With Father’s Day in mind, I started to think about Fathers and Art. Which then lead me to think about Fathers in Art. Which then lead to Fathers of Art. So, I asked myself, what does it mean to be a father of an art movement or a style of art all of its own? And like sons and daughters who want to be like their dads, to have others who want to be just like you?
My dad was a carpenter and growing up, I would follow him around and watch him as he worked. I used to love the summertime when, occasionally, he would let me go to work with him. He would ask me to fetch his hammer or hand him a level, and I loved being his little helper. I admired my dad for the job he did and learned a lot by following him around. Even now, I am pretty handy with a Skil saw because of what he taught me. Ultimately, though, I did not become a carpenter, although, I could have if I had wanted to invest more time and effort in it. Instead, I became an artist, because it is what I was meant to do. It is my passion. I feel sure the Fathers of the Art- Isms shared the same compelling passion to create and whether it was by chance, by accident, or by pure intent, they are recognized to be the first of what they did.
(There is the fact that many of these claims can be challenged and also that more than one Father may have been appointed to an “ism”. For this reason, I have chose to showcase the following artists with the awareness that there may be others that are recognized as well.)
Now, there are several styles or “isms” of art throughout history that seem to have, it is said, a Father. The Father of Impressionism, The Father of Art Deco, The Father of Pop Art, and there are many more. Art styles and techniques have been invented, and therefore, exceedingly copied throughout time. This means that, when compared to the many artists that have existed and do exist, there are very few that can honestly be called true inventors, innovators, or Fathers of Art. Let’s take a look at some of these Art Dads and their works.
Father of Impressionism- Claude Monet
Father of Cubism- Pablo Picasso
Father of Expressionism- Edvard Munch
Father of Art Deco- Erte’
Father of Pop Art- Andy Warhol
Of course, the list goes on, but it does, however, give us a visual idea about the importance of continued art discovery. This, in turn, gives us, as artists, the desire to create, invent, learn and experiment with new mediums and techniques. This concept also helps us, as art supply companies, to further our research to find new and exciting supplies for artists to use. Sometimes new products are borrowed from other industries, like CitraSolv,used for art transfers, and sometimes they are rediscovered from lost arts like encaustics. Some are developed out of need like Aqua Oils, then some new materials are just discovered like foam board. What do you think the future will hold? What new materials and tools will our children have to create with. Instant drying oil paints? Acrylics that stay moist until we want them to be dry? Brushes that seem to paint by themselves and never wear out? Digital painting with a magic wand perhaps? There’s just no telling what the future will bring!
Think of what the first cavemen artists had to create with, just a burnt stick. Would they have ever imagined that, now, even though, we are still using burnt sticks (vine charcoal), we also have Terra Skin paper made from rocks, or Yupo, a plastic paper? What about oils that mix with water, or paints that turn to plastic. Also, thanks to companies like Prismacolor and Derwent, our “sticks” now come in hundreds of beautifully colored pencils and can also dissolve into inks or watercolor paints! It is amazing to think of how far we have come, only to think of how far we can go? It only takes one passionate and curious person to be Father or a Mother, of an art movement or “ism. Will it be you or your children, or your children’s children, perhaps, that will be the inventor of the next big art technique, medium, or “ism” that we haven’t thought of yet? And how far into the future will that be? Tomorrow? Next Week? Next Year? A Hundred Years? Who knows! This anticipation just gives us something to look forward to. Something to work toward. Something to expect.
So keep on painting, keep on creating, keep on dreaming and keep on anticipating something new and exciting to be waiting for you just around the corner! And be sure to take time to tell your Dad how special he is and how much you have learned from him over the years.
Have a Happy Daddio Day! and a Happy Art- Isms Day, too!
And give Dear Ole Dad a hug from Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff!