Presentation on theme: "I have a strong passion for art, and felt that this topic would suit me well and I would tackle it without problems. I decided to chose Tribal art culture."— Presentation transcript:
I have a strong passion for art, and felt that this topic would suit me well and I would tackle it without problems. I decided to chose Tribal art culture to compare because of its growing popularity and unique selling point.
Tribal art is an umbrella term used to describe artifacts and objects created by the indigenous people of (controversially named) primitive cultures. Also known as ethnographic art or Arts Primitive. Tribal art refers to subject and craftsmanship of artifacts from small-scale societies (tribes.) The most well- known tribal art comes from the Americans (e.g., the Inuit, Plains Indians, and some remote areas of Central and South America and west and South Africa.) Using primary and secandary sources we are able to date tribal art work back to the renaissance period. There are many forms of tribal art, including 21 st century art work, some of which can be seen today in tatoo designs. (See image below.)
We are also able to access traditional tribal artwork in museums and through the internet. (See image below.) The artist (unknown) uses a variety of bright colours which capture your attention, this also shows that artists that work in the tribal style have always had a raw talent for the craft. We can also see that the artist uses a very eye catching black image, using the head of an eagle blending into some form of mythical monkey or ape, creating a new image altogether. (Totem like imagery.)
More people today recognise tribal art work because of its rare and individual colouring and meanings behind the designs and sculptures. Most Tribal art work uses a unique pattern of symbols and meanings which relate to a story, legend/myth of the area of land in which they are from. This image is of women in an African Tribe working together as a solid community, the art work shows the companionship between women. A fine art mask of the Punu tribe. Gabon West Africa.
This chart shows the percentage of people that have purchased Tribal and Celtic art work in the past 110 years. Celtic Art work is not as popular as it used to be, whereas Tribal art work is selling more due to its increasing rarity.
Celtic art is the art associated with various people known as Celts; those who spoke the Celtic languages in Europe from pre-history through to the modern period, as well as the art of ancient people whose language is unknown, but where cultural and stylistic similarities suggest they are related to Celts. Perhaps its best known and most influential phase is more correctly known as Insular art of Ireland and Great Britain in the Early Middle Ages, which produced the Book of Kells and other masterpieces. Also covered by the term is the visual art of the Celtic Revival (on the whole more notable for literature) from the 18th century to the modern era, which began as a conscious effort by Modern Celts to express self- identification and nationalism.
Typically, Celtic art is ornamental, avoiding straight lines and only occasionally using symmetry, without the imitation of nature central to the classical tradition, often involving complex symbolism. Celtic art has used a variety of styles and has shown influences from other cultures in their knot work, spirals, key patterns, lettering, zoomorphics, plant forms and human figures. Celtic art is a difficult term to define, covering a huge expanse of time, geography and cultures. A case has been made for artistic continuity in Europe from the Bronze Age, and indeed the preceding Neolithic, age however the 'Celtic' culture is generally considered to arise in the Iron Age at around 1000BC. Muiredach's High Cross
There are approximately 150 surviving dolmens in Wales, including the notable Pentre Ifan in Preseli, Pembrokeshire. The bluestones which form Stonehenge also come from Preseli, suggesting not only the artistic and cultural links between the lands which would become Wales and England, but also - due to the long distance that the stones travelled - that these stones might have been considered sacred by the builders. These structures are considered to be the oldest human-made permanent structures in the world, even surpassing the Egyptian pyramids in age. Stonehenge Dolmens
Celtic art has been in Wales since the Stone age, being used in manuscripts and markings on cattle and and face paint for the Celts in the Iron age so they could be seen and threatening and feared by their opponents. Celtic designs were also used on weaponry in the Iron age. The famous Celtic shield found at Battersea. This style of design would have been painted onto the Celts cattle so that if found other tribes would know who it belonged to. Here you can see the Celtic design engraved on this late medieval war axe. Celtic manuscript.
Today Tribal and Celtic art can be brought and viewed in most art galleries, museums and even some cafes across the world. In the art world today, Tribal art work is more popular globally in comparison to Celtic art, however in Wales you are more able to view and purchase Celtic art work. Whether it be as a piece of artwork or a miniature statue. The ‘love spoon’ is a popular gift given to couples on an anniversary or wedding day, as a sign of gratitude and/or hope and good lick in their future. Carved out of one piece of wood, these can be made to your specifications, style, shape and even letters and names can be carved into them.
Through conducting my investigation I have answered the questions that I started with and have learnt a lot about the art native to Wales in comparison to tribal art around the world. I feel that I have achieved my goals and have conducted my investigation well.