Exhibition: Breaking the Rules


Exhibition Information

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ― Pablo Picasso.

 Prospectus for  “Breaking the Rules” exhibition April 2024. 

          Rightly so, most emerging artists and art students study the guidelines and principles, the hallowed “rules,” that help them learn to create art.  Artists learn the “rule of thirds,” “the golden ratio,” 2-D, 3-D,  linear, and atmospheric perspective, value structure, color theory, hard vs soft edges, proportions, etc.  Within these generalized terms are hundreds of “thou shalls” and “thou shall nots.”  Without these rules, artists would be left to reinvent the wheel over and over or slosh around in mediocrity forever.  They are as important to art as an artist’s paints, canvases and brushes.  But art is not just about technique and fundamentals and once an artist gains a certain level of proficiency, he/she comes to understand the reasons behind the rules and, on occasions, the justifications to break those rules. 

           This exhibition seeks submissions from artists who have knowingly broken a rule or rules to create their original art.  A short written explanation of what rule(s) the artist believes he/she broke and how or why this created a positive outcome in his/her work MUST accompany each submission.  Artwork submitted without an explanation will not be curated into this exhibition.

Terms and Conditions

Location: Online Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: 01 Apr 2024 - 12 Apr 2024

Current Status: Application

Applications are accepted from 28 Oct 2023 to 29 Mar 2024