Tubes Magazines Vision for Art in the 21st Century

painters TUBES new issue The 2020 painters TUBES magazine VR platforms upgrades are just the beginning enabling Artists work to be not only visible, but affordable and desired to the vast global audience. Our vision for a ‘Contemporary Art World System Reformation’… is now clearly in sight and it starts in April this year. 

The VR magazine platforms are all operational with vastly increased reader audiences.
Here are just a few of the links below for the new TUBES issues – The new TAG issues and an example of an Artists Exhibition Catalogue.

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For all TAG  (Tubes Artists Gallery) on the USA based Joomag News Stand click/tap here

For all back copies of painters TUBES magazines based on the VR platform click/tap here

For an Example of an Artists Exhibition Catalogue click or tap here

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The new platform that covers Global viewers and the regular readers of Tubes Magazines are shown here – This is a truly mobile friendly platform, all operating systems viewable on iphones, Androids, ipads, slates, laptops and desktops –  And at full screen and the ability to Zoom in and take a real close look at the Art (and the read the brilliant commentary and articles). The readers stay longer and enjoy all the Art shown. The online platforms updated base code ensures TUBES operates exactly as a real-life ‘magazine.’

Perhaps even more exciting (if thats possible) is the new TUBES VR 3D Gallery – The first exhibition launchs on 10th April 2020. This Tubes Artists Gallery is curated by Tubes Magazines Artists and Art Specialists  – The first exhibition will demonstrate to Artists how to showcase and sell their work to a global audience – Exactly the same as a real life High Street Gallery with music overplayed and a human greeting and more.

The premiere invited audience (via a specially desgned personal invitation) can ask questions directed to the Curator or directly to the artist. All the paintings are correctly scaled on a beauiful and easy to navigate within a modern interior designed space.

A specialliy ceated catalogue for the exhibition is also provided – which is both online and printed (for posterity) and for distribution to the artists collectors, family and friends in advance of the exhibition premiere  – Everything at a cost thats artists can easily  afford and they will enjoy with a smile putting on those ***Red Stickers that will ensue with each visitor walking through the TUBES Artists VR Gallery Entrance.

***All the work is available to buy by Art Lovers and Collectors and on a very special interest free payment arrangement.  This is an exclusive arrangement between the Artist and the Exhibition Curators to ensure a universal way to make Art affordable and easy to buy direct from the Artist for a mass audience – No fuss – instant Approval –  and immediate Funds Transfer to the Creator of the Art – everyones a winner.

Artists Catalogues For Exhibition online and the high streetThese upgrade to TUBES magazines is just the beginning – As an associate company working hand in glove with World Art Exhibitions Limited – Tubes magazines will also be mounting exhibition spaces in all World Art Exhibitions Limited & British Art Exhibitions planned major shows in Cities and Towns throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Tubes will also be writing, designing and producing a catalogue specifically for each exhibition.

Art is changing – Tubes Magazines and World Art Exhibitions are at the cutting edge of that change as we move forward further into the 21st Century Contemporary Art World.

Artists – Join us today – Contact Denis Taylor – Artist, Writer and Editor in Chief via painters TUBES magazine and TAG – Tubes Artists Gallery to sign to discuss your part  in the future of Art and what part you can play in it.

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Landscape 2020. Special Feature

major new Landscape feature to be published in Tubes issue #16

TUBES magazinepainters TUBES magazine published the first Landscape special in 2017 with issue #5. It featured 22 artists both known and unknown, a publishing policy of which painters TUBES originated from issue #1 and through to the latest issue #15.

Painters Tubes is one of the very few respected contemporary art specialist magazines that do not ask for a fee or any financial obligation from the artists selected.

painters Tubes is also one of those rare online quality and content full magazines that is Free to read on line – with a subscription client list and regular readers list that purchase the printed version of our unique magazine.

The next Landscape special issue we will be looking to emulate issue #5 in both quality and quantity of artist participation. (You can click here to read issue #5 now)

Here are a few of the wonderful works of art that featured in issue #5 – If you are an artist who loves painting landscape more than any other subject – Tubes would like to hear from you.  Please write to editor by email with your website url: email: editor@painterstubes.com

Below are paintings of just a few of the fantastic artists that featured in the last Landscape special issue – You may well know one or two – All  of them can be found on the web…Google their name (you will see under each photograph of their work) to go to their own websites.

please note – all art shown is the copyright of the artist and must not be published in any way whatsoever without the express permission of the artist or painters TUBES magazine ©TUBES magazines 2016 – 2020

Landscape Special- TUBES magazines

Artist. Colin Halliday

Artist. Diane Terry

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Artist. Chris Cyprus

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Artist. Alison Tyldesley

 

Jake Attree featured Landscape special issue of painters TUBES magazine

Artist. Jake Attree

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Artist. Bev O’Donoghue

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Artist. Dean Entwistle

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Artist. Harry Robertson

Martin Yeoman in painters TUBES magazine

Artist. Martin Yeoman

Arista Alanis in painters TUBES magazines

Artist. Arista Alanis

These are only a few of the fantastic paintings in TUBES landscape #5 2017 – the next special Landscape 2020 will prove to be just as good – even more fabulous – if thats possible – The printed magazine (issue #5) SOLD OUT –  in less than 48 hours – painters TUBES recommend you reserve your printed copy – Send No Money Now – Simply fill in the form below to reserve your own personal copy posted direct to your home – UK -EU -USA and Tubes will out you on the printed magazine list

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Tubes magazine issue #15 – Now on line Click here

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In this issue – Tubes are delighted to publish the excellent article, “Hieronymus Bosch, sweet dreams?”  by Artist and Tubes writer Gregory Evans.  Tubes editor Denis Taylor’s essay “creating with pixels or pigments…what’s the difference?” featuring artists who incorporate digital painting into their discipline. Edward Taylor Sawyer,  Howard Brink, Hans Reefman  and Yehan Wang 

Tubes introduce readers to artist Nouiri Mohamed with art in the style inspired the ‘masters’ of 20th century art and yet ensures his own hand is unique and evident in the art he creates. painters Tubes are pleased to publish an update report of the huge ongoing project “Fiddlers Ferry.” which is a photographic and a painting endeavour taken on by Shaun Smyth and Lee Harrison. Fiddlers Ferry in one of the last major Power Stations in the UK that is run by coal fired turbines. It’s decommission is part of the UK Government  determined task to eliminate carbon emissions over the next few decades.

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World Art Exhibitions + TAG

painters TUBES  are delighted to announce that as from February 2020 we shall be working closely as an associated company with World Art Exhibition Limited (and British Art Exhibitions)

World Art Exhibitions enable new and dynamic platforms for contemporary artists. British Art Exhibitions, is one of their premier platform brands. The  2020-2021 exhibition program consists of mounting exhibitions in a host of venues throughout the UK, the USA, Europe and Asia.

painters TUBES magazines will be produce and design the catalogues for each exhibition under the TAG (Tubes Art Gallery) header – TAG will also occupy an exhibition stand showing painters Tubes selected artists work in each exhibition.

painters Tubes magazineThe TAG- TUBES editorial team along with the Tubes resident art critic (Spike) will write articles and summaries for each artist to be featured in the exhibition catalogues. Artist who are featured in the TAG -World Art Exhibition catalogue will enjoy full exposure on line and on Tubes Main website and painters TUBES new TAG-VR platforms.

There will also be opportunity for participating artists to expand their customer reach in the new TAG-3D VR exhibitions presented to a global audience within World Art Exhibitions and as a stand alone Group or Solo exhibition (from June 2020 onwards).

 painters TUBES  magazine selected Artist will be exhibited on the TAG stand at each and every World Art Exhibition and British Art Exhibition

Tubes Artists Gallery (TAG) will design and mount a physical space within each exhibition This space will consist of invited painters TUBES artists to exhibit and offer their work to collectors. 

Contact: editor@painterstubes.com for details and submissions

Tubes will also promote artists participating within each World Art Exhibition on all painters TUBES platforms.

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MANCHESTER 2020 April – World Art Exhibitions and British Art Exhibitions have scheduled eight pop-up  exhibitions starting in Manchester April 2020.  Book your space by going to  https://www.worldartexhibitions.co.uk/


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World Art Exhibitions Limited- work with renowned and prestigious clients around the globe, administering, operating, project managing or promoting, organisations, businesses and institutions such as; St Pauls Cathedral, The National Football Museum, The Crown Jewels (Tower of London), The IOC (International Olympic Committee) Museum (Switzerland), Richard the III Visitors Centre, Museum of London, York Minster, Wimbledon Museum, Chopin Museum (Warsaw Poland), Warwick Castle, The Giants Causeway, Ordsall Hall, Ferrari World (Abu Dhabi), Sydney Tower (Australia).


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TUBES back issues 1 to 4

TUBES BACK ISSUES #1 to #4

We are delighted to provide direct links to the first four back issues of painters TUBES magazines – Click the link of each one to read free on line. They are now presented on Tubes new and fantastic Virtual Reality Platform. You can view the magazine on all devices and all operating systems, OSX , Android, Linux or Windows. Bookmark our website to come back whenever you like and from wherever you are.

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TUBES issue #1 Tubes issue #1 featured an interview with Ian Norris in his studio in winter of 2015. Ian Norris a highly respected and renown Northern English artist. Tubes art magazine issue #1 Interview- in the studio with Ian Norris.Featured painter has an in depth discussion about his new paintings and the reasoning behind them. Plus- Review of the Exhibition The Northern School a reappraisal and the accompanying Book at Gateway Gallery, Hale, Cheshire. Exciting New move for the Contemporary Six Gallery in Central Manchester Art Education ”what about the kids” What age should Art be taught? Spike’ on Tretchikoff our resident culture critic tells the full story of this most amazing artist who has been ‘put-down’ by the art establishment in the UK but remains the best selling artist in the 20th century.Click here. link: http://online.mobissue.com/badm/fwvl/

Tubes issue number twoTUBES issue #2 In this issue: “in the studio with John Smout,” A painter hidden from view Plus Dave Coulter and the exhibition of the man behind the most famous street in the world. Coronation Street of Granada Television Fame. Also “in the the studio with Chris Cyprus” A new private Gallery sweeps into Cheshire. Cheshire Art Gallery. Spike- the resident critic explains why “Weltgeist” may be important to a painter. Plus an amazing essay written by the late author and professor of Art at Lancaster University, Nigel Whiteley. The essay -Affirmative art in a Disafirmative Climate was written for the Heart 2 Art Exhibition mounted in Stockholm in 2002- Curated and designed by Denis Taylor Artist, Writer and Editor of painters TUBES magazine.
Link: http://online.mobissue.com/badm/yovv/

Painters TUBES magazineTUBES issue #3  Brilliant issue including a great interview with legendary gallery owner Dave Gunning. The Galley owner who re-discovered the great English painter William. Ralph Turner. The full story is told in this issue and the Sunday Telegraph magazine article is also reproduced. Plus- Harry Rutherford. His legacy moving again? Saul Hay, a new gallery opens in the City of Manchester (UK) is it another commercial gallery? Paintings by Steve Capper exhibiting at Gateway Gallery Hale. Plus Hugh Winterbottom new work.      Link: http://online.mobissue.com/badm/wucv/

Tubes issue number fourTUBES issue #4  Abstract from alpha to omega. Academic brilliant article by Denis Taylor. Twentieth Century movements.Cubism to Futurism to Dada. Artists discussed: Braque, Matisse, Delauney, Mondrian,Derain, Gris, Metzinger, Balla, Malevich, Kandinsky, Duchamp. Late twentieth century movements, American Abstract Expressionism to Figurative Expressionism. Artists discussed. Mark Tobey, Mark Rothko, William De Kooning, Clifford Still, Nicholas de Stael, Arshille Gorky, Barnet Newman, Yves Klein, Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg. 21st Century artists include: John Walker, Kayla Mohammadi, Denis Taylor, Lisa Kreuziger plus several more artists. Link: http://online.mobissue.com/badm/ytgv/

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Featured artists from the the Tubes Artists Group. This is a special christmas edition on Abstract Art – Artists featured include: Liz Doyle, David Eastens, Shain De Heart, Riccardo Vitiello, Myfanwy Williams, Ian Fallace, Liz Cleaves, Paul McGloskey, Volker Mayr, Kelvin Harvey and Peter Murray.  plus “Whats so Good about Abstract?” article by TUBES resident art critic ‘Spike’

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issue#14- great new issue -not to be missed

Latest issue of TUBES. #14 Great feature on Urban Art wriiten by two accomplished artists. Plus three master painters artworks, not to be missed.

THE PROTOS LOOPHOLE-a fictional story wriiten in serial form by the editor of  painters TUBES magazineProtos Loophole - a story written in serial form on line

Read the editors fictional story (in serial form) on www.denisartist.com

 

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Tubes Artists Gallery – showcase number 3 Front and Back Cover of TAG#3 – ©Cherie Grist.

Artists participating in TAG#3 are:

Anthony Barrow The ‘portrait’ paintings shown in TAG#3 are immediately attractive to the viewing public at large and have proved this with the interest generated by the social media on the TUBES platforms over the last few weeks in October. These are accomplished works which have a unique approach to application of  the chosen medium, skilfully applied onto a flat surface.

Anthony’s artistic concern goes beyond the image and explores the representational using memory as much as references. The artists subject matter is not restricted to ‘human figures’ and includes still life and landscape. Although it is his figures and portraiture that he tends to concentrate his focus on. website: https://anthonybarrow.co.uk/

Arwyn Quick – Arwyn is no stranger to TUBES magazine as we have featured his abstract work in a special feature. Then, as now, Arwyn has a passion for colour and the natural world inspired by the remote Derbyshire Peaks in the UK. Tubes were taken by Arwyn’s abstractions based on landscape, however in the work shown here in TAG #3 is more of the work that the artists is better known for. www.arwynquick

Cherie Grist – An exciting abstract expressionist with a [recent] inclination to formal geometric abstraction the artist explodes her colour onto the canvas. As most abstract expressionist will tell you, ‘feelings and memories’, help the to form the initial beginnings of the Artwork, and Cherie is no exception to that common artistic thread. However, what is refreshing is her unique approach to creating the finished image – At one time explosive with broad colour strokes, then with large lumps of colour overlaid and achieved by pouring the paint from the edge of the canvas, controlling the flow by moving the canvas in a slow motion, one that seems carried out by listening to the paints desires and wishes where it wants to flow. Here is what she says of her own practice. http://www.cheriegrist.com

 Front and Back Cover of TAG#3 – ©Cherie Grist.

Claire McCarthy – Claire is now entering an enlightening  phase where her heritage is starting to direct her attention to specific art creation. The artist is from a family who originated in Ireland her memories has always been connected to the Mersey Docks, the Sea, the Dockers, the Ships and the people of Liverpool. As the world changes and in particular the UK , which continues on its course of regeneration of the industrial North, much of the local history, character and what was once its financial strength is not only changing but disappearing.  Very few Artists are embarking on a mission to capture that heritage for future generations. Claire is a leading artist in this regard and is working towards an exhibition project with paintings and new media. https://www.clairemccarthy.co.uk

Claudia Araceli – Claudia is what many people call a ‘plein-air’ painter – That is she works direct from nature and from what is in front of her. TUBES covered plein air in the main magazine (issue #13)  and so it is with absolute confidence that I can say that I do not agree with Claudia being labelled in any way – except – as a gifted painter.  https://www.claudiaaraceli.com/

David Bez – No stranger to TUBES [or the curator of TAG] David’s  work draws inspiration from the urban, industrial and pastoral landscapes in and around his home. I  the works shown in TAG# –  Tubes have selected the artists ‘Deconstruction’ series of work – These ‘fantasy’ paintings demonstrate David’s fabulous imagination and pure talent – The artist utilises a Faux Vitrial process, hand embellishing with silicates and resins. This process adds a depth and richness to the paintings, giving a unique and exclusive finish to the work (see more work on: https://www.contemporarysix.co.uk/artists/david-bez/works/

Jocelyn Roberts – Jocelyn is what I would term an environmental painter with a unique talent for capturing the faces of nature. Her word is both strong, when nature demonstrates her power – and so very gentle on those special days that we have all experienced under the open and blue skies of a summers day. https://www.bodnant-artgallery.co.uk/jocelyn-roberts-1

Malcolm Dobbins – The unique abstract work of the artist is easily recognisable, and has been for quite some time. Malcolm has been painting for over four decades. His medium is acrylic and his style has been developed from master twentieth centuries masters such as Hans Hoffman through to Franz Kline – Although his own abstractions he feels is more akin to Abstract- Realism –  than it is to pure abstraction as Hoffman or Kline work obviously are.  It is not uncommon to see Malcolm’s style emulated these days, as other artists are attracted by the beauty of the simplification of landscape that Malcolm achieves – Yet, none can match his colour sense – or the way in which he carefully balances the colour tones within a specific composition, an attention to detail which is all his own. www.malcolmdobbins.co.uk

Martin Davis –“The drive to create work is my emotional response to colour, my love of form and to the effects on both of light & atmosphere.” So says the artist about his art – Didactic and an ex fire-fighter who was born and raised in the coalfields of Derbyshire, Martin Davis is an Artist who is reluctant to call himself by that ‘illustrious’ title. The reader may well disagree with him after viewing his work in TAG #3 –https://martindavisartist.co.uk/

Ron Etherington. One of the select ‘Saddleworth’ painters that has been encouraged and guided by a painter (well known to the Editor of painters TUBES magazine), John McCombs – John has guided many an artist practicing today including, Ann Parkin, David Edwards, Steve Tringer, Ian Norris and Margaret Hinchliffe  all of whom took John’s class with Ron Ehtherington in 2010. www.painterstube.gallery

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TUBES readers information: painters TUBES magazines are independent art publications. They are designed and produced at Studio 5 Angelholm in Skane, Sweden.  They are printed in the UK and Administered by artists. The magazine branding and it's associated url's: ©2013 painterstubes.com, ©2019-paintertubes.gallery and tubesmag.com Registered and owned by the TUBES Family. The Tubes family consists of: Barry Taylor.Consultant.(UK)  Denis Taylor, Artist, Writer/Editor (Sweden and the UK). Marianne Arnberg Taylor. Admin (Sweden). Adam Taylor.Admin(UK). Distributors. Manchester(UK). Past and present Current major projects include: Constructing the Mersey Gateway Bridge - Shaun Smyth, Exhibition at the Brindley Centre 2019. UK. "defining the elemental" Mixed artists exhibition, Dean Clough, Crossley Gallery, 2018-2019. The Second Nature Project. UK and Europe, panel discussion and exhibition - 2020-2021. Fiddlers Ferry Project 2020-2021- Lee Harrison and Shaun Smyth  North West England Exhibition of Photography and paintings. "Spike" Tubes Critic is written by Paul Constantine and Barry Ornszitt and Denis Taylor.

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Tubes magazine issue 13ISSUE 13 – READ ON LINE CLICK HERE

In this issue:  Excellent Article on plein air painting – a brilliant essay by Gregory Evans – Taking risks. A review of the legendary Russel Howarth (master painter from the North of England- photographed by Marianne Arnberg)  New contemporary paintings from the UK, Europe and the USA  Plus a new TUBES section where artists get to talk about their own words the new section is called “in their own words” – This issue Mark David Lloyd gives a great overview of his practise.

This is how Google explain what plein air painting is…
“…en  plein air  is a French expression that means “in the open  air.” It is used by  artists to  describe the  art  of outdoor  painting, capturing landscapes and views in natural light. This kind of  art  has been a popular practice for centuries and requires specific skills and techniques.”

Do you agree with that definition? Technically it is correct, well the first part is, I mean it is French for in the open air, but what about the rest of the statement. Is it really used by artists to describe their work? Or is it used more by Art professionals, galleries, social media platforms to place this sort of art into a convenient ‘art’ box? – personally I think the later rather than the former is correct. Does it need a special skill ? Not really, painting is painting isn’t it? Not matter where or what you paint with or even on, inside or outside, it’s more complex than the skill – it’s more complicated than just having some sort of natural talent or a gift for transcription of an object or scene that is in front of you.” – intro written by the Editor of painters TUBES magazine

Contemporary Artists featured in this issue: Amanda Oilphant, Russel Howarth, Brian Cote, Gregory Evans, Helen Skidmore, Mark David Lloyd, Richard Suckling, Stephen Stringer, Niki Heenan, Barry De More – Edited by artist and writer Denis Taylor.

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TUBES readers information: painters TUBES magazines are independent art publications. They are designed and produced at Studio 5 Angelholm in Skane, Sweden.  
They are printed in the UK and Administered by artists. The magazine branding and it's associated url's: ©2013 painterstubes.com, ©2019-paintertubes.gallery and tubesmag.com Registered and owned by the TUBES Family. The Tubes family consists of: Barry Taylor.Consultant.(UK)  Denis Taylor, Artist, Writer/Editor (Sweden and the UK). Marianne Arnberg Taylor. Admin (Sweden). Adam Taylor.Admin(UK). Distributors. Manchester(UK). Past and present Current major projects include: Constructing the Mersey Gateway Bridge - Shaun Smyth, Exhibition at the Brindley Centre 2019. UK. "defining the elemental" Mixed artists exhibition, Dean Clough, Crossley Gallery, 2018-2019. The Second Nature Project. UK and Europe, panel discussion and exhibition - 2020-2021. Fiddlers Ferry Project 2020-2021- Lee Harrison and Shaun Smyth  North West England Exhibition of Photography and paintings. "Spike" Tubes Critic is written by Paul Constantine and Barry Ornszitt and Denis Taylor.

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I strayed across an interesting old video on You Tube….

It was was on those that you find popping up on a feed after you have watched something similar, which is annoying. But, it got me thinking about the relationship between Artistic freedom and Modern Religious Art. This particular You Tube discussion, come lecture, come educational piece, was presented by a line up of tenured academics and young post graduate teachers.

The panel argued how Contemporary Art institutions reacted negatively to work that was based in some sort of religious subject.The discussion started after an initial lecture by one of the Academics, David Thyrell. So began two hours of surprising statements, amusing quotes, some fairly logical reasoning, heart felt speeches and many contradictions from an art academic viewpoint.

painting of a Saint by Italian master in TUBES magazine.

Thyrell reckoned that… “Only Art that is critical of (western) religion of faith is acceptable as Contemporary Art. And all other art that could be read as religious, is translated to one of a post minimalistic view.” (And)…”that all references to faith and religion is edited out at source”. (And)…”the contemporary Art world does not seek any debate on this form of art because they see it as non-progressive, as propagandistic and not supportive of an advancing culture or indeed, enlightening mankind for the new centuries ahead of us.”Thyrell spoke with passion and summed up his lecture by stating”it seems, that religious work that is non-specific, for example, non-stated religious, ambiguous or totally abstracted with very loose associations, are acceptable as Contemporary Art. Providing the images are not from a Judeo Christian slant. However, the tribal, the Asiatic or the cultism subjects are OK.“

Judaeo-Christian made up the bulk of the audience (note: it was held at a Roman Catholic University) I guessed they must have been appalled by the status-quo of the implied bigotry against religious art levelled against the- ‘Artists of Faith’ – as they call themselves. For me personally, there is no need to be religious specific to appreciate (or create) Art that is good, even if that Art owns its very existence to institutions of any religion persuasion who sponsored it, or indeed created by an artist that holds a particular belief system or faith.

Detail of a painting by Pontormo in painters Tubes magazine

detail of Pontormo’s ‘deposition’ (1525‒28) at the church of Santa Felicita, Florence

Good Art is what floats my boat, I don’t care who or why or for whom it was created for. As for the rest of the Art that floods the web and the mass media art reviews, much of that Art that personally I find sort of shallow, egoistically based, trendy or with intellectual invested admiration intentions, I simply pass quickly by, metaphorically speaking, without so much as a cursory thought. For me to be anguished by an Art as the above, only goes to validate it as important to human cultural advancement, which I think it is not.

Most artists, (those I do know personally), when looking at a work of art that could be deemed as ‘Religious’, tend to ignore the possible original intended propaganda or dogma of it, but rather they concentrate on the pure magic of the Art work in front of them. For example some the work of by Pontormo and El Grego, to mention only two (religious) painters of the far distant past, whose work I greatly admire and gain much from. After a while I began to feel that the lecture, come debate, was myopic, but Thyrell’s argument did instigate an examination of my own thoughts on the subject of Modern Art & Freedom of Creation and Modern Religious beliefs in our, so called, multi-sectarian developed Western societies.

If a contemporary artist can go beyond an intellectual subject matter and demonstrate a visual power conducted via an innermost and deeply held belief, then surely that is still a vital and sustainable contemporary Art, is it not? No matter what religion the creator of that art subscribes too, or not as the case maybe. After all, isn’t atheism a brand of religion by another name?

The Rothko Chapel in Texas -article in painters Tubes magazine

Rothko Chapel Texas USA (rothkochapel.com)

If we look closer to our own time, rather than the centuries when the Church and Monarchies of Rome and Spain dominated major art commissions, say from the early and middle centuries, we can find a new sort of religious art. Malevich, Kandinsky, Mondrian and the like studied theosophy and talked of a ‘spiritual’ art. Pollock, used the practises of the the Indian Sand Painters, which involved connection with ancestors souls or spirits. Rothko and the gang of colour field painters also spoke of mediative involvement and introspection. Are all those artworks a form of religion? If you have ever visited the Rothko ‘Chapel’ in Texas, you’ll know what I am talking about. And what of Chagall. Are his paintings nothing more than illustrated nostalgia based on childhood memories of stories taken from the Old Testament? Or let’s take Vincent Van Gough, was not his paintings a projection of the love of nature reinterpreted through his own deep seated belief in a universal God? How about Agnes Martin or Sam Francis, each with a Buddhist inclination for transcendentalism or meditation. Is that not religious Art ?

Sam Francis, painter in his studio in paintersTubesmagazine

Sam Francis painting in his studio

In the early 20th century the word nihilistic art was being brandished about to describe the work of the Futurist (Italy), whose dogma was Machines and War to cleanse society and shock it out of it’s perceived malaise [of the time]. The Dada movement used the same framework with banal poetry, non-sensical drama and outlandish visual presentations [to hide away from and in reaction to the horrors of World War One]. Again, the essence here is that the Dada movement believed in something – however abstract that was – rather than nothing. And this obtuse oddity of their belief carried on manifesting itself decades later as the impatience of post-modernist [young] artists and the ambitious driven post-post modernists, and the current belief that ‘selling art, means that it must be good ‘Art’ – And made by a succesful artist (rounds of applause by living painters, can be heard here on instagram and facebook) which where I guess we find ourselves in today’s visual art world.

Though, just maybe the web is changing the ground rules. I don’t know about you, but when I view art on the web, I find more and more of it has a growing and obvious ‘belief-structure’ of some kind behind it. And much of it is good Art, mostly created by ‘unknowns’. Sure, there is still that twee stuff and the obvious bash it out to sell it for financial gain ‘ hamburger art’, not forgetting the overly academic art whitterings of art professors and so called art intellectuals who try to convince the audiences in the cities of the world, that this piece of stuff or that offerings of purely conceptual ideas, is great progressive Art (and not just simply a novel or good idea). After all it does put a high monetary value sticker on it, provided it is accompanied by the obligatory academic recommendations, especially if the Art has the blessings of Art Directors of state run institutions.

Affirmative Art, an essay by Nigel Whiteley in painters TUBES magazine

So, do Artists have total freedom to create what Art they want?  Maybe not entirely, if you agree with David Thyrell in the You Tube video I mentioned earlier. Is Religious Art (in all it’s manifestations) making a comeback? The Zeitgeist signs suggests it may well be, but not in the ‘normal’ sense of the word. In this world of the politics of infusing the inhabitants with psychological terror, global climate change fear, mega disaster predictions, the accelerating greed for money and power, irresponsible political leaders and not forgetting the inhumanity to humanity we witness daily, a world that we live in today (and perhaps always have). Maybe it’s not such a bad ambition for visual artists to ascend to a higher level and start to transmit messages of hope. And if you’ll pardon the religious, (come 1960’s hippy reference and of course the Artist known as John Lennon) visual art messages of Love and Peace, for all who reside on this tiny insignificant planet tucked away in the corner the limitless time and space of the universe.

As David Byrne once wrote,

Heaven is a place, where Nothing ever happens.”

So, now I have to gather my courage and meander slowly to my studio, where another blank space awaits. I wonder what will appear? I guess I just have to have faith that something of real artistic value will show itself, maybe even holding the restorative creative power of the universe itself ?

One never knows, that’s one reason to be an Artist, isn’t it?

the universe - on painters Tubes magazine

small part of the many Universes – photograph from NASA