What Makes “Good Art”

When a work of Art connects with a viewer is one definition of Good Art.

When a work of Art sells is another definition of Good Art.

When a work of Art has the backing of Museums and the Art Establishment is another definition of Good Art.

When a work of Art fits into the latest “Style” is another definition of Good Art.

When a work of Art seems “Real” is another definition of Good Art.

When a work of Art has strong “Abstract Properties” is another definition of Good Art.

When a painting has “Strong Painterly Qualities” is another quality of Good Art.

When a painting has “Smooth Color Transitions” is another quality of Good Art.

add your own definition…


18 Responses to “What Makes “Good Art””

  1. 1 deborahredwood September 23, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Good art is when the only person who likes it is you!!!!

  2. 2 willmott October 5, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    when a work of art leaves you thinking for ages how and why?

  3. 3 CJ Draden October 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Good art work does not mean the out come of the piece is always positive. Good art is about evoking emotion, wether that be positive of negative. If you see a piece of art, hear a piece of music, watch a good film, witness a great theatre performance and one of those experiences inspired you, left you raptured, made you cry, made you think, made you happy, fall in love or into animosity…. That is good art no matter how you feel about it, because it moved you.

  4. 4 Dudamis October 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Good art changes the way you see, hear, or feel the world around you.

  5. 5 Scotty November 10, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I’ve turned away from trying to define it, or worse, using it as some tool to make a point. I’ve already got a hammer. How someone feels or is changed when they look at a tree does not make the tree a tree.

  6. 6 artcreche November 17, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Good art is when you can’t look at it for too long, because it hits you so hard.

  7. 7 Shammer November 19, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    There is no such thing as “Good Art”

    It is all relative. If two people go to an art gallery and look at the same piece, when one says it’s good art while the other says otherwise, who is right?

    I believe it is impossible to truly define something as “Good Art,” there is just too many layers and even more opinions…

  8. 8 jane November 26, 2009 at 11:17 am

    “good art” is rare…”art” can be anything..

    garbage sells these days and stuff like this gets overlooked:


  9. 9 Praveen Nair January 1, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Art which sells can be termed “Good Art”

  10. 10 Praveen Nair January 1, 2010 at 9:45 am

    OOOOOPS…sorry…i meant Art which sells Can’t be termed “Good Art”

    • 11 David January 7, 2010 at 11:56 pm

      Matisse sold paintings, Picasso, Rothko, Pollock, JOhns, Rauschenberg, all sold work…Praveen does it then follow that these were not good works of art?

  11. 12 Michael Scott January 1, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    So as soon as something sells it’s crap? What’s the saying, “I paint because I have to, I sell because I can”. What people choose to do with a piece has nothing to do with the art itself.

  12. 13 Praveen Nair January 3, 2010 at 1:21 am

    @Scott, I dint mean whatever sells is crap! All I meant was everything that sells is not good art! I see badly executed artworks, copied ones on road and small shops which sell like hot cakes. I don’t think that can be termed good art!

  13. 14 Michael Scott January 5, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I understand now and agree with you. Lots of bad art selling out there. Sales is never the determining factor of “Good Art”.
    I think we’re on the same page now.

  14. 15 clarshire1 January 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    This friend of mine is taking pictures of normal objects that look like letters and then making words out of it…check out his website… http://www.wordsaroundtown.com

  15. 16 chemicalmarriage January 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Good art is feeling, not a thought.

  16. 17 elpea February 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Would good art be in the execution of the technique?

  17. 18 scrapbook clilpart August 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm

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