"Is That Art?" How to Know if it's Abstract

September 06, 2018

Let Everything That Has Breath is an abstract oil painting by Liat Polotsky

Let Everything That Has Breath… (Ps. 109) by Liat Polotsky

Abstract art is a curious genre. Also known as nonobjective or nonrepresentational art, it typically represents ideas, concepts, things, and even people without definitive physical boundaries. But like other recognized art forms, abstract pieces have composition, form, and color. Though some may not understand it, abstract art always has meaning. The interpretation is up to the viewer. There are many right answers for abstract art. And that’s what makes it awesome.

Color Patterns by Pat Williams

Getting the Most of Abstract Art

Color Patterns is an abstract acrylic painting by the artist, Pat WilliamsFortunately, there are many things you can do to heighten the appreciation of abstract art. You don’t have to pinpoint an exact explanation for the image. Take your time to let the painting “speak” to you. Art is a personal, nonverbal experience that penetrates your senses and imagination. Look at the piece like you listen to a symphony and let the “notes” wash over you instead of holding onto each one. Allow yourself to take in the image and let your eyes wander through the different colors and contrasts, textures, twists and turns. How do certain parts of the artwork make you feel? What does it feel like looking at them together? What memories or sensations are stimulated? How do you define what you’re seeing? Notice how the painting is affecting you in your journey. Think about being in the artist’s shoes while they were making the piece. What inspired them to make this?

It’s important to note that while seeing abstract art online is a wonderful convenience, you usually get the best experience seeing the piece in person. The textures, size, and presence of the painting enhance your engagement with it in the same room and often help you get a clearer picture in your imagination.

Daybreak Explosion by Doug Brannon

Ready for an Abstract Adventure?

Daybreak Explosion is an abstract acrylic painting by Doug Brannon Outer Banks artistSeaside Art Gallery has a number of wonderful nonrepresentational art pieces that have been painted by local artists and artists from around the world. Stop in our gallery to personally experience the wonder of abstracts yourself. Already found one online that you’ve fallen in love with? No worries, just order it now on our website or give us a call. We are happy to serve you!

Chelsea Reed is a freelance copywriter. She writes articles, blogs, websites and online content from her base in North Carolina.

 





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