Category Archives: Southwest Art

Balance in Contemporary Art and Design

Understanding Visual Balance in Art

When it comes to art, visual balance is an integral aspect. It serves as the main platform for a variety of elements, including order, unity, and equilibrium in any design. No one understands this better than John Nieto, a contemporary American Indian artist. Continue reading Balance in Contemporary Art and Design

The Relationship Between Art and Culture

Art Influences Culture, Culture Influences Art

Art and culture at their very core serve as some of the most significant, dynamic, participation, and social influences of human behavior and interaction. When put together, they have the ability to generate empathy, stir up dialogue, induce reflection and charter new relationships and ideas.

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4 Tips For Budding Artists

Contemporary Art is an Adventure, Not a Destination

Most people who are able to find their passion in life during the early stages of their upbringing should consider themselves lucky. This is particularly true for those who will eventually adopt contemporary art. This is because, even if you’re able to discover your talent at an early age, you will still have to deal with the issue of doing it on a professional level at one point or another.

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A Brief History of Southwest Style & Decor

Historical Context Behind Southwest Art

New Mexico is largely considered to be the center where Native American and Western cultures meet. This is well illustrated in the city’s architecture, unique style, and vocabulary.

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How to Become Inspired as an Artist

Tips for Awakening Your Inner Artist and Beating Artists Block

Getting inspired is not always easy, particularly for artists working a 9 to 5 job that is not related to art. In most cases, we are either too tired or simply distracted by our daily routine to think about anything else. As a result, we have to search out other sources of inspiration and creativity.

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How Art Reproductions Are Assembled

Contemporary Art Prints

Not everyone who appreciates art is of a high economic status, and this means that art prints could be their only option of securing beautiful pieces of art for their homes or offices. This is basically what John Nieto does for his limited edition reproductions. In the same way musicians write a song and don’t actually sell the song, but sell records, he does the same thing using giclee printing.

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Animal Portrayal In Contemporary Art

Animals as Part of Contemporary Art Decor

For tens of thousands of years, wild beasts have been a major inspiration source for our creative impulse, and the most ancient cave paintings depicting animals are as old as art itself. Pictures of bison, horses, deer, and other creatures can be found all across the globe, especially in France and Spain – some of these records can be traced back to roughly forty thousand years ago. Back in those days, the representation of animals was much more objective, as they were seen as sources of food and pelts for those severe winters, nothing else. However, as our human processes started to evolve, so did our artistic understandings and perceptions. Animal portrayals gained subjectivity, as they acquired a more symbolic and spiritual status.

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Modern Southwest Style And Contemporary Decor

Southwest Wall Art

Similar components around the same theme look great when put together as they create a feeling of cohesion and symmetry. However, it is when combining disparate and – seemingly unrelated – elements, that we can feel a whole set of different emotions – it’s both comforting and refreshing. Need some examples? A few slices of fresh mango into a spicy casserole, smooth and velvety house beats combined with pure and classic jazzy tunes, or maybe a loose and relaxed undercut hairstyle to go with your favorite business suit. A magical journey takes over when fusing all these contrasting ingredients to create new life – and contemporary Southwest decor is another grand example.

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Deeply Connected: Native American Art

Southwest Art As A Way of Life

Native American art is incredibly unique and diverse. Just as each tribe is distinctive and has its own set of customs and practice, Native American art reflects the inherent differences of each group. Customs, history and religion are highlighted in many of the traditional art pieces, whether Navajo, Hopi or Plains Native Americans. Continue reading Deeply Connected: Native American Art