Unity

The state of being united or joined as a whole.

Who used it?

  • Grant Wood in his piece 'American Gothic'
  • Vincent Van Gogh 'Starry Night'
  • The Coca-Cola Company

What is Unity?

Unity is the last Principle of Design. It being the last, it is most important. When all of the elements of a piece combine to make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole. Unity is the concept behind the artwork. Visual unity is one of the most important aspects of well developed art. It also provides the cohesive quality that makes an artwork feel complete and finished.
It's important to have unity in your artwork because it shows the main message of the design and it holds the image together. When nothing can distract from the whole, you have unity.

How can it be created?

Unity can be created by textures, patterns, repetitive themes, and rhythm. Limiting the number of different shapes and colors in a piece also creates more unity. Using the same methods to create your artwork gives unity. A question to think about; Do they all feel like they are going in the same direction?
  • Proximity/Proportion
  • Similarity
  • Continuation
  • Repetition
  • Rhythm
  • Form
  • Contrast

Cultural Unity

The unity of a culture can bring a diverse amount of art from different aspects of the world into one gallery and show the different kind of art that is from each culture. There can also be unity within a culture of people and not just art. It can be a wide range of ethnicity of people or a diverse group of religions.

Historical Unity

Unity is used in history, like when colonies united or when they came together as one to create laws.
  • Revolutions
  • Wars
  • Civil Movements
  • Day of People's Unity November 4th est. 1612