What is Art? (with Katy Jade Dobson)

I was having a conversation with a client yesterday, he had come in to see the work of artist Katy Jade Dobson as we are in the process of setting up for her first solo exhibition with us in Nottingham. As we chatted we moved onto the broad topic of what actually constituted ‘art’ and how it could be measured. So what is art?

It’s a term I’m sure we are all used to being heard being bandied around, but most would struggle to define. According to the Oxford English Dictionary ‘fine art’ is a noun that has two meanings:

1 – the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture; producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

2 – the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.

Ok! So according to our first dictionary definition almost anything can be classed as art – its meaning could have such a wide interpretation it would be almost impossible to distinguish between the doodle I did on a scrap of paper whilst waiting for the kettle to boil and the piece of art next to me that took over 40 hours to create. Surely there has to be more to art than this?

Our second definition of the word is certainly narrower.  It infers that art or the art of something is created through the use of a certain degree of skill, professionalism and training. This phrase is not however linked solely to art according to the example given above in the dictionary.  As a gallery owner my only answer can be yes, the art we display here is of high quality and the artist must have developed their skill base and technique to a high level to achieve the kind of art that our customers delight in buying. In this sense the artist is no different to any other professional.

As the gallery gets ready to put on our first exhibition with Katy Jade Dobson  we can see how the two terms defined above become concatenated. Here is an artist of intrigue with tangible creativity shown in the thick paint plied on to board with enormous dexterity, confidence and skill – that of a young and exciting artist in the truest sense of the word. Lavish brush strokes incorporated with a distinct style which produces enigmatic wildlife and figurative works. To me, Katy’s work ticks all the quantifiable boxes – ability, skill and originality, but also those qualitative boxes – emotional power and beauty which can only be created by an artist with the sheer raw talent and vision to be able to express themselves thus.

To put my views to the test we will be showcasing a collection of works by this artist in its entirety. The gallery is proud to be exhibiting 20 plus limited edition prints plus original works from the 8th July until 16th July. You are welcome to join us in the gallery during this period. For a VIP invite to our private view this opening Friday with artist appearance, 6pm until 8pm, please contact the gallery on george@georgethorntonart.com or 01159243555.

“Opaline” – signed limited edition by Katy Jade Dobson

“Swarm” – signed limited edition by Katy Jade Dobson

George Thornton Art – 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

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