African, Caribbean Heritage Art
Traditionally, the history of art tends to focus on objects made by humans from many different narratives; spiritual, philosophical, functional, decorative, symbolic, documentary, and conceptual to name a few. In the modern era an emphasis has been placed on the aesthetic visual form which includes the visual arts both fine and appiled arts.
Fine art is developed primarily for aesthetics or beauty, whereas the appiled arts include decorative arts and crafts whose object is the design and manufacture of that object are both beautiful and functional.
A breif history of West African Art
Historically, cultural West African art paintings are some of the most splendly colorful psychedelic modes of artwork known to mankind that symbolically illimunates and represents the art and culture of the times.
Dating back to pre-historic times, the first images of African Art were images marked on rocks located inside caves that representes human and animal forms. These rock paintings played an important role in conveying the primative life of our ancestors. The San; were the oldest South African tribes, the first known peoples to depict art that illustrate to worlds of the living and the spirits. Over time the paintings not only served as artistic expressions but also were used for secret tribal communation codes.
From single shade prehistoric paintings to ploychromatic paintings throuth the discovery of materials in Africa that produce different distinct pigments. As a result, many colorful and remarkable paintings have been produced by various diverse ethenic groups. Starting from paining on rocks other materials were appiled to various surfaces such as: textiles, clothes and even their bodies. It wasnt until middle of the 18th century when the Ndebele people painted differant vibrant colorful symbols with distinct patterns on their homes made from mud that demonstrated their cultural resistance and tribal continiuty of community.
During times of unrest many artist used their paintings to vividly portray wealth, injsutice, civil disturbance, and corruption during times of insurrection and civil disruption. Accordingly, these expressions exibited of the human condition was eventually embraced globally and allowed for the birth of contemporary African paintings.
It is important to note that these themed African Art paintings the siginified the wisdom of the cultural heretiage themes of the times would prove to be among the most amazing masterpieces of the world. Leading to many foreign influences embracing the birth of contemporary African paintings around the world. West African Art holds to the belief that the purest heart longs for good health and freedom while provoking thought on the fundemtal problems the faces us all in this time disposition called life.