#2 - WHAT IS ABSTRACT ART?

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

I think of abstract art as an expression that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect through the language of shape, form, color and texture.


This composition exists with a degree of independence from visual references in the world and is often referred to as nonobjective or non representational art.


‘Abstract Impressionism’ is a type of Abstract painting where small brushstrokes or application with a palette knife build and structure larger surface areas. The artist's blending of inner energy, emotions and cognition create meaningful qualities in the painting.


In the Action-Painting style of ‘Abstract Expressionism’ brushstrokes are often large and bold and paint is applied in a rapid outpouring of emotion and energy.


According to some writers ‘Color-Field’ painting represents one-half of Abstract Expressionism, with gestural abstraction of artists like Jackson Pollock and William de Kooning representing the other half.


Renowned painter Mark Rothko is said to have sought to create a profound connection between artist, canvas, and viewer. He asserted that his works not only expressed human emotion, but also stimulated psychological and emotional experiences in those who witnessed them. “Painting is not about an experience,” he told LIFE magazine in 1959. “It is an experience.”


Edvard Munch believed that art “can come only from the interior of man,” as he wrote in his diary in 1907. Indeed, the painter drew inspiration for his strongest works from a deep well of personal memories and emotions.


- Allan Gelber




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