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Updated: Jul 27, 2023

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. ~ Albert Einstein

The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread. ~ D.H. Lawrence

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. ~ Kahlil Gibran

In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty. ~ Phil Ochs

While beauty, is indeed, in the eye of the beholder it must also be acknowledged that we all share a common heredity, a common world, and a common Creator. There are undeniable elements that have us perceive beauty individually and collectively. One such element is the “golden ratio” found so frequently in nature, admired and utilized by the ancient Greeks. Beauty is universal.

There is a time in a place for an artist to engage the use of discord, dissonance, even ugliness. It seems to me we already have too much of that manufactured by mankind. I choose beauty. I choose beauty and only use discord when it is required as a component of a work. James Gabbert March 2009

Beauty and the human form

In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty. ~ Christopher Morley

Beauty in things lies in the mind which contemplates them. ~ David Hume

Beauty, of whatever kind, invariably excites the human soul to tears. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

I see too many figurative works of art today by sculptors who do not understand the human body, it is disturbing. There are brilliant contemporary artists such as Glenna Goodacre and Paul Granlund who demonstrate a clear understanding of the human anatomy. Such demonstrations do not have to be in proportion. To the left is a wonderful artist who understands human anatomy who has chosen to the elongate the body for beauty and effect. On the other hand, on the right is a Minneapolis public sculpture (Our Family Tree by Dean Kermit Allison) with complete disregard to anatomy and whose people are too stiff to be mannequins. Some sculptors do not understand anatomy and are unable to address anatomy, others have chosen not to have proper proportion and balance to their subjects. Realism is not a prerequisite to great art or great beauty. However, the human eye is conditioned to see and understand the proportions of the human body. It is the artist’s right to purposefully alter those proportions for their own reasons, however, it is wrong for them to do it out of ignorance. James Gabbert March 2009

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