Capturing Emotion Through Art

“Artists talk to themselves on canvas, mumbling scattered colors of emotion” – Terri Guillemets

One of the most powerful things about an artist’s work is the emotion captured within a piece, the reaction to an artwork or the subject matter itself or the underlying sentiment which inspired the creation of the work initially.

By Al Gord

Artists focus on areas of passion, topics that move them, subjects that inspire them and experiences and feelings that remain with them. Whether explicit or implicit, every artistic work represents a piece of the artist. It is through the canvas where I share my innermost feelings and where my passions, my struggles and my successes come to life for others to see.

At first glance, the viewer may be struck by the style of the piece or the imagery of the work. Sometimes that is all that is needed to convey the meaning of a piece, that is, the intent behind the artist’s work. But what of the works that are not as obvious? How does one make meaning or begin to understand what the artist might be experiencing or in my case what the painter hopes to convey?

In my work, emotion is expressed not only through the people; their body language, the position of their figures and the expression on their faces. I challenge you to look past the rock star, the pose which is representative of the specific musician and the intensity on his face.

You Can Have Whatever You Want but You Better not Take it From Me

For me, the painting is a holistic experience, from the title, to the background and the foreground, where all of the elements intertwine with each other. In examining the piece below I invite you to move beyond the obvious. Reflect on the title – taken from song lyrics, the colours chosen and the layout of the background – the use of lines and abstract techniques. What emotion does this stir up in you? What do you think I was feeling as I created this piece?

Next time you have a chance to look at various works of art – look a little deeper! Consider what you think the artist is trying to say, trying to share, wanting you to feel. While he or she has an intended purpose, the connection you make with the piece influences your emotional response; something which is unique to you. That is why each individual is drawn to certain artists and to certain works; the underlying emotional connection, realized or not, that the viewer forms with the art and the artist.

About Al Gord

Al Gord is an up and coming artist who lives in Toronto, Canada. He has been a featured artist twice in Niji Magazine. Al has exhibited pieces in shows from Toronto, Canada, and New York, New York to the United Kingdom. He combines abstract techniques with figurativism to create Iconic Rock Portraiture paintings. Other series include Modern Romantic Expressionism and his works which focus on mental health awareness and advocacy. Regardless of the subject matter his signature style is clearly recognizable.

His work is showcased on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook where he welcomes inquiries, questions, and feedback.

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