We call a role model a person that inspires the younger, mostly, with his or her positioning in life. Behaviour and success are considered the key points, but the historical moment and the trends that go with it allow this positioning to come out as success and as likeable behaviour, or not. Outside everyday life, role models are easy to identify in films, as well as in books; in a description so to say. But what if we would remove the descriptive part and offer the values of a role model in pure art.
A painter would suggest this:
Painting has an important role to play in our society despite of what people and the art world itself proclaim with frequent judgements. Painting – the act of and the responsiveness to – is a role-model to the following:
- Self-sufficiency, to the extent possible
- A sense of devotion outside religions
- A measurable ability for concentration
- A chance for contemplation with result to non-navigated thoughts
- A movement of the brain in connection to the intelligent movements of the hands
- A sense that time and space expand, shrink and take forms in respond to our disposition
- A counter balance to art as entertainment
- A living connecting point to tradition and history
- A dimmer of human created noise
Thoughts by a a devoted painter and resilient advocate of the special quality that painting offers to the arts and to the community.
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