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What is Conceptual Art? Overview with Examples

Collection of One Hundred Plaster Surrogates by Allan McCollum

Conceptual art strives to break the conventional notions of traditional art. It subscribes to the value that the concept or idea is more important than the art object. Conceptual art embraces everyday objects and ready-made things to convey ideas and commentary on society or social norms. By understanding what conceptual art is, its purpose, and examples, you’ll […]

What is Realism in Art? Definition, Artists, & Examples

Realism art Jean-François Millet, “The Gleaners” (1857)

Realism in art, often known as “naturalism” or “objective realism,” is an artistic approach that seeks to represent reality as accurately and authentically as possible. This style emerged in Europe during the mid-19th century as a reaction against the established norms of bourgeois art at the time, and is considered the beginning of modern art. […]

What is Expressionism Art? Definition, Artists, & Examples

What is Expressionism Art? Definition, Artists, & Examples

Expressionism is a modernist art movement that arose in the early 20th century and is distinguished by its aggressive and emotive approach to painting. This movement was a reaction to the quickly changing world around artists, as well as a desire to depart from the past’s standard techniques and styles. Expressionist artists strove to convey […]

What is Figurative Art? Contemporary and Abstract

A sea port (Ein Meerhafen) by Johann Anton Eismann

Figurative art is a kind of art that depicts the human form as well as real objects and scenes. This type of art has a long and illustrious history, stretching back to ancient civilizations, and has evolved over the years to encompass modern and abstract variations. Figurative art exists in a variety of forms, including […]

What is Surrealism Art? Definition, Artists, & Examples

surrealism art by Rene Magritte

Surrealism is a cultural and artistic movement that originated in the 1920s and 1930s as a reaction to the traumas of World War I and the disillusionment with modern civilization. It is a style that tries to challenge reality by depicting a warped, irrational universe filled with surprising, bizarre features. This movement had a tremendous […]

Q&A With Kathleen Kane-Murrell

Q&A With Kathleen Kane-Murrell

Kathleen Kane-Murrell’s ethereal, butterfly laden artwork speaks to the fascinating (yet fragile) connections in our world. And because the artwork in her solo show was made almost entirely during lockdown, it serves to emphasize the human, social, and environmental disconnect caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Kane-Murrell reflects on her themes, process, and the beginnings of […]

What is Abstract Art? Definition & Examples

Wassily Kandinsky abstract painting

Abstract art is a non-objective art form that breaks traditional, realistic art styles. It intends to inspire emotion and intangible experience, rather than telling a story or portraying realistic subjects. While it exists today in many forms, both two and three-dimensionally, abstract art disrupted the art world when it abandoned realistic representation of subject matter. […]

Portrait Art: History of Western Portraiture Painting and Styles

Portraiture art example: Rembrandt, ‘Self-Portrait with Velvet Beret and Furred Mantle’

Portraiture painting has been a popular form of artistic expression for centuries, and its development has paralleled each era’s shifting views, beliefs, and cultural conventions. Portrait painting has long been a vehicle for artists to capture the likeness, personality, and position of their subjects, from early Greek and Roman sculptures through the Renaissance masterpieces of […]

Event: “In Wonderland” at Sparks Gallery

Event: “In Wonderland” at Sparks Gallery

On September 14, 2023 from 6-9pm, Sparks Gallery will transform into an immersive “Wonderland” for one night only, themed to Alice’s adventures in the famous Lewis Carroll novel. Enter through the rabbit hole to immersive artist activations, and experience surreal and magic realism artworks on view. Win a small artwork in our silent auction as a gift […]

Q&A With Charlene Mosley

Q&A With Charlene Mosley

As one of our represented artists at Sparks Gallery, Charlene Mosley creates work with a distinctive, bright expressionist style that is instantly recognizable. Her art practice, however, extends beyond just the paintings on our walls. As a working artist, Mosley illustrates children’s book, paints murals, completes commissions, and a myriad of other projects. Her solo […]