Creating Your Own

style (j.kelly graphics)

The more of myself that I put onto canvas and into photographs and designs, the more I wonder where my influences are coming from, I continually feel inspired by things all around me, but I always seem to just store them in a random access portion of my mind that I don’t cognitively navigate but rather subconsciously summon fragments from. I set out to learn a little more about the fundamental styles I may have strayed from. 

Inspiration and imagination being very important, I still don’t wanna miss out on incorporating classic concept and styles into my art.

Its also nice to think that classic appreciation can be evoked when you offer your audience  familiar elements of appeal.

Heres a run down of some major modern elements of style that have roots in the earliest manifestations of creativity and artistic expression.


often referred to as the dreamscape of artistic expression, surrealism incorporates the subconscious abstractions with realistic images and suggestions. Recognizable symbols mixed with ambiguous shapes or uncommon scenarios.

Its infinity within the confines of human perspective.

Post-Impressionism/ Cubism

Here we have an art style that directly shifts perspective of worldly objects and limits them to two dimensions. By re-materializing these things using new shapes and schemes, new identities can be given to common images or symbols. the geometry also offers basic elements of design that add to the richness of the style.


We have all heard this word at some point or another and it almost always refers to something that doesn’t seem to make immediate sense. This style obviously offers a lot of freedom to the artist but it also presents the challenge of creating relevance from something apparently irrelevant. Sure, we can apply any jumble of shapes onto a canvas and call it abstract, the art comes from the perspective of the artist and the feelings they wish to draw from their audience. It is about relaying a message without using traditional methods of speech or imagery, a roundabout way to bring a viewer down a desired path of subtle recognition.


This style takes the essence of shape and meaning to use the least amount of meaningful detail in creating something recognizable. This style can be both symbolic and abstract. Its often surprising the beauty that can emerge from such simplicity.

I think that when developing our own styles, it is important to explore and understand the goals and methods of basic style concepts. The more we expose ourselves to new art, the more new material we offer our own creative intellect more raw material to generate ideas from. Its like how they tell writers to read a lot, it just makes sense to understand different ways to express and communicate the messages you wish to share. 

Its also a great idea not just to look at these styles but to experiment with them, obviously this is only a few basic styles, there are hundreds more that all create their own beautiful discipline by creating ideas and elements from all the other styles. One way we can customize our own unique style is by embodying new forms and new perspective on representations and symbolism.

These types of skills are important for communicating to vast audiences, as artist we appreciate what we do, but we want others to be able to see our vision of purpose as well, and different people respond to different styles. These styles can be metaphoric in relating to your own personality as well. And the more you explore these fundamentals, the more you may discover about yourself, as a person, and as an artist.


Heres a link to a web sight that inspired this post art forms

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