What's this art style?
January 7, 2015 4:20 AM   Subscribe

Is there a name for this style of art?
posted by gadha to Grab Bag (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I would call it "mid century modern advertising" with "contemporary typographic influence" and a "tropical mood". I'm sure other people would call it other things. Is there a reason you're looking for a name? Different keywords will lead you to different items with a similar flavor, depending on what you like about it.
posted by Mizu at 4:26 AM on January 7, 2015

It's evocative of the style of Beryl Cook.
posted by Combat Wombat at 5:24 AM on January 7, 2015

I would call it a modern take on naïve art
posted by Mchelly at 5:36 AM on January 7, 2015 [2 favorites]

Best answer: This doesn't exactly match because the links you provided are more contemporary, but it reminds me of some of the art/advertisements in the Art Deco Hawaii exhibit I saw a few months ago.
posted by gemutlichkeit at 6:41 AM on January 7, 2015

Nthing mid century modern since I immediately thought of this site, especially the Tiki article:
posted by Ness at 7:29 AM on January 7, 2015

Response by poster: @mizu: I like it, was wondering whether there's a particular style or artist associated with it.
posted by gadha at 7:31 AM on January 7, 2015

Best answer: Oh, also, these boards might give you the design happy's:
posted by Ness at 7:49 AM on January 7, 2015

Maybe try "Tiki modern" as your keywords
posted by sexyrobot at 8:55 AM on January 7, 2015

There are hints of Fernando Botero there too.
posted by VikingSword at 10:29 AM on January 7, 2015 [1 favorite]

I thought of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (both Mexican). Which squares with the fact that the ads linked are for a Latin American restaurant. According to Wikipedia that style is naive art or folk art, so I second Mchelly above. Possibly also check out Mexican Muralism - although it doesn't at all have the sparsity of the images in your examples.
posted by kitcat at 12:57 PM on January 7, 2015

I don't have an answer for you, just a data point: it reminds me a lot of the style of Alison Jay.
posted by saladin at 2:27 PM on January 7, 2015 [1 favorite]

The pool and palm trees made me think of David Hockney. It's too vulgar to be in the mid-century style.
posted by ADave at 9:50 PM on January 7, 2015

Best answer: The composition and subject matter of the first two is giving me a strong art deco travel ad vibe, even though the rendering style doesn't really match. It's a somewhat commonly referenced art style; here's some fan art of DC comics and Avatar/Korra that's more heavily art deco.
posted by narain at 1:27 AM on January 8, 2015

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