understanding abstract art
what is abstract art?
Abstract art is a popular contemporary method of painting so there are many different variations and styles of abstract paintings. Many believe that abstract art does not depict anything in the natural world and the subject is simply a visual language of color and form. While this is true of some non-representational abstract art, this is simply not true for all abstract art.
The word "abstract" means a departure from reality, but this departure can sometimes be only a slight one. This opens the possibilities for creativity in abstracted persons, places, and things. Talented abstract artists create compositions with a high degree of skill in alternative mixed media methods, an understanding of color and composition, and overall connection to feeling and emotion.
For the artist, creating abstract art can be an expressive means to channel creative energy and emotion however slight the abstraction. The action of painting is actually considered therapy and very meditative for many abstract artists who enjoy the freedom and creativity the abstract painting process brings.
It is true that strange and odd abstract art became popular after Pablo Picasso. Many critics to this day denounce this art form, and rightfully so. But not all abstract art is devoid of beauty or appears chaotic and obscure to the senses. There can exist a certain quality that does indeed inspire and rekindle a connection to The Divine and the intelligent nature of our universe. This can be done through referencing a higher beauty, creating a balance of color and light, making use of sacred geometry, referencing nature, etc. But it first comes down to the artist and whether or not they desire to express a higher vision and harmony through abstract art.
Many people collect abstract art to accentuate their surroundings with beauty, emotion, and intrigue. They often feel a connection with the colors, the forms, texture, and curious nature of the art. But more importantly, deep down it is the overall energy and feeling that the abstract painting gives off that draws peoples attention to the art.
The best abstract artwork can literally change a living space and create a positive, more beautiful atmosphere. The wonder of abstract art, both for the artist and the viewer, is that anyone can take what they see and interpret it however they want. Abstract art really is a creative and free art form that resonates with the feelings and emotions of today's contemporary artists and art collectors.
Article written by Jaison Cianelli © CianelliStudios.com
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