Visionary art is art that purports to transcend the physical world and portray a wider vision of awareness including spiritual or mystical themes, or is based in such experiences.
The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, first established in 1946, is considered to be an important technical and philosophical catalyst in its strong influence upon contemporary visionary art. Its artists included Ernst Fuchs, Rudolf Hausner and Arik Brauer among others. Several artists who would later work in visionary art trained under Fuchs, including Mati Klarwein, Robert Venosa, Philip Rubinov Jacobson and De Es Schwertberger.
Visionary art often carries themes of spiritual, mystical or inner awareness. Despite this broad definition, there does seem to be emerging some definition to what constitutes the contemporary visionary art ‘scene’ and which artists can be considered especially influential. Symbolism, Cubism, Surrealism and Psychedelic art are also direct precursors to contemporary visionary art. Notable visionary artists count Hilma af Klint, Hieronymous Bosch, William Blake, Morris Graves (of the Pacific Northwest School of Visionary Art), Emil Bisttram, and Gustave Moreau amongst their antecedents.
The American visionary art museum defines visionary art as “… art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works are presented as a personal and natural vision that reveals primarily in the creative act itself.” In short, visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices and the perception of the soul.
Both in training and self-taught (or strange) artists continue to create works with a vision of the future, refining and training with intensity. This further strengthens the argument of the American Visionary Art Museum as an out of place definition, for what is simply known as “outsider”, or “naive” art, although from time to time, they show that artists of this genre they are redefined continuously. In addition, many visionary artists are actively involved in spiritual practices, and some have been inspired by hallucinogenic intoxication.
Walter Schurian, a professor at the University of Münster, quickly points out the difficulties in describing visionary art as if it were a different genre, since “it is difficult to know where to start and where to stop.” Recognized trends have all their fantastic components, so the demarcation is conveniently blurred. ”
Despite this ambiguity, there seems to emerge a certain definition of what constitutes the contemporary vision of “scenic” art and that artists can be considered especially influential. Contemporary visionary artists include Hieronymus Bosch, William Blake, Morris Graves (from the Pacific Northwest school of visionary art), Emilio Bisttram, and Gustave Moreau, among his background. Symbolism, Surrealism and psychedelic art are also direct precursors of contemporary visionary art.
Schools and organizations
The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, which includes Ernst Fuchs and Arik Brauer, is also a strong influence on visionary culture. It may also be considered the European version, with the names being interchangeable.
The Society for the Art of Imagination, founded by Brigid Marlin serves as an important portal for visionary art events. More recently, a new wave of visionary artists collaborate to function as modern cooperatives involved in self-publishing and promotion of visionary artists through the internet and via festivals such as Burning Man and Boom Festival, and exhibition/ritual spaces such as Temple of Visions, Tribe 13, Synergenesis and the Interdimensional Art Movement.
Álvaro Robles G., Chilean artist and poet has created and developed what he calls “Art Mántico”, which is an advance and new exploration of visionary art and automatic drawing. In his words on mantic art: “… they were developed following freely the techniques of automatic drawing used by Austin Osman Spare and later the Surrealists, however, my vision in making these drawings is also influenced by the South American shamanic currents, the The name “mantico” comes from a reflection on the concept behind “automatic drawing”, in the sense of generating a contribution and evolution of the technique.The unconscious is not a machine, but is an intuitive consciousness beyond reason and mechanics, hence the term “mantico” arises by relating these drawings to other “magical arts” such as divination, tarot, mediumship and clairvoyance .. In 2016 the Arcano Salon publishes the book “El Canto de Abraxas” with poetry and mantic drawings.
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