Richard Bledsoe “The Act” acrylic on canvas 24″ x 30″
I describe myself as a painter of parables and fables. I paint from visions that are revealed to me, which often seem like stills from movies playing in my soul.
Narrative art has been disfavored by the arts establishment for a long time now. Art babbling cultural industry types substitute theorizing for story telling. The engaged audience for such an obscure set of concerns is small, which they fancy makes it elite and exclusive. It’s had the effect of robbing the larger culture of art appreciation.
The cultural elitists are so steeped in reflexive deconstruction, reactionary relativism, exhausted irony, and lizard brained virtue-signalling that the idea that great art communicates to a vast audience doesn’t enter their consciousness. In fact, they would oppose such an accessible experience, as it undermines their inflated sense of self-regard.
I find that hack academic approach to be incredibly limiting, a huge part of what has caused a crisis of relevance in the visual arts.
We understand this life by means of the stories we are exposed to and participate in. To deprive art from partaking in this means of communication has been disastrous. Fortunately, many of us are taking action to return this universal form of connection to visual expression.