Creative visual thinking is fundamental to us all as human beings as we strive to understand our sense of self and the world. Chartwell seeks to deepen understanding about the importance of art and creative thinking for our future and our wellbeing.
Chartwell is an explorer of the visual world. We want to know more about how and what we see. When both the eye and the mind are active, the creative process opens to the artist and viewer. The Chartwell Collection provides the viewer many examples of creative visual thought in action.
Chartwell supports artists as they make and think. Making is an active and connected process, involving the interaction of intention, intuition and intellect with the mediums of the world. Chartwell is making too - making a difference through philanthropy and enabling access to creative activities and research.
Chartwell encourages everyone to think about art and the creative process with a commitment to drive an understanding about the significance of the visual arts to general creative thinking. We share a curiosity to know and learn more: an imaginative, ongoing investigation.
Polychrome Painting Part B by John Nixon (2009), Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2014
Knowing how cognitive systems work in art making delivers understanding of creative thinking.
Nature and all its elements as well as the body and mind work together in a symbiotic relationship of cause and affect.
For visual perception we use light-generated signals. Sunlight reflects off objects into the eyes creating and sending signals to the body/brain. Other perceiving sense organs also receive data and send signals similarly. Adding complexity, often at an unrecognisable level, are other natural influences which have effects on us too- including gravity, motion, time, space, and chance. As these intersections of natural phenomena and the body happen and affect each other, objects are made.
Invention, intuition and intellect combine. All this data, from varied sources, is processed in different ways however it is the subconscious mind that manages all the sensory primary data and responds emotionally. Drawing on memory, it seeks out patterns, similarities and variations which then trigger the ability to produce and discover new ideas, new conceptual and aesthetic object/meanings.
Through this action of intuiting, gathering, feeling, sensing and experiencing the ‘data of the world’ in the creation of a new object/meaning, we experience a form of interactive transference. This process, which the artist submits to, can be then knowingly manipulated and extended to other objects/meanings.
The different arts disciplines are all based on similar systems i.e. transference via sense emoted data, some using secondary sign systems (e.g. words) developed to help structure or determine the outcomes we respond most positively too.
The regular use of our capacities for this kind of constructive compositional thinking, using our perceiving/cognitive systems, then helps us maintain and develop our general creative mind/body potential. Further learnings happen through reflection on the thinking and making process.