As a self thought artists at times I can’t help but wonder what would my art look like if I had a formal art education. Sometimes I feel like maybe if I had a specific and cohesive style and technique something would magically happen and all my pieces would be sold by now….(hey its my imagination! 😉 ) but then other times I love the fact that I can go with the flow, and there is really no wrong, since I technically never learned the “right”.
But honestly is a formal art education really needed?
If we look in the list of artists with no formal education, that made a huge impact on art and art history, one of the first to come to mind is Paul Gaugin. He was a sailor and a stockbroker before he started. I remember learning about him during art history classes ( a class that we all take in middle schools in Italy, at least back in my day…sheesh I’m old) and as much as I enjoyed learning about arts and all the amazing creators I was never convinced I wanted to actually learn the arts in a formal way ( I don’t think art classes in high school count, which are also part of the curriculum back home in Italy)
|three Tahitians by Gaugin|
|Paul Gauguin, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), 1892, sold for a record US$300 million in 2015.|
Never the less learning about artists and fantasizing about which great ones foot steps to follow cant hurt!
who knows what the future holds in the future of any artists, really all one can hope is to be alive when something does happen!( I don’t mean to be gory lol but you know how that goes!)
Ciao for now,