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6 art trends that defined 2018

It’s been an impressive year in the art world, with blockbuster exhibitions, record sales in the market and the scandal of Banksy’s shredded artwork. Despite disorder in the world around us, creative energy has flourished, so we’ve captured the important art trends that shaped interiors in 2018.

1. Pantone Ultra Violet

Vogue February 1979 by Barry Lategan

Ultraviolet 18-3838 was crowned the colour of the year in 2018- a mystical colour with an energetic charge. Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Colour Institute describes the colour as: “Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

2. Typography

Stay Wild, Good Vibes and Don’t Quit by Nick Cranston

The typographic trend proved popular in the artworks of Tracey Emin and David Shringly at this year’s Royal Academy Summer exhibition. We love it too. If you’re looking for daily inspiration, Nick Cranston’s motivational prints are punchy and humorous, Andy Warhol’s philosophical quotes offer timeless truths, and our Penguin Books collection offers an iconic design with vintage type.

3. Female Empowerment

Frida, Flowered Frida and Paradis by Adeline Meilliez

Thanks to some amazing exhibitions in 2018, particularly the V&A’s showcase of Frida Kahlo, female artists are at the forefront of the creative industries more than ever. Female empowerment will continue to be expressed through the art on our walls with sensual and strong women featuring as both the artist and subject. See our Frida Kahlo edit for more inspiration.

4. Sixties throwback

Bob Dylan, May 1966 from our Mirrorpix collection. Image by Dee Campling.

In 2018 fashion came full circle – and not just corduroy flares and Mod suits. Dark decor, upcycled furniture and a rock and roll edge re-entered our homes too. A sixties revival is in full swing and our selection of photographic prints from Mirrorpix and Vogue capture the nonchalant glam of the era (browse our New Retro collection). See you on the King's Road!

5. Kaleidoscopic colour

Ogon Cacao-1956-One Eye by Olle Eksell, Vogue February 1929 by Eduardo Benito, The Sketch, 30 January 1957 and Double Elvis by Andy Warhol.

Scandinavian minimalism took a back seat during 2018 whilst maximal interiors raved in the spotlight. Think statement wallpaper, eccentric designs and plants galore. You can read more in our blog post on how to maximise your interiors with art. Hint: more is more.

6. Urban culture

New York, 1981, Now's the Time, 1985, Sugar Ray Robinson, 1982, In Italian, 1983 and Cassius Clay, 1982 by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The popularity of graphic design and graffiti art show no signs of slowing down. You’ll remember the shock of Banksy’s famous work being shredded – the Dadaists would have been delighted! So long as society has views to express, street art lives on. Find out how to create the urban loft look.


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