Learn Which Art Styles Are the Most Popular

An artwork’s art style serves as a window into the artist’s creative process, allowing you to better comprehend their vision, subject, and sentiments. But what about YOUR art style? How do you find out which style you match best with?

There are hundreds of art styles but only a few are popular. Let’s begin with abstract and work our way down – Which art styles do YOU match with?


Abstract art is a VERY popular style in which an artist uses shapes, colors, forms, and gestural marks to represent an element from the actual world separated from its true form. The artist depict objects and uses colors to express feelings.

Abstract art is a non-objective, non-representational style that simplifies real life in order to highlight the artists’ perception of reality.

This popular art style displays well in minimalist and tonal settings.

Abstract Art Style Water

Croatia Water Abstract by Debbie Lucas

Black And White Abstract Art

Deposizione by Christopher Rico

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Seventeen by Hannah Surace

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Terra.01-C19 by featured artist, Jane Nodine


Landscapes, gardens, animals, and people are among the sources of inspiration for nature art. Nature art is available in a range of techniques, including painting, sketching, and photography, and because of it’s connection to the earth and nature, this art style adds a calming atmosphere to a home or commercial space.

I see this art style in med spas, medical facilities, rustic and modern home decor.

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Taugahonnock Passages by Joanne Scherf

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Moon over Misty Bluff by Karen Zuk

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Pearls of the Sea 2 by Stephanie Sachs

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Rebel by Hannah Winter


On the flip side of nature is urban and architecture. The term “urban art” refers to works that originate in urban surroundings and are sometimes created by artists who live in these urban spaces or cities and want to portray city life and their experiences.

This art style focuses on urban lifestyles and spaces, and the artists use many types of materials and production styles to pay tribute to the urban environment.

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Power Lines Blue 2 by Curtis Cole

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Palace Speaks at Night II by Boisali Biswas

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Unreal Reality: A day in the village - Greenwich Village, NYC by Shane Taremi

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Inside Outside Filaments (Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn) by Meredith McNeal


Since ancient times, figurative art has been the purpose of art-making. It is the art of realistic or impressionistic portrayal. Historically, figurative artists were inspired by real-world objects and frequently included human figures. It is seen as a contrast to abstract art, which lacks recognized elements and is also known as non-representational art.

Place figurative art in locations around your home that you’d like people to pay attention to because humans are hardwired to see faces. Even babies take note of faces and eye gaze and pay special notice to those faces that are familiar.

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Night Walk by Jessica DeMuro

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Untitled (Saudade) by Hannah Witner

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Positive/Negative Diptych by featured artist, Andrea Bogart

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Honeymoon by featured artist, Liz Frankland

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This article was written by Andrea Bogart, founder and lead art advisor of Embrace Creatives.

To see the highly talented artists featured on Embrace Creatives, visit our artist listing. For help finding the right artwork for your home or office, reach out to Andrea here. Interior professionals can request white glove, art consulting or custom pieces, easily.



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Wood and plaster sculpture by EC artist, Robert Mirek