What the hell makes me think I am an artist? – Art, artists and paintings, an article by Goff James

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”

James Baldwin

Working Title: African Art / Published Title: Women of African A

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© Aïda Muluneh, Lest We Remember, 2017

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“…being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world.”

Elijah Wood


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© Tilau Nangala, (Title and Date Unstated)

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“Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.”

Anni Albers


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© Anni Albers, Black White Yellow 1926, re-woven 1965 

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Conceptualizing, visualizing, interpreting and creating through image making is primevally basic for art and the artistic process. Such images were created in the period before the invention of formal writing, and when human populations were migrating and expanding across the globe.


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© TARA/David Coulson, Handprints and other figures, Awanghet, Tassili n’Ajjer, Algeria  

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The first human artistic representations, markings with ground red ochre, seem to have occurred about 100,000 B.C. in African Rock Art. This chronology may be more an artefact of the limitations of archaeological evidence than a true picture of when humans first used form to create art.

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”

Emile Zola

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© Yayoi Kusama, I Want to Sing My Heart Out in Praise of Life, 2009

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“I wanted to start a revolution, using art to build the sort of society I myself envisioned.”

Yayoi Kusama

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© Coatlicue, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, c.1250-1521 CE

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“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

Anais Nin

4 thoughts on “What the hell makes me think I am an artist? – Art, artists and paintings, an article by Goff James

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