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Floral Compositions, Animal Portraiture, and New Landscapes in 2022

Surrealist art aficionados will appreciate the dreamlike quality of this trend, which has undoubtedly taken off for its reinvention of time-honored subjects: the human form and nature.


Portraiture has been a staple painting genre for time immemorial, but lately, artists have been finding inspiration in the animal kingdom. Animal portraiture is as big today as painting and photography revolving around natural themes and landscapes.


This particularly because while confined, we have become more and more aware of the importance of creating a pleasant space at home, and the soothing effect of being surrounded by Nature. We can bring the outside world in with art. Floral compositions can add a cheerful touch, while views of familiar places or imaginary lands can create a calming environment.






With irresistible and unexpected compositions of human figures juxtaposed with flora, floral figures have become a prevalent subject for artists working across mediums. Surrealist art aficionados will appreciate the dreamlike quality of this trend, which has undoubtedly taken off for its reinvention of time-honored subjects: the human form and nature. Inherently poetic and evocative of nature, floral heads, silhouettes, and bodies intertwined with botanicals can infuse your space with a timeless sense of romanticism. This art trend expresses a desire to get back to nature and exudes feelings of harmony, fantasy, and whimsy.


Painter Kim Kimbro explores animal portraits as metaphors for the complexity and fragility of the human experience. Other artists, such as Drew Doggett, capture the majesty of natural habitats through dramatic black and white animal photography, which, particularly at a large scale, brings impact to a collector’s home. And others, such as JJ Galloway, approach their animal artwork with a dose of humour and fun. Whether you’re looking for subtle emotion, a window into the sublime, or some light-heartedness, animal portraiture is a delightful and unexpected addition to a space.




The animal kingdom has inspired an amazing temporary art installation in Central London, called ‘Wild Table of Love’, a huge tableau features a circle of bronze animals tucking into platefuls of food on show until May 2023. It's the most bonkers banquet since the Mad Hatter's tea party... and it, too, includes a rabbit. That rabbit may give you a clue to the sculptors. This is the work of Gillie and Marc, whose Rabbitwoman and Dogman sculptures are frequent visitors to our city. The prolific duo are also behind the chimp sculptures near London Bridge, and the recent exhibition of bronze lions near Waterloo.

This new installation is endearing, to say the least. Two seats at the table have been left free, so that passers-by can sit down with the animals and enjoy the mock repast. Besides the rabbit and dog, the table features 10 of the most beloved mammals on the planet, including several endangered species.


As the world continues to fight with the ongoing health and environmental crisis, the art world has to face the consequences of its squandering attitude and start making efforts to shrink its carbon footprint and adopt sustainable measures. In 2022, we are highly likely to see a greater sense of responsibility from both the commercial and public spheres of the art market, let alone major artistic works addressing climate change.


 

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