Art Terms — N

From “Naïve Art” to “Numbered Prints”


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Space Art by Teresa Bernard
24″ x 18″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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Naïve art
Art created by untrained artists. It is characterized by simplicity and a lack of the elements or qualities found in the art of formally trained artists. Click for more information about naïve art.
Narrative art
A type of visual art that tells a story or represents elements of a story. An example of this genre would be Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” or illustrations often found in children’s books.
Negative space
The unoccupied or empty space left after the positive shapes have been laid down by the artist; however, because these areas have boundaries, they also function as shapes in the total design.
Neutral color
Colors of very low saturation, approaching grays. Neutral colors include blacks, whites, grays and browns.
New media art
A genre of art that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, and art as biotechnology.
Nude
A work of art (most often a painting or sculpture) depicting an individual without clothing or with very little clothing.
Numbered prints
A term used in printmaking to indicate the number of editions struck from one plate. The number is generally placed over the size of the edition. For example 24/100 shows the unique number of that impression and the total edition size. Modern artists produce only limited editions of their works, normally signed by the artist in pencil, and numbered.

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UPDATED: 02 February 2017
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