Recognizable by its dynamic forms and combinations of different materials, methods and concepts, contemporary wall art breaks the rules and colours outside the line to give way for pure artistic expression!
Contemporary art as a definition is widely debated, however its underlying themes simply refer to art of all forms that are produced today. It is considered to have started ‘officially’ off the back of pop art in the 1960’s with the emergence of visionaries such as Andy Warhol and, more recently, Ai Wei Wei, Jeff Koons and Marina Abramovic. Contemporary print art entered the public consciousness with themes of minimalism, conceptualism and has extended beyond the canvas into spaces of performance and installation art as well. Our collection will satiate even the most discerning of palettes and draws on the best designs from across the period to give you the highlights of this expressive and exciting style.
Contemporary art is a term used to refer to art of the present day. Contemporary art includes works in painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, and video art. Contemporary canvas art dates back to the 1950s. Contemporary artwork is characterised by diversity. What makes it distinguished from all other artforms is that is it distinguished by a lack of uniformed point of view so that is can be objective and contradictory. Over the decades, several themes have appeared in contemporary paintings. These are globalisation, migration, body image, technology, contemporary society, political and institutional critiques, among others.
Contemporary art extends itself to works of graffiti that are shown in museums and galleries. Some examples of contemporary artists working with graffiti are Banksy and Keith Haring.
You can’t mention contemporary art without first mentioning the American artist, Jeff Koons. Known for his neo-pop aesthetics, Koon is a master at appropriating consumer objects. His sculptures deal with pop culture and everyday objects. His balloon animals are some of the most recognized pieces of contemporary art.
Sharks, diamond-encrusted skulls, music videos–Damien Hirst has created art using all the tools at his disposal. The British artist has stirred controversy thanks to his art that pushes the boundaries of convention. Some of his most famous artworks include For the Love of God (2007), The Anatomy of an Angel (2008), and Verity (2012).
Marina Abramovic is Serbia’s most famous artist, and a proponent of contemporary art. She works in performance art, filmmaking, and writing. Her art explores the relationship between artist and spectator, exemplified in Rhythm 0 (1974) and The Artist is Present (2010). In her early career, she collaborated with the artist Ulay, and together they created memorable pieces of performance art, some of which required interaction with the audience.
Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary street artist. His work takes the entrepreneurial spirit and combines it with street activism, producing famous works like Hope(2008). He became well known for plastering a graphic design of Andre the Giant’s face across city walls, with the word ‘Obey’ underneath in hopes to stimulate people’s curiosity and have them question the relationship they have with the space around them.
Since the nineteenth century, artists from all over the world have tried their hand at the unique art form that s Abstract art. With over a hundred years of experimentation, the art form can be categorised in dozens of different ways and still be labelled abstract. Hailing from different corners of the world, here are some of the most famous artworks from the movement.
Show me the Monet (2005) Banksy
On first glance, it seems like Banksy appropriated of an artwork by Claude Monet in Show Me the Monet. In what looks like Monet’s Impressionist lily pond, complete with the Japanese bridge, Banksy has added in a traffic cone and a couple of abandoned shopping carts. The painting critiques consumerism and pollution.
Balloon Dog (Red) (1995) Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons has a series of work about balloon animals. One of his most famous is Balloon Dog (Red). It’s a figure almost anyone would have seen at birthday parties: a series of long balloons being twisted into a dog. Koons’ work concerns itself with superficiality and the suburban culture at large. As a result, we have Balloon Dog, a work that Koon himself insists there is no “meaning” behind.
Dots Obsession (1997) Yayoi Kusama
If you look at Dots Obsession, you may think Yayoi Kusama has a slight obsession with dots. This artwork is a series of installations showing the obsessive repetition of the dots motif, which she has been influenced by since the 1950s. The work is made of latex balloons in colours yellow with black dots. Like much of Yayoi Kusama’s work, Dots Obsession overwhelms the senses and removes the viewer’s sense of self.
Modern art is a term to describe a period of at that predates but also overlaps with Contemporary art. While Contemporary art is art that is produced in the current day and dates back to the 1950s, Modern art dates from the 1860s to the 1970s. Works by the Impressionists, Cubists, Abstract Expressionists, would be classified as Modern art. Some artists of this period are Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Wassily Kandinsky.
The term Contemporary art can span to artworks dating to the second half of the twentieth century up until the twenty-first century. Due to the increased connectivity worldwide, contemporary artists work in a globally influences and culturally diverse world, marked by technological advancements.