Wikipedia defines painting as an artwork created using colours. Well! How one can define painting so easily! Is it that simple as you think? It is never was and never going to be! The art of painting has evolved over history. It was based on the way artists have painted and the medium they used. Although modern technologies and changing tastes have created diversification to this form of art, yet when it comes to dominant styles two types of styles comes to the forefront: “The Western” & “The Eastern style” of paintings
Western Style is more of painting that you see in the present age such as the abstract painting, impressionism & expressionism and portrait painting.
Abstract Painting – This is one of the long-standing forms of painting that communicates visually the purest form of expression. Abstract painting is most popular in the world because it is more loaded with energy and motion and expressing the best level of creativity. There are many excellent Australian abstract artist who has developed unique styles that makes them tick. One of the most famous abstract Australian artists is Prudence Caroline whose work is really phenomenal. The fluidity of Prudence Caroline’s artworks is very organic, and the colour combinations are super magical.
Impressionism and Expressionism– Originated in the 19th century in Paris, impressionism is a style of painting that is mostly associated with French. Every impressionist images are worth a thousand words, these art captures the momentary, sensory effect of a scene in the most splendid fashion. The most famous impressionist artists are Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and a few others. However, expressionism has more emphasis upon intense inner experience and they are highly intense and non-naturalistic.
Portrait Painting– It is a genre in painting style whose principal subject is all about humans. Portrait paintings are a very old form of painting and their history dates back to the time of ancient Egypt. Some of the exclusive portrait painting collections include Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent, Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck and many more. When you visit Sydney you can come across many beautiful portrait painting done with the classical tonal realism of high-quality art print.
Next comes the Eastern style painting which is the oldest artistic tradition in the world that includes a vast range of influences from various cultures and religions namely the Chinese Style, Japanese style of painting and the Indian Style (Mughal Miniature Paintings, Rajput Paintings, Tanjore Paintings, and Madhubani Style)
Among the different genres of painting, portrait painting is regarded as the oldest format. Art gallery of New South Wales has collections of over 220 artists with original portrait painting in Sydney and other sculptors for sale from emerging artists like Vicki Sullivan, Sally Ryan, and few others.