Art Movements and Styles - A Gallery
Abstract Art: A Controversial Art Form
|Is this black square art to you?
Source: Malevich,Kazimir. "Black Square" 1931.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Black_Square.jpg 1 May 2009.
Artistic photography is one of the more modern genres of art that can be seen today.
Some of the earliest photographs taken for artistic purposes were taken in 1851, by John Edwin Mayall who exhibited some daguerrotypes on the subject of the Lord's Prayer that year.
An example of how photographic art has helped us in the past can be found in the work of Ansel Adams in Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks in the United States. While he focused on photography as art, some of his beautiful work helped the public learn more about the beauty of the Sierra Nevada. This eventually led to better conservation of those parks.
Artistic photography is not just a capturing of an image or a moment in time, as opposed to photojournalism, for example. Many of the principles of other art forms are combined in it: for example, a photographer looking for an artistic shot cannot expect the best lighting conditions or angle immediately upon seeing an interesting subject. That photographer must use the principles of art composition to create a beautiful image out of what would have originally looked like a photograph anyone could have taken with their own camera.
|Yes, photograhy is also a kind of art... and here are some more beautiful photos taken by our friend Linda and posted here with her express permission.||This shot here is named "Reflection"... don't you agree that photography is a form of art that seems to be like freezing moments in time forever, immortalizing their beauty?|
|Contrary to the name, naive art is not art made by inexperienced children. It is art that is characterized by gross oversimplification and a feeling of innocence:observe the adorable bunny!||A notable "Naive" artist would have to be Henri Rousseau, with his work "The Repast of the Lion". Naive art finds its beauty in its refreshing perspective and charmingly awkward vision.|
|This is the first of several simple cartoon sketches by our teammate Nicole. Cartoon used to be sketches done by artists before starting their work, but have turned into a whole new art form.||The biggest feature of cartoons is the total abandon of realism. Here, characters are drawn in a relaxed manner, with rounded heads and large,round eyes: just as in the picture above.||A notable modern cartoonist would have to be Charles Schultz, the creator of the world-famous comic strip Peanuts. Cartoon are pleasing to the eye as well as relatively easy to draw.|
|Symbolism is a side of Romanticism (another art movement) that is darker, more surreal and more Gothic. Romanticism was rebellious and bright, but symbolism is often, as above, reserved and fearful.||Symbolism began as a reaction against the movement of Realism; which showed things in all its gritty reality. For Symbolists, dark fantasy was better. A good example would be Munch's "The Scream"||Symbolism delights in making the humble and ordinary transform into the magical and bizarre. Take a look at this painting of a black cat by our teammate ophelia... haunting,moving,and yet so simple.|
|Surrealism began in the 1920s' and is an art form that combines the element of surprise with bizarre imagery and the ability to create a sense of confusion in the viewer, as this ghostly baby does.||One of the pioneers of surrealism was Salvador Dali, famous for his painting of a melting clock, which represented the never ending cycle of time. Here, Ophelia demonstrates a more haunting surrealism||What appears to be a hand... bloody even, stretching out of the dark dullness of the background in this painting. This is surrealism at its simplest... the bending of reality into your deepest dreams.|
|These are examples of portraits by our team artists. Portraits are artistic representations of people, capturing them in the most intimate moments, as Nicole does here with this girl sitting down.||Portraits are not snapshots... they are composed images of subjects in still positions. One of the best known portraits in the world in Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.||Portraits have been done for years... one was even found that was 27,000 years old. But they are an enduring art form... through art, you see people's personality and feelings, like in Ophelia's artwo|
|Collages are the second type of art we'd like to introduce to you. It is the use of different forms to create a whole new piece. In the above piece, Nicole has used magazines to create a work on life.||Here, teammate Ophelia uses printed out pictures combined with painted artwork to create a collage. Collages first appeared in 200 BC China, and gained popularity in the 20th century with Picasso.||Nicole uses magazine cutouts of dogs here combined with hand-crayoned backgrounds to create a sense of animation and a 'cartoonish' feel. As you can see, collages are easy and fun to do!|
|This is the first still life that our group's artists would like to share with you. A still life is an art form that gives personality to inanimate objects.||Observe the fruit painted here. Simple, orange against a white background, it offers perspective and focus onto the subject as well as easy examination of the details of the work.||Still lifes were first seen in Ancient Egypt, but were made popular in the 16th century. Giving personality to objects that have no life has become an important, crucial part of art.|