in any reform movement…the penalty for avoiding the common-place is a
liability to extravagance. It is vitally necessary to move forward to shake off
the dead hand of the reactionaries; and yet we have to for the fact there is apt
to be a lunatic fringe among votaries of any forward movement.
-Theodore Roosevelt, “A Layman’s View of an Art Exhibition,” Outlook, 1913
The renaissance of the modern age is a view of art from all ages and a concentration on the applications of spirituality to art. The spirit within and the representation of spirituality through painting inspired artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci. It is artists such as the later that are considered in the new age of art under Spiritual Representationalism. The era of the new millennium is defined as an age of spirituality.
Art has gone though transitions throughout the ages whereby the art of a period are defined only though that period. This new form of art not only defines the new period but also it incorporates art of all ages. What is the common theme to hold art as new art and include art of ages past? It is within the intent of the artist to touch the soul within and to paint the realm of the journey of the spirit.
The “New Age”, generation of the second millennium preoccupies itself with wondering where we fit into the universe, who is God and who are we? This thought of non-humanism enters the art form of this period, inducing us into the realm of the search for the mysteries of God and the universe, and the endless quest to understand who we are in relation to All That Is.
The Artist identifying himself as a Spiritual Representationalist conveys his attempt to understand the universe through symbols, thereby making concepts taken from his normal perception or dimension tangible. Thus, the ideas, concepts, intuitive senses, and understandings are transformed into information that can be perceived by the five physical senses.
Spiritual Representationalism creates the bridge between that which is not-human and the human understanding of the three-dimensional universe. The existence of other realities or dimensions is a foundation-stone of Spiritual Representationalism. Therefore, the first step in the process of creating a work of art in the school of Spiritual Representationalism is that the artist must to some degree focus his consciousness on dimensions beyond the normal 3-D physical reality and receive information, insight, and new concepts from these other dimensions. These other dimensions may be labeled Heaven, Hell, Astral Planes, spheres of reality, alternate realities, or whatever the artist identifies with his focus.
This implies that the work is not strictly drawn from a creative assemblage of known symbols without personal connection to the artist; rather it implies that the artist reveals the not-human inside him through symbols which may be either universal or unique to the artist.