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?