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15 Unconventional Art Forms Which Will Leave You Agape

Unconventional Art has been perceived in differently by various people. The painters pour the colors on the canvas and it’s a reflection of their inner emotions, ballet dancers put their energy into their delicate movements, we all have seen such forms of art but what about some unconventional forms that are not known to many. We present to you such forms of art which are lesser known but are as amazing as the others. Here’s our list of top 15 unconventional forms of art, get ready to be astonished.

15. Feather Art

This form of art may completely astound you. The material used is something that is unique is all its aspects. London-based artist Kate MccGwire, a pioneer in this art form uses feathers to make vivid pieces. It’s actually possible to create intricate patterns with the feathers giving them a gentle flow. The whole piece when viewed through a sense of a circle can lure the viewer into its field of attraction.

14. Calligraphy


Writing letters which are not only visually appealing but brings a new subtle charm to the work piece is calligraphy. Today, this unconventional art form has a huge commercial value and gaining a significant appreciation. Usually, a calligraphy pen with a flat nib is dipped in ink and then used. It can take months to years to learn to write the letters in different calligraphic styles.

13. Performance Art
A delightful unconventional art form, performance art takes the form of actions performed by artists or approved performers illustrated by the artist. German artist Joseph Beuys is considered to be one of the greatest pioneer in this art form. Performance art is regarded as an ephemeral medium to reflect the feelings since it only exists at the time it is performed. However, there also have been cases where such art has been purchased. For instance, the purchase of Tino Sehgals’s Kiss by the Museum of Modern Art!

12. Fractal Art
A form of algorithmic art, Fractal Art is created by calculating fractal objects and presenting the results as media, images and animation. This unconventional art form, which was developed from mid-1980s onwards, is a genre of digital art. Fractal art is not drawn or painted by hand. Usually created with a fractal generating software, through a three step process of setting parameters, executing calculations and evaluating the product, this unconventional art for is here to stay in the digital age.

11. Installation Art
This is one of the most unconventional artwork which inhibits a space inside or outside a gallery, often being site-specific. This art is generally three-dimensional in nature and can utilize any type of material or medium. They can be permanent or temporary and often a viewer finds himself walking around a piece looking from a distance or at other times, see himself dissolved in the space of the art.

10. BioArt
Working with live tissues, bacteria and living organisms, using scientific processes such as biotechnology, genetic engineering, tissue culture and cloning, to produce artworks is the unconventional art form of BioArt. While some artists consider the scope of BioArt to be limited to living forms, the others include art using imagery of medicine and biological research, as a part of it. Originating towards the end of 20th century, BioArt started getting popular in the beginning of 21st century.

9. Renewable energy sculpture 
These sculptures are produced using renewable sources and are functional both as an energy generator and an artwork. Pioneered by eco-futurist visionaries such as Sarah Hall, Patrice Stellest, this unconventional art forms is based on the philosophy of environmental art movement. The latest innovation in the art form is the embedding of solar photovoltaics in the artworks.

8. Eco-art or recycled art
Eco-art or recycled art as the name suggests is the unconventional art which uses items which have been found discarded and manipulating them into something entirely different and artistic. A very good example can be traced at a technology exhibition in China where a copy of the Mona Lisa was made up from hundreds of discarded computer parts.

7. Encaustic painting
This lesser known form of unconventional art, this painting was used in Egypt and Philippines but today has been brought to the stage again by American artist Jasper Johns. The procedure is to ass coloured pigments to heated wax and then change the wax before it cools. Usually, specialized tools are used that keeps the wax warm for a longer time, helping the artist to mould the wax as desired.

6. Land artEarthworks
Land art basically started as an art movement in which the landscape and the art piece are linked. Natural materials like soil, rocks, organic media like leaves, logs, water are used along with materials like concrete, metal, minerals. Many of these unconventional art works were created in deserts of Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona today stand deserted, only found in videos.

5. Body Art
The unconventional art form which involves human body but this is not about just tattoos and body piercings but art that includes scarification, body and face painting, sub-dermal implanting, shaping. New techniques to make the art more safe have been evolved but the art has been under a constant debate, many cases where gross details and delicate body parts are used.

4. Topiary Art
The horticulture practice of training live plants by clipping the foliage and twigs of shrubs and trees to develop and maintain clear geometrical or fancy shapes, is known as Topiary. Derived from the Latin word for an ornamental landscape gardener, topiaries, Topiary exhibits have become popular all over the world. This unconventional art form is major attraction in botanical gardens.

3. Street artist

We all are fans of the legendary street arts of the artist Banksy. This unconventional form of art has become a trademark of rebel and change in many parts of the world where people come and adorn public places with their anarchic and satirical graffiti arts. The intention of course is always debated since the art is a reflection of protest than for profit and commercial purposes but still street art continues to remain as attractive as ever.

2. Origami

A combination of Japanese words Ori, meaning paper and kami meaning paper, Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Tracing its roots to 17th century AD, this unconventional art gained popularity outside Japan in mid 1990s. This art form uses a flat sheet of paper, and transforms into a finished sculpture using only folding and sculpting techniques, without using any cuts or glue!

1. Psychedelic art

An art form inspired by psychedelic experiences, induced by substances like LSD, psilocybin and mescaline, is known as psychedelic art. Derived from the work ‘psychedelic’, meaning mind manifesting, this unconventional art form, in common discourse refers to the art movement of 1960s counterculture. A visual counterpart to psychedelic rock music, this art form depicted best in concert posters, covers, murals, comic books reflects the swirling pattern of hallucinations as well as, deeper revolutionary insights.