Beauty and Art- So What?

Well, that’s how to start a new year! Thank you so much to Ben, Dave, Alastair and Huw for your reflections on beauty. I’ve personally found them very helpful and I know I’m not the only one. All that’s left to do is to summarise and then end with the obvious question- so what? Some…

Star man: Beauty or Language?

Just before Christmas I flung a star into space. It was not a vast thermonuclear ball of gas and plasma, but a small thing, some three feet across, made of five willow sticks, an LED rope and lots and lots of short pieces of green, garden twine. Neither did it get very far into space:…

The Grotesque And The Beautiful In Faithful Art

One occasionally hears complaints from Christians, that art these days is ugly where it ought to be beautiful. Unsettling installations, chaotic abstractions, unsavoury juxtapositions of images and symbols; all seemingly calculated to jar and upset. Why would Christians be joining in with these gloomy trends? The question was posed to me last week, “shouldn’t they…

Beauty and Redemption

(The following is an edited introduction to a lecture Alastair Gordon, fine artist and founder of Morphē Arts, gave on this subject a number of years ago.) What do we mean when we say ‘beautiful’? How have concepts of beauty changed through the years and how today do we make sense of such things in…

Has Art Ever Been All About Beauty?

The Wall Street Journal recently posted an opinion article titled Remember When Art Was Supposed to be Beautiful with the subheading Contemporary art is obsessed with the politics of race, gender and sexuality. This rant-like post has elicited quite a response through social media, many sharing the article as authentication of their struggle with (or…

Are Fireworks Art?

It is cold. Everton (my team) have just been torn to pieces by Chelsea (my son’s team) and  Spaceman by Babylon Zoo is resounding around the field. However, despite all of these compelling reasons for despondency, I am pretty chipper. Exploding above me is one of the better fireworks displays I’ve seen and I am suitably mesmerised. But…