The art world can be stuffy. Many artists are professionally trained and use the same types of conventional media to showcase their talents. While their works of art differ from piece to piece, the styles and techniques all seem to be the same. That’s not the case at the Appalachian Spirit exhibit at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, though. This exhibit features a collection of art from prominent naïve artists. These artists haven’t been formally trained, and they have signature styles that you will love. Also, many use nontraditional media and unique techniques that you simply won’t find in most works of art.
This exhibit will be available through Feb. 4. The museum is open Monday–Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Voluntary admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids under 13.
What Is Naïve Art?
If you’re new to the idea of naïve art, you probably wonder what it is. Sure, you know it’s art from artists without professional training, but what makes this art stand out?
Naïve art has some basic characteristics. Naïve artists typically use bright colors and various media to lighten reality. The art typically showcases a childlike perspective. For instance, it might look like objects that are normally anchored to the ground are floating.
Naïve artists typically focus on live creatures or people instead of objects. Objects can also be in the work, but the objects are not the focus.
Naïve artists also spend a lot of time on the details. From the fine lines to the borders, the details are intricately mapped out.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, naïve artwork tends to make people feel free, young, and happy. It’s common to feel a smile take over your face when looking at naïve art. It just has a quality that makes you feel happy.
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