What is it about Art – Why Is Art Valued?

Art is a magical thing in human terms. The first artistic human creations were cave paintings around 40,0000 years ago. Art is one of the most important human creations because it is not necessary for survival. Unlike food, shelter, and the basics needed for survival, art is created simply to express. This is important because it shows us that the need for expression has been around a long time and has evolved along with human culture. Basic shelter was adorned with carving and later pigments for color. These works were done not out of necessity but rather out of the sheer mental stimulation that these visual additions gave. What do you think inspired these early artists? A need to leave their mark perhaps…the amazement they felt being alive and aware of their lives.

As human culture evolved and grew more complex art was used by those with the means to further enhance there surroundings. Artists were hired to create celebrate murals often with a religious theme. These works were used not only to provide visual pleasure but also to communicate stories or events considered important – thus they were beautiful and also served a practical purpose.

Because art is not necessary for the basic survival (although today we can argue that statement) it is held in high regard as a uniquely human accomplishment. Art separates us from other animals in that it is done for pleasure and is created from the mind. Art can be seen as the ultimate in human accomplishments as it has evolved from being a literal visual representation of something such as a portrait of a person who lived long ago to something that is purely enjoyable from a mental aspect such as abstract art. Abstract art is where it gets really interesting…

If you share my love of abstract art then check my available abstract artworks in the site shop.

You might just find something that resonates with you and inspires and motivates you. Nestor Toro – Los Angeles

Did You Know – “Pure Abstractions”

I am a painter and my work is pure abstraction. Some might think they are easy to do and that anyone could do them. These people are of course wrong!

Wassily Kandinsky said, “Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw, have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors and that you are a true poet. This last is essential.

Artist Nestor Toro in his West Hollywood studio space

Artist Nestor Toro in his West Hollywood studio space

Artist Nestor Toro in his West Hollywood studio space

Artist Nestor Toro in his West Hollywood studio space

As you can see the ability to start with a blank canvas and apply color in a harmonious and visually balanced is necessary. Abstract painting is much more than simply throwing or appling random colors in a random manner. Nestor Toro – Painter

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Sending Out A Large Work

Many are not familiar with the shipping of art but can imagine that it is probably quite complicated to ship such delicate items. Being a professional artist I do what I do best which is make the art, so when a collector buys it I leave that to professionals as well. I work with a shipper with years of experience and who also ships for many of the artists and galleries in the West Hollywood and Beverly Hills areas.

Each painting is packed in its own custom made cardboard crate which is constructed by hand for a perfect fit. The material is industrial strength compressed cardboard on the outside. Inside the painting has been carefully wrapped in layers of bubblewrap and protective styrofoam sheets. I have never had a problem with damage but I very often get compliments about the quality of the packing so I can tell you that it is well worth the added cost. Most artists pack their own works and not all of them are skilled remember what I said earlier about doing what you do best and letting someone else take care of the packing.

Large custom made crate shipping a painting by abstract painter Nestor Toro

Large custom made crate shipping a painting by abstract painter Nestor Toro

As you can see packing a large artwork is a work of art in and of itself! You can rest assured that any artwork you by from me personally will arrive packed at the same shipper I have used for years and you will happy with the professional touches done to assure that your new valuable artwork arrives in perfect condition! Thank you – Nestor Toro

Signing The Work

It is always satisfying to sign a work! It is the final touch to complete the work. I have been asked about my signature. If you look closely you can see it is my last name which is Toro. In Spanish “Toro” means bull and I have incorporated a stylized image of a bull in my distinctive signature!

Abstract Artist - Nestor Toro - Artist Nestor Toro's Stylized Signature - A distinctive "Bull" - Toro is Bull in Spanish!

Artist Nestor Toro’s Stylized Signature – A distinctive “Bull” – Bull is “Toro” in Spanish!

 

Abstract painter L.A. Artist Nestor Toro signing a finished painting

L.A. Artist Nestor Toro signing a finished painting

So now you know when you look at my work what my signature represents!

Dinner with Jonas Almgren CEO of Artfinder.com in Los Angeles

I was fortunate to be invited to attend a meeting of artists in Los Angeles held by Jonas Almgren, the CEO of ArtFinder.com the fastest growing online art retailer and gallery in the world! It is an amazing gallery that I have been with for over 2 years now and could not be happier to have been invited by CEO Jonas Almgren. Ideas were discussed and it was so refreshing to have a gallery actually ask artists what they can do for us to help us sell our art!

Artfinder is a breath of fresh air in the all too often elitist, stale, and frankly boring art sales scene. They are truly the future of selling fine art and after spending the evening with Jonas and hearing him speak with such passion and honesty I am more confident than ever about the future of selling my work online and especially excited be a part of the artfinder family!

Artfinder meeting with CEO Jonas Almgren held on April 12, 2016 in Los Angeles

Artfinder meeting with CEO Jonas Almgren held on April 12, 2016 in Los Angeles with my partner Lee and fellow painter Chantal Barlow.

 

My work on Artstack

If you are not familiar with it, artstack is a great place to view not only my art but great work from fellow artists!

 

My Artstack page

My Artstack page

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