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Art that Evokes Emotions is Derived From Emotions

Do you ponder the sonder? Sometimes its difficult to understand what's going on in our own, and other peoples heads. This post attempts to explore how we can express and communicate our emotions through the discipline of Art.

Emotions and Aesthetics in Artwork

Transfer Your Emotions from Mind to Artwork, so how does an Artist creatively do this? Art is an expression and response to our emotions; it depicts the innermost thoughts through an aesthetic experience. 

It is the innermost feelings of a person which are reflected in their art. Art is an approach to life, which is why people with artistic skills and knowledge tend to be sensitive and insightful. Art and design have become very popular because they are expressive of one’s deepest emotions, thoughts and feelings. It creates an experience which helps others to achieve clarity or resonate with the artwork on a deeper level.

By creating these aesthetic experiences, we can appreciate human inventions and artefacts. Like many diverse forms of artwork, including: ceramics, photography, poetry, music, visual arts, sculptures, along with natural aesthetics such as mountains, nature, and sunsets. All of which contribute to our appreciation of life.

“...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

Vincent Willem van Gogh

Visual arts derive their inspiration from such aesthetic experiences and turn them into art, a translation of one’s emotions towards the artform. Expressing emotions through art is one way of painting for modern artists, and it stretches throughout multiple contexts. It merely lets the artist express their innermost thoughts through contemporary artworks. 

According to many scholars, art represents the emotional side of experiences, suggesting a connection between pleasure and aesthetic experience.

In that regard, aesthetic experiences may be associated with mindfulness as they can boost engagement with an object and give greater value to impressions. Therefore, to create art one must be emotionally involved, and the act of purchasing works of art is a means of expressing one’s emotions.

Art as a Communication of Emotion

Throughout history, artists have known how their works of art can evoke emotions or rather how they can be used to paint masterpieces. They’ve proven that their paintings can create a space for viewers to explore thoughts and emotions. They can also be used to teach, to inspire and most importantly to have fun. That is why it is not surprising to see the evolution of art in many ways.

In a poetic way, art channels or evokes emotions that we all are experiencing, almost poetically. The same way you feel sympathy or empathy for the fictional character when you read a sad story. Or maybe the feeling of tranquility and calmness you get watching rain pour down from the sky onto a green field. 

Much like that, photographs and poems of good days or happier times bring us joy. Art that evokes emotions is derived from emotions as well.

“The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”

Jerzy Kosiński

Expressing Feelings Through Art

The beauty of art in all its contemporary artwork forms is that it has a specific backstory, which some appreciate while others explore their own creativity. You can feel a strong emotion, and commission an artist to paint it and still be the mastermind behind it. Art gets its value from emotional engagement, and you can pick which emotions you want to be portrayed through artworks.

The modern artist can paint feelings and emotions depending on the need and requirement of the artwork. It creates an aesthetic experience which gives pleasure for the viewer. Similarly, art and emotions work together to bring meaning to various artefacts.

Artists and viewers can experience the same emotional trigger, but it does not have to be the same. A work of art created to depict grief can also be viewed as a symbol of hope. You might evoke that emotion without having to actually experience grief first-hand, but may evoke the concept of mourning and striving for better days. Through this type of idea, we gain an insightful social awareness and a sense of empathy for the world around us as well.

Therefore, contemporary artworks can depict moods of joy, wrath, hope, happiness, sadness, as well as show the emotion’s relationship to it. Listening to music that is sad can put you in a different frame of mind without actually being sad. The same can be said for motivational melodies that can inspire creative thinking and motivate you before exercising.

From Mind to Artefact

The real challenge and skill is channelling the emotions within you, irrespective of the medium. As a means of communicating emotion, art is able to produce a positive experience in the recipient if understood correctly. A better understanding of art can promote the occurrence of aesthetic pleasure, depending on the cognitive understanding of the artefact (Leder et al., 2004).

Emotionalism Art

People often associate meaning and emotions with art, because they can use their emotions to create exceptional works of art. All you need to do is associate visual art to your state of mind and emotion, and use the emotions to orchestrate the rest.

A critical and aesthetic theory of art that emphasises the expressive qualities of art is called emotionalism. To emotional critics, a work of art must provoke a reaction from its audience. In the opinion of emotionalists, only art that evokes feelings, moods, and emotions in its viewers is worthwhile and valuable.

One of the best-known examples of this style is The Scream painted by Edvard Munch in 1893. 

Edvard Munch The Scream 1893

Munch stated; ‘only someone insane could paint this!’ 

In fact, Munch’s’ psychological well-being was severely disturbed at the time. As a result of his alcoholism, he suffered from dizziness and agoraphobia, which is the fear of wide open spaces. Those who are agoraphobic fear walking through wide-open spaces and becoming lost. The Scream shows the figure’s intense anxiety when they hear a scream.

Emotional Art

Happiness and Joy

Art can depict this feeling as a prevailing emotion, regardless of what it means to different people. The art you commission can both hold meaning and bring you joy. As a collector, you are part of the creation of art that can be appreciated by many. Choose art that makes you feel good! Alternatively, it can be gifted to your friends or family as an expression of that same emotion.

Grief and Sadness

It is not necessary for art to portray sadness for it to demonstrate this specific emotion. Professional artists can do so without compromising on a piece’s integrity. A piece can become a unique portrayal of sadness, perhaps showing the journey to the acceptance of this emotion. 

Many people have a harder time with this than with other emotions because it is so difficult to pinpoint exactly what sadness feels like. There is no one way to define the feeling. All emotions are beautiful, and expressing emotions through art adds to their beauty.


As art communicates emotion, it encourages the viewer to realise that everyone has their own unique life and complex pursuits. Understanding others’ feelings through art can be an interesting and rewarding experience. This can be showcased elegantly through commissioning paintings, or admired through other disciplines or performing arts. 


We all enjoy reminiscing over past events, but with art – you can turn those memories into artworks that you can treasure forever. Emotions and art go hand in hand, are a great way to keep a recollection of the event through a nostalgic painting. 

Artists have found many methods to re-create the event they are trying to remember. If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending a sport event, then a painting might be a great way to enjoy it and show your support for the team. Artwork is a great way to show people that you appreciate their efforts. Commission an artist to bring your fondest memories and emotions to life with contemporary art. 


It is not uncommon today for contemporary artists to use symbolism in their aesthetic expressions in order to convey emotion. For example, in the 1973 movie “The Exorcist”, director William Friedkin used swirling colours to symbolise his characters’ psychological states. Along with numerous other emotions, transferring one’s emotions from mind to artwork, regardless of the medium, can take multiple approaches.

How To Express Your Emotions Through Art

Ren Creative Works can help you build a masterpiece that is fuelled by your emotions while evoking them in your audience.

We offer bespoke service to craft your most beautiful emotions into art, and provide tailored services that speak volumes by itself. We are committed to listen to your story, imagine the vision and bring it to life. If you wish to ponder to sonder further, tap into your emotional intelligence and contact me today for more details.

Thanks for reading!

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