|The Hottest Art Trends of 2022|
Every year about this time, I
write a new article predicting the next year’s art trends and colour schemes and
this year is no different! With my usual level of over the top research and
many, many hours of running through the numbers, flicking between Google, Bing
and countless other search engines and consuming almost a lifetime’s supply of
art in the process, the predictions this year are the most solid yet!
With Christmas around the
corner, it’s time to start thinking ahead to 2022 and the art trends that any
self-respecting thriving artist should consider working on. We very often talk
about the side-hustle on these pages and even if you have a regular style, some
of these trends might just give you a new sense of inspiration and to be
totally honest, next years trends look like they’re going to be fun to work on
|Highland Nights by Mark Taylor – Available in my Pixels and Fine Art America Stores now!|
First on the list shouldn’t
really be a surprise, although look back a few years and figurative art gave
way to non-representational abstract and to an extent, for a while, it looked as
though figurative works were under threat of becoming less relevant outside of
the museum. The dry spell was short-lived and figurative works have become
increasingly popular year on year.
Even during the times when
non-representational art was becoming increasingly popular, figurative works
never really went away with new Hockney’s coming on the market and just as
popular as ever.
2022 will though, feel like
somewhat of a resurgence for figurative work with a number of exhibitions
already pencilled in (pandemic permitting), with a number already started and
running into 2022. There’s a major double David Hockney exhibition at the Bozar
Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, running through to the 23rd
January, and displays of work by Jenny Saville at Florence’s Museo Novencento,
and Tate Modern’s large scale show of recent work by Lubaina Himid runs right
the way through to July.
|Glassmorphism – a recurring trend?|
Glassmorphism, and yes, that’s
an actual thing in user interface speak, is transitioning from screen to canvas
and it’s becoming ever popular in digital artworks where layer transparencies
are easier to accomplish than using traditional mediums.
If you’re wondering what
Glassmorphism is, it’s essentially the effect of glass panes in a similar
fashion to how modern operating systems look with a slightly blurred background
image behind the foreground image. Whilst not impossible to recreate with
traditional mediums, it is made much simpler using tools such as Photoshop or
Procreate with the built-in Gaussian blur and transparency tools.
It is a stylish way of
bringing the background of work into the foreground without it taking over
and the effect can be strikingly clean, although when used in user interfaces,
the misuse of Glassmorphism can create confusion and the work can end up
becoming what’s known technically as being, a bit of a mess.
Illustrations that have been
hand-drawn, especially when used for product marketing will become even more
popular during 2022. Hand drawn works can convey an immediate feeling of
familiarity and warmth, and they have become massively popular with products
such as beer cans, particularly with the small micro-breweries that have been
popping up to produce IPA beers.
There’s also a certain
aesthetic and quality to hand drawn elements that are not always easy to
produce using digital formats. Particularly popular and appearing in many
searches online are works that give the appearance of being etched, or utilising
lines to produce the shaded areas and they also have a great fit with another
trend that has begun to emerge through Google’s search trends, and that is in
the use of monotone and black and white images.
|Eighties Social Media|
For those of you who have been
paying attention to the writing on these walls over the past few articles,
you’ll have noticed a heavy influence of creating retro and retro inspired
works to evoke those nostalgic feelings that more and more of us are getting as
we drift between episodes of the pandemic.
Whilst nostalgia for the past
will be different for everyone depending on a myriad of factors like your age,
where you grew up, and the type of childhood you had, there is no doubt that
the pandemic has made us all reflect in some way and think back to simpler
For me, I grew up in the
seventies and have fond memories of my childhood though it wasn’t until the
eighties that I became much more independent and old enough to remember what I
did and what I enjoyed.
The eighties was a very
formative decade for me, not least because that’s when I really began my art
career with a landscape work and the creation of graphic images using very
basic home computers of the time. It was also the decade Michael Jackson hooked
me with his Bad album, I was able to drink alcohol legally by the end of the
decade, and I had somehow managed to solve the Rubik’s Cube in less than a day
and have never solved it since.
I have never stopped creating
80s inspired artworks, creating hundreds, if not thousands of designs since I started
out that somehow still continue to find some relevance with collectors and
still manage to sell today, but it seems that the art world is ready to grow up
and move into the nineties, or it will be in 2022.
Nostalgia loving demographics
who grew up in the nineties have been reaching out for a while to ask when I
will be creating 90s inspired works, and an extensive search on Google Trends
seems to indicate that this is happening more broadly. There’s a new retro
demographic that we see every decade or so and this time it’s the 90s that will
be providing the visuals. There are also
nods to the year 2000 appearing in many online art markets, influences of that
crazy time when we all thought that our Nokia’s would die at the stroke of
midnight, a New Year’s Eve spent anticipating the end of the world in between
bottles of alcopop, it’s palm trees with a not-so-subtle hint of Miami, so let’s
party like it’s 1999!
|Hot Flamingo by Mark Taylor – Available in my stores now!|
A genre of Japanese art that flourished
during the 17th to 19th centuries, Ukiyo-e is once again
providing design inspiration for artists in the 21st century.
Whereas traditional Ukiyo-e works were more likely to feature prominent kabuki
actors and sumo wrestlers, the method was used to depict a myriad of subjects. Often
created using woodblocks, the modern twist is somewhat less traditional.
The modern take is more of a
combination of flat vector art and traditional woodblock, to produce flat,
simple images that will often make use of negative space on a page. The subject
matter is still wide and varied but the trends of the moment are more likely to
inspire works depicting travel and nature and simple figurative subjects.
The result is a clean image
with crisp lines, as simple as it is complicated to get to grips with as an
artist, but if the artist masters the process of creating this style, the
effects that can be produced can look stunning and unique. I wasn’t too sure
why Google trends were pointing to this style until I began to wonder if the
past few years of living under the cloud of a pandemic meant that people were
searching for simpler, yet bolder statement pieces.
|Sunset Valley by Mark Taylor – A flat art style with added foreground and background depth! – Now available in my Pixels and Fine Art America stores!|
The Re-emergence of Brutalism…
Maybe we’re all a little bored
of the same old, same old by now, and by that I mean, have you noticed how
everything and anything these days has a tendency to look the same? Whether it’s
transport or user interfaces, there’s an instant familiarity to everything that
we pick up, yet it hadn’t used to be like this.
Open up an application on your
smartphone and you are likely to be greeted with the stock standard button
toggles in the settings, all displayed on a completely black background in
something they call night mode. User interfaces tend to stick to specific
design standards and if there is one thing about design standards that I have
learned throughout my creative career, it’s that they eventually change when we get
bored with them. Standards are generally only the standard whilst they’re the standard!
Sometimes these dark modes are
wrapped up in the guise of being an accessibility feature, mostly though, these
dark interfaces are wrapped up in a feature called, “we think people will think
this looks cool”. The reality of accessibility though is that black and white
interfaces might work for some accessibility needs, they don’t work for all. Sorry to burst your UI bubble, but accessibility should run way deeper than a dark mode.
That maybe explains why there
is a growing trend towards anti-design, where the artist rips up the rulebook
and creates new rules. Hey, what a novel idea, imagine creating something that
could even become its own art movement.
|Rebirth by Mark Taylor – planetary anti-design! Of course, it’s available now from my stores!|
Anti-design shares more
similarities with brutalism than anything else, and yes, its alleged ugliness
is its beauty. Yet it also says so much, it makes a statement that we’re done
with conventional tastes. It challenges us, and it throws the traditional rulebook
right out of the window. In short, it’s a trend that maybe better conveys where
the world is right now, it’s the new kid on the block who definitely doesn’t
follow the rules that someone else made up.
While we’re on the subject of
let’s break the rules, we’re also done with minimalism. Sure, we all cleaned out
the cupboards under the instruction of Maria Kondo, but with art, it’s also
about getting that hoarding habit back. It’s the Tiger King to Maria, and it’s
bold, bright, and beautiful. Intricate Maximalism isn’t all about just filling the
canvas, it is about making the use of the space that you have and creating
colour, objects, shapes, and patterns, that once again stem from the inner
Clashing tastes, primary
colours, big, bold, always something new for the viewer to discover, statement
pieces that have staying power and no shame. It is the perfect opportunity for an
artist to bring out their inner weirdness.
|Data Corruption by Mark Taylor – big, bold, brutal, and deep, at least for those who grew up during the birth of big data.|
This time last year we were
all looking for paintings that reminded us of the great outdoors, a year later,
we’re all ready to just make a break for it and run. This style is another one
that essentially rips up the rulebook, unexpected colours that just work, whimsical
settings straight out of an artist’s inner artist, of course, I’m talking about
There’s almost a crossover
with psychedelia inspired works and anti-deign, except this looks cleaner, if
not just as strange. Why would you paint a cat sitting on the window ledge
looking out at the astronaut in space while a tiger roams the jungle, all flowing
as one from the same canvas? Because you can and it looks great.
This is a style that I have
tinkered with for many years, hence in some of my landscapes you might find oversized
flowers as a nod to the escapism genre, life is full of Easter eggs when you look
closely at some of my work, but this is a style where an artist can be an artist
with imagination and not feel weird that someone might not get it.
Here’s the thing. They don’t
have to get it, escapism can be you, your innermost thoughts and feelings, it’s
supposed to make you wonder, no, you don’t have to get it at all, you just have
to enjoy it. I really think this is the artist’s art. Anywho, it’s on the rise
and it’s rising fast in the online trends. Hey, it’s like I always say, if you
can’t paint a landscape or a nude and make a million, just go ahead and be
weird, the world needs way more weird. Oh, and that really is the best piece of
artistic advice in the history of ever, free of charge and only here!
|Fall Wall by Mark Taylor – notice the oversize flowers!|
Pop Art is back again…
I mentioned pop art last time
around and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Bright, bold design, heavy
text, grainy textures, and a trend more recently being influenced by the insane
amount of comic book tie-ins that have been coming out of Hollywood of late.
I think to some extent, there’s
a real shift towards bright colours, statement pieces that elevate a space and
a mood, and if you take a look through all of the online art markets and in
particular spaces like Etsy, what you will find are a multitude of works with a
comic/pop-art vibe that isn’t necessarily based on official comics or
characters, but off-brand influences that trigger a nostalgic response, and there’s
that nostalgia thing popping up again!
|Eighties Pop Music by Mark Taylor – I was creating digital pop-art way before Warhol!|
The Third Dimension…
I was on the fence about including
3D, it’s always a popular genre for digital artists but the subject matter in
the images created can often have a tendency to look the same at times. I jumped
off the fence when I beta tested the latest version of the iPad art app, Procreate,
with its shiny new 3D painting engine that takes 3D objects and allows you to
paint them, in 3D.
One thing I have always
noticed with Procreate is that they tend to add features to the app that
reflect the direction digital art is travelling. What convinced me, even more, was the trend data that had been emerging over the past few months including
searches for more tactile mixed media works.
There will always be a place
for the staples of the art world, landscapes and nudes are always immensely popular,
as too are abstracts, and there is a clear slide towards abstract minimalism of
late. The interesting one for me is around art that has a more tactile feel, so
assemblage art will continue to be popular, perhaps even more so as there does
seem to be more of a shift towards the quality and uniqueness that hand made
arts and crafts can bring. Hopefully, the move towards supporting more and more
small businesses and independent creatives will continue too.
As for the rest of the art
world, you know, the high-value part of the market that the majority of
working artists don’t have any touchpoint with, will continue to thrive, especially
as shows and exhibitions that had been cancelled throughout the pandemic have
plans to tentatively reopen in 2022. That said, new variants of Covid could jeopardise
those plans for some. I think we might be seeing a move towards owning works of
familiar names at maybe more realistic prices than we’ve seen in the recent
past, and by realistic, that’s kind of a subjective word at this level.
There seems to be a growing
trend of websites harvesting other people’s content and displaying it on their
websites, so if you’re not reading this at https://beechhousemedia.co.uk you will have been inadvertently directed to
reading a stolen copy of my work, so I can only apologise if some unscrupulous website
is making you either sign up, pay to read it, or serving ad after ad, but if
you come to the original source I can promise you that there are no ads, no
need to sign up, no charge, and you will be supporting a truly independent
Until Next Time!
That’s all for this week but I
will be back soon with more news including news of some of the projects I have
been working on recently that have meant that my presence here has been a
little less regular of late!
And I would also like to say a
huge thank you to those of you who have been supporting my work here by
purchasing prints of my work. This site is completely funded through my own
pocket, completely independent and I rely on a percentage of my print sales
through Fine Art America and Pixels to help with the growing costs! Even the
purchase of a gift card or sticker will provide funding that can go back into
creating more content for this site!
Until next time, stay happy,
stay healthy, and stay creative!
I am an artist and blogger and
live in Staffordshire, England. My days are filled with art, dog walking and Teams
Meetings, while still being stuck somewhere in the eighties. You can purchase
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