Today's Trends to Watch for in Original Art

August 21, 2018

Lonely Prairie is an oil painting by Travis Humphreys

By Chelsea Reed

As time passes and the world constantly changes, people gravitate toward certain artistic qualities to express their desires and fulfill their needs in those circumstances. Such qualities often crop up as trends in the art world that fine art collectors and experts carefully watch each year. What does this mean for art trends in 2018 and beyond? Let’s take a look at some of the five most popular themes going on right now.

  1. Silence and Solitude.

Lonely Prairie by Travis Humphreys

Seeking out solitude from remote places and moments of calm is one of the most popular trends right now, which is likely resulting from dealing with a fast-paced world and more digital technology in our lives. This theme first appeared in 2017 and has no signs of stopping any time soon. It spans many creative areas from graphic design to photography to paintings. Many pieces about silence and solitude are often inspired by famous classical pieces such as Mona Lisa and The Last Supper for their quiet contemplation.

  1. Plants. Lotsof Plants.

Joyful Garden by Stephan Whittle

Not surprisingly, society is gravitating toward natural textures and plants in our ever-invading world of technology advancements and the Internet of Things. Expect to see more utopic, whimsical and realistic artwork crop up with scenes filled to the brim with plant life in today’s home and office décor.

  1. Fantasy

Enchanted Unicorn by Pamela Broockman.

People are responding to current news and controversies in interesting ways. Some turn to conceptual realism in search for intangible truth, while others are looking for an escape from reality. Artwork that stimulates the imagination and reveals worlds that are not ours is especially popular right now, including those in the fantasy, sci-fi and surreal genres. Unicorns, in particular, are leading the charge in the next “big thing” going on right now.

  1. Artistic Outdoor Expressions

Tying Up by Suzanne Morris

Preferences of images with people engaging in nature instead of enclosed studios are coinciding with the desire to embark on silent outdoor explorations. And for those of us too entangled in the responsibilities of daily life, what better way to get five minutes of wanderlust than to gaze upon an exquisite painting? Some paintings are even painted Plein Air, or outdoors, to reflect the look of sunlight.

  1. Realism
    Twins – Fawns by Karen Latham

Twins - Fawns is a watercolor painting by Karen LathamWhile realism has long been a staple in the fine art world, it has received a fair amount of recent attention. Thanks to the introduction of smartphones, people can now take photographs of ordinary people in beautiful everyday scenes instead of hourglass shaped models – and share it with the world instantly, to boot. This desire of raw, realistic settings opens the doorway for increased interest in realism art, which often showcases superfine detailed brushstrokes that look like photography.

Keeping You Informed

Whether you’re seeking the latest in art trends or classical original art, Seaside Art Gallery is here to keep you informed. Contact us today by phone or online for any questions you may have about that certain piece catching your eye. We’ll help you find the right piece for your needs!

Chelsea Reed is a freelance copywriter. She writes articles, blogs, websites and online content from her base in North Carolina.





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