Pointillism Today

Neo-Impressionists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac pioneered a painting technique- Pointillism in 1880s, that was revolutionary for its time. Bored of traditional paintings, artists of the era were searching for new ways to make “impressions” of landscapes and day-to-day life.

Pointillism is a technique of painting with distinct dots of color, which are meticulously applied in patterns to compose a cohesive image.

While Impressionists, such as Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh, often used small dabs and strokes of paint as part of their technique, Pointillism artists took this idea a step further, by painting tightly packed, individual dots of pure color. When viewed from afar, the viewer’s mind and eye blur the dots together to create detailed images, comprising a fuller range of tones than the dots provide alone.

By the 1890s, Pointillism had reached its peak, with many artists of the time choosing to adopt the technique. However, even though the golden age of Pointillism is now over, many of the concepts and ideas still continue to be used by artists today, in many different mediums.

Today, informally known stippling art or dot art, Pointillism has influenced many artists, we can find traces of it in modern art, fashion, and even tattoos.

I have many interests which I deeply explore. At the moment I only practice the pointillism technique. It’s one of the most therapeutic forms of art that I’ve ever had the opportunity to work on.

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