Curious what Abstract art is?
I must admit there was a time I couldn’t understand abstract art, although I always loved Kandinsky, who is consider the father of abstract art by historians. Kandinsky used floating, nonrepresentational forms at his paintings as early as 1912.
I love the forms and shapes he uses in his paintings, they are pleasing to me although there is no source at all in an external visual reality. I have even made jewelry inspired from his artwork.
Looking at modern abstracts though, as I am a more figurative portrait artist, I was skeptical if they had any value and used to think this is so easy to make. Well this was far from true, and I realized it once I decided to study abstract art and tried to create abstracts also.
After taking some e-courses on abstracts I began to be fascinated by all these artworks of expression and emotions. I kind of felt like abstract artworks are like music, composed from pure patterns of form, color and line. And to create a good abstract artwork you really need to know good composition and principles of design.
Here I am creating my first collection of abstract studies and being absolutely in love with it and the whole process of creating it.
It is such a spiritual practice and a healing process. Mapping out my composition first, I then choose my color palette and then I work intuitively adding and subtracting parts of color and brushstrokes.
Somewhere I read that to have a good abstract artwork you must have around 7 painting layers of building up your light and dark colors, marks, brushstrokes, patterns, etc. And of course you must always follow the principles of design if you want your artwork to be appealing to others. To name a few these principles are balance, variety, rhythm, proportion, harmony, movement, emphasis and unity. If you make good use of these then you can engage the viewer to your artwork.
The Greek philosopher Plato has an interesting theory about Forms. According to him the Forms are abstract, perfect, unchanging concepts or ideals that transcend time and space; they exist in the Realm of Forms. Even though the Forms are abstract, that doesn’t mean they are not real. In fact, the Forms are more ‘real’ than any individual physical objects and thus the highest form of beauty lies not in the forms of the real world but in geometry.
So artistic reader, I hope now even if you don’t like abstract art you can understand it better. Abstraction holds a mystery, a secret vocabulary of shapes and colors with which the artist can communicate his emotions and ideas about life. It’s kind of dancing with the mind and hand on an empty canvas.
Let me know your thoughts on abstract art in the comments below.
Hope you like my studies on abstract art.
With Artistic Joy,