I never understood how experts gauge the skill level of abstract artists. Truth is, I don’t think experts know how they gauge the skill level of abstract artists.

This famous Picasso below is a perfect example. One person says it’s a masterpiece, I say it’s an average depiction of a Mr. Potato Head experiment gone bad. It’s hard to determine Picasso’s skill without a standard to compare it.

Do you think it’s possible to accurately determine an abstract artist’s talent? This piece by Gerhard Richter recently fetched $15 million at auction. Compare it to the elephant’s art below. If this elephant cut off his ear, perhaps his painting will bring in big bucks.

The Photorealism Movement appeals to me because it removes subjectivity from the equation. And without subjectivity, all the self-important art critics aren’t needed either.

Photorealism is “the genre of painting based on using photographs to gather visual information and then from this creating a painting that appears to be photographic.” Artists in this genre are simply judged by how close their painting mimics reality.

As a newly self-empowered art critic, I declare Jason de Graaf a master artiste: