“Ambitious conservative artist” is a non sequitur some might say, and that ambitious artists should be radical and challenge the establishment. But in fact the ‘establishment’ has for a long time taught, encouraged, promoted and subsidised ostensibly radical art.
It’s almost impossible in most British towns and cities to find a publicly-owned gallery that exhibits representational painting and sculpture by contemporary artists: the type of artworks that most of us want to see. Instead we get ugly and spurious art forced upon us, so-called installation art and ready-mades, and what is worse, as tax payers we have to pay for it.
I find nearly all ‘modern’ art meaningless, unbeautiful and boring, hence I rarely visit public-gallery exhibitions, and I think I’m in the majority.
And so what do we do? Keep pecking away at the art establishment; our time will come. Paradoxically we conservatives are now the true radicals !