So does the the style of your work have an affinity with any of the following styles? (The definitions are my own but I do confess to looking at the Tate Glossary!). At the end I've included some further options
- abstract - no attempt to show objects in a real way; elements of an object are abstracted to arrive at a more or less simplified or schematised version. Also art for art's sake eg the creation of a beautiful effect
- conceptual - idea art; the concept is the priority and the media employed will vary and is chosen to suit the concept
- contemporary - "Contemporary art" is a "term loosely used to denote art of the present day and of the relatively recent past, of an innovatory or avant-garde nature."
- expressionism - paintings which are essentially about feelings, emotions or states of mind. The image of reality is distorted in and colour in order to make it expressive of the artists inner feelings or ideas about it.
In expressionist art colour in particular can be highly intense and non-naturalistic, brushwork is typically free and paint application tends to be generous and highly. Expressionist art tends to be emotional and sometimes mystical
Tate Glossary - Expressionism
- impressionism - an optical realism which attempts to record the overall visual effect rather than the detail. Often achieved through painting from life (eg plein air) and recording the effects of light on colour - as the artist sees it. Styles of brushwork can vary significantly.
- photorealism - involves making a painting from a photograph and making it look as much like a photograph as possible. Characterised by painstaking detail and precision and the rejection of painterly qualities by which individual artists can be recognised.
- pointillism/divisionism - painting in a way which emphasises mark-making which is based on the optical use of colour
- pop art - art which draws inspiration from popular and commercial culture eg movies, advertising, packaging, pop music and comic books.
- post modernist - refuses to recognise the authority of any single style or definition of what art should be
- realism - a type of art that shows things exactly as they appear in life. Sharply focused almost photographic painting irrespective of subject matter.
- surrealism - artwork is an artifact and expression of the surrealist philosophy and endeavours to reveal the unconscious and reconcile it with rational life. Hence art can express thoughts in the absence of all control exercised by reason and outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation. Works often feature 'real' objects but with an element of surprise and unexpected juxtapositions
- symbolism - portrays traditional mythological, religious and literary subject matter and/or psychological content. The subject matter is symbolic and can be non-realist and fantastic.
- I'm not influenced by other styles
- I've never thought about style
an example of pointillism
photo source- wikipedia
- the notion of style and/or
- whether you think you have a style and/or
- what you think of my suggested definitions of different styles.
Deadline for responses: The poll closes early on 30th September. The analysis of results will be posted in the second week of October - after I get back from a short trip to France.