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What is Beauty?

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Josephine Condotta
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Josephine Condotta

What is beauty or beautiful?

That’s an age-old question, isn’t it? One with an answer that often changes depending on the person you ask. Most certainly depending on the artist’s work that you’re viewing! It could be in the magic of nature: the way an animal moves or the sunset. It could be in the people around us; how they appear and carry themselves or how they inspire us with passion or courage. It could also be in the culture that surrounds us; the music we listen to or the movies we watch.

I think the truth is that it’s never a question of what beauty is…it’s whether or not you can see it. The Visual Arts have this amazing way of challenging how we see our human experiences. It brings out colours, feelings, and views that we often don’t notice are there. That’s another interesting thing about beauty — it’s never just something superficial. It’s much deeper than that.

The collection of artworks in the Everything Beaux Art Exhibition illustrates the honest view that beauty is everywhere. That beauty exists within all things, moments, and elements of our lives. It’s just a matter of being able to see it in all its splendour, whether it be epic or absolutely mundane. The variety in depictions of the beautiful inspires us to look closer at every moment, every colour, every expression of our lives.

As an artist, beauty feels most like a process, one of discovery as you awaken and unearth the extraordinary in the world and experiences that surround you each day.

So, what is beauty? Well, maybe beauty is not a matter of “is” or “isn’t” but rather a matter of “seen” or “unseen”, “felt” or “unfelt”, “heard” or “unheard”. Perhaps everything is within beauty. Perhaps beautiful, is in fact, EVERYTHING.


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