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Chris Buckner on How to Analyze a Painting

As the previous Showroom Manager of Jonathan Adler, Chris Buckner shares his expertise on the analyzation process of a painting.

By Chris BucknerPublished about a year ago 3 min read

A visual analysis exposition’s composition mainly focuses on individual reactions. The language used in the article should be basic and descriptive. It should also include formal observation. A visual analysis article is usually focused on showcasing a work of art or another visible subject to reveal a particular element or look at it from the viewer’s perspective.

People who participate in visual analysis tasks generally acknowledge the value of art as a medium for discussing various cultural and social issues. They also consider it a medium for expressing their ideas and developing new creative styles. Through this examination, students can learn how to use new compositional tools. In addition, it allows them to identify how graphic elements in other works can advance their own ideas. Here’s what you have to look for when analyzing a painting:

Main Details

One of the most important factors people should consider when analyzing art is the artist’s history. This allows them to better understand their works and their creative process. Besides the artist’s identity, other factors, such as political and economic conditions, also affect the development of the image.

Motivation Behind It

Many works of art are mirror images of the craftsman’s personality or depict hidden messages that can influence people’s perceptions. While it is possible to see the artist’s motivation behind a piece, it is also vital to comprehend the background of the work to determine if it has a powerful message. Some of the most prominent artists, such as Salvador Dal and Michelangelo, have sold their art pieces to support their artistic projects.

The Target Audience

Every artist has their own unique perspective on how they interact with their audience. For instance, some individuals allow their viewers to participate in the creative process, while others don’t limit their scope of operation. For example, Salvador Dal continued his scope of operation when it came to interacting with his customers.

The Movement

The primary qualities of the movement and the artist’s creative method help them convey their thoughts on the canvas. Suppose one has the necessary knowledge about the various guidelines of the genre, such as object location, imagery representation, and the hidden meaning of color. In that case, one can quickly identify the artist’s message.

About Chris Buckner

Even though he now resides in New York City, Chris Buckner is a proud son of Knoxville, Tennessee. After graduating high school, Chris attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations. Known colloquially as Tennessee’s university, UT started as a small college in 1794 but has since grown to become the state’s flagship university and top public research facility state-wide. In addition to its impressive curriculum, the school boasts 225 years of volunteerism, both within Tennessee and around the world. The university’s space and agricultural institutes have a long history of educating residents and visitors and making a difference in people’s lives via research and engagement projects.

After graduating from college, Chris spent a few years traveling and deciding which career path to take. Being a natural writer, Chris spent years as a columnist for Metropulse, an Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) member. As an outspoken activist from an early age, Chris gravitated toward this medium to promote alternative journalism through advocacy and education. Publications within AAN are recognized for their regional focus on arts and culture, objectivity in news reporting, tolerance for social and individual freedoms, and eagerness to cover subjects and areas that many mainstream media outlets ignore. Chris showcased local artists in his weekly lifestyle column, where he shared museum exhibition experiences and helped promote upcoming bands.

A natural-born extrovert, Chris Buckner has always been a perfect fit for the sales industry. He has flourished in the retail sector for over two decades. Prior to moving to New York, Chris honed his customer service skills at Three Rivers Market in Knoxville, a food co-op that sustained the Knoxville region and empowered its residents.

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Chris Buckner

Chris Buckner is a customer service professional and retail expert who has over twenty years of experience in the industry. Now residing in NYC, Chris is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. Learn more by visiting

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