Diversity in Art

14 Aug, 2023 - By Donald Obimba

There's diversity in Art and of Arts.
Drawings can be done with lead pencils, colour pencils, chalk, charcoal, pastel colours, ink, pen or crayon.

Paintings can be done with oil paint, acrylic paint, poster colour or water colour.

Sculptures can be done with stone, marble, paper mache, gold, silver, bronze, copper, brass, iron, ivory, glass, wood, cork, concrete, scrap metal, plaster of paris, clay, fibreglass or resin.

Painting styles vary from pointillism, abstract, cubism, impressionism, landscape, portrait, collage, mural to graffiti.

Sculpture methods vary from chiseling, moulding, lost wax, carving to lathe turning.

Collages are made with papers, beads, and literally any other odds, ends, scraps and fragments assembled and pasted together.

In a recent visit to the famous Nike Arts gallery in Lagos, Nigeria, I happened upon some amazing collages.
These collages were a study in "waste to wealth".
One piece was the portrait of a girl, created with discarded electronic components, cables, circuits, capacitors, fuses, bulbs etc.

Art is also so encompassing, it usually comes in the form of a movement, influencing every aspect and facet of design, from architecture, automobile, fashion, furniture, to the nitty gritty of daily living.

There was the Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th century and the early 20th century, which ran concurrently with the Jugendstil movement.
Then the Art Deco movement of the 1920s and the 1930s.
The Minimalist movement which is contemporary.

Before these, we had the Tudor era of 1485 to 1603.
There was the Baroque era of the 17th century to the first half of the 18th century.
This was the first visual style or movement to have a significant global influence.
There was also the Rococo movement of 1730 to late 1780s.
Then the Biedermeier movement of 1815 to 1848.
The Neo Classical movement of 1760s to 1850s ran simultaneously with the Rococo and Biedermeier movements.

Even now, Artists are still creating new genres, inventing new styles, introducing new materials and exploring new vistas and concepts.
The artworld is awash with activities and creativity.

The items in the photo are a set of painted wooden vases with a bit of carving.
A beautiful addition to any home.


Donald Onye Obimba

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