I remember seeing a student’s piece on display at the local community college. It was a a large piece, 3’ x 4’, and red. That was it. All red. But the red had various hues and saturations, and the piece had multiple textures. I was mesmerized by it . . . and wanted it, but unfortunately (or fortunately) it wasn’t for sale.
Okay, so in some cases I might be using the word “art” loosely, as some of what is on my walls would not be considered art by the critics, but the bottom line is the same. I love both the beauty and the emotional responses that these artists or photographers have made available to me or evoke in me.
I know that today art has multiple purposes, anywhere from propaganda to entertainment to political or social change, but I think most of us select artwork that speaks to us from its beauty and creativity. And yet art is merely a representation, in some fashion, of the real world around us.
We live in a world of color, of hues, saturation, and textures. Of shapes and designs. Of space and values. A world God created perfectly and a world which has been slowly diminishing and deteriorating over the years as a result of the fall. And yet it is still amazingly beautiful. As Jesus told his listeners in Luke 12:27: “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
When I think of that, I look forward to both the new heaven and the new earth––God’s reset of our world back to its Edenic form. (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1; Isaiah 66:22; Isaiah 65:17-19) I don’t think I can even imagine such beauty.
So in such perfect beauty will there be art?
I certainly hope so and truly believe so. We were made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) and God is the master creator, an attribute that we all carry and carry out in some fashion or other. And I would imagine all of us will be wanting to express such perfect beauty in some way.
Plus, I just can’t imagine my heavenly home’s walls devoid of artwork.
Is there something you collect or appreciate? Please share what and why you enjoy it so much. I, and others, would love to hear about it.