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Gaddafi sentence by Gheorghe Virtosu -Oil on canvas-


Art themes to explore in abstract of Gheorghe Virtosu

What is theme in art?


In art, theme is usually about life, society, politics or nature, but can be anything. Themes are the ideas explored in a work that are usually implied rather than explicitly stated. A great majority of works have some kind of theme embeded. The theme is not the same as the subject of a work. For example, the subject of Great World Personalities theme is Albert Einstein. Themes are ideas conveyed by the visual experience.

By nature, I am a very empathetic human being. I cannot help relating to those who suffer around me.

Thus, my art holds a fully blown reaction to all the outrageous things I witnessed, but I couldn’t do anything to change or make better. I usually turn my attention to global events which have an impact on each of us: I looked, for example, into the “emancipation revolutions” taking place during the last two millennia and at their devastating consequences on mankind: they were nothing short of shameful. This is one of my sources of inspiration that made me create my art themes list.

Art themes list

Main art themes to explore are – existence origin, political history, transgender, war, superpowers of the world, great world personalities, nations and civilizations, great human dangers, progress makers, religion and its roots, female personalities, woman, world religions and philosophies, comic performers and fool characters, great world masters, disappointment, life around, royal, ugliness of power, national themes, political theory of the development of society, love, immigration, transition forms, good and bad, patience, endurance and struggle, time, stars, new age of the strange, rebellious, soul-searching and contemplation, failure of expectations

Intelligent art isparticularly stimulating or striking. It has to capture a subject in one painting.

Take, for instance, Muammar al-Gaddafi’s fall from power: the events leading to it and their ending shook me to the core. Don’t get me wrong, I am no supporter of Gaddafi and his policy, quite the opposite: I think what he did defies sense and sensibility altogether. But despite a solid military training which I had while growing up, I still cannot get over what happened to the man; and this has nothing to do with fear! It is, if I may say so, a rejection of dejection. What shocked me the most in this case was the whole world happily joining in scape-goating somebody they helped bring to power and kept in power for as long as it suited them, only to eventually use him as a bait for mob blood-thirst. After all, Gaddafi was a creation of the whole modern world, but nobody took on any responsibility when the push came to shove.

I guess what I am trying to convey is the fact that we all have a shared responsibility for such tragic events which put under question our commitment to moral values and their practical application. These events affect us all and for me, painting is not only a form of art, but also a cure.


Gheorghe Virtosu
December 6, 2017