Classic or Contemporary?

art then, art now


In class today we compared classic and contemporary art, using a venn diagram to find the differences. Then, Ms. Fernie opened the question up to us: “Is classic or contemporary art more important to you as an artist?”

My first thought was that that’s a hard question. Many of my favourite artists are contemporary, like Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Van Gogh, and Jackson Pollock, but at the same time this infatuation with surrealist, impressionist, and abstract art hasn’t been around long. It was only after trying to expand my horizons in IB Art that I really got into the contemporary, and before that I was more into realism.

Now, I tend to mix the elements from classic art with elements from contemporary art. For instance, I’m a nut for realistic anatomy. Katsushika Hokusai, an ancient mangaka is also a great influence for me, although he’s on the verge of being contemporary.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that there are elements of both classic and contemporary art that shine through in my work. Realistic people, portraits, and anatomy are in sync with the classic movement, but abstract backgrounds with a variety of mixed media go along with the contemporary movement. Both are important to me, and I hope that shines through in my artwork.

What about you? What do you think?


Update! Flowers, Acrylics, and Ink

Finished Beauty is Abstract!

I’ve finished Beauty is Abstract completely by adding flowers. Glad to be done! Now that I’ve got that off my shoulders I can start on some new projects!IMG_2049









Also, I’ve finished my digital art piece.

I started working with ink in my sketch book. I plan to do a piece in ink over the winter break, because I own india ink and a calligraphy set. I’m not sure what the piece will be exactly, but I’ll begin studying artists and art movements this week so I’ll be able to start working over the break. Here’s what I did over the weekend.





Finally, after months of work on Beauty is Abstract and weeks of fooling around with my self portrait I’m finally done.

Okay, not actually done. I still need to add the flowers and put my self portrait on a canvas, but all of that won’t take too long. Before now it seemed like the finish line was all the way over the horizon and now that I’m here it seems weird that I can see it right ahead of me.

Next I need to start thinking about what I’m going to do with ink as my next project, but I didn’t think that would be for a while.

Only three more projects to do after I finish these!


An albeit slightly blurry photograph of what Beauty is Abstract looks like now. I cleaned up the edges around the body and added the leg hair. I think I’m going to leave the hairline as it is. Wouldn’t want to mess anything up. If you look in the bottom right corner (near the lips) you can see my signature too. I might paint over it and redo it though

Self Portrait last

The digital art piece of my unnamed painting. Any name suggestions?