Painting is an amazing form of expression. There are other forms too like music, acting, poetry but when one paints to express oneself, the outcome is sensational. Paintings are more than merely an art form. Paintings adorn ones living space and therefore become an excellent accessory whenever you are trying to add a touch of uniqueness to your homes or offices. Paintings are also a unique form of investment since if bought or sold at the right time, they can actually be profitable to the owner. Here in this article, we would be discussing ten modern styles of painting just so that if you have suddenly acquired an interest in this art form, you will be able to distinguish one style from another.
10. Abstract Expressionism
The abstract style of painting, the word abstract itself, is a very generic form that has several sub branches and types. When using the word abstract to define a painting, it is generally meant that the style of painting will not be using figure forms. Instead, in abstract art, the artists focus is on creating an amalgamation of shapes and colors that provide an accurate description of the world that lies within them. The blurred state of affairs on the canvas is a direct portrayal of the artists’ expression and thoughts. Pablo Picasso is a famed abstract painter although his main forte was a subtype of abstract art called cubism.
The next modern painting style that we come to is surrealism. It is another version of the hyperrealism and photo realism painting styles that we will be throwing light upon further ahead in the document. The painters of surrealism endeavor to create a painting which is a result of an amalgamation of two different images juxtaposed into one image that is so shockingly away from reality that it has a surreal effect on the onlooker. Valentine Hugo was known for his mastery in the skill of painting surrealism. Other painters of this particular style include Salvador Dali and Max Ernst.
Where abstract painting deals with creating an image that has nothing to do with reality or where reality is depicted in a rather cryptic manner, photorealism is the exact opposite. In photorealism, artists take a picture and then try to recreate a replica, just as life like as in the photo, onto canvas. Where abstract artists do not necessarily require a technical skill, the same is defiantly required by photorealistic artists amongst whom notable mention should include Glennray Tutor, Tom Blackwell and Don Eddy.
We next have a relatively similar concept, a painting style known as hyper-realism. This is another one of those painting styles that, like photorealism, were influenced by pop art (a category we would be explaining later). The artists of this genre also attempt to recreate high resolution photographs onto canvas but in this case, when compared with photorealism, there are several objects that do not have a realistic existence. Hyper-realism therefore relates to a false realism, masked realism you might call it. There are several different artists who earned their name in this genre like Robert Bechtle, Richard Estes and Bert Monroy.
Just like the name indicates, this painting style refers to a simplistic way of expressing oneself. Artist painting in this genre are generally focused on painting the bare minimum that is necessary. They do not bother with energy filled pictures that are way to expressive just like abstract artists instead they tend drop all formal constraints to draw attention to what shouldn’t be missed. Important artists of this genre are Barnett Newman and Kazimir Malevich.
5. Cubic Dystopian Painting
Just like futuristic movies, paintings belonging to this genre are generally focused on technology related to the future, is more often about violence and generally dystopian in nature. Painters are basically trying to depict that man has managed to over-power nature. The focus is more on originality and in order to achieve that the artists break subjects up into geometric figures and then use these broken geometric figures to showcase movement. The best examples of painters would be Gerardo Dottori and Fortunato Depero.
The next painting style that we have on our list of ten modern painting styles is “Conceptual”. The artists belonging to this genre of painting styles are merely trying to prove that the work of an artist can only be completed by the understanding of the viewer. The artist tries his/her level best to design an art form based on instructions for the viewer which is the primary reason why Conceptual art consists mostly of sculptures and not paintings. Conceptual artists install their art in places where it is to be displayed and the viewer is supposed to figure it out thereby determining the success of the failure of an artist. It is quite a challenge to be able to communicate a concept in this manner.
3. Rebellious Pop Art
During the 1950s, artists in Britain believed that abstract art had nothing to do with the world that we really live in. As a reaction to their non-acceptance (so to speak) of the abstract art form, the genre of Pop Art popped up (if you can be so kind as to ignore the pun intended). Since this form of art was supposed to be realistic and therefore closer to reality, its main focus became comic books, advertisements, celebrated actors and actresses and other such objects from daily life. Famous artists from this genre include Wayne Theibaud and Andy Warhol.
2. Radical Impressionist
When you think of artists like Calude Monte, Pierre – Auguste Renoir and Camille Pissarro then that means you are thinking of some of the oldest more matured painting styles, styles that originated from the magical city of Paris. The painting style has been adopted by many a modern painters and artists and is easily distinguished because of its characteristic thin brush strokes and the illusion of light. It is the illusion of light that inspired previous artists like Monte to paint out in the sunlight.
Last but not the least we have Fauvism as a modern painting style. It is more of an art movement like pop art but the focal point of such paintings are the wild brush strokes and the used of strong colours albeit soft representation of subjects. Famous painters of this genre include Andre Derain and Henry Matisse.