Category: Opinion

Latest Opinion and Letters to the Editor from the readers of the World Art News.

How to Make Art a Career: The Three Golden Questions to Ask Yourself

Take steps. Small steps. If you want a career to be long-lasting you don’t want to force something to grow. Building a career is just like growing a plant. It needs to be planted in good soil and taken care of while it’s still small and unknown to the world. It has to get love and the right nutrition to be able to function and to live up to its potential as a bigger plant. 

Do not rush. I can’t emphasize this enough. Yes, you need to throw yourself out there and be willing to do things that scare you, but you should never compromise with your own health – mental, physical or spiritual – nor should you lower your morals or let go of your integrity in order to get to where you want to go. This needs to be intact and if you are a solid artist your career will take off in the time you are ready for it. 

How To Discover Your Art Style

Let’s say you have discovered yourself as an artist and you want to express yourself in some of the more traditional ways we look at creativity, for example painting, singing, writing music, dancing, or sculpting and designing. If you are certain about the way and the technique you want to express yourself in, but you’re new and haven’t discovered your specific style yet, it can be a very tricky task. It’s not because you don’t have it already but because of the influence of everything around you. It is important to remember you can’t give what you don’t have. We all know this but we tend to forget it while starting to look around us and being affected by what others do and think. This leads us towards the two approaches we will highlight in this article to clarify how you can discover your art style and what actually makes an impression on your creative self.

Interview with Chris O’Rourke | Part 2 – Business Side of Metal Sculpting

Chris O’Rourke sculptures

As a longtime car and motorcycle enthusiast, Chris O’Rourke’s journey from metal fabricator to sculpture artist is a shining example of how materials typically reserved for mechanical applications are equally suited to art when in the right hands. In this two-part series, WAN has the pleasure of interviewing a unique artist whose pursuit of perfection has resulted in his work being highly valuated in the art world.

Exclusive Interview: MONCHO1929 – Explosive Public Artist for the VIP | Google, Audi, Figge, Buffett

From Google and Audi to the French Consulate of the US, from Paramount and Universal Pictures to the Public Art collections of cities like Glendale, Los Angeles, and West Hollywood – his work has been featured in various solo and group exhibitions in the United States and all over the World! This is WAN’s exclusive interview with an explosive public artist – MONCHO1929

The Problem with NFTs

Around February of this year, in the midst of the still-pending cryptocurrency boom, a sub-category of digital assets started to really take off. NonFungible.com reported that by the first quarter of 2021, over $2 billion worth of transactions had taken place in the NFT market. Musician Grimes sold almost $6 million worth of digital art via digital asset marketplace Nifty Gateway, who are partnered with Sotheby’s. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey auctioned his first ever tweet as an NFT, the final bid closing at $2.9 million. UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou sold NFTs following his knockout victory over Stipe Miocic. The proceeds of the sale, $580,000, was actually more than his disclosed purse for the fight itself that earned him the belt. Despite the hype, in many regards serving as a speculator’s dream, NFTs come with inherent issues that threaten to hamper widespread and enduring adoption.

The Bones of the Earth

Stone is demanding in its application to art and architecture, requiring great effort and discipline to procure, move, and fashion. It is a subtractive process, where any mistake can prove fatal to the intended product, requiring meticulous care and attention to detail. The inherent properties of stone are that it is insulative, with generally low heat conductivity, and durable, with high compressive strength. As with all things in life, while it retains varying degrees of vulnerability to weathering and deterioration, stone is generally considered to be one of the most resistant materials in existence. These properties lend themselves to a compelling philosophical argument, that those who wish to live a life or build a world of enduring strength and beauty, should not only employ the use of stone in their craft, but model themselves after it as well.

Interview with a multi-artist Annamaria Johansson – Part 2

Everyone has different preconditions, but there is only one way to become an artist, painter, or what you are dreaming of, and that is to start. You have to start to do the thing you want to do, and to become who you want to be. Put yourself out there, don’t strive for perfection, strive for progress. One day at a time, do something small to build on your dream of becoming an art entrepreneur. If you have to do other things to get going, or work part time for a while at the same time, see that as an opportunity. Life is not one page; you are writing a certain chapter at this moment, but that includes a lot, so don’t add limitations to your life when they actually don’t exist.

Interview with a multi-artist Annamaria Johansson – Part 1

I had ignored my talent of painting for years. Perhaps it might have been hidden for a reason and revealed at a time like this. Sometimes life takes you on a journey, so you will evolve and have different experiences getting you ready for your bigger future.

My journey as an artist and painter started in late 2019. I was inspired to draw more and more. It was a powerful, intuitive feeling. I couldn’t ignore it. Then I went to buy the painting material to get started, and once I had done the first oil painting, I knew this is it, it is my gift, and it is my passion. I do believe as humans–we are capable of a lot. And to paint is one skill I want to develop as much as I can, even if it’s not the only thing I have the talent to do.

THE SHIGIR IDOL – Is this 10,000 BC Artifact Worth Half a Billion Dollars?

Imagine for a moment, that you are a miner in Siberia at the end of the nineteenth century, slogging with your colleagues through the moss-laden, muck-infused waters of the mire in search of gold, only to stumble upon something far more rare. This is precisely what occurred in 1890, within the Sverdlovsk region of Russia’s Ural Mountains, when a team of laborers who were busy excavating a peat bog inadvertently discovered a strange and ornate wooden figure featuring an eerie human face. Resting at an approximate depth of four meters beneath the surface of the acidic, oxygen-low, and therefore anti-bacterial conditions of the bog that had preserved it, the mysterious object that would come to be known as the “Shigir Idol” (named after the Shigir bog it was found within) was discovered in a series of 10 fragments.