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The 2020s have proven to be a tumultuous decade, with global climate and healthcare disasters sitting alongside social upheaval. And it’s only 2021! The art world is responding in its own unique way to view this mad world; today we’ll explore these trends through the lens of artists, makers, galleries and collectors who are questioning how we make art as well as exhibit or consume pieces by artists from around the globe. All while understanding that any art form could mean something different depending on where you’re from, which makes art more interesting than ever before…

The Rise in Digital Exhibitions

The pandemic has had a profound impact on all industries around the world. The art world is no exception and in an increasingly digitised society compounded with the COVID pandemic, museums and art galleries have been turning to virtual exhibitions to display art collections for those wanting to see artworks without the risk of catching COVID.

While virtual exhibitions are not always as authentic as one might hope, with attendance often limited only by how much information about them can be found online. Digital exhibitions do offer new ways of experiencing artwork that were never possible before!

NFT Arts Popularity Increasing

The art world is always evolving, and with technologies like augmented reality apps that immerse the viewer in their work of choice or new mediums such as NFT’s (non-fungible token), it’s not hard to see why. These tokens can be displayed a variety ways online; they aren’t confined by traditional paintings on canvas – which makes them more versatile than ever before!

NFT’s have been popular in the news due to the prices that collectable NFT’s can sell for, with one popular Beeple NFT selling for $69 Million. Many budding artists are turning to NFT’s to make a quick buck, you can check out this handy guide on how to make an NFT artwork to get started.

3D Motion Graphics & Augmented Reality

3D motion graphics have a lot to offer artists. One of the things that makes this medium so exciting is how it can transform vast spaces and envision cities in new ways, allowing for artists to create their otherworldly visions with ease. Augmented reality also opens up its possibilities by enabling users not only experience art, but interact with pieces as well.

Using VR sets or Google Glasses the user can manipulate and move around the artworks creating a much more personal experience! As technology continues advancing each year there will likely become even greater opportunities available which should lead to augmented reality artwork becoming increasingly popular going forward.

Nature Art Back on The Up

Artists have always been at the forefront of environmental awareness and they are once again taking up themes that connect us with nature. The recent rise in awareness about the climate crisis has made it more important than ever for people around the world to feel connected, not just by human-made structures but also natural ones like trees or flowers! As artists see this as an opportunity rather than a burden, there will be no shortage on art inspired by our surroundings, we can only imagine what creations await us ahead.

Sustainable Printmaking Guide

Many artists are turning to using natural materials and recycled goods to help reduce the environmental impact of creating artworks.

Luke Hickman is a printmaker and artist with over 15 years of experience. He studied at Norwich University, graduating with a BA (Hons) Fine Art, and has worked in both the commercial printing and digital marketing industries for over 7 years. Luke's work revolves around the idea of creating art that can illustrate a story with topics covering war, politics and history.

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