Is Art Still Attractive to Young People?

As I type this, exactly 3 months ago, I sat in my bedroom painting an overly-large canvas. It was commonplace to find me behind one, only my dangling legs and tip of my head visible from behind the oversized sheet. I had the aspirations of becoming a world famous artist. I had the passion, I had the tools and I had the ideas. I was prepared to drag hells bloated arse to the pearly gates above to prove to myself and those around me that I was motivated. I was going to make it.

Of course, things definitely didn’t play out this way. It was rather quite rushed, but following my ‘Francis Robles fiasco’ a few months ago, things changed. After much deliberation and debate with a few key figures in my life, I was made to realise writing and the ‘English path’ down education was best for me. From that point, things were a kind of whirlwind. I changed college, changed course and changed my life plans. I guess you could say my whole life changed.

However, I must stress this following point; regardless of my sudden change, I will always respect artists. The amount of time, dedication, sweat and tears an artist puts into their work is beyond words. Pictures paint a thousand words, their artwork proving just that.

Art has come a long way from where we are at today. The change from Da Vinci to Banksy, Michelangelo to Pollock, art has truly traversed the most extreme of social mountains. The Mona Lisa is arguably the most recognised pieces of art around the world; ‘her’ elegant and mysterious smile being understood and respected everywhere as a true ‘god’ of the art world. The Creation of Adam is a true representation of the most elegant and breath-taking artistry workings to date, in fact, I believe it was one of the first pieces of artwork I ever witnessed (back when I was just a little kid wandering around wearing awkward light-up shoes and a Thomas The Tank Engine shirt).

In todays ‘updated’ and technology-engulfed world, modern and contemporary art has ‘swooped’ in to take to the limelight. Artists such as Banksy have had to ‘innovate’ the scene with a ‘new’ art form. Instead of creating a completely different genre, Banksy developed on the existing graffiti scene and turned it into works of art, portraying the best sociological and political messages a stencil spray can possibly achieve. He has taken an underdogs art form and shone the brightest of stage lights upon it. It is now indisputably art. It is also important to young people.

Art nowadays connects with the younger generation much more than it used to. It attracts and involved ‘us’ with modern issues that affect our daily life, as well as etching its image into our mind for us to ponder throughout the day. Art is no longer a ‘5-minute’ visual attraction, it is a life-changing, provocative and engulfing form of connection to millions.

Art is seeing itself more and more online, in the news, and on our phones. It is no longer something to be hidden away is musky-museums or gritty-galleries, it is something that the younger generation, myself included, want to be involved with or be subjected to more than ever. From a movie or game poster to an album cover, from creative hobbies to lifetime aspirations, art is undeniably important to young people in today’s world, and it is undeniably attractive.

“The world is but a canvas to our imaginations” was a famous quote by Henry David Thoreau, and it rings particularly true with me. We were brought to this world with a blank canvas and it’s up to us to paint it. In a move not seen in generations gone, young people are painting theirs brighter and more explosively than ever before. Art is important because the world really wouldn’t be the same without it. Art is important to young people because it lets them express who they truly are.

-Benjamin John Wareing


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