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African Art – Sculptures of Denotation

African art constitutes one of the most diverse legacies on earth. Though many informal observers tend to simplify “traditional” African art, the continent is full of people, societies, and civilizations, each with a sole visual special culture. According to The New York Newsday – Les Payne: “The hottest art form out of Africa continues to be the Shona stone carvings from Zimbabwe.

Considered to be among the best carvers in the world, the top Shona sculptors have drawn critics’ raves at various exhibits in Europe – in London, Frankford, Paris, Vienna, Stockholm and the Hague and even America.” Sculptures of human figures may have out of proportion elements such as an over-sized head coupled with a tiny body form. Conventional African art is often unusual and abstract.

Most conventional African tribal religions are based on one all-powerful God and antecedent worship being a major part of the belief. The human figure has always been the primary subject matter for most African art, and this importance even influenced certain European traditions. The art of Mali is rather more abstract than that of Kenya.

The Bambara artist adapted many artistic traditions and began to create display pieces. Dogon art is primarily sculpture. Dogon art turns around religious values, ideals, and freedoms (Laude, 19). Dogon sculptures are not made to be seen publicly, and are commonly hidden from the public eye within the houses of families, sanctuaries, or kept with the Hogon (Laude, 20).

The origins of African art recline long before recorded history. African rock art in the Sahara in Niger preserves 6000-year-old carvings. Between the years 1100 AD and 1300AD Nigerian civilization flourished and many beautiful terrocotta sculptures have been discovered and are astonishingly lifelike. These artists saw in African Art a formal perfection and sophistication unified with phenomenal expressive power. Most famous would be the work of Picasso. The inspiration of African masks and sculptures and the shapes partly inspired ‘cubism’ and other abstact art forms.

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January 5, 2012 Posted by | Art, Designs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Different Types and Styles of Art

Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect. Britannica Online defines art as “the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others.

Sculptures, cave paintings, rock paintings, and petroglyphs from the Upper Paleolithic dating to roughly 40,000 years ago have been found, but the precise meaning of such art is often disputed because so little is known about the cultures that produced them.

The types of arts are classified in 2 categories i.e. fine arts and performing arts. When exploring different art styles you may come across a variety of techniques used by artists.The style of an artwork, artist, or movement is the distinctive method and form followed by the respective art.

Styles of Art:

Surrealism :Surrealists paintings were generally based on dreams. Dreams offer up an opening or rather doorway into other realms of consciousness.They thought that their paintings might stir up feelings in the back of peoples minds.

Pop Art :Pop art can be any every day item that is drawn in a brash and colorful way. The term Pop Art was first used by English critic Lawrence Alloway in a 1958 issue of Architectural Digest to describe works celebrating mass production, advertising and consumerism.

Impressionism :Impressionism was developed in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Impressionist artists became fascinated with the transformation light brought upon natural objects and surfaces.

Expressionism : In Expressionist Art, the artist tries to express certain feelings about some thing.he movement, which owed its existance to a new evaluation of the individual, spread quickly following the defeat of totalitarianism in the Second World War.

Abstract : Abstract artists felt that paintings did not have to show only things that were recognizable.They mainly used color and shape in their paintings to show emotions.

Types of Art:

Sculpture:A sculpture is a three-dimensional form of artwork created with the help of materials like rocks, wood, plastic, clay, etc.

Painting
It is the art of applying pigment to a surface such as canvas, paper, wall, wood panel, etc.

Visual Arts

Photography
In the art of photography, pictures or images are created with the help of different light patterns.

Movie Making
The art of movie making though, comes under visual arts however, scriptwriting, music, and many such arts converge in this art form.

Digital Art
The digital or computer art is widely used in creating websites, video games, clip arts, templates etc. Use of computer in the field of visual arts began in the 1960s.

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