Based on requests from clients and insider news from this year’s ArtExpo in New York, Studio Art Direct makes a call on art trends now and in the future. Here are the highlights:
URBAN-INSPIRED Now more than ever, the lines between streets and studios blur – as artists take art to the streets, and street scenes to the canvas. Artful cityscapes, graffiti-inspired abstracts and everyday urban scenes photographed and painted are giving our cities a visual story for our times.
GRAFFITI A mash-up of words, numbers and comic style figurative coalesce in infinitely mesmerizing works. Inspired by the streets, graffiti style abstracts tell stories left to interpretation.
NARRATIVE ART Every work of art tells a story, but some paintings seem to hold a more predominant narrative element than others. This year’s Artexpo offers a wide array of intriguing, innovative works that raise questions – and invite interpretation.
FIGURATIVE The buzz we are hearing is the human form is back. Publishers, decor markets, and clients are ready to showcase the nude – but beware, art that camouflages the face, does not show too much T&A and incorporates color trends are what these buyers are looking for. Studio Art Direct placed 175 nudes in the Hotel Modera in Portland and it has been very well received by customers. However, a very few were offended (we don’t know why). Perhaps they’ll choose the Heathman on their next visit to Portland.
PHOTOGRAPHY ART ABSTRACTS Photographers become more creative as they push the limits of photoshop and other design programs to create works of art on paper, canvas, plex and aluminum.
ALTERNATIVE SUBSTRATES Plexiglas, metals, bamboo, FSC certified maple, kirei board, glass, gold or bronze metallics, and paper made of elephant poop (yep, that’s right) – printing art and photography with archival pigment inks on these surfaces adds an entirely new dimension to art reproduction and installation.
ART IN ARCHITECTURE Interior designers and architects are
working to plan for art in the early stages of design so that works are not an after-thought but rather designed into the architecture.