The connection between the art you like and your personality

What I like is in my blood........

Do we identify with the things around us and our personal accumulation of art? 

Have you ever thought of the type of art you like as a reflection of your personality? 

Is there a personality type that is more attracted to art, and what type of art attracts different personalities? 

The five most accepted personality types are extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and open to experience. 

Personality, like art, is what makes you, you – all the traits, characteristics and quirks that set you apart from everyone else.  Furthermore, do you see an art piece different from the next person? Read on …

Let’s explore the different types of art:

  1. Let’s start with Abstract art.  With its unique effects created with pure pattern form, colour and line, abstract art is known to attract those who tend to have profound insights, spirituality and deep creative imagination, but are also quite reserved. Lovers of abstract may also demonstrate orderliness, transparency and simplicity.

  2. The art form known as Realism refers to the mid-nineteenth century art movement characterised by subjects painted from everyday life in a naturalistic almost photographic manner.  Those who enjoy this type of art generally prefer to like things as they are, and less open to new experiences. 

  3. Similarly, those who are relatively conservative usually prefer traditional art.

  4. Still life paintings, arrangement of inanimate objects as its subject, may attract the personality type who are inclined to like realism and perhaps spirituality.

  5. Other art types such as Pop Art, which appeared in the 1950s, with its bold imagery, bright colour palette, and repetitiveness - often used in comics and advertising - attracts enthusiasts typically vibrant, open and fun-loving.

  6. The lover of Impressionism is more often the agreeable personality, outgoing, and prone to say things as they see it, often coming across rather bluntly. Impressionism generally demonstrates the experience of daily life as it is, with an emphasis of the changing qualities of light, the passage of time and movement, often at unusual visual angles. 

  7. Extroverted personalities, particularly the young, tend to like Cubism - the fragmented, almost sculptural in appearance art.

  8. Extroverted personalities, open to new experiences are also known to prefer Surrealist art, with its twist of normality, an extension of the dream state or unconscious mind. 

Studies have shown that there is a distinct personality difference between those who prefer representational art and those who prefer abstract. The first group are significantly more agreeable and conscientious, and less open to new experiences, than those who enjoy more abstract works.

In general, the personality trait that seems most relevant when it comes to predicting higher levels of overall artistic preference is Openness to Experience, a trait that refers to individual differences in aesthetic sensitivity, intellectual curiosity, imagination, and innovation striving.

Whatever your personality type it is important to have confidence and trust in your art choice – after all art is in the eye of the beholder!


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