What is Urban Art?

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You might want to include urban art in your urban home décor. But what is urban art? Every art style has its own unique history and signature elements and urban art is no different.

“Urban” means “from the city” and city life is often represented in the artwork. The most common form of urban art is graffiti. Graffiti is spray painted onto cement and brick walls in urban environments and often includes depictions of the culture near the building or sends a political message relevant to the culture.

The most famous urban artist is named Banksy. He has several notorious graffiti paintings around Europe and his style is well known and popular. The purpose of his art and most urban art is to send a message and provoke dialogue among those that see the art. It often tends to be extremely political in nature.

You will need a truly industrial living space to incorporate literal graffiti in your home. This would require exposed brick somewhere in the home for an artist to then create a custom piece on the wall.

For more residential urban art, look for canvases that feature graffiti style artwork on them. A large signature piece overhanging a sofa or fireplace in an industrial ambiance would be a visual focal point for urban décor and an amazing conversation piece for any home. You could also purchase photographs that feature buildings that have graffiti and urban art on them or just urban lifestyles depicted.

For dimensional art, the signature element of urban décor is the many curves seen throughout a room and a design. Incorporate curved artwork and sculptures throughout a room. This could include traditional décor such as floor lamps too.

A mixture of exposed brick and pipes along with curved architecture, furniture and sculptures and one tribute to graffiti in a living room or entertaining space would signify a truly urban setting in your home.

You can find urban art available for purchase online at several well-known retailers and art boutiques on the internet. We prefer purchasing from local shops or even street vendors who feature pieces from local artists in your own city. This creates an excellent conversation piece.