Art should be MORE than just beautiful
by Audra Jennings Monday, December 13, 2010
We’ve all heard the line, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but does the art hanging on your walls just look nice or does it have a deeper meaning? In an interview last week with Fox News Live’s Lauren Green, artist Ron DiCianni explained that all art should be more than just a pretty picture, it should tell a story. DiCianni has made it his life’s work to devote his talents to a very special message, the Gospel message.
Ron DiCianni grew up in an unlikely area to produce a talented artist. After attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago, he embarked on a career in commercial illustration. Quickly recognized as one of the nation’s most talented illustrators, DiCianni’s client list was soon dominated by prominent companies ranging from Eli Lilly™ to McDonald’s™. He was chosen as the 1980 official Olympic illustrator and is considered one of the most successful illustrators of his generation.
In a world dominated by the visual realm, DiCianni considers himself “a Christian cleverly disguised as an artist.” His self-stated mission is to “reclaim the Arts for Christ” and in 1989 God led him to create the painting that started a revolution—Spiritual Warfare. Several extraordinary Christian paintings followed on the heels of Spiritual Warfare and it was soon clear that a new chapter in art had begun.
“We’ve all heard the old adage that a picture paints 1,000 words. I think what that means in the context of visual communication is that a picture allows the viewer to have that “aha” moment a lot quicker than via text or speech,” explains DiCianni. “Imagine, if you will, trying to explain tying your shoelaces to someone via the written word and with no pictures. You’d have to write a small book. Show them how to do it visually with just a few verbal explanations and it would take only a few minutes. In my opinion, it is the same with the Gospel. The Bible takes entire chapters to communicate and describe Christ’s resurrection. We can do it in 30 seconds via one picture. The effect most often is tears of joy and amazement, regardless of race, language, nationality, or level of education. The message is the same. All that’s different is the delivery.”
DiCianni’s publisher, Tapestry Productions Inc. (TPI), is bringing viewers eye-to-eye with the unflinching love of God through fine art reproductions from highly acclaimed and mission-driven artists. Created seven years ago, this niche firm began with premium Christian fine art reproductions and then expanded to include derivative products that continue to impact and influence viewers by telling the unparalleled story of hope and redemption. It is the only company of its kind devoted to Christian fine arts.
To view Ron DiCianni’s art, visit www.tapestryproductions.com.
Audra Jennings is Senior Media Specialist at The B & B Media Group. Since 1987, The B & B Media Group, Inc. has used its broadcasting, marketing and advertising experience to provide the specialized and strategic publicity necessary to achieve the public relations goals of each client. The Barnabas Agency, a division of The B & B Media Group, Inc., is a proven provider of exceptional public relations and personal management services for authors, speakers, ministries and organizations.
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