Art is subjective and always a matter of taste, but one thing we all know and agree on about art is it brings us great joy and enriches our lives. I enjoy art at every level including my movie/TV viewing and lately I’ve been watching a series about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (later known as the Pre-Raphaelites)
They were a group of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a genre of painters I hadn’t heard much about before and I’m taken with their message of artistic renewal and moral reform in a time of political and social upheaval in mid-nineteenth-century England.
One among the second generation of the the artists mentored and influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and responsible for a big shift in art and art appreciation was William Morris. I have been extremely influenced in my personal artistic philosophy by his work and it’s more than a little interesting to see historic information about the first generation of artists that predate the Impressionists suffering the same churlish rejection by the art dealers and critics of the day. I saw a William Morris exhibit in Toronto, Canada about twenty-five years ago. He was mentored by Rosetti who was one of the original three founders and leader of the Pre-Raphaelite-Brotherhood.
I enjoyed this essay by Jennifer Meagher. The full essay is an interesting quick-read about this group. Below is a pull-quote from that piece.
As their works became more decorative, the Pre-Raphaelites were increasingly interested in the decorative arts. In 1861, Burne-Jones and Rossetti joined William Morris’ new design firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (reorganized as Morris & Company in 1875), producing murals, stained glass, furniture, textiles, jewelry, and wall coverings inspired by botanical motifs. The firm responded to the rift between fine and applied arts caused by the Industrial Revolution and mass production by reviving the workshop practices of medieval Europe, considered a paragon of spirituality and artistic integrity. By the mid-1880s, a movement to unify the arts, known as Arts and Crafts, took root in England and by century’s end was flourishing throughout the British Isles.
Utopian in theory, Morris’ intentions were to create affordable, handcrafted goods that reflected the workers’ creativity and individuality (qualities not found in industrially produced goods).
We still feel the influence of this Arts and Crafts movement to this day and
it’s my belief that people come to Purple Pelican Gallery to appreciate art
and beauty while being inspired to create for themselves and/or to find
affordable art and craft to enrich their lives, homes and work spaces.
At Purple Pelican Gallery we want to make you feel special and make
Spooner a better place to live and visit.
To do that, we’ve adopted “slow life” disciplines to give merit to all
we do. I keep a consistent daily routine to produce my own original
paintings and prints, keeping my creative time foremost in my day.
We actively resist mass produced trade and trends that promote poor
quality by adhering to standards that engender intrinsic value.
We offer high quality rare products and services not found anywhere
else at one location. With attention to clothing design and jewelry
we find and present “slow fashion” at the lowest cost possible.
We’re committed to being transparent with you and taking more
time with you than you might expect with a positive attitude
always agreeable and accommodating. If we can succeed in this
we’ve achieved all we strive for.
I hope you will be our guest participating with us in the pursuit of
that honor! We don’t think this ideal is Utopian and this is honestly why
Purple Pelican Gallery is here.
I have been accused
of clinging to the past
hanging on the history
of my people
as if I had formed it
with my own hands
and named it for a dear friend.
It was born before me
and comes after me with
a tenacious will to live.
It grows daily and finds
its own voice wherever
anyone will hear.
It is the evidence
of things not seen,
and calls that which is not
as though it were.
And when it has learned to
Esa Everroad ~ Firefly Finger Rings