How to Appreciate Paintings #36: What we can learn from paintings – perspective

Art exhibition in Singapore. ARTualize is the only art gallery in Singapore that lets you rent paintings for your home. Singapore artist Low Hai Hong is standing beside his favourite Wayang Kulit painting in his art exhibtion in his art gallery.


From paintings, we can learn that there are many ways to see and interpret the world around us.

Remember the still life art class in school? Where you were asked to draw the apple on the table with a pencil? It was the same apple at the same time and yet nobody had exactly the same drawing. Some apples had more lines than the others, some apples were sitting on the table while some were floating in the air, all the apples were of different shapes and sizes, none of the apples had the same shading (if we had included colour, we would have greater differences), some apples were in the centre of the paper while others were in different corners.

These different drawings of the same scene happened because the drawings were made by different people. The differences are not due merely to drawing skills. Different people see and interpret the same things differently, therefore each individual produced a drawing that is exclusive to her.

When we look at paintings, we are introduced to what another person, the artist, sees and interprets. Having a different perspective opens our minds to other possibilities, that which we may not have known or thought earlier.

When we are appreciating paintings, we are learning valuable lessons from paintings too.

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