Artwork 1070 by Paul Chambers


Often wrongly perceived as more of a low brow genre of the art world, splash or splatter art has been growing in popularity over the past few years thanks to its accessibility, vibrant colours and unique take on traditional topics that are making it increasingly popular with a new generation of art lovers.

In the article, we take a closer look at the techniques employed to create these quirky pieces of artwork and how they have been part of the art world for much longer than you might realise!


How is splash art created?

Splash art uses a variety of tools to splash or splatter canvases with paint, so artists are free to drip, throw or flick art onto an array of surfaces to create their latest piece.

Brushes, sticks and other implements are used to give slightly different effects with plenty of different actions tried and tested to get the desired finish, making this a highly energetic artistic medium.


Meteor Storm by Stuart Dalby
Meteor Storm by Stuart Dalby


The type of paints used can vary wildly too, with both watercolours, acrylics and a variety of poster paints all being used to create a variety of different effects.

A celebration of spontaneity that uses a highly physical approach not often seen in many other static art forms, all that is required to try splash art is a dash of inspiration and a few basic materials, plus a few hours to help clean up the mess later on, so its no wonder that many emerging new artists are moving towards this genre of art as it allows them to tap into their creative talents without the boundaries associated with other categories of art.


How did splash art start?

Interestingly, splash art is nothing new and has been with us since the 1940s thanks to leading artists of the time, including the infamous Jackson Pollock.

Part of the abstract expressionist art movement, splash art came to the fore of the art world at this point and was well received by contemporary art critics looking for something new and vibrant, and this acceptance has only grown as we come closer to the present day,

Now, some artists use a unique fusion of traditional topics such as animals and famous landmarks together with the improvisation and techniques commonly employed to create splash art with the results created providing highly energetic, colourful and modern pieces that work well in a variety of settings, including homes and workplaces.


Butterflies on the Field by Mariana Oros
Butterflies on the Field by Mariana Oros
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