Thank You for visiting our Fun Arts World. Check back frequently as we will be adding new pages filled with fun, imaginative and whimsical art by a number of world-class artists.
In the meantime, please read Theresa Taylor Bayer’s “Fun Art Manifesto” below. You’ll get a real sense of what we’re all about.
The Fun Art Manifesto
© 2008 Theresa Bayer www.tbarts.com
Somewhere between the noble realm of Fine Art and the mighty realm of Illustration, lies a curious little field
that is coming to be known as Fun Art.
Although Fun Art is neither fine art nor illustration it has elements of both. It doesn’t seem to have an official
history, although it’s probably been around as long as there have been artists. Fun Art may have a future, but
no one is betting on it. Fun Art is simply Now.
Like fine art, Fun Art is all about being individual, having something interesting to say, and saying it in your
own voice. Unlike fine art, Fun Art does not take itself seriously. There are no weighty ponderings about
symbolism or realism or abstract outsiderism or any other kind of ism. There are no isms in Fun Art, yet Fun
Art embraces all isms. Fun Art is a prism of isms, but not a prisoner of isms.
Like illustration, Fun Art is highly accessible, can easily be read and absorbed and has the same immediate
visual and popular appeal that good illustration has. It can be cute or corny or even commercially appealing
and that’s OK. Unlike illustration, Fun Art can stand alone and without a story or product to enhance–
although it can also be narrative.
Fun Art is joyful, even when veers toward dark and edgy. There is a zingy energy to it that doesn’t depend on
gravitas; its finest examples express a genuineness that goes beyond any commercial concern, even if the
subject matter happens to be highly salable. You might call some of it a glorified doodle, but that’s OK too,
because there is glory to be found in doodling.
Fun Art has its own set of challenges. Just because it’s humorous or easy on the eyes does not necessarily
mean it’s easy to make. Fun Art is of the imagination, and drawing straight from the imagination is a tall order.
Foreshortening, perspective, lighting, composition, and fascinating little details are difficult enough when
drawing from life. Doing all this from the imagination can be brain wracking indeed–some form of reference
is always a help and can inspire an artist greater heights of creative fancy. Any art that is worth looking at is
something an artist has put a lot of work into, and Fun Art is no exception. Composition, color, expression,
freshness, detail, and originality are every bit as important in Fun Art as they are in fine art and in illustration.
What deep insights can possibly be had out of Fun Art? None whatsoever, unless by now you’re alive to the
notion that joy and humor are meaningful enough to take seriously–in a lighthearted sort of way of course. No
angst, no snobbery, no credentials in Fun Art. All it requires is daily practice and a passion for wackiness. Now