Narrative painting is no longer painting’s natural home. Video, photography and creative use of social media are so much better at story-telling. The paint itself should be a dominant element of the subject-matter. Tapping into the existential elements of being human, through our interaction with such a physical art-form, is what painting is still so good at. In addition, I would much rather look at Rembrandt’s portraits than his (or almost anyone’s) history paintings. There is a gaping hole now, between pure abstraction (not tense enough) and intellectually-driven conceptual art, which painting is perfectly shaped to fit.
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