What is abstract art a guide to help you understand

What is abstract art?

What is abstract art?

I just don't get it or my child could paint better than that is something I have heard many a time. 

Well lets dive a bit deeper and really find out more about it.

Abstract art isn't a new concept as it has been around for over 100 years. Still it can be a form of art that brings a lot of emotions around it. 

People either love it or hate it or maybe just don't understand it. 

So I am going to help you understand it a little better. 

Abstract art is an abstraction from reality like taking a snippet of life and painting it.  Like walking on a beach unlike a representational artist the abstract painter feels that walk on the beach.  Taking the blue sky, the wind, the sand between the toes and rush of the tide and putting that on the canvas. Its the emotion of that moment that comes across the painting. That their art contribute to new ways of seeing and experiencing the world through their paintings.

Now not all abstract artists paint the same. It really depends on their why and motivation to paint.

Hard edge abstracts may feel pulled towards perfection and the mix of the perfect colours which brings joyful and optimistic artworks.

Some abstract artists may want to portray the energy of a seascape with the powerful and majestic ocean though large swishy colours and uplifting brushstrokes.

Other abstracts are moody or thoughtful or have a calm presence. It is really the artists ideas and why behind their abstract paintings that you are drawn to. It is in the eye of the beholder whether you like them or not.

Another idea is that abstract art is a gateway to our subconscious and our spirit. One of the most famous abstract artists Wassily Kandinsky firmly believed the link between them and even wrote a book on the subject.

Kandinsky wrote, 'Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.'

I believe you can understand his why in this statement. Kandinsky wanted his art to flow as easy as music flows to your ears to capture that feeling in his painting. Through colour, shape and form his work evokes the feeling of flow state and alludes to sounds and emotions. He believed like I do that painting abstractly is a deeply spiritual experience and feeds the soul.

Whatever you believe, I hope you may understand abstract art a touch better though my thoughts and opinions on the subject.

Faye xxx




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