The interim verdict: Your preferences lie with primitivism. Despite the simple and unsophisticated exterior, this style has nothing to do with amateurs and children:) The primitivist artists are masters of the painting techniques, most of them (though it’s not the entrance price) underwent artistic training, are well-read and… know their way in the history of art. They choose to simplify the techniques and subjects to the level of primitive, naïve, aboriginal (art of primitive people, children, folk art etc.).
These artists believed that too much attention is paid to the technique, the forms, the colour schemes – the appearances of the creative process, which leads to officialism in art and leads the artist away from the original message of conveying the emotions and the perception of the world that is clear and pristine, uncluttered by the adopted patterns and templates. For this reason the primitivists simplify and idealize objects, dissect the details that sidetrack attention, and endeavour to create the art that is pure in its essence and distant from the civilization. They depicted the world as virgin and naïve as seen by the people who are not subjected to the hipocracy of modern life and the conventional values – children, ancient and tribal people etc. This calls for special techniques of representing the reality.
Primitivist artists explored the reality in an optimistic way characteristic of a child. They do not draw the line between the reality and the imagination. They picture the world that provides harmony between nature and the man. They use the basic artistic devices and techniques, rule out the linear perspective and make the painting three-dimensional by the same means that children intuitively grasp: the contours, the scale of the objects, and the simplified form. And of course, the most favourite part with the primitive art is the choice of bright delightful colours and rich ornament.