Lagos watchtower and lighthouse

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The art from the Algarve, Portugal has only been known by the few people who have visited the area. With this site I am hoping to make the world aware of the different possibilities in the artistic sense that is offered here. I will be adding new art and links to as many sites as I can that promote the local scenery. I hope to be able to include articles made with cork, which grows abundantly in the area and pottery that is also created by local artisans.

All sizes are in CM (Centimeters). The prices (where included) are in Euros (€) and are set by the artist or shop that the art piece came from. If you would like to buy one or more of the pieces shown, please contact me at algarveartshop.gmail.com. Tell me the article number, where you live (address) and type of shipping. If you would like insurance, please advise me as to the value you would like to insure. I will get back to you with the total price, including packing, shipping and insurance (if requested) as these prices are different for each country (not my idea).

Please be patient with me as I am new to this but will do my best. If you have any suggestions or would like to participate with art work or would like to be linked by me, please contact me at: algarveartshop@gmail.com

Picture / Artist of the week

Len Port, better known as a journalist and author, has been painting since his childhood  in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a young man working in Australia, the Far East and South Africa, he painted both figurative and abstract pictures, some in acrylic, others in oil. Since moving to Portugal in the early 1980’s he has continued with figurative as well as abstract themes – and sometimes a blend of the two.

His main theme of late has been the ever changing forms and vibrant colours presented by sunrises and sunsets in the Algarve.

Check out the rest of his art under Oil Paintings / Len Port  and Oil Paintings / Len Port / Len’s Art For sale

Solitude, Oil on canvas

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Websters Dictionary Definition of ART

: skill acquired by experience, study, or observation <the artof making friends>
a : a branch of learning: (1) : one of the humanities (2)plural : liberal artsb archaic :learningscholarship
: an occupation requiring knowledge or skill <the art of organ building>
a : the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also :works so producedb (1) : fine arts (2) : one of the fine arts (3) : a graphic art
a archaic : a skillful planb : the quality or state of being artful
: decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter

Examples of ART

  1. a piece of modern art
  2. It’s a remarkable picture, but is it art?
  3. The museum has a large collection of folk art.
  4. He studied art in college.

Origin of ART

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin art-, ars — more at arm

First Known Use: 13th century

Related to ART

Synonym Discussion of ART

artskillcunningartificecraft mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power art of choosing the right word>. skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency<the skill of a glassblower>. cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing <a mystery plotted with great cunning>. artificesuggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature <believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice>. craft may imply expertness in workmanship <the craft of a master goldsmith>.

From Encyclopedia Britannica

art, also called visual art, Mona Lisa, oil on wood panel by Leonardo da Vinci, c. … [Credit: Scala/Art Resource, New York]a visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill or imagination. The term artencompasses diverse media such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, decorative arts, photography, and installation.

Memorial board, wood. From the Sawos people, Sepik central coast, Papua New Guinea. In the Museum … [Credit: Courtesy of the Museum für Völkerkunde Staatliche Museen PreuBischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin (VI 46172); photograph, Dietrich Graf]The various visual arts exist within a continuum that ranges from purely aesthetic purposes at one end to purely utilitarian purposes at the other. Such a polarity of purpose is reflected in the commonly used terms artist and artisan, the latter understood as one who gives considerable attention to the utilitarian. This should by no means be taken as a rigid scheme, however. Even within one form of art, motives may vary widely; thus a potter or a weaver may create a highly functional work that is at the same time beautiful—a salad bowl, for example, or a blanket—or may create works that have no purpose beyond being admired. In cultures such as Africa and Oceania, a definition of art that encompasses this continuum has existed for centuries. In the West, however, by the mid-18th century the development of academies for painting and sculpture established a sense that these media were “art” and therefore separate from more utilitarian media. This separation of art forms continued among art institutions until the late 20th century, when such rigid distinctions began to be questioned.

Particularly in the 20th century, a different sort of debate arose over the definition of art. A seminal moment in this discussion occurred in 1917, when Dada artist Marcel Duchamp submitted a porcelain urinal entitled Fountain to a public exhibition in New York City. Through this act, Duchamp put forth a new definition of what constitutes a work of art: he implied that it is enough for an artist to deem something “art” and put it in a publicly accepted venue. Implicit within this gesture was a challenge to the established art institutions—such as museums, exhibiting groups, and galleries—that have the power to determine what is and is not considered art. Such intellectual experimentation continued throughout the 20th century in movements such as conceptual art and minimalism. By the turn of the 21st century, a variety of new media (e.g., video art) further challenged traditional definitions of art.

Art is treated in a number of articles. For general discussions of the foundations, principles, practice, and character of art, see aesthetics. See also art conservation and restoration.

For the technical and theoretical aspects of traditional categories of art, see drawingpaintingprintmaking, and sculpture. For technical and historical discussions of decorative arts and furnishings, see basketryenamelworkfloral decorationfurnitureglasswareinterior designlacquerworkmetalwork,mosaicpotteryrug and carpetstained glass, and tapestry. See photography for a complete history of that medium.

For treatments of the various arts as practiced by specific peoples and cultures, see, for example, African artCentral Asian artsEgyptian art and architecture;Islamic artsOceanic art and architectureSouth Asian arts.

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