|The Stuckist Manifesto
The Art History Archive - Stuckism
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"Your paintings are stuck,
you are stuck!
Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!"
Against conceptualism, hedonism and the cult of the ego-artist.
- Stuckism is the quest for authenticity. By removing
the mask of cleverness and admitting where we are, the Stuckist allows him/herself
- Painting is the medium of self-discovery. It engages
the person fully with a process of action, emotion, thought and vision, revealing
all of these with intimate and unforgiving breadth and detail.
- Stuckism proposes a model of art which is holistic.
It is a meeting of the conscious and unconscious, thought and emotion, spiritual
and material, private and public. Modernism is a school of fragmentation
one aspect of art is isolated and exaggerated to detriment of the whole. This
is a fundamental distortion of the human experience and perpetrates an egocentric
- Artists who dont paint arent artists.
- Art that has to be in a gallery to be art isnt art.
- The Stuckist paints pictures because painting pictures is
- The Stuckist is not mesmerised by the glittering prizes,
but is wholeheartedly engaged in the process of painting. Success to the Stuckist
is to get out of bed in the morning and paint.
- It is the Stuckists duty to explore his/her neurosis
and innocence through the making of paintings and displaying them in public,
thereby enriching society by giving shared form to individual experience and
an individual form to shared experience.
- The Stuckist is not a career artist but rather an amateur
(amare, Latin, to love) who takes risks on the canvas rather than hiding
behind ready-made objects (e.g. a dead sheep). The amateur, far from being
second to the professional, is at the forefront of experimentation, unencumbered
by the need to be seen as infallible. Leaps of human endeavour are made by
the intrepid individual, because he/she does not have to protect their status.
Unlike the professional, the Stuckist is not afraid to fail.
- Painting is mysterious. It creates worlds within worlds,
giving access to the unseen psychological realities that we inhabit.
The results are radically different from the materials employed. An existing
object (e.g. a dead sheep) blocks access to the inner world and can only remain
part of the physical world it inhabits, be it moorland or gallery. Ready-made
art is a polemic of materialism.
- Post Modernism, in its adolescent attempt to ape the clever
and witty in modern art, has shown itself to be lost in a cul-de-sac of idiocy.
What was once a searching and provocative process (as Dadaism) has given
way to trite cleverness for commercial exploitation. The Stuckist calls for
an art that is alive with all aspects of human experience; dares to communicate
its ideas in primeval pigment; and possibly experiences itself as not at all
- Against the jingoism of Brit Art and the ego-artist.
Stuckism is an international non-movement.
- Stuckism is anti ism. Stuckism doesnt
become an ism because Stuckism is not Stuckism, it is stuck!
- Brit Art, in being sponsored by Saachis, main stream conservatism
and the Labour government, makes a mockery of its claim to be subversive or
- The ego-artists constant striving for public recognition
results in a constant fear of failure. The Stuckist risks failure wilfully
and mindfully by daring to transmute his/her ideas through the realms of painting.
Whereas the ego-artists fear of failure inevitably brings about an underlying
self-loathing, the failures that the Stuckist encounters engage him/her in
a deepening process which leads to the understanding of the futility of all
striving. The Stuckist doesnt strive which is to avoid who and
where you are the Stuckist engages with the moment.
- The Stuckist gives up the laborious task of playing games
of novelty, shock and gimmick. The Stuckist neither looks backwards nor
forwards but is engaged with the study of the human condition. The Stuckists
champion process over cleverness, realism over abstraction, content over void,
humour over wittiness and painting over smugness.
- If it is the conceptualists wish to always be clever,
then it is the Stuckists duty to always be wrong.
- The Stuckist is opposed to the sterility of the white
wall gallery system and calls for exhibitions to be held in homes and
musty museums, with access to sofas, tables, chairs and cups of tea. The surroundings
in which art is experienced (rather than viewed) should not be artificial
- Crimes of education: instead of promoting the advancement
of personal expression through appropriate art processes and thereby enriching
society, the art school system has become a slick bureaucracy, whose primary
motivation is financial. The Stuckists call for an open policy of admission
to all art schools based on the individuals work regardless of his/her
academic record, or so-called lack of it.
We further call for the policy of entrapping rich and untalented
students from at home and abroad to be halted forthwith.
We also demand that all college buildings be available for
adult education and recreational use of the indigenous population of the respective
catchment area. If a school or college is unable to offer benefits to the
community it is guesting in, then it has no right to be tolerated.
- Stuckism embraces all that it denounces. We only denounce
that which stops at the starting point Stuckism starts at the stopping
The following have been proposed to the Bureau of Inquiry
for possible inclusion as Honorary Stuckists:
Vincent van Gogh