What is Mobile Art?

Mobile art is everywhere. Some of it is wonderful, exceptional, excellent.

Prix Mobile seeks to reward and encourage emerging artists in this new genre.

Mobile art is a sub-genre of digital art, but it has several distinct characteristics which entitle it to be acknowledged as a genre in itself.

For the purposes of the Prix Mobile contest, mobile art is defined as art which is made and shared entirely on one mobile, cellular device – usually a smart phone or tablet.

“What people can do with their mobiles is absolutely amazing,” said LeWeb founder Loic Le Meur. “You can understand an image, you don’t need translation, you don’t need to read.”

The Prix Mobile is the brainchild of Dean Whitbread, an artist, author and entrepreneur with an egalitarian view of art-creation.

“Anyone can be an artist on the Internet,” Whitbread said.

“If you strip away the snobbery which says it can’t be art and look with a fresh eye, some of it is truly remarkable art.”

Web tools which competitors might use to create and share their images include the Instagram, Streamzoo applications.

Prix Mobile judges will look for evidence that contestants are contributing to the development of mobile art, Whitbread said.

“The power of images, is that they speak directly to the heart in a way that words sometimes fail to do,” he said. (Reuters)