Today the world mourns the loss of Christian artist Thomas Kinkade. Whether you liked his art or not, it can be said that he painted the idealistic in his depictions of perfect little cottages, beautiful townspeople, and light bursting everywhere with color. The paintbrush gets a lot of grace. Mostly, we accept that its purpose is artistic expression and not the depiction of reality. ”Reality” is the responsibility of the photographer.
But then Photoshop came along.
Just before Kinkade’s death came this fascinating little piece in the Gospel Coalition blog. In it, Pastor Mike Cosper raises some interesting questions on the topics of artistic realism, beauty, and contentment. And we raise some more … Should a Christian artist only represent the world, and the people in it, as it naturally is? What makes the unnaturally Photoshopped human image different from the work of a good photo makeup artist or lighting director or camera filter? And what about enhancements in other disciplines – such as the filmmaker who embellishes history to tell a story? Or the singer who auto-tunes her voice because she can’t stay on pitch? Click the link below to read the article and come back to let us know your thoughts.