A few years ago I had a client who wanted to add an abstract expressionist painting to her impressive collection of original fine artwork. The paintings she loved most were quite expensive and upon seeking her husband’s approval for the purchase he would say, “That costs what? I could have painted that myself!”
To my client’s chagrin, the spontaneous and emotional anti-figurative aesthetic of abstract paintings was not speaking to her husband and after a few more meetings reviewing works by different artists, I deduced that what The Mister was trying to say was that he simply preferred the genre of realism.
He wanted everyday characters, situations, dilemmas, and objects, depicted in a “true-to-life” manner.
If you say hallelujah to realism too in these days of bright colors, contemporary shapes, street art, superflat, videogame art, and digital art, then this post if for you.
There are no drips, squiggles, splotches or vast monochromatic fields to ponder or interpret here.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of skill, technique and detail presented by these realists.
When it comes to your art collection, make room for realism. Including this genre in your mix will bring contrast to the other artistic styles you own and admiring these original works of art may even transport you to that magical place you’ve been dreaming of visiting this spring.