Understanding Abstract Art

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21 Feb Understanding Abstract Art

The number one thing to know about abstract art, is that it is open for interpretation!

Abstract art requires you to have an open, inquiring mind; you must enter the painting and see where it takes you. Abstract art gives you the freedom to explore the artwork and assign your own meaning to the piece. The key idea behind abstract art is the aesthetics of the painting – understanding and appreciating the formal qualities including line, shape, balance, colour and process. Most abstract art doesn’t hold recognizable objects, therefore people can become confused. Art is an exploration of emotions and the interaction between the canvas and the viewer.

Abstract art often has to be seen in person be appreciated. Books and online images can only do so much to express the paint brush marks, the scale of the painting or the technique in which the colour has been applied.

Art is way to encourage conversation, speak out different perspectives and prompts people to ask questions. Abstract art can revive and humanize environments, energizing and encouraging us to take a moment and reflect on our surroundings.


Geometric, gestural and minimalist all equate to different types of abstract art.

Geometric: Containing shapes consisting of circles, triangles, rectangles and so forth, geometrical abstraction has been said to be the most purest form of abstract art as it has no reference or association to the natural world.

Artist example: Piet Mondrian


Gestural: Gestural abstraction refers to the moment when the process of painting is more important than the subject matter. The paint is often applied in a loose and relaxed way.

Artist example: Jackson Pollock


Minimalist: Blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture, minimalism art promoted a dynamic tension across the canvas surface and emphasized the flatness of the picture plane. Much minimalist art is void metaphorical associations and symbolism.

Artist Example: Frank Stella


Melbourne artist, John Waller, is an award-winning abstract artist represented by REDSEA Gallery.

Click Here to see his work. 


Source: www.art-is-fun.com

  • Wendy Donellan
    Posted at 07:23h, 26 February Reply

    yay! Thank you for your informative, clear and unpretentious insight!

  • Jacquie
    Posted at 12:15h, 26 February Reply

    Great post – very well written and so insightful . Thanks !

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