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Creative Thinking; A Modern Artists Notebook by C J Hollins

Creative Thinking; A Modern Artists Notebook by C J Hollins

Creative Thinking; A Modern Artists Notebook by C J Hollins

Have you ever wondered what such founders and masters of modern art such as Picasso, Monet, Cezanne or Kandinsky would have really thought of the unmade bed from Emin, or Hirst’s formaldehyde creations? Another question that begs to be answered is; has modern art actually moved forward since these pioneers made such a breakthrough, or is it merely plodding along with the shock factor being be the major player?

It would seem to many that the modern artists of today have lost sight of what the movement is really all about and veer back off the track of the grotesque, the shocking and the ridiculous. It would appear that such is the modern artists need for notoriety that they are moving away from art and into a whole different area, which isn’t appreciated by the art loving fraternity.

In this second collection of essays, written between 1968 and 2010, C. J. Hollins reveals his thoughts on these questions in an unflinching attempt to open our eyes to the enigma of modern art and the way that it is experienced.

From early cave paintings and traditional masterpieces, Hollins explores the development of art, ending at the current crisis point in our time. More importantly, he offers concrete theories of what the modern artist should be striving to achieve to move us closer to a new way of perceiving the world.

Initially taking up painting as a means of escape from the drudgery of a factory production line, Christopher John Hollins was inspired to become an artist after visiting a Hans Hartung retrospective in 1968. After many years working in design and illustration, he became a full-time writer and painter.

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