Thursday, January 19, 2012
The idea that any person who can create great art, in whatever medium, must have an essential goodness
to their nature is a seductive one. And, obviously, completely wrong. People who have done horrible things
are also able to produce great art; another illustration of the genuine complexity of human beings.
Arthur Koestler was such a complex being. Both an alleged rapist and definite author, his name is now that of a charity which encourages the creative urges within prisoners, awarding prizes, selling art and holding an annual exhibition. I can only applaud their efforts.
The depth and breadth of artistic ability amongst my peers has always astonished and delighted me, and I encourage you to visit the Koestler website.
Even the most rotten of lives may be transformed by the nurturing of a nascent creative ability and who knows what effect your support may have?