Looking Beyond the Surface: Universal Themes in Art

Joanne Artman Gallery
Nov 20, 2016 9:34PM

What makes art so interesting, so appealing on a personal level? Many great artworks come from a place of self-expression, focusing on intrinsic values and personal emotions, which in turn leads to a deeper understanding of our own values and ideals. Art has the power to inspire and provoke but also, to unite. Throughout history, art has helped to both address and see the most fundamental themes of human nature, our lives and society.

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Woman & Fruit, 2016
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The use of iconic forms such as the female nude, the integration of the human form in nature, as well as the harmonization of color and line are several key elements which allow the viewer to approach America Martin’s work on a personal level. Elements of John “CRASH” Matos’ work reveal another method. In his work, Matos utilizes key elements of Pop art to bridge cultural and generational divides - bringing the work to a diverse and inclusive audience.

Such universal, humanistic themes are an integral part of the way in which we see and appreciate art - helping to bridge aesthetic and cultural divides as well as to establish new links to our own lives.

Represented at JoAnne Artman Gallery, Chelsea, NY and Laguna Beach, CA www.joanneartmangallery.com

“This Is America” New Works by AMERICA MARTIN Winter 2016 | November 17th, 2016 - December 31st, 2016 | 511A West 22nd St. New York, NY 10011

“Breaking Ground II: Redefining the Urban Experience” Featuring John “CRASH” Matos Winter 2017 | Artist Reception: Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 from 6-8pm | 326 North Coast HWY, Laguna Beach CA 92651

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