I was recently engaged in a conversation about how it seems painting is dieing out, and it got me to thinking.
I don't think painting is dead in the art world. It might seem that way with galleries and the art community as a whole looking for that next big thing ... but it's still one of the most abundant forms of art out there. It's definantly a lot more specialized and diverse, but not dead. Fundamentals don't die for fads.
Besides, painting won't die out for one simple reason ... people have a lot more wall space than they do floor space, and while photography is an excellent form of art ... people want photos of their family, not of odd places they have never been to. And I'm a huge supporter of digital art and printmaking ... but both those things don't lend themselves to "originals" and tend to be perceived as less valuable than a painting/sculpture because of the artists ability to readily reproduce them exactly the same.
Now i have noticed that prints of paintings, photos and printmaking have sold alot more than original paintings, but that is the price factor. (prints normally run around 1/10th the cost of an original) And if pushed to it, I can easily just start pumping out portraits like a fiend, but the hassle of explaining to someone why a large portrait will cost hundreds of dollars vs a photo which they can get printed for $20 is something i avoid. (most people don't want to pay for something of quality when something of quantity is more readily available ... but that is why McDonalds is in business.)
What is your take on the subject matter?