Talking about art, there is currently such a teeming variety of forms and modalities that it’s getting hard to set the difference between graphic design and what should be considered as art. But if we focus on painting, we can notably discern a strong tendency toward realism and pop surrealism.
There was a time when photography intended to copy and substitute painting. And now it’s well known that, with a good camera and expert retouching can be used as efficiently as paintbrushes… That is why we see the romanticism of brush strokes operating a come-back and confronting photography on the same grounds. What frenzied modern photography lacks is to be found in the latest trends of painting.
On the one hand, Instagram users would have us believe that there is nothing prettier and more appealing than vintage filters. And that’s the reason why the sceneries painted by artist Topi Ruotsalainen are so common and realistic, exceeding the artifices and beauty of any retro photo filter.
The paintings of black male youth by Kehinde Wiley rediscover the majesty of such portraits of nobility.
On the other hand, pop surrealism or Lowbrow art (born in the 70’s) features a form of visual art inspired by comics, fueled by punk influences, underground cultures while focusing on humor in an attempt to express happiness, naughtiness or blatant sarcasm. A recent application can be seen in the cover of Tyler, The Creator latest album, Wolf, designed by Lowbrow artist Mark Ryden.
Other artists who favor using paintbrushes in this Lowbrow style are Mexican illustrator Raudiel Sañudo, who unites the culture of his country by creating grotesque skulls and masked wrestlers.
The trio of Spanish artists known as Rubenimichi, who play with botany and nature to give life to monsters and “sobrenatural” characters (as in the title of their first exposition).
And Alex Gross, the visual artist based in Los Angeles who likes to play with topics such as globalization, commerce or great beauty in his oil paintings on canvas works.