Is it Possible for Artists to have Multiple Art Styles?

We often hear that artist should be known for that one unique style. And more often there are artists like me who do not like to be constrained to one particular style or medium.

This is a question I have often asked myself over time and again. So before we begin let us understand what do we actually mean by an ” Art Style”? An artist’s style refers to the unique way in which the artist create and present their artwork through the choice of mediums (oil paint, watercolor, digital art- to name a few), the subject matter they choose to depict and the way in which they use line, color, and composition to create visual interest and how they convey meaning to their creation.

Now, with that definition in mind, let’s answer the question at hand-

Can an artist have multiple art styles? 

The short answer is: Yes, Absolutely! In fact, many artists do have multiple styles, and they may switch between them depending on the theme or medium they are working on.

As an artist I have always found it extremely difficult to stick with one art style. I strongly feel we need to expand our mind and explore different mediums styles and techniques and work on our creations. This can be a way for an artist to challenge themselves creatively, and to keep their work fresh and interesting for both themselves and their audience.

For example, an artist who primarily works in oil paint might also create digital art, or an artist who specializes in portrait painting might also enjoy creating abstract compositions. 

My works include Realism, Abstract paintings and  Digital Art. I have also painted using the medium Oil, Acrylics, watercolor, Charcoal, soft pastels to name a few.I thoroughly enjoy every bit of working with each mediums and how each medium might require a different approach and set of techniques, leading to a distinct style for each.

Now , whether you’re an artist who is just starting out and trying to find your own voice, or someone who has been working in a particular style for a while and is looking to branch out, it’s completely possible (and even encouraged!) to experiment with multiple art styles. In fact, doing so can help you to grow as an artist and to discover new and exciting ways of expressing yourself.

Many of the famous artists in history are often recognized for their particular unique art styles. However, they have also mastered and created amazing paintings using more than one artistic style. 

Here I have included Five Great Masters in History with Multiple Art styles. Hopefully this will encourage you to embark your journey confidently as an artist with Multiple art styles.

Great Masters in History with Multiple Art Styles


Michelangelo was a Renaissance artist who was known for his sculptures, paintings, and architectural works. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which features a series of frescoes depicting scenes from the Old Testament. Michelangelo’s style is characterized by his use of dramatic poses, powerful forms, and detailed realistic anatomy.

Michelangelo’s work during the High Renaissance period is characterized by  paintings and sculptures from this period, such as the “David” and the “Pietà,” are notable for their refined, realistic forms and their depiction of the human body.

His paintings and sculptures from Mannerism period, such as the “Last Judgement” fresco and the “Slaves” sculptures, are notable for their dramatic poses and their use of exaggerated, elongated forms.

Other paintings and sculptures include “Rondanini Pietà” and the “Pauline Chapel” frescoes, are highly notable for their dramatic poses and their use of chiaroscuro to create a sense of movement and emotion in his paintings.

Leonardo Da vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance artist who is known for his paintings, drawings, and inventions. He is perhaps best known for his paintings “The Last Supper” and “Mona Lisa,” which are notable for their use of realistic, detailed brushwork and their depiction of the human form. Leonardo’s style is characterized by his use of scientific principles and his ability to capture the beauty and complexity of the natural world.

His paintings and drawings during the High Renaissance period, such as the “Mona Lisa” and the “Vitruvian Man,” are notable for their refined, realistic forms and their depiction of the human body.

However, During the Mannerist period, Leonardo’s work became more expressive and he began to experiment with distortion and asymmetry. His paintings and drawings from this period, such as the “Annunciation” and the “St. John the Baptist,” are notable for their dramatic poses and their use of exaggerated, elongated forms.

Other  Paintings such as the “Virgin of the Rocks” are highly notable paintings of this era.

Pablo picasso

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and printmaker who is known for his contributions to the development of the modern art movements of Cubism and Surrealism. 

Picasso’s Cubist paintings, such as “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” and “Guernica,” are notable for their abstract, distorted forms and their use of geometric shapes and planes.

Picasso’s Surrealist paintings, such as “The serenade ” , Post-Impressionist painting “Child with the Dove” and Realism painting ” The Old Fisherman” are notable on how the artist has evolved overtime to his own unique style of art.

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter who is known for his post-Impressionist paintings, which are characterized by their bold colors and expressive brushwork.

Van Gogh’s Post-Impressionist paintings, such as “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers,” are notable for their bold, vibrant colors and their expressive brushwork.

Van Gogh’s Realist paintings, such as “The Potato Eaters” and “The Old Church Tower at Nuenen,” are notable for their use of realistic, detailed brushwork and their depiction of the human form and everyday objects.

His Cloisonnism paintings, such as “Landscape with House and Ploughman”  are notable for their use of bright, bold colors and their application of paint in small, distinct dots or strokes, which give the paintings a sense of luminosity and vibrancy.

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse was a French painter and sculptor who is known for his colorful, abstract compositions one of the leading figures of the modern art movement.  

Throughout his career, Matisse worked in a variety of styles. His post-impressionism work “The Yellow Dress” is a prime example of his bold use of color and expressive brushstrokes.

Matisse’s work from the Fauvism period, such as his painting The Open Window, demonstrates the influence of Fauvism on his style.

Matisse developed a more fluid and expressive style, influenced in part by the movement known as Expressionism.The Red Studio is characterized by the use of bold brushstrokes and vivid colors to convey emotion and express the inner feelings of the artist. Matisse’s paper cutouts, such as his famous Blue Nudes series, are examples of this more expressive style.

Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this blog! I hope by now you have understood, it is perfectly ok to have multiple art styles. In fact you are open to many more possibilities in the art world. It’s really fascinating to see how artists like Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh and other masters  have experimented with different approaches throughout their careers.

One of the things that makes art so interesting is the fact that it is constantly evolving and changing, and that artists have the freedom to explore and experiment with different styles and techniques.

Whether you’re an artist yourself or simply someone who loves art, it’s always exciting to see what new directions artists will take and how they will push the boundaries of what is possible.

So, in conclusion, don’t be afraid to embrace the diversity of the art world. Its a testament to your creativity and versatility, and it’s what makes art so vibrant and exciting. Thanks for reading!

Few of my paintings with multiple art styles

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