As you explore the art and information at Evo Art Maui you may come across new vocabulary. Keep the glossary accesible so you can easily navigate our glossary and continue exploring.

**Fine Art: “Art that is primarily concerned with the creation of beautiful objects, most often for the purpose of adorning the walls of homes, offices, and museums.”

Acid: Acid can cause damage to artwork over time such as discoloration and yellowing. Always acquire artwork which has used acid-free mediums. More Info


Aesthetic: Concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.

Alchemic Knowledge: Artists with alchemic knowledge have the ability to infuse any of the 7 metals into their work to create metallic finishes rich in color and symbolism coherent with the mind, spirit, and soul.  More Info

Ambiguity: The quality of being open to more than one interpretation.

Ambivalence: The state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.

Analogy: A thing which is comparable to something else in significant respects.

Arcane: Secretive, understood by few.

Art: A diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artworks, expressing the author’s imaginative, conceptual ideas,  or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

Arthur Schopenhauer: German philosopher. “The World As Will & Representation” 1818.


Audacious: Taking bold risks.

Augmented Reality: A technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

Balance: A state of equalized tension and equilibrium, which may not always be calm.


Asymmetrical balance produces an informal balance that is attention attracting and dynamic.

-Radial balance is arranged around a central element. The elements placed in a radial balance seem to ‘radiate’ out from a central point in a circular fashion.

-Overall is a mosaic form of balance which normally arises from too many elements being put on a page. Due to the lack of hierarchy and contrast, this form of balance can look noisy but sometimes quiet.

Brazen: Bold and without shame. Made of brass.

Ceramics: Pots and other articles made from clay hardened by heat.

Carl Linnaeus: Organized all living organisms into kingdoms.

Charles Baudelaire: Poet “Correspondences”.

Color: The element of art that is produced when light, striking an object, is reflected back to the eye

Composition: A work of music, literature, or art. The placement or arrangement of visual elements or ‘ingredients’ in a work of art, as distinct from the subject. It can also be thought of as the organization of the elements of art according to the principles of art. 

Continuation: The sense of having a line or pattern extend.

David Brewster: Memoirs of Newton 1860.

Disparate: Essentially different in kind; not allowing comparison.

Dominance: Contrasting size, positioning, color, style, or shape.The focal point should dominate the design with scale and contrast without sacrificing the unity of the whole.

Druidry: Spiritual or religious movement that generally promotes harmony, connection & reverence for the natural world.

Eclectic: Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

Edifying: Providing moral or intellectual instruction.

Effulgence: Great brightness, radiance, shining forth.

Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Form, Color, Space, Texture, Value

Ellipse: A regular oval shape, traced by a point moving in a plane so that the sum of its distances from two other points (the foci) is constant, or resulting when a cone is cut by an oblique plane which does not intersect the base.

Elusive: Difficult to catch, achieve, remember or recall.

Eminent: (of a person) famous and respected within a particular sphere or profession.

Emphasis: Contrasting size, positioning, color, style, or shape. The focal point should dominate the design with scale and contrast without sacrificing the unity of the whole.


Femida: Goddess of Justice. 

Form: Its volume or perceived volume, it can achieve the illusion of form with the use of perspective and/or shading or modelling techniques.

Geological: Relating to the study of the earth’s physical structure and substance.

Harmony:  When all elements are in agreement and no particular part is viewed as more important than the whole design.

Hierarchy: A good design contains elements that lead the reader through each element in order of its significance. The type and images should be expressed starting from most important to the least important.

Imbue: Inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality.

Imperceptible: Impossible to perceive.

Iteration: Repetition of a process.

Johannes Keper: Discovered that the orbits of all planets revolving around the sun (Earth included) were elliptical. See Still Life With Mandolin By Vladimir Kush.

Joseph Brodsky: Poet.

Kolner Dome: (Cologne Cathedral) Roman Catholic Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. 1248-1473.

Lignin: A natural plant polymer. Ideally artwork should be produced with lignin free mediums.  More Info

Line: As an element of visual art, line is the use of various marks, outlines, and implied lines during artwork and design. A line has a width, direction, and length. A line’s width is most times called its “thickness”.

Maquette: A sculptor’s small preliminary model or sketch.

Mark Twain: Born in 1835, year of the comet and died 76 years later in year of the comet. See Vladimir Kush’s Comet Halley.

Movement: The path the viewer’s eye takes through the artwork, often to focal areas. Such movement can be directed along lines edges, shape and colors within the artwork.

Negative Space: The space around and between the subject(s) of an image.

Objective: Not dependent on the mind for existence; actual.

Oceanian Art: Creative works from polynesian and Australian cultures.  More Info

Omnipotent: Having unlimited power / abilities to do anything (as in God).

Ouevre: the works of a painter, composer, or author regarded collectively.

Oneiric: Relating to dreams or dreaming.

Pagan: A person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions.

Paradigm: Typical example of pattern of something, a model.

Paradoxical: Seemingly absurd or self-contradictory.

Pathos: A quality that evokes pity or sadness.

Permeate: Spread throughout.

Perspective: Sense of distance between objects.

Polymer: Polymer is a structural formation of subunits that can be organic or synthetic. More Info

Principles of Design: Principles applied to the elements of design that bring them together into one design. Unity/Harmony, Balance, Hierarchy, Scale/Proportion, Dominance/Emphasis, Similarity & Contrast

Procrustean: Enforcing uniformity or conformity without regard to natural variation or individuality.

Progenitor / Progenitress : A person or thing from which a person, animal or plant is descended or originates.

Proportion: The relative size of elements against each to attract attention to a focal point. When elements are designed larger than life, the scale is being used to show drama.

Pseudo: Not genuine; spurious or sham.

Pseudo-Synesthetic: A perception that involves at the same time several possible senses.

Raisonné: comprehensive, annotated listing of all the known artworks by an artist either in a particular medium or all media.

Repetition: Elements being copied or mimicked numerous times.

Reverence: Deep respect for someone or something.

Rhythm: Achieved when recurring position, size, color, and use of a graphic element has a focal point interruption.

Rudyard Kipling: Poet of “If”.

Scale: The relative size of elements against each to attract attention to a focal point. When elements are designed larger than life, the scale is being used to show drama.

Shape: Shape refers to a 2-dimensional, enclosed area. Shapes could be geometric, such as squares, circles, triangles etc. or organic and curvaceous.

Similarity: Ability to seem repeatable with other elements.

There are several ways to develop a similar environment:

Build a unique internal organization structure.

Manipulate shapes of images and text to correlate together.

Express continuity.

Sir Isaac Newton: Theory of gravity. “Sir Issac Newton lived to enjoy world fame, he realized however, that none of his work ever amounted to the final triumph of mind over the forces of nature, for the study of the world has no limits.” – Vladimir, Oleg Kush.

Space: Any conducive area that an artist provides for a particular purpose.


Stimulus: A thing that rouses activity or energy in someone or something; a spur or incentive.

Sublimate: (in psychoanalytic theory) divert or modify (an instinctual impulse) into a culturally higher or socially more acceptable activity.

Sumptuous: Splendid & expensive looking.

Synesthesia: The production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.

Tactile: Of or connected with the sense of touch.


Visual texture is strictly two-dimensional and is perceived by the eye that makes it seem like the texture.

Actual texture (tactile texture) is one not only visible but can be felt. It rises above the surface transitioning it from two-dimensional to three-dimensional.

Typography: An appealing arrangement of letters, symbols, etc. More Info

Unity: When all elements are in agreement and no particular part is viewed as more important than the whole design.

Value: The degree of lightness and darkness in a color.

Vantage: A place or position affording a good view of something.

Vessel: A hollow container, especially one used to hold liquid, such as a bowl or cask.


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