5 Artwork Themes Ideas for in Your Study Room

Every home has a study room only used for work or study. The place where you study should be cozy, quiet, and warm. To help you work or study quickly and effectively, it shouldn’t have anything that would distract you, like a TV or a bed.

It needs to be soft and beautiful to look at. It’s important for a study room to have boards, like chalkboards or corkboards, so you can keep track of your work and make it easy to take notes and remember things. To find the right painting for your study room, here are some ideas you should keep in mind:

1. Abstract

Abstract art is a broad and varied art style that has affected many groups throughout history. Painting, sculpture, photography, and design are examples of abstract art. Anything that directly shows a person or thing, such as realistic art, opposes abstractionism.

Artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, and Zao Wou-Ki have come up with new ways to use abstraction or have used it in new ways over the past century. Since the early 1900s, abstractionism has been a key component of modern and current art. Abstract art is still being studied in many different ways by artists who always add to and improve this form.

Instead of trying to show or copy something accurately, abstract art looks at things like shape, form, color, and line that are more about how they look than how they look. Artists have used abstract art to explore ideas beyond the surface and our everyday lives.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, when ideals of spiritualism, purity, and order affected many artists and their work, abstraction was sometimes seen as having a moral component. In contrast to literal and figurative art, abstract painting is a way to avoid reality and leaves a lot of interpretations open.

One of the most important things about abstract art is that the images are unrealistic. It’s important to note that “non-representation” can be minor, partial, or full. Examine the various stylistic representations of abstract art, including Jackson Pollock’s strong abstract paintings, Piet Mondrian’s Neoplastic works, and Salvador Dali’s surrealist dreamlike works.

The many abstract trends that have emerged over the last century show how broad and open-ended the genre is. Abstraction has been studied and interpreted by artists in a variety of ways. So, the only way to understand what makes abstract art unique is to look at different styles and trends.

2. Non Representational

There is a difference between abstract and nonrepresentational art, even though they are frequently used equally. Nonrepresentational art is any art that doesn’t show or describe a person, place, or thing. The inverse of representative art, a picture of something, is nonrepresentational art.

Instead of showing something clearly, the artist will use form, shape, color, and line—all important parts of visual art—to show feeling, sentiment, or another idea. People might call it “total abstraction” or “non-figurative art.” Nonobjective art is related to nonrepresentational art and is often thought of as a type of art. “Abstract art” and “nonrepresentational art” are words sometimes used to refer to the same type of painting.

When an artist works in abstraction, on the other hand, they change how we see a known thing, person, or place. For instance, it’s easy to abstract a landscape, and Picasso often did this with people and instruments.

Conversely, nonrepresentational art doesn’t begin with an “object” or subject that leads to a different general point of view. Instead, it’s “nothing” other than what the artist meant and what the viewer thinks it is. It could be swirls of paint like in Jackson Pollock’s art. There are color-blocked circles in some of Mark Rothko’s works, so that could be it.

Nonrepresentational art is beautiful because it’s up to us to figure out what it means. Yes, sometimes the title of a painting can tell you something about what the artist was thinking, but most of the time, it is just as mysterious as the painting itself.

If you look at a still picture of a teapot and know it’s a teapot, this is the opposite. Similar to this, an abstract artist could deconstruct the teapot’s shape using Cubist methods, yet the teapot might still be visible. It’s impossible to tell if a nonrepresentational artist was painting a teapot or something else.

Even though this subjective approach to nonrepresentational art gives the viewer freedom of opinion, it also bothers some people about the style. They want the art to mean something, so seeing lines that look like they were drawn at random or geometric shapes that are perfectly painted goes against what they expect.

3. Representational

Representational art, or figurative art, shows objects or events from real life in an easily recognizable way. In this case, a painting of a cat looks just like a cat; it’s clear what the artist is trying to show.

In the 1800s, Romanticism, Impressionism, and Expressionism made artists less interested in showing things exactly as they were. This thus gave rise to abstract art. There is a wide range of abstract art, from pieces that look like real things to pieces that are so unlike real things that it’s hard to tell what they’re trying to show.

Everything seen in the real world and abstract art are closely linked. Work that does not depict anything from the real world, including people, scenery, animals, etc., is nonrepresentational art. Nonrepresentational art can just show shapes, colors, lines, and other things, but it can also say things that aren’t obvious, like feelings or emotions.

Figurative or representational art from the 1600s shows ships, people, and buildings that are easy to identify. But in the 18th century, people had more freedom to be artistic, which led to the creation of abstract art. Romanticism, Impressionism, and Expressionism were three art styles that greatly impacted the growth of these.

In the representation of images, abstraction in art refers to a departure from truth. Abstract art can officially be composed of compositions taken from a real-life or natural source and changed in some way.

Some people also use this saying to talk about art that isn’t representational and isn’t based on figures or things. We don’t use the word “abstract” in this way in this class, though. Picasso was a famous artist whose paintings and sculptures often used abstraction. In his work, figures are often oversimplified, deformed, overstated, or geometric.

Representation usually needs some level of abstraction, which means taking away one or more features of the original. For example, even a painting that looks like a real person is missing details that make real people unique. For example, a painting is flat, but a real person is three-dimensional; a painting’s surface is painted, but a real person’s face has many pores and other missing marks (in whole or in part) in a painting; and so on.

The way a person is shown in a painting is usually enough for humans to know the figure as a person. But it seems that it’s not enough for most animals, who just see a colored canvas while people see a representation on that colored canvas. A painting is considered non-representational when the level of abstraction is so high that the shape can’t be identified as a person’s shape or the shape of any other shape that can be recognized.

People usually call these kinds of works “abstract,” but this isn’t accurate because abstraction is a matter of degree. As we’ve already seen, all depictions are necessarily abstract, which means they aren’t based on reality. On one end of the range is the real thing with all its millions of properties; on the other is a picture so abstracted that it is impossible to tell what it is supposed to show. In between are all the possible levels of abstraction.

4. Sacred

India has a long and rich history of art that goes back to prehistoric villages in the third millennium BC. The subcontinent’s culture and artistic spirit have been changed forever by almost every civilization that has lived there for a long time.

This is true for all important religions that either started there or came from other countries and stayed. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Christianity have all greatly affected how people thought about and drew the divine. Along its path, each faith gave the artist models for religious images that, over time, solidified into a unique language of holy images.

Think about how these religious decorations used to be commissioned by kings and royalty and got a lot of support from them. That’s no longer the case, and since there aren’t any resources to make them or people to buy them, these art forms will die out in the voids of time. Giving these dead skills a new lease on life is the only way to bring them back to life. They can only move forward if their ideas are broadened and the playing field is bigger.

5. The landscape

An artwork featuring natural scenery, such as mountains, forests, cliffs, trees, rivers, valleys, etc., is called a landscape painting or drawing. The world is a beautiful place. From deserts to lush rainforests, swollen seas to dark skies, the Earth is a never-ending source of ideas for artists.

We can find nature’s color scheme everywhere. Artists have always found endless motivation in the mysterious beauty of nature and the grandeur of the earth’s many landscapes. There are different ways for landscape artists to show how they see the world.

They can be painted exactly to look as real life as possible, like my pastel painting of Fields of Gold below. However, a landscape painting doesn’t have to be an exact copy of a place. If you want to make a landscape painting in an abstract style, you can give the images a deeper spiritual meaning.

There are more kinds of landscape art than just pictures of land. It’s possible to include pictures of cityscapes, cloudscapes, skyscapes, rivers, seascapes, and so on (also called “urban landscapes”). Land paintings are beautiful works of art that show beautiful views of nature, like mountains, woods, valleys, rivers, and more.

The main idea of the art will always be a picture of a beautiful view. People have studied paintings of seascapes, cityscapes, cloudscapes, and other types of landscapes in the past, along with paintings of different types of terrain. In landscape art, the sky and the way the weather changes in different places are two common themes. The most important thing that all of these -scape works of art have in common is that they are all about scenery.

Landscapes can be drawn from photographs or in the field. The French word “en plein air” means “out in the open.” One good thing about plein-air painting is that you can see what you’re painting. You are already interested and captivated by the beauty of the place.

But there are also benefits to working from a picture. When you work from pictures, you can do your work in the safety and comfort of your studio without worrying about the sun or the weather. You can also combine parts of different photos to make a unique combined scene. In other words, if you like a hill in one shot and a big, gnarly tree in another, you can put them both in the same scene. After that, you can add a moving river in front of them if you want to.

Final Thoughts

When picking art for a study room, it’s important to choose pieces that make the room feel cozy, warm, and free of distractions so that you can work and study effectively. Abstract and non-representational art can be great picks because they don’t show things exactly as they are and keep the mind clear. Also, landscape images that are soft muted, and soothingly show the beauty of nature can work.

In the end, the art that is chosen should encourage and help with focus, not distract. Sacred art, with its peaceful and symbolic qualities, may also help create a calm environment. The important thing is to find art that fits with the study room’s purpose as a place for studying and deep thinking. There are many types of art to choose from, and if you choose your pieces carefully, you can make any study room a great place to learn, think, and be creative.

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