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Art2Arts Online Magazine

Featured Artwork, Art News, Artists & Exhibitions.

  • The history of impressionism

    Throughout history, there have been countless artistic movements and trends that have changed the way people create and view art. Many of these have stemmed from the creativity of prevalent artists throughout history and some have developed as a result of changes and advancements in culture, society or technology. All of them, however, have helped the world of art evolve and adapt in one way or another.

    When artists and historian talk about the key events on the historic timeline of art, the development of impressionism will often be brought up. It is widely considered the first modern movement in painting and set the foundation for numerous other trends and styles.

    History

    The idea of impressionism was born in1860s Paris out of a desire to break away from the strict and rigid artistic standards of the day. During that time the world of art was an exclusive place that shunned many artists and alternative styles outside the realm of sharply detailed realism. Powerful art institutions would only showcase official government-sanctioned exhibitions, which made it difficult for new artists and ideas to emerge. To break away from this restrictive system, artists moved towards impressionism.

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    The concept of impressionism is to remove the restrictive desire to emulate every minute detail of a scene. Impressionists aim to capture the momentary feeling and sensory effect of the subject or environment. By loosening their grip on the brush and adding lighter colours to their palette, Impressionists aim to emulate the same impression that objects make on the eye in a fleeting glimpse. Impressionism incorporates a different method in addition to an alternative style. When the movement began impressionist artists got away from studios and took to the streets and countryside.

    Famous Impressionists

    There are many famous names that have helped carry the torch of impressionism but the flame was sparked by Claude Monet. The iconic Parisian painter was one of the founding names in impressionism and helped kick-start the movement in the 19th century.

    It wouldn’t be fair to talk about Impressionism without mentioning one of the most famous names in art history, Vincent van Gogh. Gaining recognition during the post-impressionism era, the Dutch painter created some of the most famous pieces of art in the world.

    Impressionism today

    Since the development of impressionism, the world of art has continued to evolve and a number of new movements have spawned as a result. Today there are millions of artists that practice impressionist painting, producing some of the best work from around the world. The movement still remains one of the most iconic events in the history of art and continues to inspire artists all over the globe.

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  • From small town Japan to Adele's favourite artist: why Yayoi Kusama is still one of the world's most influential artists

    There have been few artists throughout history whose work has been as far-reaching and influential as Yayoi Kusama. More than just a painter or drawer, Kusama has made her mark on numerous creative industries and art forms. Some of the biggest names in the world of art have been directly influenced and inspired by her work and artistic process. Here we discuss how the hopeful artist from a small town in Japan rose to become one of the most iconic names in modern art.

    History

    Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 in the city of Matsumoto, which sits at the heart of the mountainous region of Nagano in Japan. She was born into an affluent family of traders who operated in the bustling city markets. As a child, she was fortunate enough to have access to creative materials which allowed her to cultivate her natural artistic flair from a young age.

    She took a keen interest in the patterns, shapes and textures she found in the natural scenery around her home and everyday items. At a young age, Kusama experienced a series of hallucinations that caused her to see flashes of light and dense fields of dots. These would later influence some of her most iconic work.

    Career

    The 1950s was when Kusama really began experimenting with her art and using the techniques she had learned to create her own unique style. Some of her early work consisted of abstract works created using watercolours gouache and oil. Like most artists, her initial canvas was paper but she soon moved onto bigger things.

    As her artistic journey progressed, Kusama began painting polka dots on walls, objects and live models. This was a technique which later brought her much recognition and fame in the art world. Not satisfied with paint alone, Kusama tried her hand at many other disciplines including writing, fashion, film and performance art.

    In the late 50s, Kusama headed to New York and joined the emerging art scene and became a key player in the development of the avant-garde movement. Her experimental and often unorthodox approach produced some of the most memorable installation and exhibitions in modern art.

    Over the span of her career, Kusama has inspired and mentored famous artists such as Andy Warhol, creating a new generation of modern artists. Recently she has taken the pop culture world by storm with installations such as the Infinity Room which was featured in Adele’s music video for When We Were Young.

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  • Art and Music: How Are The Two Forms Linked?

    Art and music are often talked about in connection with one another. Though they are different in many ways, they are both forms of art used to portray an emotion and create a reaction from their specific audiences. This naturally creates links between the two.

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    What Are The Main Links Between Art and Music?

    There are a number of different links between art and music and these can be seen regardless of the type of art and music that’s being discussed or enjoyed.

    Response to Culture and Society: Both art and music can be created as a response to what’s happening in culture and society at any given time. For example, musicians may write lyrics as a direct response to something that has happened in the news while artists can depict an event by painting it; this link can be seen throughout history. As culture and society changes, so does the art and music being produced.

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    Artwork by Elena Kourenkova

    Trends and Movements: As with all forms of artistic expression, art and music are both subject to trends and movements. These come and go over time, but within the realm of all art forms there’s a constant evolution of what is and is not popular. Whereas art has seen movements such as abstract expressionism and pop art rise to the fore at different times in history, music too has seen trends such as 70s punk rock and 90s girl power come and go. Both art and music evolve over time to meet the wants, needs and feelings of their audiences.

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    Artwork by Robert Andler-Lipski

    Liked and Disliked: Art and music are both open to interpretation and what one person likes, another may not. In fact, a popular painting or hit song may be disliked by a number of people. Both art and music are created with a specific audience in mind and this often means that even those that prove to be successful are not free from criticism.

    Inspire and Evoke Emotion: Whether it’s a painting, performance art, a rap or a romantic power ballad, all forms of art and music are created in the hope that they will evoke emotion within the audience. This link is one that be found across all forms of art and music.

    When looking at the close relationship existing between art and music, it’s easy to see that these two forms of expression are intrinsically linked culturally and historically. Though they are different in the way they are created and consumed, they often express similar ideas and respond to similar events and public sentiment.

  • Art History: The History of Abstract Expressionism

    Abstract expressionism is the name given to the art movement that occurred shortly after World War II. First developed in New York in the 1940s, abstract expressionism quickly became popular. In fact, it was one of the first American art movements to have an influence elsewhere in the world and it helped to place to New York City at the centre of the western art scene.

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    Artwork by Stephen Conroy

    Abstract expressionist artists were originally based mainly in New York City, though over time this form of art has found a home in many other cities around the world.

    Ideas Behind Abstract Expressionism

    The term ‘abstract expressionism’ refers to the artists’ aim, which is to express a feeling or emotion through artwork. This grew from an idea that was originally surrealist in nature, which argued that art should come from the unconscious mind of inner thoughts and feelings rather than merely focusing on objects and people. This has led to abstract expressionist artwork generally being conceptual, unique and based upon a notion rather than specific objects.

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    Artwork by Carolynne Coulson

    Abstract expressionism can be split into two main groups, action painters and colour field painters. Though there are differences between specific abstract expressionist artists themselves, these painting groups do have key elements in common which can be seen from piece to piece. Abstract expressionist action painters are known to use spontaneous motions, sweeping gestures and large brushes to create their art pieces. Some even choose to throw paint at a canvas or pour paint directly from the paint can. Action painters tend to lean towards painting with impulse in order to express an emotion. Colour field painters use large areas of one colour to convey their message and rather than sporadically using paints they make their choices carefully, basing them upon the feeling they want to create for the viewer.

    Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists

    There are a lot of different abstract expressionist artists and many have achieved international recognition for their work. Jackson Pollock is one of the most well-known abstract expressionists and he famously painted with a canvas on the floor, pouring paint and trailing a brush wherever he was emotionally drawn too. This resulted in some truly exceptional pieces of artworks, many of which are recognisable today even to those with very little interest in the art world.

    Willem de Kooning is another artist who is often linked to the abstract expressionist art movement. Kooning, like Pollock, has received international acclaim for his work and his pieces are still considered some of the best of the twentieth century.

  • Things To Consider Before Investing In Art

    Investing in art is a very personal decision and one that calls for serious consideration in a number of areas. Some people choose to invest in art as they have a genuine interest in a specific artist and others choose to invest because they’re looking to make a profit.

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    Whatever your reasoning for building a collection, it’s important that you don’t rush in and invest in the first piece you come across. Though art investments may seem simple, it’s not always a straightforward case of buying artwork and selling it at a later date for a profit, there’s actually a lot to think about. Here are our top tips:

    Consider the Artist’s Other Artworks

    As with all types of investment, not all pieces of art are good investments. Take the time to research the artist, their life and the artwork itself to get a good idea of whether or not it is likely to gain in value or depreciate over time. It’s also helpful to find out how the artist’s other works have performed as investments, as this can be a good indication of how well future investments could do.

    Consider if Investing is Right for You

    Regardless of whether you’re a keen art investor or you’re just now getting involved in the art world, it’s important to take the time to think about the investment you’re planning to make. It’s very easy to get caught up in the hype of an art piece, so consider whether it’s the right decision for you. Is it the right time for you to invest? Is this a good investment or are you just a fan of the artwork? Often it’s beneficial to take some time to think.

    Consider Your Budget

    It’s very easy to get swept away when investing in art, but it’s important to consider your budget. Investing in art can be expensive - especially if you’re buying high end pieces or those by a well-known artist - and it’s not a decision that should be taken lightly. Ensure a piece of art is within your budget and you feel it’s a good investment in the long run.

    Consider If It’s a Piece of Art You Like

    Though liking a piece of art isn’t a requirement for investing successfully, it does make the entire process more enjoyable. Some art investors choose to invest based on profit alone and therefore whether or not they like an artist’s work doesn’t need to be considered. However, if you’re investing with the hope of displaying the art in your home then try to choose pieces you’re a fan of.

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  • Must-Watch Art Documentaries

    Sometimes the best way to really immerse yourself in art is to sit down and enjoy an art documentary. Art documentaries come in a number of different forms; some follow the artist at work and others focus on the impact their work had on the art world. There are a lot of different art documentaries available and it’s safe to say almost all art-related topics have been covered, so it’s not always easy to choose what to watch.

    The following five art films are some of the best and they should be on everyone’s ‘must-watch art documentaries’ list. Take a look:

    Art Bastard

    Art Bastard is a great art documentary for anyone who is interested in caricatures, cartoon art and street art. It tells the story of painter Robert Cenedella - who took inspiration and motivation from caricaturist George Grosz - on his quest to conquer the New York street scene. Art Bastard explores the successes, failures and problems a painter faces when they struggle to find a mainstream audience for their unique work.

    Painters Painting: The New York Art Scene

    Filmed in 1973, Painters Painting is a classic art documentary which has truly stood the test of time. Painters Painting explores the New York art scene from 1940 - 1970, focusing on creative critical mass. It includes interviews with those who shaped the New York art scene, as well as leading critics and museum directors.

    Levitated Mass

    In 2012 artist Michael Heizer installed a 340 tonne boulder outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; it has been on display ever since. Levitated Mass explores how Heizer came up with the idea, as well as delving into the logistics of creating such an unusual, expensive and large art display. Viewers will see that though it may initially seem simple, the entire project was impeccably planned from start to finish.

    Gerhard Richter: Painting

    Gerhard Richter is one of the world’s bestselling painters and this documentary follows his creative process. It includes footage of him at work and interviews with Richter himself, as well as discussions with his critics and fans.

    Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

    This documentary is a little different to some of the other must-watch art documentaries, but it’s a great choice for those who favour performance art. Marina Abramovic is a well-known performance artists and this film follows her as she prepares for an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It raises the question of whether Abramovic changed the way art is defined.

     

  • Picturesque places in Britain for landscape inspiration

    Artists are always looking for people and places to inspire them and help them create beautiful artwork. Depending on the type of artist you are and the type of work you like to create, you may be inspired by all kinds of different things. One thing that most artists have in common is that they usually draw their inspiration from the world around them, whether that be natural scenery or society and personal interaction. If you’re in an artistic rut then check out this list of beautiful places around the UK that are sure to help get your creative juices flowing.

    Fort William

    The Scottish Highlands are full of beautiful locations with awe-inspiring landscapes and idyllic natural scenery. Fort William is a perfect example of the beauty that Scotland holds and the way in which bustling town life fits into the natural scenery to create a hub of artistic inspiration. Take a trip to the west of the Scottish Highlands and you’ll find yourself in a paradise surrounded by vast mountain ranges, bustling high streets, a lively harbour and beautiful open lochs. The area around Fort Williams is a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone looking to create their next masterpiece.

    Yorkshire Dales

    The vast rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales have inspired painters for years thanks to the gorgeous views that stretch on for miles. Set off on a trek to the top of a hill, find a perfect spot, get out your canvas and start painting as you look out over the green valleys. The fields and hedges create a patchwork blanket of different colours and textures that are perfect if you’re looking to capture the beauty of the British countryside.

    Giants Causeway

    Take a trip to Northern Ireland and you’ll find one of the most beautiful works of nature in the world. The Giants Causeway attracts millions of travellers and tourists every year thanks to its naturally occurring honeycomb rockery. The geometric shapes of the rocks make this landmark a perfect place if you’re looking to create a unique piece of art.

    New Forest

    The open plains of the New Forest are like something out of a western, with long stretching fields full of shrubbery and teeming with wild horses. Not only are the rolling hills and open plains perfect for a landscape painting, the forests and woods are full of natural beauty. From gorgeous wild flowers and plant life to an abundance of animals, the New Forest is a hotspot for artists.

  • The best artworks for more traditional homes

    Sometimes there’s nothing better than staring at a classic painting to appreciate the amazing skill of the artist and the way they created such a beautifully intricate illustration. There’s a pretty big divide in the art world between fans of traditional realism and contemporary-style abstract paintings, and this blog is perfect for fans of classic art styles. If you own a more traditional home or you’re looking to redecorate with a luxurious and more classical style then you’re sure to find something that catches your eye in this beautiful selection of artwork.

    A Winters Sunrise

    Artist: Elizabeth Williams

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    If you’re looking for something truly traditional in style then this beautiful landscape painting by our long-time artist Elizabeth Williams would make an amazing addition to your collection. The intricate detailing and subtle use of colour creates a beautifully accurate illustration of a snowy winter forest. The warm orange cuts through cold of the white snow and creates a sense of hope as the winter sun rises to cast shadows along the ground. The great thing about this painting from Elizabeth is that it’s already framed, which means you won’t have to spend time or money trying to find one.

    Argento

    Artist: Angela Walker

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    Angela’s incredible use of detail has resulted in a life painting that is both beautiful and technically stunning. This depiction of a beautiful Lusitano horse would look perfect on the wall of a classical gallery room, hallway or living room. Argento means silver in Portuguese, which is the colour of this powerful and rare breed of horse. A classic technique and use of acrylic paints are what helped to craft this masterpiece. The finish of this painting has been done with a UV-resistant satin varnish which reduces the fading of colour and helps to protect the painting from air-born pollutants. Angela Walker loves to escape into her art and use her process to get some peace and quiet. Her dedication to such detailed pieces like this is why she is one of our top artists.

    Venice. Grand Canal. Gondolier.

    Artist: Olga Koval

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    Bring the bustling town of Venice into your living room this summer with this amazing depiction of the Grand Canal. The beautiful architecture in the City of Venice has inspired many artists throughout history and this contribution by Olga is nothing less of amazing. The painting has been created using traditional oil paints and a linen canvas. The vibrant colour and textured detail used in the piece makes it a perfect collection to any classical home, whether you want to frame it or leave in unframed.

     

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