‘Fantasy Art’ is a genre of art, conveying the mystery of unseen forces and the mysteries of life. This form of art has its roots spreading to centuries-old history, and has its presence in mythologies, folklore, and religions from all over the world. The use of magical and supernatural themes, ideas, creatures, and settings forms the basic element of ‘Fantasy Art.’ ‘Fantasy Art’ emerged from Greek mythology, African magic, Chinese folklore, and several other holy traditions.
Having some folding over with science fiction, horror, and other speculative fiction art, it nevertheless, has some unique elements, absent in the other forms of art. Some distinguishing features of ‘Fantasy Art’ include the illustrations of ancient myths and legends as well as the thematic representations of divine interventions and supernatural forces, such as angels, gods, demons, dragons, and spirits.
In addition to generously employing their imaginative faculties, the ‘Fantasy’ artists drew inspiration from their immediate surroundings with most commonly occurring themes like wild visionary fancy and illusionary dreams. Also characters like Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, and Maleficent. ‘Fantasy Art’ is quite dependent on ‘fan art’ that involves the delineation of specific characteristics or the recreation of scenes from the works of fantasy literature. The art began getting wider acceptance as a legitimate style of art making only in the 20th Century. During this time, several artists came under the spotlight simultaneously.
The popularization and the ramifications of ‘Fantasy Art’ can be attributed to various factors, including – Modernization and Invention of Photography – With its modernization, photography began to rule the world of ‘Realism’ and the ‘Realists’ started losing their direction and purpose, paving way for ‘Fantasy Art’ to gain widespread popularity. – Inspirations from Modern Physics and Psychology – In the late 1800s, artists drew inspiration from these two subjects, reproducing them in the form of ‘Expressionism,’ ‘Abstraction,’ ‘Cubism,’ ‘Surrealism,’ ‘Fantasy Art,’ ‘Tarot Art’ and ‘Broken Doll Art,’ as a way to the newer vistas to the world of art.