If you love decorating your home with contemporary art, then you are probably always on the lookout for paintings that embody the latest trends. In order to find the best artwork, however, you first need to know what those recent trends are. Here are four such trends that are erupting onto the scene currently.
As the internet has taken off, people have become more willing to express their true opinions in text. Often, this has led to a bit of irreverence in the comments that follow news stories and the like. This irreverence is also coming through in the art world. Contemporary artists are using their work to say "we don't have to bow to authority." Whether it's a painting that boldly depicts someone disobeying the law or social conventions, or an abstract piece that suggests this theme more subtly, the trend towards irreverence in art definitely fits with the times.
The 1960s and 1970s saw a huge surge in the psychedelic culture. Then, drug laws became much harsher, which put an end to a lot of the psychedelic culture — but not forever. There has been renewed interest in psychedelics, and this shows in modern art. You will see a lot of abstract pieces that are meant to be indicative of psychedelic and spiritual experiences. Bright colors, curved lines, and splashes of boldness adorn these paintings.
It's a funny thing. As culture has become more and more technologically driven, there has been a bit of a backlash against this industrialization. People are again beginning to focus on the beauty of nature, and you will see this depicted in a lot of modern paintings. Simple paintings of landscapes and the waterfront are cool again. Sometimes these are so realistic that you may feel you're being drawn into the work.
4. Science Fiction
Science fiction used to be a nerdy, geeky genre that only people on the fringes of culture were interested in. But over the past few years, it has become almost "cool." You'll see a lot of contemporary art that depicts scenes that could be from a science fiction movie. From alien landings to post-apocalyptic scenes, these modern paintings add some drama to a room.
Now that you know what's trendy in modern art, head out there and start shopping. You're sure to find a piece that speaks to you, whether it's a landscape or a sci-fi piece.