Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is a plate?

What is a plate?

A plate is a broad, concave, but mainly flat vessel on which food can be served. A plate can also be used for ceremonial or decorative purposes. Most plates are circular, but they may be any shape, or made of any water-resistant material. Generally plates are raised round the edges, either by a curving up, or a wider lip or raised portion. Vessels with no lip, especially if they have a more rounded profile, are likely to be considered as bowls or dishes, as are very large vessels with a plate shape.

Artwork by Stephan Balkenhol
Photorealism

Genre of art or artistic movement that encompasses, drawing, painting and some other graphic media where an artist carefully studies and understands an image in photograph then attempts to reproduce it in another medium realistically as much as possible. Though the term can be used to describe artwork broadly, it can also be used to refer to a specific group of painters and paintings in the U.S. art movement that came to being in late 1960 and early 1970.

Pixel art

Pixel art is a specific digital art created pixel by pixel. It is similar to making a mosaic, where small bits are individually placed, creating larger artworks. Nostalgia is credited for the pixel art trend which uses video game art techniques in new art.

Uncanny

The Uncanny is a concept which Sigmund Freud, psychologist, described as the anxious or strange feeling some individuals experience with familiar objects. Surrealist artists, seeking to reveal the subconscious and reconcile it with reality, used artwork which combined the familiar in unexpected and odd ways.

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