Group of Artists from Casterton, country Victoria, and further afield in Australia
The Bi-annual Needham Religious Art Prize 2015 inspired several of our members to set to with paint and canvas. This year’s judge was Gordon Morrison, the Director of the Ballarat Art Gallery. For many artists present at the official opening and award ceremony, it was interesting to hear Mr. Morrison’s opinions regarding ‘realism’. In effect, he proposed that it was virtually useless for artists to strive for ‘realism’ in their work when, with today’s technology, a photograph can do a much better job of capturing reality. In his opinion, very few (if any?) artists were skilled, talented or art-educated enough to achieve noteworthy results. Going by comments made by both emerging and professional artists present at the opening, and since, not everyone agrees that ‘realism’ is a lost cause in the Twenty-First Century.
We all know art is subjective. Each artist approaches a given subject or theme in his or her own way, be it abstract, expressionistic, or realistic. Variety truly is the spice of life. Just as individuals choose their artistic condiments according to personal tastes – whether from an igniting of passion for the work or because it goes with the living room décor.
Each of our artists approached the religious theme in their own unique style.