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Are Digital Images Considered Art?

A closer look on Visual Arts and new expanding mediums as reported by Blue Horizon Prints


Bondi, NSW -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/14/2014 -- Painting pops to mind whenever Art discussion is heard. It is probably the most celebrated and well accepted form of art. However, Art takes many forms, tangible and intangible. It is regarded as a special form of communication with aesthetic considerations. With sound, color and tones as raw materials, art has to deliver a message or emotion.


By definition, it is a numeric representation of a two-dimensional image. It has finite set of digital values called picture elements or pixels. Digital Image is created by input devices and techniques such as digital cameras, scanners and more.


Socrates defines Art as an imitation of life. Anything that mirrors reality falls under this deliberation. Consider paintings, it mimic life forms with vast aesthetic translations from artists. How about photography? Photograph copies the exact image captured using its lens. However, it’s indirectly done by the artist or the photographer. To produce a photo, it has to be aided with technology. Can it be considered Art?

“Every work of art causes the receiver to enter into a certain kind of relationship both with him who produced, or is producing, the art, and with all those, simultaneously, previously, or subsequently, receive the same artistic impression,” according to Oscar Wilde. When you hear a song you can relate to and feel the exact emotions the artist conveys, it is considered Art. Same goes when you watch a theatrical play and cries at how the story ends. But when you watch a computer animated film that evokes the same human emotions, can it be considered art in its own way?

Michelangelo Pistoletto in Art’s Responsibility asserts, “Above all, artists must not be only in art galleries or museums – They must be present in all possible activities. The artist must be the sponsor of thought in whatever endeavor people take on, at every level.” When a photographer feels an emotion he wants to transfer to the receiver of his photograph and this exact emotion is felt by the receiver and becomes united, Is it art by his own standard?


Expression of an artist takes complex brain processes to produce complex patterns conceivable to the eyes. Whether the artist is using a brush to paint or a mouse to create binary images, both have the same chemo-electrical engrams in the artist’s brain. The only difference is the output medium they choose to use. While a painter may take days to finish a painting versus a computer graphic artist that can produce an image within hours, engagement and commitment don’t vary. Both endure labor and individual intuition to produce art.


Discussions may agree or disagree with digital art as a viable art form, whether it’s a computer printed art canvas or an Instagram photo, as long as it transfers emotions from the producer to the receiver with the intent of being art, is art.

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Blue Horizon Prints are a premium quality seller of canvas prints & photos on canvas. They offer a great variety of canvas art based products such as stretched canvas prints, gallery wrapped or un-stretched Canvas Prints, framed prints as well as archival prints