Ocularism and the purple-haired man

What is Ocularism.

Ocularism is a name that I have coined myself to describe what I see as the art of painting. A painting that is not only pleasing to the eye also quite clearly shows the skill and ability of the artist and can be appreciated by anyone.Ocularism, is also merely an opinion, an alternative path to follow, running parallel to that of contemporary art. It is similar in a way to the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where mass production was rejected in favour of craftmanship.


Impressionism is the foundation of modern art as it rejected the then art establishment's rules and allowed a new freedom into the art world. This freedom though has in my opinion gone a step too far. We're no longer able to appreciate a painting or a sculpture, music or piece of literature and say “I like that, It's good” without the purple-haired man (today's art critic) saying “yes, but is it art?”. It seems that the meaning of the words "artist", "art" and "work of art" have changed to "anyone who has ideas", "the idea and not the physical manifestation of it" and "anything as long as it is outrageous enough".

Only the select few can truly appreciate art.

Ever since the days of Giotto di Bondone, we have been brainwashed into believing that a select few can truly appreciate art. Today this clique still exists and they are convinced that they have a special knowledge that is beyond the reach of the everyday man and that their opinions are the only opinion's that count. Hence the saying "I don't know much about art, but I do know what I like." Surely this should be the other way around as liking a work of art is the first step towards appreciation. Ocularism is a means by which everyone can appreciate art. You certainly don't need some kind of special knowledge. It is the everyday man/woman who decides what is and what isn't a work of art.

A throw-back

People may say that I am living in the past, a throw-back, and it is true, I admit it, but I am certainly not the first. Many artists of the 19th century painted the same subjects and in a similar style to the previous artists who lived over the 500 years (approximately) of the Renaissance.

It is not today's artist nor their work that annoys me, but rather the the attitudes of both the modern art establishment and the purple-haired man. I prefer to just ignore them though and follow the Ocularist path. Only then can I rest easy secure in the knowledge that skill, ability and the art of painting are still very much appreciated in certain areas of the art world and I warmly welcome anyone who wishes to join me on that path.