. They change, and we change with them.

I think “I’ll know it when I see it” is a perfectly valid and honest way to look at buying art for your home but we must remember not just to look at things, but to try and see them.

At the gallery we look at great art, all day, every day. We want to talk to our clients about art, to inspire them to buy well and make intelligent decisions about collecting, at whatever level. We don’t want people to be intimidated or made to feel stupid. We wan’t to help them engage with some of the the greatest artists in the world, to understand them, to own their works and to love them.

Art changes us. Art is what makes us human. Art is what we leave behind.


Written by Tom Arnold

Director, The Art Hound Gallery

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