When I graduated from art college in the 90s, it was at a time when artistic expression, rather than form or technique, was all the rage. What you had to express, rather than how you did it, was what mattered. Artworks were valued on how original or, better still, provocative they were. The more whacky, far-fetched or raw the better. The practical part of my Fine Arts degree was focused on developing freedom of expression rather than acquiring technique or learning traditional skills.