Painting exhibitions showcase everything from impressionist art to modern art and display a wide variety in themes and subjects. Such kinds of art enjoy wide popularity among art lovers and buyers. These can be found in varied styles, and often make a strong commentary on contemporary society and people. Find out about 5 of the main styles of painting that are featured in painting exhibitions in Kolkata.
In this kind of style, paintings are created in such a way that they look life-like. In contrary to abstract art, these have subjects chosen from real life, and it is neither glorified nor romanticized. The subject looks real from a distance but when viewed from near the entire thing is revealed to be an illusion which is skillfully created with the help of tone, paint and color. Artists use perspective with skill and creativity to achieve an illusion of depth and space, and set lighting and composition in a way that makes the subject look as closer to life as possible.
These paintings are frequently inspired by life and religion, and express feelings with complete freedom. There is complete liberty with the choice of lines, composition, shapes or hues. If an abstract painting has to be created original, it has to showcase objects unrelated to the real word and unassociated to urban scenes and landscapes. In the majority of cases, such things are reflected with abstract shapes, impulsive lines and paint sprinkles. Large scale abstract paintings happen to be livelier and bolder, and can liven up the ambience of any place.
Photorealism came first during the ’60s and ’70s, and arose as a response to the Abstract Expressionism movement which had been there since the 1940s. The style involves copying photographs onto canvases, and capturing all the details in an accurate way. Hyper Realism, Super Realism and Sharp Focus Realism come from photorealism, and many such paintings can be seen in painting exhibitions in Kolkata.
Still Life Paintings
Still life paintings have been popular for the longest time, and are mainly used for showing different natural objects, from plants to animals to humans. These showcase natural objects in a very detailed way, and depict them in a life-like form. Many of these paintings are integrated with subtle symbolism – to make objects depicted in the paintings appear closer to life and more realistic in form. Still life paintings often depict apparently unrelated objects, in order to achieve striking effects. The objects might apparently seem unrelated, but have some association which is depicted through the paintings.
Painterly Styled Paintings
Painterly is a technique or style which can either be abstract or realistic. However, such paintings typically celebrate the use of paint more, with the help of prominent paint textures and brushwork. Artists do not attempt to conceal anything by smoothing marks or texture left in paint from a palette knife or a brush. The use of paint is very prominent here, and colors are celebrated most in these types of paintings.