The Meaning Of Visionary Art
September 21st, 2019
Visionary art is certainly not a recent phenomenon. It dates back many thousands of years (think cave paintings of mystical creatures) and has continued to evolve throughout centuries. But what has always set visionary art apart from any other style is the drive of the artist: the desire to make the viewer sense something they otherwise couldn’t… or wouldn’t.
The Oxford Dictionary defines the term visionary as “relating to or able to see visions in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition.”1 And this, really, is at the core of the genre. The elevation of consciousness opens the artist up to anything and everything that lies beyond what we normally see, feel, and hear.
It’s about challenging perceptions. It’s about challenging conceptions. Visionary art is about bridging the gap between the creative, the mystical, the spiritual, and the everyday.