Visual Art Styles
There are millions of different types of art. When you think about art, you probably think of paintings, sculptures, or photographic expressions of beauty. However, the broader definition of the arts actually defines much more than that. Art is now an expression of almost any human experience and is used in a wide variety of artistic mediums. The process of conceptualizing, composing, visualizing, and expressing has changed little over time and the forms of art have grown and expanded to include video, performance art, Internet art, fine art, literature, film, dance, visual art, jewelry, pottery, wood, installation art, photographic art, book arts, and even political activism and protest art.
There are different ways to categorize art, and many different things that can be called art. Art historians and critics divide art into many different subgenres, or categories depending on what the artist is trying to say. For example, modern art may be called conceptualism, Minimalist, Fauvism, Surrealism, or Dadaism. The history of art can be traced back to ancient art forms like Egyptian art, Greek art, ancient Chinese art, Japanese art, Mexican art, European art, and Indian art. These art forms all have developed separately and combined in different ways over time.
Today, contemporary artists include Pop art, postmodern art, pop culture art, figurative art, multimedia art, digital art, non-representational art, collage art, and installations. There are many different ways to express art, but all artists share a common desire to beautify the world around us by creating meaningful and creative masterpieces that we can enjoy. Abstract art expresses feelings and ideas without the need to represent anything in the form of a physical object. Many abstract artists use the imagery found in nature to create beautiful works of art, such as watercolors and paintings. Other artists include artists who focus on form instead of content, such as Japanese artists who focus on their shapes and forms instead of using more traditional elements, such as brush and paint.
Pop and contemporary art both share some common characteristics, such as the use of bright colors and interesting imagery. Pop artists often portray contemporary topics, such as music or fashion, in their paintings. Other modern artists focus on the subject matter of their paintings, using complex and highly abstract subjects to make powerful statements about the world. Abstract art, which is not connected to any specific genre or style of art, is an artistic style that is characterized by an absence of form, as it is sometimes described as a formless art style.
Sculpture is a visual art form that usually employs the medium of stone or other solid surface to present a variety of subjects and themes. When used as a part of a larger piece of art, a sculpture can enhance the beauty of the work because it can create a three-dimensional effect that makes the viewer feel like they are actually walking into the piece of artwork. Different artists have different ways of presenting the material aspect of sculptures. Some prefer to have the sculpture’s bulk be its prominent feature, whereas others prefer the texture and physicality of the sculpture to complement its large size.
Music and spoken word are visual arts that have grown in popularity in recent years. Music conveys a message in a way that a written word cannot, so it is an especially powerful medium. The spoken word tends to refer to specific types of images and events, while music uses language to depict broad themes. Both types of art form are used to communicate specific messages, but for people to get the most out of either form, they should consider listening to or reading the accompanying text. Sometimes it is easier to read the words than to hear them being spoken.