If you're new to collecting contemporary art, then this article will help you understand four of the major styles.
Neo-expressionism was formed as a reaction against the minimalist movement. The painters wanted to return to depicting recognizable objects. They did still retain key concepts of the abstract movement, so the paintings from this style are not realistic.
Instead of geometric shapes, the artists focused on human figures and landscapes. The artists used techniques from early abstract and German Expressionism to create vivid, emotionally charged paintings. They also favored the use of intense colors, which would not represent a realistic representation. For instance, a persons face might be blue or red.
Like neo-expressionism, photorealism was a reaction and rejection of the minimalist movement. However, rather than use abstract and expressionism as a basis for the style, the painters in the photo-realistic movement turned to early American realist painters, and even Pop Artists.
Photorealism is intended to be as close to a photograph as possible. The artists take a photograph of their subject and then paint an exact replica. The intention is to paint a frozen moment in time. There is no abstraction or alteration of the image. Instead, you have a painting that looks like a beautiful photograph. It blurs the line between the real and the unreal. For an example of photorealism, look at thomas arvid art for sale.
This style was developed in the street, but is often found in the homes of private collectors. Street artists use stickers, posters, spray paint, stencils, and even bricks as their medium. They cover billboards, street signs, walls, and other public objects. Street art tends to be political in nature. It has its origins in the punk movement and anarchist community.
It has become incredibly popular. In some cases the art is taken from the street and sold to galleries. Because genuine street art can be hard to come by, street art style is something to consider. These are prints made in the style of the posters, stencils, and murals that go up around cities. Often times the selfsame street artists will reproduce their work on canvas for sale to collectors.
This style is connected to street art, but is less political in nature. The most collectible form of graffiti is known as Wildstyle. This style is ornate, as opposed to the "tagging" style that is practiced by nascent artists. The colors are vibrant, unlike tagging, which is done to mark territory and signal a name, without much thought for the aesthetics of the piece.
Wildstyle graffiti requires multiple spray paint cans, a large canvas, and time. A tag might take a few seconds, whereas a wildstyle mural could take days.
The style is so popular that it is now seen on in all areas of graphic design. You will see t-shits, hats, as well as paintings with wildstyle works.