We investigated the next art trends you're going to start seeing everywhere. Here is what's on the cusp that you should be collecting, and how our designers recommend complementing it.
Art is always in the eye of the beholder—but we’ve been beholding some artwork types more on more. We’ve noticed these subjects showing up more and more. Take a look at the art styles we can’t help but notice, and some options if you’re dying to get into the game from our friends at Artspace, a digital marketplace for fine-art and design.
From classical portraits to more subversive sketches, we’ve noticed designers and collectors loving the line work. The gesterual quality ensures that the black-and-white palette still feels vibrant, but the restricted color scheme means they pair perfectly with other works. Imagine everything from a classic sketched portrait, a tasteful charcoal nude, to the graphic and cool options above.
There’s no need to be scared of surreal. The 20th-century avant-garde movement has been roaring back into fashion, with images that blend styles and genres in ways that beg a second look. According to designer Allie McMunn, clients are starting to explore pieces that break the boundaries of what’s expected.
“People don’t gravitate to that realist look, where you look at it and you’re seeing exactly what you thought you would see,” Allie explains. “I think people are gravitating towards a broken-down version of that so it’s still beautiful, but has sort of an abstract take on that original piece.”
Consciously bold pieces don’t necessarily mean they only fit in the boldest of spaces though. Designer Margo Nathanson believes the pieces can work in all sorts of settings. The artwork color and tonality is far more important to how it sits in the space than its subject matter.
“Surrealist pieces can tend to be monochromatic or a smaller palette,” Margo says. “I think they can work in a super busy interior because they can kind of calm everything else on first glance, but I also think that in a very large format size they can work really well in a modern interior.”
Lean chicly into a single shade and embrace pieces that are anything but washes of paint. Vibrant monochromatic pieces can serve as a statement in a simple room or just another layer of wildness in an already stacked space.
“In my dream world, if I had [a bold piece] my client would let me go to town with the rest of the room,” Allie explains. “If you let the work be the focal point it’s all you are going to see in the room, so I’d rather play off it and give everything that fun pop.”
The key is hunting for pieces that offer more than meets the eye. The pair of pieces we found on Artspace above offer an injection of color with something to be discovered—the over-exposed print at left begs you to peek and see the original photograph, while the painting at right offers a host of textural contrast.
“For spaces that are really modern and might be more sparse, I really like paintings because they can be larger format and really textural,” Margo recommend. “For instance, I have a client with a loft featuring double-height ceilings, and a really colorful piece would be really fantastic in her space. In places that lean heavily on concrete and almost industrial materials, paintings can be a really natural fit because you do get the additional layer of texture and warmth.”
Forget the futzy florals of yore. With the rise in scrubbier greenery and more organic pieces, floral artworks has strayed from the standard still life. Traditional floral patterns are on the rise in wallpapers and fabrics, so artwork that features living subjects has taken on more striking forms. Think the more abstract selections above, that lean on the viewer’s expectations of patterns rather than providing the classic form.
Sculptural & Physical
Push the boundary of prints, with pieces that break the linear plane. Whether it’s a true sculpture, an organically shaped accent or glowing neon, our designers yearn for clients who are ready to step outside of the frame.
“In my experience with clients, getting to use sculptural elements is a challenge, but I absolutely love the idea,” Margo explains. “Putting a piece of art on a wallpaper takes away from the intention, but if you can do a sculptural piece that sits atop the pattern, the two things can really complement each other.”
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