Do you enjoy visiting a Gallery?
And if you do, what inspires you most, the art…
Or the building?
“Look at lots of art” is the most common Art advice I’m given. Well, besides “keep practicing”!
And it’s true, Artists gain inspiration from visiting Art Galleries. Most frequently this comes from the art they see.
But galleries can be exhibits in their own right.
Take Victorian galleries:
Giant edifices, celebrating the skills of their time.Grand and imposing with a mindboggling degree of decoration.
Contemporary galleries may favour simplicity.
Aiming for a Neutral space, a white box in which the art is allowed to speak for itself. The epitomy of the minimalist ethos.
While others shout “look at me!” to the visitor.
Like The Lowry, in my painting below. Their contemporary architecture attracts a different type of attention. You either love it or hate it. Designed to be noticed and elicit a reaction. It’s bold in its design and internal use of colour, certainly attracted my attention.
Whether it’s to your taste or not is a different matter?
Distinctive in it’s canalside location. It’s a landmark and location that the locals should take pride in. The Fountain of Inspiration can be hard to find. I’m all for anything which adds to my Source.
Then there are the Converted spaces
Like the Tate Modern with its vast engine hall dwarfing all but the most impressive of sculptures.
And there are other Galleries out there to inspire you in themselves as well as with the art. I know I haven’t begun to scratch the surface.
So next time you’re in a gallery, look at the architecture as well as the art, you may surprise yourself.
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