What is Esoteric Art?

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What is Esoteric Art?

Postby Editor » Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:44 pm

This question and answer was first posted on the Artdaja website. Editor.

Lucy Jones asked, "I'm curious to know more about esoteric art. How is it different from abstract or pop art? Is there any inner meaning or are they just colourful pictures? Some of your pictures I really like. Can you tell me how you developed this style?"

"When I was a young man I used to paint what people wanted. Mostly landscapes, still life and portraits. I did paint a small collection of abstract/pop art and a collection of female nudes.

Later, during my spiritual journey, the 'turning point' occurred and it changed everything including my style of art. There was no longer any interest in copying what was out there, like landscapes, people or still life. The challenge now was to create impressions from the new subjective horizons that the transformation had revealed. There was no actual development of this style, it is simply the way I express these internal impressions. For want of a name I call this style 'esoteric art'.

Perhaps a little background on how the abstract art style developed may help. The great English painter JMW Turner, whose later work became more and more abstract, was an influence on Claude Monet who was a core member of the impressionist movement. From that movement Paul Cezanne, experimenting with spacial volume and colour as structure, set a basic foundation for Cubism which Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque developed. Another influence was Georges Seurat's system of Pointillism, that is making pictures from tiny coloured dots. Many artists of this time experimented with these techniques like Piet Mondrian, who then went on to revolutionise abstract art.

I believe Mondrian said that, as man becomes more intelligent he will express himself more and more abstractly. He developed the idea of plasticity and wrote a book, 'Plastic Art and Pure Plastic Art' (1937), in which he defines his theories on neo-Plasticism.

The American artist Jackson Pollock added a new dimension to abstract impressionism with his remarkable 'drip paintings'. I believe Pollock said that, an artist need no longer look outside of himself for inspiration, inspiration can now come directly from within the artist's mind. Pollock's gift was to convey subtle feelings through his paintings.

Hans Hofmann, a German painter who lived and taught in America most of his adult life, bought a dynamic impact to abstract art. He was a friend of Picasso and Matisse, and in his art Hofmann created a unique form of synthetic Cubism. In many ways his art surpassed his contemporaries and the founders of modern art. His technique of 'push and pull' is now a standard in the art world.

Today one of the greatest living artists is Howard Hodgkin. He has the gift of conveying feeling in his unique form of art. He would, understandably, object to being called an abstract expressionist. Yet his development of the style will go down in history.

There are hundreds of artists who could have been mentioned for their contribution to New Age art, but this is just a brief background to convey something of the great artistic momentum that is still continuing. Esoteric art is a very small part of the continuation of this artistic momentum.

I do hope that this, in some way, has answered your questions." David (dbm).

Examples of David's esoteric art:
Image Ebook cover 'Tranquility of Mind'.
Image Ebook cover 'Waterfall'.
Image Om mani padme hum.
Image Phoenix.
Image Chakra Maya (Man's View)
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Esoteric Art

Postby Sal » Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:13 pm

There's some amazing New Age art these days. Also a load of subjective nonsense like a pile of bricks or a bit of wood with a nail in it or an unmade bed!
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Re: Esoteric Art

Postby Steve » Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:25 am

Sal wrote:There's some amazing New Age art these days. Also a load of subjective nonsense like a pile of bricks or a bit of wood with a nail in it or an unmade bed!

When is it art and when is it taking the piss :?:
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Re: What is Esoteric Art?

Postby Susan » Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:36 pm

What is great art exactly? Everyone has the right to like or dislike works of art. However, I think that there is more than an element of elitism when art critics favour one genre over another. Art goes in and out of fashion but does that really mean what is now out of favour has become bad art overnight?
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Re: What is Esoteric Art?

Postby Wisp » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:02 am

I think art like love is in the eye of the beholder.
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Art Castings

Postby mastbrass » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:15 am

Art castings of bronze (brass) by the recipes of old masters.
Tables, chimney sets, clocks, chandeliers, statuettes, and much more.
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Re: What is Esoteric Art?

Postby Neil » Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:00 pm

Nice pics - :D
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Re: What is Esoteric Art?

Postby Rose » Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:40 pm

I like this art.
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Re: What is Esoteric Art?

Postby Cloud » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:39 pm

Good article on new age art.
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Re: What is Esoteric Art?

Postby Voodoo » Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:40 am

Yeah great stuff...
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