Anthony Sims

New School of Expressionism

A tsunami of digital art has taken over main stream art spaces around the world. 

The internet is rapidly evolving and there is a major development in the people's perception of crypto currency and the utility it holds. Words and phrases like Smart contracts, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), Ethereum, and Crypto art have been circulating around the main web over the past six months. Although, for years people have been using smart contracts via the Ethereum blockchain. This year exhibited the proof of concept the world needed to believe in a currency based around the blockchain that can work in a practical way and create decentralized spaces people can enjoy just as much as regulated networking platforms. Yet beyond the technology that has developed, we have been presented with an artistic renaissance.

A renaissance of chaotic, bold, digital paintings.

Where once stood expressionist such as; Jackson Pollock, Jean-Michele Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Vincent van Gogh, and Francis Bacon, now stands a new generation of digital expressionist; Fewocious, XCOPY, Suryanto, and Sinclair.

What does this mean for the art world?

Simply put: new proof of verification and a legitimate way to validate digital art as a fine art. It also means galleries are going to have to do a better job selling artwork because artists are becoming less dependent on physical galleries/dealers to attract collectors and more independent via NFT platforms and the crypto art collectors they meet.

Expressionism is about brutal, abstract, and figurative creations fueled by rage, joy, pain, and love. Globs of paint. Raw cut wood canvases. Spray paint fumes mixed in with the aroma of oil paint. All very familiar scenes for the typical abstract expressionist. Hence, the need for change. So how are artists utilizing a style with digital pieces that is the direct opposite of what most think "expressionism" is supposed to be?

iPads, Wacoms, and other digital tools are the mediums being used for this next era of expressionism.

The New School of Expressionism.