The art of capturing trees, flowers, wildlife and all other beauty that our environment has to offer. Environmental art allows you to capture a tiny piece of nature and frame it on your wall.
Environmental art, or ecological art, is about nature. The style includes landscapes, skyscapes, seascapes, wildlife and similar themes found in nature. But environmental art is not just about depicting them. This style encompasses more than just the art of visualizing trees, plants, flowers and wildlife. It’s about sending a message. It’s about making a statement and speaking out against climate change, deforestation, overfishing and more.
Environmental art started as an art style that was about depicting nature. Or landscapes to be more specific. One could argue that all landscapes, even ancient drawings and paintings, should belong in this style. When you think of it, even the first cave drawings can be considered environmental art. Not all of them of course, but most of them did depict wildlife, landscapes, seascapes and other natural phenomena.
When the industrialization started the essence of environmental art began to change. The landscapes started to include houses, factories and other forms of manufacturing and man-made objects. With this change of scenery a change in concept was just around the corner. Environmental art wasn’t just about the environment anymore. It became more and more a statement against the ecological impact of industrialization. Clear blue skies made way for grey polluted landscapes filled with heavy industry.
In the past years the environment has become one of the most heated discussion topics. In less than two decades these discussions about climate change, global warming and similar environmental and ecological topics have changed dramatically. 20 years ago you were called a hippie or a tree-hugger for speaking about environmental topics. Thanks to the effort of people like Sir David Attenborough and Gretta Thunberg that has changed.
This cultural change had a huge impact on art as well. These days environmental art and ecological art are two peas in a pot. Even works that don’t shout protest can have deeper meaning. When you admire the works of Megan Serene you might just see an extremely detailed drawing of wildlife. But when you take the time to let the work sink in, you start to realize that there is a deeper theme. The symbolism of bringing books, once proud trees flourishing in nature, back to nature again becomes visible.
Environmental art is perfect if you wish to bring a tiny piece of natural beauty into your home. The beauty of a landscape, the tranquillity of the sea or a marvellous drawing of wildlife. All belong to the possibilities.
What should be taken into account is that environmental art is bound by the limitation of nature. In contrast to abstract art, which is only limited by creativity, environmental art needs to follow the shapes, sizes and colours to those found in nature. So, to make sure that your new wildlife drawings or mesmerizing landscape doesn’t blend with its surroundings it’s highly advisable to expose it with a natural background. White or similar is preferable. This is to make sure that the focus is not diverted from the natural beauty.
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