‘‘Visual arts’’ is an umbrella term which encompasses all arts created for visual perception. A visual artist uses any kind of medium to express his ideas, emotions or imaginations. These can be in the form of paintings, sculptures and architecture. Basically, there are three broad categories of visual art:
- Representational art
- Abstract art
- Non-Objective Art
Representational art aims to express objects and subjects which can be found in the real world. There are many sub-categories of this type of art; Realism, Impressionism, Idealism and Stylization.
This form of visual art is the oldest amongst these three, and is more understandable for the viewers, because it is easy to get the idea of what the artist is trying to express. Drawings and sculptures that are made with representational art are easily identifiable. That is why it is one of the most acceptable arts among others.
Representational art can be presented in a number of ways, through Paintings, Drawings and sketches, Photographs and Sculptures.
This type of art is mostly commonly displayed at art galleries, corporate offices, universities, museums, restaurants and even homes.
Abstract art or abstraction, is a mind-blowing visual art that aims to express ideas in a way that is different from the perception of reality. Although it is explained in such a way, that the writer expresses his/her emotions and ideas, and lets the audience interpret it in their own way.
Abstract art is a new art in today’s world. But it has its roots from the concept of deviation from reality by impressionists. It includes following subcategories: Minimalism, Cubism and Precisionist.
When we look at Abstract art we see lines, shapes and colours combined in such a mesmerizing style that it somehow forces us to focus on it. It is a way to indulge in deep thinking. It is presented in the form of paintings and sculptures.
Abstract art has gained popularity in workplaces, museums and even people love to decorate abstract paintings in their bedrooms and living area.
This type of visual art is commonly mistaken for abstract art due to its similarities with it. It is a type of abstract art which uses geometric shapes but it does not represent real-world objects or people. While in abstract art we can observe real-life objects and people presented in a way that is not perceivable by a common man.
There is something special about non-objective art that it has attracted a massive audience throughout many generations. The reason is that geometry is a fascinating phenomenon. It does not require the observer to take interest in a specific subject; rather it combines different shapes and colours in such a beautiful way that it produces a soothing effect on the observer’s mind.
Visual art in the form of paintings and photographs are now exhibited in different organisations such as corporate offices, banks, restaurants and other firms. The purpose of this is to boost up the creativity of employees and induce mindfulness among them.