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5 Clear Things to Know About Art and Psychology of Artwork

The psychology of art is closely linked to that of aesthetics and perception, along with experience. This post explores motivations behind human creativity.

Art and Psychology of Artwork

Art holds a different meaning for different people, primarily because of its psychological impact. The psychology of art is closely linked to that of aesthetics and perception, along with experience. As a human creation, Art is the by-product of aesthetics and experience of the visual arts – it is poetic, it is beautiful. Art psychology and concept behind paintings have a deeper root than what some might imagine; it has a connection, unlike any other. 

It is the building block to develop or explore creativity and capitalizes on the value of concepts enclosed in paint. In addition to stemming from human psychology, research in the psychology of artworks and Art, in general, offers a unique perspective which many philosophers like Baumgarten and Kant spent years researching. 

Sigmund Freud who is widely recognised as the “father of psychoanalysis”, was also an ardent art collector and wrote about the lives and personalities of artists. Freud’s ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ 1899, had a major influence on the Surrealist Movement of the early 20th Century.  

The French poet André Breton, heavily influenced by these ideas, wrote the first ‘Surrealist Manifesto’ (Manifeste du surréalisme) 1924. This offers an insight to understand where the Surrealists, such as Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Joan Miró; in some part, took inspiration from. This paved the way from virtual representation to abstract art.

In short, Art is a familiar concept, with numerous different forms and interpretations – leaving you to decide for yourself what Art is to you. But to make it more transparent, here are five things that you should know about Art, Aesthetics and psychology of artworks:

“Thought expressed in the absence of any control exerted by reason, and outside all moral and aesthetic considerations.”

André Breton

1. The Essence of Artistic Expression

Art psychology is the expression of the human, and its beauty is in its interpretation – all different, none incorrect. While you can assign a textbook definition to Art, Art itself in its creation will forever be everchanging and unique. In reality, that’s what makes Art so fascinating, it depicts human psychology and is left to the perception to decipher.

Just look at abstract Art, it has meaning behind it that can be different to everyone. You can buy abstract paintings by commissioning an artist and get an artistic expression of what you relate to without having to create it yourself.

The personal touch of an artist is what makes art paintings unique, significant, and inimitable down to the very last stroke. Since the concept of Art is a product of human psychology, even a piece that wasn’t created by, you could tell your story.

2. Art Psychology Helps to Explores and Express

Art is something you relate to, something that draws your attention towards itself – a connection. In reality, the psychology of Art is at play, and it beckons your attention towards what resonates with you. The colours, the strokes, the concept, the story, the texture – all unique, come together to make something you fancy.

Art is therapeutic and is defined by the British Association of Art Therapists as: “A Form of Psychotherapy That Uses Art Media as Its Primary Mode of Communication.” For those interested in the Irish perspective on art therapy, you can visit the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists – IACAT.

The artist expression of their Art empowers you to explore, experience and express your emotions in a healthy way. It demonstrates what you feel, what you desire, or what you understand and therefore, the psychology of Art enables you to connect with each painting. Art can be a history lesson, a record of a moment, or something of greater value – all depending on where your values lie and what resonates with you. Then, you can make it a part of your home, be it by commissioning an artist to paint it, or by buying an existing one.

"The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant."

Salvador Dalí

3. Art Is Healing and Has Far-Reaching Effects

It comes as a shock to none that Art is pleasant and has a relaxing effect on the viewer. What makes it truly exceptional is that physical aesthetics are the only tip of the iceberg when discussing the real psychological impact of Art. Art engages the mind and is beneficial to have around in more ways than one. While most forms of painting can inspire, bring back pleasant memories, and increase productivity, abstract paintings draw attention to themselves and encourage creative dialogue. 

Many people benefit from Art, primarily because of its psychological link and also by using art therapy. It is known to help numerous older adults with memory diseases, as well as to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder. Art can also help with depression, anxiety, stress and trauma. Commission an artist to create Art with a psychological effect you wish to receive or convey. 

4. Psychology of Art Goes Beyond Creativity

Art is about the sensory experience; it connects the bridge between thoughts, feelings, emotions with movement. The best part about Art, or rather the psychology of it is that you don’t have to be an artist to truly appreciate what Art has to offer. Or even be extraordinary creative or articulated to actually understand it. You can buy commissioned paintings for the sheer reason of them representing what you are or what you are feeling. 

You can tell your own story, communicate your own thoughts, and convey your own message through the Art of creative expression. The psychology of Art enables the artist you commissioned to create a shared experience that compels people, and places to come together for a beautiful get-together or a stunning living space.

5. Art Creates an Everlasting Change in Perception

The beauty of Art is the permanence of its impact, commissioned painting created for a reason will remain impactful today, tomorrow and for years to come. Psychology of Art will leave a lasting effect on your perspective, and how you deduce things rather than merely observe them. The luxury to connect the dots, to assign meaning to the visual representation and the theory behind it showcases exceptional cognitive ability.

This is why the psychology of Art, and the practice of it is an exploration of the uncanny, and abstract expression. Art assigns purpose and sheds light to forms of expression which educate, which inspire – and which explain what words can’t. Art promotes different ideas, and phenomena and is a part of natural human behaviour. Hence it is essential to embrace Art for all that it has to offer and appreciate its multitude of effects. 

So how can I help you?

Art and Psychology of Artwork have a mesmerizing way of leaving an impression, and Ren Creative Works can help you create Art that channels your desired impact. Be it creating Art that resonates with you or your audience, honouring memories or telling your own story – get bespoke service as you Commission Art. Create a masterpiece for your living space that capitalises on the psychology of Art, and encourages creative expression, exploration, healing, openness to creativity and widens your horizons. 

Post illustration: Salvador Dalí, ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’, 1937.

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