Choosing The Best Art Style Or Movement To Invest In

Choosing The Best Art Style Or Movement To Invest In

Choosing the best art style or movement to invest in can be a difficult task, mainly due to the many different types of art, styles, movements and variations on art styles available. There’s often also a lot of overlap and in some cases, individual artists will categorise themselves differently to what may seem to be a more fitting term.

A key way to ensure you’re investing in the best art style or movement is to know why you want to invest in art and then be sure to find artworks that resonate with you.

To make the process a little easier, our expert art advisors have put together this selection of artworks that cover some of the main styles of art available from the S&P Gallery collection.

What Is An Art Style?

Art styles have been the principal mode of classifying artworks for a very long time. An art style is used to describe the way an artwork looks and is a method employed to group artworks into related categories. 

Art styles are defined by the visual appearance of the work and the way the artist has portrayed their subject matter and expressed their vision; determined by the characteristics of the artwork in terms of medium, technique and use of the formal elements. 

Furthermore, the philosophy or impetus behind the artwork and its message can also play a role in which style it is categorised as.

Artworks that display similar characteristics and features are categorised as the same style.

Art movements are similar inasmuch as they tend to describe to characteristics of the artworks categorised within them, differing from style because the concept of art movements is usually linked to a specific time or place in art history.

Sometimes, contemporary artworks share characteristics with art movements and whilst they may be categorised as such, the term is used to define the art style rather than the movement. One example of this is when you see contemporary Impressionist paintings; whilst the style is inspired by Impressionism, they don’t truly belong to the original art movement in the historical context.

Art styles can be named and categorised based on movements from the past, but the movements themselves stay fixed to their original position on the timeline of art history.

Different Types Of Art Styles And Movements 

As mentioned before, there are a great number of art styles and movements as well as a high amount of overlap so to help you in your search, here are some of the most popular ones from the S&P Gallery collection.


Abstract art uses the visual language of shape, gestural marks, form, colour and line without attempting to represent an accurate depiction or representation of a visual reality.  

Daniela Raytchev - All The Roads

Daniela Raycthev - All The Roads - Original Artwork


Pablo Picasso - La Fille De L’Artiste

Pablo Picasso - La Fille De L'Artiste - Limited Edition Print

Robi Walters - Stalag Riddim 42

    Robi Walters - Stalag Riddim 42 - Limited Edition Print

    Art Deco

    Art Deco is a decorative art style characterised by symmetry, delineated geometric shapes, precise lines that are often fairly simple and pleasing to the eye and bold colours. 

    Tamara de Lempicka - Self Portrait

    Tamara de Lempicka - Self Portrait - Limited Edition Print


    Figurative art is an art style that is representational of real things, objects, and most particularly, the human form. 

    Gregory Prescott - Pyramid

    Gregory Prescott - Pyramid - Limited Edition Print

    Johhny Popkess - An Unfavourable Wind

    Johnny Popkess - An Unfavourable Wind - Limited Edition Print

    Pie Herring - Efflorescence

    Pie Herring - Efflorescence - Original Artwork


    Fine Art Photography

    Fine Art Photography is an art style within which photography is used as the medium for expressing creativity. Using photography to capture not what the camera sees, but what the artist sees whilst also expressing an idea or message and evoking an emotional response. 

    Bjorn Persson - The Emperor

    Bjorn Persson - The Emperor - Limited Edition Print

    Miss Aniela - The Parrot Room

    Miss Aniela - The Parrot Room - Limited Edition Print

    Sigvaldi - Badlands II

    Sigvaldi - Badlands II - Limited Edition Print

    Chloe McCarrick - Lunar Etiquette In Gold

    Chloe McCarrick - Lunar Etiquette In Gold - Original Artwork

      Graffiti Pop Art

      Graffiti Pop Art is Characterised by bold, colourful, humorous and sometimes satiric content. The Graffiti Movement in itself came about as a continuation of the Pop Art movement and drew on similar creative and expressive tendencies. 

      Alexander Lee Reagan - The Oil Can

      Alexander Lee Reagan - The Oil Can - Limited Edition Print

      Jeremy Jones - Baked Bunny

      Jeremy Jones - Baked Bunny - Limited Edition Print

      Mr Nice - Level Up

      Mr Nice - Level Up - Limited Edition Print

      Joe Charman - The Patty Cake

      Joe Charman - The Patty Cake - Limited Edition Print


        Impressionism is an art style used by painters and characterised by the chief concern of capturing a specific moment within a visual impression of the artist’s perception of nature, with a strong emphasis on the accurate depiction of light and its changing qualities. 

        Claude Monet The Rue Montorgueil Paris

        Claude Monet - The Rue Montorgueil Paris

        Pop Art

        Pop Art is an art style that came about with the intention of challenging the traditions of fine art and is characterised by its bold colours and imagery taken from popular and mass culture, including mundane everyday items. 

        Deborah Azzopardi - Save The Date

        Deborah Azzopardi - Save The Date - Limited Edition Print

        Stuart McAlpine Miller - The Tower

        Stuart McAlpine Miller - The Tower - Limited Edition Print


          Realism is the art style characterised by subjects from everyday life represented truthfully and without any artificiality or speculation. In a more general sense, it is used to describe subjects that are painted in a realistic and almost photographic manner. 

          Nettie Wakefield - Red Stripe

          Nettie Wakefield - Red Stripe - Limited Edition Print

            How To Choose The Best Art Style Or Movement To Invest In

            Whilst we can all agree that art is subjective and the value of art often reflects that statement, finding the best art to invest in for you can be done with just a few simple steps.

            Our recommendations are to research the art market, look at different artists, find artworks you love and enlist the help of some expert advisory services.

            Research The Art Market

            Regardless of the investment you’re considering, research is absolutely crucial and even if you’ll be relying heavily on experts to help you put together a portfolio, it’s still a good idea to at least gain a basic understanding of the market you’re looking in to.

            Your research journey can begin fairly broadly and gradually narrow down as you learn and understand more about the market, before too long, you’ll have a solid foundation of how the art market works.

            Our expert art advisors also put together some helpful methods of conducting art market research.

            Look At Different Artists

            Looking at different artists and their work can be a great way to discover art styles that you may never have thought about, or even known about before. 

            One way to do this could be to simply head to an online art gallery and browse artists, cycling through the different artists they represent. Another method you could employ is to look at artists at different career stages.

            That way, not only are you discovering new art styles but you’ll also have a rough idea of the value of the art and the potential for future profitability too.

            The main categories, or artist career stages are: 

            Invest In Artworks You Love

            One of the greatest benefits of art as an investment is that it can be fully consumed and enjoyed, displayed and shown off and doesn't lose value as a result. With this in mind, the best art to invest in is always going to be art that resonates with you personally.

            You’ll have the opportunity to form an emotional connection with your asset that will grow stronger over time; plus you’ll have the added potential benefit of your collection turning into a profitable investment.

            Investing in artworks that resonate is quite often the beginning of the journey for most successful art investors and collectors, so be sure to keep that in mind when making purchasing decisions.

            Enlist Expert Art Advisory Services

            Navigating the art market can feel like an overwhelming prospect, but one of the most effective ways to do so, and to increase your chances of making a successful investment choice is to enlist expert art advisory services. 

            Expert art advisors are a valuable asset to investors at any experience level and they can help you build an art collection that is cohesive and in line with your preferences whilst also holding promising future prospects.

            A handful of reasons you to work with art advisors are:

            • They help to remove the stress of art investment
            • They can help you navigate the art market
            • They have a keen eye for profitable art
            • They have a large network of valuable connections

            To see these reasons and more, in detail, please see our article: 10 Reasons You Need An Expert Art Advisor.

            Browse Our Collection Of Artworks

            The artworks showcased in this article are just a selection of what we have available for your personal art collection or investment portfolio. Feel free to browse our vast collection of artworks and filter through the many different art styles and movements in our inventory.

            Would You Like Help Finding The Best Art Style To Invest In?

            At S&P Gallery we specialise in providing the highest level of confidence in the art market and art investment. 

            If you’d like to take the first step in your art investment journey, or if you’re looking to expand or diversify your portfolio, our expert art advisors are on hand with the finest professional art investment guidance.

            To learn more about the benefits of investing in art and investing with S&P Gallery, as well as our market performance some of the returns realised from our clients, you could also download our free art investment guide, which is packed with valuable information and insights.

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