Are artists prisoners of their actions and beliefs? – Art, an article by Goff James

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Goff James, Untitled, 2018

“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success.”

Henri Matisse

The Snail 1953 by Henri Matisse 1869-1954


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© Henri Matisse, The Snail 1953 ,Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2018 

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“Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.”

Albert Einstein

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© Peju Alatise, Flying Girls, 2016,

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“My [paintings] have neither object nor space nor line nor anything – no forms. They are light, lightness, about merging, about formlessness, breaking down form.”

Agnes Martin 

Humankind’s actions can be motivated by religion, politics or merely by the inner desire to create and serves mirror-like as a reflection of a particular moment in time. Whatever the particular individual circumstances are image making requires a personal, intellectual or emotional discourse between the instigator and his environment. Artists utilize particular techniques and methods, sometimes perfecting them or even inventing completely new ones, however without spiritual individuality, image making could not achieve anything other than just being non-art.

“Between the art and the artist there is no distance.”

Attributed to Rowan Gillespie


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© Rowan Gillespie, Blackrock Dolmen Sculpture, 1988

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© Amrita Sher-GilThree Girls, 1935

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“Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea.”

Edward de Bono

“I always wanted to have the courage to do totally crazy, impossible, and also wrong things.”

Isa Genzken


All art is destructive filled with lies and more damned lies… – Art, Artists and Paintings a review by Goff James


Goff James Fragments Of The Artist’s Subconscious, 2018

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”

Berthold Brecht

“Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that…[can]…tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.”

Marshall Mcluhan

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© Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937 

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“Art-making has an alchemical effect on the imagination. It awakens the senses and sharpens insights…[enabling one]…to think in symbols, metaphors, and to de-code complexity…[and]… perceive the world in new ways.”

Linda Naiman 


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© Tyeb Mehta, Mahishasura, 1994

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The creative desire and the artisans’ power of expression is pandemic across the globe. Possessing varying influences and interpretations that have regard of ethnological and geographical factors as well as societal development of different “civilization’s” cultures and ethnicities. Such influences can be both transformative and manipulative; possessed with political, historical, mythological, archaic, academic or abstract intent.

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

Hans Hofmann.



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© Yi Jaegwan, Portrait of Kang Io, (Joseon Dynasty, Date Unstated)

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“The nature of … [art]…is to persuade, to convince, to enter into us through our pores.”

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres


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© Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1981

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“To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

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How the hell does one represent an abstract concept… – Art, Artists and Paintings a review by Goff James


Goff James, Subconscious, 2018

“There is a powerful need for symbolism…”

Kenzo Tange

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James Ensor, Masks Confronting Death,1888, © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

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© Sayed Haider Raza, Peetabh, 2012

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Concepts and the use of symbolism are a complex world wide phenomena. 

Many put forward the definition that symbols can suggest;

“…ideas and emphasize the meaning behind the forms, lines, shapes, and colours…[used].”

 That which in the Tate’s definition of terms as an;

“…imaginary dream worlds populated with mysterious figures from literature, the bible, and …mythology.[fired] by…psychological content, particularly erotic and mystical.”

From a western perspective the word “symbol” itself derives from the Latin symbolum, a symbol of faith, and symbolus, a sign of recognition, in turn from classical Greek συμβόλον symbolon, an object cut in half constituting a sign of recognition when reassembled. The Asian Art Museum broadens this view by stating that;

“…an otherwise time-bound object…[can be transformed]…into one that symbolically creates eternal effects.”

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Mariko Mori, “Compulsive Beauty” | © 360b / Alamy Stock Photo

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“It is through symbols that… [humankind]…consciously or unconsciously live, work and…  [have their]…being.”

Thomas Carlyle 


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© Frida Kahlo, Roots,1943

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“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”

Frida Kahlo

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When does visual representation become more than a mere random process of mark making… – Art, Artists and Paintings a review by Goff James


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Goff James, In The Beginning 1, 2018

“…photographs are a celebration of life, fun and the beautiful. They are a world that doesn’t exist. A fantasy. Freedom is real. There are no rules…”

Ryan McGinley

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© Ryan McGinley, Dakota (Hair), 2004

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Art in all its varied genres invites the onlooker to delve deeply within the image and in so doing;

“…create their own dimensions and find themselves in a special place that has been created.”

Andrew Rogers

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© Andrew Rogers, Listen, 2012

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Humankind appear neither content nor satisfied with visual representation being a mere symbol; the human intellectual process which involves perception and interpretation of an image is not content with simply symbolic strategies and requires more than a constructed isolated diagram of their interpretation of the mind’s image. Individuals, significantly at some point and somewhere early in the mists of prehistory discovered; whether by chance, by accident or deliberate intent to develop a means of marking witness to their existence and apparent values.

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

Edgar Allan Poe

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© William Blake, Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing, c.1786

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As a filmmaker, I believe in trying to make movies that invite the audience to be part of the film; in other words, there are some films where I’m just a spectator and am simply observing from the front seat. What I try to do is draw the audience into the film and have them participate in what’s happening onscreen.

Peter Jackson

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What the hell is meant by inclusivity in an art historical world?


© Goff James, Icons, 2018

“Non-Western images are not well described in terms of art, and neither are medieval paintings that were made in the absence of humanist ideas of artistic value”.

James Elkins

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© Dilara Begum Jolly, Untitled (2014), Bangladesh

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“A man doesn’t know what it’s like to be a woman; it’s that simple.”

Tracey Emin


© Utagawa Hiroshige, Fujikawa, a Village in the Mountains Formerly Called Miyajiyama, 1855, Japan

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A comprehensive definition of art implies that artistic works have existed for almost as long as humankind from early pre-historic art to contemporary art. Art is a global phenomena and cannot just be restricted to the concept of modern western societies nor any innate patriarchal ideology .


© Andrew Rogers, Many Lives

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“We perceive our existence in space and time; we are here now and life is current but in this world where technology is constantly advancing, human nature is not. It is often the values of the past that are most relevant today.”

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can be contemplated from two points of view- the mythological subject and that of the beautifully constructed …… form which requires a concentration of great ingenuity to bring into being a form from which springs new life. We are carried over great time and space from ancient cultures and civilizations. It is an exploration of meanings and powers from the past and their meaning for the future. From an artefact of an ancient culture that has meanings and powers from the past, through to the unspoilt vistas that has meaning for the future.”

Andrew Rogers


© Joana Choumali, Resilients, (Date Unstated), Côte d’Ivoire

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Art and all that bullshit… – Art, Artists and Paintings a review by Goff James


Goff James, Victims, 2018

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”

Jerzy Kosinski


©Jeff Frost, California On Fire, Detail – Video(2min.04sec.)2016, part of visual installation/Photography Exibition entitled Beyond the Air We Breath, MOCA Bangkok

“A picture is a poem without words”



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“You don’t take a photograph, you make it”

Ansel Adams

When one thinks and speaks of Art, the first and broadest sense is the one that remains close to the older Latin word “tecnicus” meaning, which roughly translates to “skill”, “craft” or “technique”. Whereas the Greek word τέχνη “techně” is often mistranslated as “art,” but implies mastery of any sort of craft.

Consequently Art and Form can be viewed as a “holistic all embracing one” and the impact it might or might not have on the psyche of the instigator or the onlooker.

Mother and Child 1934 by Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975

Dame Barbara Hepworth
Mother and Child 1934
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“Sculpture is not the mere cutting of the form of anything in stone; it is the cutting of the effect of it.”

John Ruskin

Mobile c.1932 by Alexander Calder 1898-1976

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Thomas Merton

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The power of imagination and creativity as processes within the human spirit and cultures… – Art, Artists and Paintings a review by Goff James


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“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

Stephen Covey


Tawee Rajaneekorn, Prostitutes Under The Tree, 2005, ©Tawee Rajaneekorn, Location MOCA, Bangkok

Tawee Rajaneekorn

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

Albert Einstein


Tawee Rajaneekorn, Belief and Faith, 2007, ©Tawee Rajaneekorn, Location MOCA, Bangkok

Art, form and creativity refer to the visible elements of a piece, independent of their meaning. When one looks at a particular image the formal elements contained within it are made up of colour, dimension, lines, mass, shape, etc., while the feelings of mystery and intrigue the piece evokes are informal products of the onlooker’s imagination.


Tinnakorn Kasornsuwan, House Warming Party, 2011 ©Tinnakorn Kasornsuwan, Location MOCA, Bangkok

Tinnakorn Kasornsuwan

“The imagination is a powerful tool. An artist can use it to show others the world as he sees it and to bring others into his dream of what the world could be.”

David R. Becker


Kiettisak Chanonnart, Haunted Subconscious Mind 1, 1981, ©Kiettisak Chanonnart, Location, MOCA, Bangkok

Kiettisak Chanonnart

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.”

Ken Robinson


Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit, Dancing, 2011,  ©Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit, Location, MOCA, Bangkok

Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.” 

Maria Montessori


Tawee Rajaneekorn, Screaming Forest, 2014, ©Tawee Rajaneekorn, Location MOCA, Bangkok

MOCA, Bangkok

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