30
Mar 14

Fine Arts & Artists

Artists all over the world engage in different activities as a means to show their love and creativity to a certain art form. This can be expressed in multiple ways such as painting, sculpture, drawing, graphic, architecture, music, poetry, photography or even film. Each country also has unique art culture and style giving them diversity among others. Choosing from several forms of art can be quite a challenge though art lessons have helped several people see their hidden potential and pique their interest.

Artists usually talk about fine arts with their fellow artists over art exhibits, forum discussions or class. A fine art is a creative art that is judged for its beauty and meaningfulness. These are appreciated solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content. Of course, not everyone will be able to appreciate a certain form of art since everyone has their own preference and style. Lately I’ve been quite inspired by large variety of gold chains designs and  However, getting feedbacks and opinions from friends, teachers as well as other artists can help smoothen the rough edges of an art piece turning it into a fine art.

Art class also teaches students on how to hone and sharpen their individual skills. It is a good way to become more proficient in a certain form of art while at the same time get insights and advice from experienced artists. Fine arts is taught in different universities around the world and this is a great course for those planning on taking art as a profession.


28
Mar 14

Poetry And Its Many Forms Today In Society

Poetry in the old days was about harmony of words and letters and giving them a bit of romance and even tragedy at some time. Some even about history and some just told some fairy tales. Yes, poetry was something very hard to understand yet very pleasant to the ears when you hear them. Today though it flows into another form which strongly goes with the new generation we have now.

Whether you like it or not, poetry is everywhere now and in many types of art culture. If you are a fan of poetry perhaps you would see such great things in many forms now. Some would be in pop songs, some in rap songs which some would think it is just nonsense but actually it is in the form of poetry, some in pictures, some in sculptures and some in novels. There are many forms poetry takes these days and that is not a bad thing at all. It just means poetry blends well with any type of civilization or era it joins in and just makes it natural. Poetry experts approve of it and do not even complain about it. At least the poetry that they love continues on but in different forms.

There are still many though who make poems in its raw form because they just like to make it. Poetry will not go away easily unlike some other cultures that needed someone to revive it. Poetry will live on even to the next generation.


22
Mar 14

Cultivating Artists and Improving Their Trade

Some are born natural artists while others learned the trade while growing up. Of course, practice and application is necessary to further increase one’s proficiency. Art has different categories such as poetry, painting, sculpture and the likes. This makes each artist diverse and unique in their own way as they have their own preference and specialty.

Teaching children at an early age and cultivating their skills with art is a good way to start piquing their interest and curiosity. This is a good way to explore their hidden talents and potential. Once found, they can then refine this skill in later years as many universities offer fine art as a course. Having direction and guidance is important especially for beginners who are planning to become artists and make it as a profession.

Fine arts is a creative, visual art whose work are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative or intellectual content. Artists can’t instant call their piece works of art or fine arts until they show it to others and the whole world. Other artists and art enthusiasts all over the world can then give their honest feedback and reception to help decide if the piece is truly indeed fine arts. Of course, criticism can be quite harsh but when used positively, it can help open your minds and further improve your skill and trade. The online community is quite a great place to ask for such advice.


11
Mar 14

Art Culture – Poetry, Painting Etc.

Art goes a long way further back in ancient times as a way for people to express their feelings and emotions through different works of art such as poetry, painting, sculptures etc. Modern technology has also paved the way in introducing a new form of art through digital media. Whatever the form of art an artist chooses, they will surely enjoy this refreshing and quiet activity.

Artists from around the world usually find different inspirations to keep them motivated and work even harder. It may be through their travels, friends, or loved ones. This is why you often see artists travel to different destinations to learn from the diverse culture of the world. Art culture may vary in different countries giving each one of them their own distinct preference and style.

People who have just started taking art as a profession or a hobby can’t afford the luxury of travelling all over the world to gain inspiration and insights. Art lessons are offered which can give great introductory tutorial and feel for a certain art. This is way less expensive than going on trips but the mileage may vary with different students. Some learn faster than others while some need to be taught one step at a time.

Experience can be a very great teacher and learning art culture at an early age will improve one’s proficiency and skill. Schools have art lessons to cultivate a child’s creativity and curiosity, giving birth to several would be artist in the near future.


06
Nov 12

Art Culture: Why You Should Engage

The moment you hear the term ‘art culture’, it is possible that what would immediately come to your mind is that only artists and experts should be engaged in it.  Considering that it sounds as an area that is exclusive to such people, you may never even consider dealing with any subject related to it.  You would not tackle paintings and you would not handle poetry as well.  However, this should never be the case.  Art culture is definitely not just for the experts but for everyone.  When visual artists paint or sculpt, they do not do so because they want to please fellow artists.  They do so because they want to convey messages.  Their medium of communication is clearly the art that they create.

Art is a communication that everyone is meant to receive.  You do not have to be an artist to appreciate the message.  This is the very reason why you should never consider art culture as an exclusive area that is reserved for the experts.  Even if you are not an artist but an audience, then you should be receptive to the messages.  This means that you have the ability to appreciate the works of art.  The reason why you should engage in it is clear.  The fact that art is communication only tells you that you should engage in this as well.   In fact, it is possible that as you learn to appreciate art; you would be encouraged to learn also conveying messages in the same manner.


14
Oct 12

Important Tips in Buying Modern Art Paintings

There are a lot of different types of artworks that are available in the market today. And one of the most common types of artworks includes the modern painting type. There are a lot of people who enjoy watching the different paintings they can find online. There are some who collect a specific type and keep it for good reasons. It is also a good idea to display a part of your collection online. If you are aiming to buy only the best forms of artworks that are available, all you need to do is to follow different tips so that you can make sure that you will become one of the best art collectors in the world. The following are different skills that are important:

  • Understanding of the market
  • Focus
  • Knowledge of the different factors that increase the value of the artwork
  • Buying the best that money can buy
  • Buying in terms of quality
  • Ensuring that you buy the right subject
  • Perfect timing
  • Considering to buy small modern art works

These factors will not only guide you in finding great artworks, it is also a great tip to follow for a future career that is related to art. There are a lot of museums and different private companies that are willing to hire you. It solely depends on how you want your interest in art to develop to another level. Becoming an artist yourself is also possible with all your knowledge and practice. If you are able to draw what you want to see, then you will have a good time in developing your skills in painting.  You can find inspiration in things around you or from the different artworks that you like. You can browse online or visit stores and museums just to be able to see how it is done.

Just follow the different important tips and you will be in good hands. You will surely find it very entertaining if you are able to find all the different artworks that you like. You can also gather different information and find out what makes this type of artwork highly important. It is also a great way to know the latest events that are happening in the modern art industry. You can also have a good idea about the different people who excel in this kind of artwork.

No matter what your reason is in looking for different modern art works, there are different ways for you to do that. You need to be ready with your money, time, and attention just to make sure that your transaction will be successful. There are a lot of people who have seen all the different types of artworks. You will be happy to find different guides that you can use in helping you make the right decision. Just make sure that you will be able to follow these simple tips to help you avoid making the wrong choices.

If you want to know more about modern art paintings, you can find out about what the experts at Wikipedia say here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_art


13
Oct 12

Learning More about the Different Renaissance Paintings

The word Renaissance refers to the European period that marks the rise of the modern world after the middle Ages. There is a more specific form which is known as the Italian Renaissance painting that is solely focused on the Italian peninsula. There are a lot of famous artists who are able to create a lot of lovely works during those times. The Renaissance painting can be divided into four different periods. This includes:

  • Proto-Renaissance (1300-1400)
  • Early Renaissance (1400-1475)
  • High Renaissance (1475-1525)
  • Mannerism (1525-1600)

There are a lot of artists who were able to gain their own popularity during those times. Artists such as Giotto, Altichiero, Gaddi, Orcagna and Taddeo were well known for starting the Pro Renaissance period. Names like Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello and Verrocchio were for the Early Renaissance. As for the High Renaissance Raphael, Michelangelo and Leanorado da Vinci were the names that were very famous during those times. The last ones were the Mannerists which included Pontormo, Tintoretto, and Andrea del Sarto. There are a lot of good reasons why Renaissance art is one of the famous types of art work.

Most of the original artworks are available for a very expensive price since most artists are long gone and the creations they were able to create include unique details that often create very beautiful results. There are a lot of great works that you can now buy through reprinting on canvass that might be as good as the original ones. The Renaissance type of artwork is highly influenced by several factors which include Architecture, Literature, Science, Government, Philosophy, Theology, and other factors in the society. This resulted to some of the greatest works in history. There are a lot of people who enjoy collecting different works of this period that are available online.

There are a lot of things you should know about Renaissance Art. If you like to find good information, you can check on this site: http://www.renaissanceconnection.org/.

You will be able to find a lot of different Renaissance artworks in the market today. There are those that are available for a high price. There are also some of the great works that are now in the museum. There are a lot of people who have been asking for this kind of works online and they are able to discover that some new artists find inspiration from the different Renaissance period artworks. One of these most famous works of art named Venus was created by Botticelli in 1485. There are other world-famous artworks that are from that period. There are a lot of scholars and artists who are studying this particular style of artwork until now.

You can enjoy watching the different artworks online or you can also see it in person in world-famous museums. You can also consider starting your own painting of this kind and find out if you have talent to create them. With a lot of practice and inspiration, you will surely be able to create your own style in painting. Most of the people who paint usually rely on their talent to turn fantasy into reality.


12
Oct 12

Appreciating the Beauty of Abstract Art Paintings

There are a lot of people who are getting hooked into the collection Abstract Art Paintings because of the uniqueness that it brings. There is beauty you can find in abstract painting because it may give different meanings to different people who look into the painting. It can also become a perfect home décor that you can hang on your bare wall to add a bit of attitude and personality in there. Due to the high demand on this particular art, there are a lot of artists who are able to find inspiration and make use of this type of painting style. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque paved the way for this specific type of painting.

If you want to learn more about abstract art, here is a good article for you to check on: http://painting.about.com/od/abstractart/a/abstract_art.htm

Most of the Abstract Art Paintings include lots of colors. This is the kind of art work that uses a visual language through color and line that exist independently based on different inspirations and references to the world. The popularity of this form of artwork continues to increase even more today due to the news that expensive abstract artworks from famous artists are showing up in the flea market. You can find a lot of news on the internet about unsuspecting people who are able to buy some authentic artworks and sell it more than 5 times the price they bought it in the market.

You can also have your own work of abstract. In creating a lovely work of art, there are some things that you need to remember:

  • Be creative
  • Find your inspiration
  • Work freely
  • Let your mind and heart run wild in the painting
  • Finish when you are satisfied
  • Practice

Even a simple person like you can become a true and great artist. Just make sure that you are serious and willing to do whatever it takes to become a true artist. It may take a long time before you develop a skill to be able to come up with a good piece of art.

You can consider looking for different Abstract Art Paintings available online. There are a lot of paintings that are available in a wider price range. You will have a lot of chances to be able to afford and enjoy different artworks. Most starting artists who have the talent but who still are not able to make a name in the world of abstract painting will create great works for a reasonable price. But if you can afford some of the most expensive works, you need to win in a bid. There are a lot of artworks that are available in the market or in an auction house. Different Abstract Art Paintings are simply a good collection to have. If you are able to keep it in good condition, eventually all your art collections will surely cost more than what you have paid today. You can always hang the different artworks in your home and have it as décors for your simple house. There are a lot of great artists around who are not famous yet and their artworks are not that valuable yet today but it might be worth a lot in the future.


11
Oct 12

Some Poetry Tips for Beginners

Poetry is a very beautiful hobby to be in. If you’re a poet, you will surely enjoy letting the words flow out of your mind, through your pen and into your paper. It’s a very challenging hobby as well; you don’t get to be a very good poet unless you put a lot of time into practicing it, and so you have to constantly push yourself in order to develop your poetry skills. Well, that’s the same for almost any skill one can learn, isn’t it? You don’t get it overnight, you have to work real hard at it to achieve what you are trying to achieve.

Once you’ve gotten poetry down to pat, it’ll be like second nature to you. The most difficult part about poetry – or perhaps many other things – is the beginner stage. Have you had the feeling while reading poems that makes you wonder, how in the world do those poets get to weave their words into verses and rhymes that makes sense? When you first it for yourself, there is always the awkwardness inherent to anything that you’ve just started doing but have not mastered.

That awkwardness, of course, can be overcome with constant practice, the diligence to really try to get better and with the help of the tips below.

Write From the Heart

If you want to write really compelling poetry, then you have to learn to write from the heart. Don’t you know that avid poetry readers can spot which content is written straight from the heart from those that have been written to be technically splendid? It would do no good to go for the latter, because most of the times technically satisfactory writing – whether prose or poetry – are not really that good. What you really need to write is a piece that can engage the mind of the reader and make him want to check out your other writings, or hang around until you release a new poem. In order for your piece to be really engaging, you have to learn to start writing from the heart.

A Good Poem Does Not Come Instantly

One reason why people like to write technically pleasing poems is because they find that writing from the heart gives them crappy poems. That is actually natural, especially during the beginning stage. A good poem is not written instantly; instead, it is worked on and polished over time. Did you really think Shakespeare and all those time-honored poets have written their classic pieces in just a day, and in just one session? Definitely not! They had to go back and clean up their writing many times, before they came up with what the world now recognizes as timeless pieces.

So, if you find yourself writing poems that you yourself would not want to read, don’t be disheartened. You simply need to sit down, go through your poem, and find out which places need to be improved and which ones need to be cut out. By proofreading multiple times and editing, you can polish and groom your poem until it reaches that level where it becomes engaging, and inspiring for your readers.

Even the Library of Congress has something to say about poetry. Find out more about it by checking this link: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/p180-howtoread.html


10
Oct 12

All about Poetry and Popular Culture

Some say that poetry has fallen into disfavor because of the rise of prose-based writing. You rarely find people becoming famous by writing and publishing their own poems, unlike in the days of names like Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Philip Marlowe, and many others. Prose has also found a niche in today’s society because of its ease of reading, plus anyone can easily learn to write prose like novels, short stories and such. Compared to prose, poetry is a very specialized form of writing, a form in which we could say not all people can be proficient in.

However, it is erroneous to say that poetry is no more. Poetry still exists in these days. If you’re fond of listening to songs, you’ll find that the method of writing lyrics for songs is strikingly similar to writing a poem except for the fact that it has a melody in mind. You also cannot do away with poems because of timeless classics that are still popular amongst literary circles up to this day. Besides poetry has a lot of impact in popular culture, including films. Let us take a look at some of more popular poems that have made an impact in modern culture, particularly film.

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven

First published in 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven has developed quite a following even amongst today’s contemporary culture. The Raven talks about a raven that visits every midnight a man who has lost the love of his life to death, and who is mourning the whole time the raven pays him a visit. It is a tragedy, as the man ultimately becomes mad near the end of the poem. The poem is noted for its style, a darkness that is considered a staple of Poe’s.

The Raven is constantly referenced in popular culture. For instance, it was alluded to in the third Crow movie when one character says, “Quote the raven nevermore,” referencing the constantly repeated word in the poem. The Raven is also said to have inspired the controversial novel Lolita penned by Vladimir Nabokov. Amul Patel  from los angeles web design firm showed me this amazing website developed for major fortune 500 company and another interactive firm the used flocking ravens and other birds as design element. Ravens can be quite haunting in any context – be it poetry or film or even modern interactive pieces.

Speaking of poetry, you can’t imagine how many contemporary poets there are in the world today. However, there are only a few who are well recognized. Find out who they are on this link: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/58?gclid=CObOtLLV9bICFQsb6wod9QkA1A

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The tale of a forlorn mariner who has long traveled the seas bearing the burden of killing an albatross, the Rime of the Ancient Mariner bears a place in history for its length as well as the style of writing that the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge employs in his narrative. The Rime features several literary techniques like personification, as well as a graphic description of the environment being narrated by the Mariner so as to drive the picture straight into the reader’s mind. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is one of the forerunners of British Romantic literature.

The Rime is said to be the main influence behind the writing of several novels as well as films. One such influence is the video game Fallout:New Vegas. The game features downloadable content, whose storyline has been inspired directly by the 11th Stanza of the Rime’s 4th part. Victor Frankenstein of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein has also quoted the poem verbatim.


08
Oct 12

The Best Poets of All Times

Choosing on the best poets or the best poems of all times may not be the same for all people and it can depend on the personal taste of the individual person. This topic is subjective and can depend on several factors which can be according to the taste of the person making the choice. However, each one of us can have a choice and no one can take away this prerogative to have a personal decision on who to choose. It may not be agreeable to all, and many will say that their choice is the best, but it will still stay as it is, his personal choice as the best poet of all. The subject on the poems may also be what can be holy debated because many may say that love is the best subject of the poem to be chosen and others will say that it is not.

There are many who will say that it is Edgar Allan Poe who is the best of all times because he can develop the best writing when he is drunk and not sober. If this is your criteria on choosing the best, those persons who can develop something spectacular even when he is “sleeping”, then let it be, because it is your personal choice. Others will say that it is William Shakespeare, and the Chinese people will also say that the best of all times is Loa-Tzu, so it can be different among many different people and maybe among different races. Thus, probably we can not say that it is definitive that this particular poet or his poems is the best of all times, and nobody can contest this. Saying that he is the best can be according to his inclinations, his likes and dislikes, and this is his personal choice.

There are many choices on who can be the best poets of all times, and this can depend on who we are taught as the best during your early learning years. The Americans are surely taught poems written by American and other Western poets and the Asians will be taught those written by their own also, during their early and younger years, and this can have a large influence on their decisions on who is the best later on. Although there can also be other mix of poets and writers taught in the classrooms during our younger days, but what is given more emphasis by our teachers can have a strong bearing in our decisions in the later years.

Thus, on the subject on who is the best poet of all times, you can take your pick. It can be William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allan Poe, Kahlil Gibran, and Lao-Tzu, or whoever, what is important is you have made a choice on who is the best according to your taste and inclinations. Others can also have their choice, and there is no need for a hot debate on this topic because there can also be no referee on who can best judge on who is the best.


07
Oct 12

Why is Poetry Therapeutic?

Why is poetry therapeutic? That might be a good question for you to look for a good and acceptable answer. Poetry therapy is very popular today. It is an intentional use of both spoken and written word to promote healing as well as personal growth. Literature, songs, journals, and poetry help people see themselves in a complete picture. At the right time, they will experience and discover the hidden parts of themselves. The word “poetry therapy” is being used inclusively and referring to not only original and published poems but also the interactive application of literature (bibliotherapy) as well as journal therapy or therapeutic writing.

Guided by a well-trained facilitator, all participants in a poetry therapy will respond expressively to the evocation of the literature. The therapy’s interactive process is considered as an in integral part with regards to the therapeutic, educational as well as personal well-being of an individual. The process of writing a journal and poetic writing is a response to the preferred literature as an essential catalyst for self-integration and healing. During the poetry therapy, all participants will express their own stories through songs, journals, and poems. This aspect offers a vital material in promoting a therapeutic process. Searching for their own voices is considered as a self-affirming step which is always followed by greater awareness of oneself, cathartic release, fresh hope, and new insights.

From the very beginning, poetry has been known as an only means of expressing a person’s deepest emotion and creating a healing ceremony and ritual. When you trace the history and search for Greek mythology, you know that the God of Healing named Asclepius is actually the son of the God of Poetry named Apollo. Hermes functions as a great messenger in order for the two distinct worlds to still communicate the world of humans and gods. Hermes carried the “caduceus”, it is a winged rod having intertwined two serpents, and this symbol has actually become the sign or emblem of the medical profession. Moreover, poems are also considered as message carriers, relaying the message in the unconscious mind of a person towards the conscious state.  Wherever and whenever individuals will gather to witness a certain moment, they will speak with all their hearts with poetry in their tongue.

In counseling offices, counselors will read a related poem to his client. This will capture a client’s emotional side with regards to his current situation. The poem will offer understanding and hope to the struggling patient. For example, do you still remember the 9/11 attack when a lot of people perished and their relatives in grief? At that time, the internet rang with thousands of poems from surviving families and friends of all victims.  Writing a poem became their only window to express almost everything in their minds. If you can’t deliver your thoughts through speaking a word, try to write. Try to express your thoughts through writing. This will surely help you to overcome your fear and worries in life. If you’re afraid to cry, don’t be. Tears actually help you.


06
Oct 12

The Type of Music Today’s Generation Listens To

Music has been an important part of history. Being able to evolve through time there used to be only a few different genres in the early days. It only includes Rock, Pop and Classic genres and each time period there is a certain genre that sticks to the people. Now due to the different forms of artists and new experiments on the different sounds, new forms of genres are created and new music is formed. Try to check online on Billboard or iTunes and you will see just how many different genres the current music scene has.

If you want to find out just how many genres are available today, there might be about more than 50 different genres of music available. You can choose from Rock, Alternative, Alternative-Rock, Black Metal, Crossover and the list just goes on. Each month or as frequent as weekly there is a new song that’s being produced. Due to the advancement in technology, recording a song is not only for those who are able to visit the recording studio. Now you can easily record a song with your computer and be able to share it online. There are a lot of artists who are able to gain fame with the help of the internet. One famous artist who gained popularity with the help of her MySpace profile is Colbie Caillat with her song Bubbly. She is a singer songwriter who creates music in the genres that include pop, folk pop, pop rock, and blue-eyed soul.

Fusion music is quite famous also; there are a lot of genres in today’s music scene that can be a combination of two different genres just like the Pop-Rock and Alternative-Rock types of music. It is now very difficult to classify the type of music you hear because of the number of genres known. Party type of music is also quite famous. There’s the Techno genre and House and the Dance genre of music that is commonly played in clubs.

Apart from this, there are still some of the classic types of music that are still quite popular and its simplicity is still pursued by a lot of artists. Country songs are also gaining quite a following from the general public. Various reality singing contests also allow for new artists to be born and new types of songs to be created. There are a lot of different contests that most singer-wannabes come and audition for.

 

Pop music has been able to retain its popularity up until now but there are some genres that are also able to gain enough attention. The best thing about it is that music has been able to cross language barriers that even the K-pop genre which is basically Korean songs is gaining the whole world’s attention; one of the best examples of such famous Korean songs that have taken the whole world by storm is Gangnam Style by PSY.


05
Oct 12

What You Should Know About Modern Art

The term “modern art” is not new for those who are afficionados, but for the common art enthusiast, the term may be confusing. In fact, there has been a lot of misconceptions because of the word “modern.” Through this article, we hope to clear up some confusions by presenting a few things that the average person may not have known about when discussing modern art. Without further ado, let us get things going.

Modern Art Started in the 19th Century

What do you have in mind when you hear the word “modern?” You’re going to think present, current… which is wrong. That is not the kind of art that modern art is! In fact, what you are thinking about is contemporary art. Contemporary art is the art that first appeared during the 1960’s, twenty years after the Great War, and those pieces of art that have a marked difference from the ones that came before due to the influx of new influences and styles.

On the other hand, modernism or modern art began way before. The first pieces of art considered to be modern appeared during the 1800s, with the last one appearing just before the 1960s.

Modern Art Went Through Several Phases

The thing about modern art is that it had a colorful history, pun intended. Modern art, to be specific, underwent several phases culminating in the age of Impressionism during the later half of the 19th century. The periods of modern art can be lined up chronologically as follows:

  • Romanticism, which began in the early years of the 19th century
  • Realism, a movement that began back during the 1830s
  • Daguerre’s era, beginning in 1839, where focus was given to direct positive images as a result of Daguerre’s invention.
  • Baudelaire’s period in 1846, where every artist was urged to come up with something worthy of the times.
  • The arrival of the Impressionists in the 1874, the year that the first Impressionist show was held.
  • Post-Impressionism: Tonalism, Symbolism, Post-Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism, all appearing by the 1880s
  • The period ending in the 1960s

Modern Art Was Also About Feeling

Unlike its predecessor periods, the Modern era of art was a time when artists drew inspiration from their own feelings in order to come up with their works. Instead of adhering to a specific style, artists instead relied upon their own inner perceptions and even emotions to drive the stroke of their brushes. Artwork produced during this period are all believed to be expressions of the artists’ inner minds, and their interpretations of their surroundings as well as the moral and political issues surrounding them at their time. There was a sharp focus on artists deriving inspiration from matters of real life instead of being abstract.

Modern art was also about innovation and experimentation, which resulted in a boom in art styles and schools of thought. Artists who are radical about their styles came in this area, particularly the tragic Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Tolouse de Lautrec and the famous Pablo Picasso. These are artists whose influences are still felt until today.


04
Oct 12

Top 5 Contemporary Novelists

Writing novels has been around for several centuries. Before any form of electronic entertainment had ever appeared, way before the first transistor radio had been invented, reading was the only form of leisure that people had. Novelists and writers have only been too happy to provide for their entertainment needs. Up until today, novelists still exist to entertain people. Some novelists have become successful, others have faded into obscurity, while others have also landed in spots of notoriety, thanks to the nature and subject of their writings.

In addition, the easier access to ways in which one can publish their works these days have led to the rise of contemporary writers. There are so many of them, each publishing a unique piece of work. Of course, only some have managed to rise to the occasion and achieve success in their writing. These are the top writers of this age. Here are five of them, and the works that have made each one of them famous in their own rights.

Sue Miller

Sue Miller is the author of, among many others, Inventing the Abbotts. The book gained recogntion when it was made into a feature film in 1997, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly, among others.

Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler is a Baltimore-based novelist, a fact that is evident in most of her writings since they take place in the city. She has published over 19 novels since 1964. She is noted for her lack of interest towards personal interviews, choosing to grant interviews facilitated through email instead. Tyler is Pulitzer award-winning novelist for her novel, Breathing Lessons.

A. S. Byatt

A.S. Byatt is a British writer, and one that sits with the honor of being on the top 50 of her contemporaries.  The amazing fact is that she has consistently been given this honor for the past 67 years! Yes, she is featured in the Times as one of the Top 50 novelists in Britain since 1945. She is best known for her novel, The Shadow of the Sun which was published in 1964.

Kazuo Ishiguro

Similar to A.S. Byatt, Kazuo Ishiguro is also considered as one of the great 50 writers in Britain since 1945. Ishiguro is a native Japanese whose moved to Britain in the 1960s. He is the winner of the 1989 Man Booker prize for his novel The Remains of the Day, a poignant piece dealing with themes such as Dignity, Loyalty, Politics and others.

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes, or better known as Julian Patrick Barnes, is the author of the 2011 book The Sense of an Ending. Barnes is the recipient of that year’s Man Booker Prize. He had earlier been nominated through his books Flaubert’s Parrot, England, England and Arthur and George. Fans of crime fiction would also more or less be acquainted with Barnes in another pseudoname, Dan Kavanagh. Aside from the Man Booker Prize, Barnes had also won the David Cohen Prize for Literature also in 2011 and other honors, including officership at the L’Orde des Art et des Lettres, the Shakespeare Prize, and the E.M. Foster Award, among others.