Buying and collecting abstract art is a popular hobby among many around the world. Those who do purchase art, naturally wish to have it up on display for others to experience. This is at least so in most cases. If you have recently procured some new artwork and might want to display it within our own homes. At the same time, we might already have a home full of artwork that we have bought and collected over the years.
It’s like deja vu all over again. Every year the smells in the air change. The wind has a certain crispness to it. It is the immediate feeling of calm and cool that washes over you like wave of ocean mist.
Autumn has arrived.
I’ll be posting new Fall-themed paintings soon. Keep a weather eye out 🙂
More people are inclined towards buying art pieces online. This is because the kind of varieties and quality that you can get from online markets are not available at such good deals at the physical stores. There is a vast market for online art pieces and you are sure to be confused amongst the various options.
We always wish that you get the best and most beautiful pieces that fits the quality and other concerns. This is the reason this blog shares easy tips on buying the perfect artwork for your place.
The beauty of Abstract Art lies in the way visual language of shape, creativity, color and composition are used to design the paintings. The paintings are filled with colors, shapes, lines and uses less of images. The lines moving around the paintings are a good way to express different kind of emotions and subjects.
Here are 5 unique things about Abstract Art that you as a lover of art should know.
We have all been to museums, luncheons at posh houses and few woody allen quotes, with the occasional discussion about “abstract art” creeping in. For the uninitiated, it might seem intriguing and mysterious, but fret not, its none that hard to fathom.
So what do folks really mean by this mysterious phrase? As a novice in the art scene, i had to deal with my fair share of embarrassing questions and lingering doubts, but with this post, i intend to clear any queries you might have about this intriguing subject.
Abstract artists deal with images portraying escape from reality.
It doesn’t necessarily imply an object, man or object from this plane of reality or existence. Paintings and sculptures that trigger emotions with their shapes, brushstrokes and sizes can be labelled “Abstract”.
Here’s 300 years of abstract art history crunched into simple digestible briefs- with its fair share of omissions:
“Envoys of Agamemnon” by Ingress
Until the late 19th century, visual art thrived on religious dogma, commissioned portraits and historical commemorations of fabulous victories or humiliating defeats. So artists sought out to recreate the moment of time they were commissioned to portray on the canvas and often minimise their individual signatures, provided they did not interfere with the essence of the story. It was at the dawn of the modern era that artisans decided to shift from realistic art and inch closer to fantasy.
When an unknown artist chided Claude Monet’s creations as mere “impressions” of a sunrise portraiture, he probably wouldn’t have realised that this coinage would launch a massive reformation of arts and transform it into a new age, at least not as he knew it. Renoir, Seurat and Degas took Impressionism further by focusing on lights, perspective on the scene being drawn and the time its taken rather than its absolute copy.
Early 20th century sparked a new revolution in modern art. Expressionism began in Germany with breakaway artists such as Edvard Munch, Paul Klee and Marc Chagall who sought to diverse their trade by infusing human emotions into their portrayal of reality. Thus, expressionistic paintings tend to depict the deep-rooted mindset of the artist and often inconsistent with reality.
If Germany was the birthplace of Expressionism, then France was the launchpad of the Surrealists. Artists under the leadership of Andre Breton sought to drift away from conventional portraiture and rather resort to unnerving and often illogical scene stitched together in pristine photographic precision. They toyed with the element of taking the viewer by surprise and unexpected juxtapositions with fabulous creations such as the reformation movements preceding them.
Which winds up to the present artistic era,
Our modern day artistic trends is an amalgamation of the previous reformation styles and their influences on individual artists. As its still a developing cause, we defy categorisation (at least for the moment). From classic oil paintings, to more surrealistic or expressionist elaborate canvas, we continue to carry forth the baton that has been passed over for generations across time and space.
The next time you bump into an abstract painting, i recommend stepping into the artist’s shoes. He’s bound to have hidden a mysterious, hidden message within his signature and would love to hear what it signifies to you. Click here to take a walk down the digital gallery of my abstract collections (and many more!) I’d love to hear your opinions.
Time and again we are faced with barriers that divide people in the name of race, creed and beliefs. From Donald Trump’s wall which if did become a reality would effectively splinter international relations with our foreign allies, to the Syrian refugee crisis and the fanatics who have hijacked the train of asylum seekers and wreaking havoc in Europe. Today, it’s more of a physical reality than it has ever been before!
People refuse to learn the lesson of the Berlin Wall and its eventual demise: build a wall and people will find a way to get over it!
Recently, i had the opportunity to visit the fabulously exquisite “Fencing in Democracy” exhibition, which was organized by Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga for apex art. I was astounded by the visual delight manifested on canvas and printed paper alike about the many consequences of divisive walls. The exhibit constituted of many a diverse presentations about individuals and impressions captured by artists across walls and borders constructed by states, nations and kingdoms.
“Walls now span across oceans and dense jungles, with 33 nations on a construction spree till date,” Diaz- Barriga and Dorsey explained to me. “From the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla (which separate Spain from Morocco), Bangladesh from India, Yemen from Saudi Arabia, Mozambique from Botswana and the United States from Mexico, they effectively hamper free movement of people and ideas.”
As a bilingual exhibition, “Fencing in Democracy” was organized to host a consortium of artists and humanists who opposed such absurd obstacles to the progression of mankind and civility and rather envision alternate designs to overlap boundaries and reach out to humanity and share messages of peace and harmony. It got me thinking about how borders can be easily redrawn at the whiffs of any country and should rather not be envisioned as a political tool to divide and rule over the general populace.
“I specialized in Politics and Culture on the Border, which naturally got me curious about how boundaries separate people,” Dorsey further explains her decision to pursue her curiosity into this marvelous dimension of creativity. “We were in South Texas when the DHS got busy constructing fences across its border with Mexico. That’s when we came up with the idea of researching the residents’ responses to their newfound obstruction to easy movement.”
Regardless of the political ramifications, artists like Dorsey and Diaz- Barriga continue to cross physical obstacles and reach out to the masses divided by invisible barriers segregating them on the lines of caste, religious beliefs, skin and opinions with their immersive artwork and exhibitions such as “Fencing of Democracy”.
As an apostle of abstract and modern art work, I continue to work on creating and designing my own perspective of the world that we live in. For more insights into my collection, head over here.
Many of you have already heard about the tragic shooting that happened in Dallas during the peaceful protests to the police shootings. What you may not know is that I live in Dallas and for me this tragedy hits very close to home. This shooting was a picture of cruel irony. The shooter claimed to be upset about police officers killing innocent citizens… but in a grand show of delusion and hypocrisy he decided to murder police officers who were also completely innocent.
In fact, the Dallas Police Department is one of the most progressive police departments in the nation, in regards to preventing officer related shootings. Once Mr. Brown stepped in as police chief in 2010, “excessive force complaints dropped by 64% from 2009 to 2014. Arrests and officer involved shootings have also declined in recent years” … and the Dallas Police force has the fewest officer related shootings of any large city in America. The way they made the positive change is through training. As police chief Brown explains, “We definitely want our officers to defend themselves… but we also want to avoid the controversies of a shooting that violates our deadly force policy. You do that through training.” I believe that a person can support the Black Lives Matter Movement and can support our fallen police officers at the same time. These causes are not mutually exclusive.
As compassionate human beings, it is our responsibility to stand with each other through these tragedies. This is why I’ve painted “Always Remembered.” I will donate 90% of the proceeds for this painting to ATO Dallas. Please visit my eBay listing to make your bid and support our fallen Guardians of Freedom and the City of Dallas Police Department.
Normally, my style is fit in with mostly abstract and modern paintings. I always analyzed and viewed my art as something with a complex form of sorts.
However, after studying art of Picasso and his abstractions of bulls and other animals, I had some inspirations in what really makes a painting an “abstract.”
Abstraction is taking the essence of a subject matter, refining it down to its most basic elements, and then portraying those elements through a medium. I have done this (to an extent) with my relatively newer animal art paintings (linked below). Hopefully I will have done the past artists proud.
Ah, the glorious time of Autumn.
The change in the wind, the crisp sunlight (and rain!), and the pumpkin spice latte’…. 🙂 I enjoy it all very much. Sometimes, I will set up my easel outside and get some inspiration from the landscape art around me 🙂
I like to delve back into nature every so often. It is important to really understand that we all came from this glorious world around us, and in time we will return to this earth. In a relatively short time of 50-100 years, we are born, grow up, and pass away. This is a fact of life that we cannot escape. The important part to all of this is to really enjoy the years that we have available to us.
And that is why I set my easel up in nature.
Reading abstract art
Abstract art is interesting, to say the least. Everybody has walked up to a piece, alive with a jumble of color and shape, and wondered what the artist’s inspiration was, or struggled to find their own interpretation.
The urge to understand a piece, to make connections between each little brush and color choice, is strong. Even though, deep down, we know that picking apart abstract art is a Herculean task. Regardless, we try, so here is some insight into the analysis of the abstract.
It requires great focus
Abstract art is mighty, even in its simplest forms. It demands massive helpings of focus, endurance, and cognitive vision. These are the requirements for engagement. Those with personalities that align with those characteristics will have an easier time than those that do not.
It certainly isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. When examining a piece of abstract art, it’s important to take time, especially if you’re new to the medium. What follows is a group of ideas to consider when taking on abstract art. Find a piece, clear your schedule, and run through these notions – you may be surprised with what you come up with.
- Enjoy the mystery – Of course you want to figure it out, you’re human. Inherently, we want to connect the dots and attach meaning. Sometimes, it’s much more fulfilling to bask in the mystique and take it for what it is on face value.
- Respect the style – You’ll be surprised with how many people actually struggle with this. Just because a particular piece doesn’t appeal to your personal preference, doesn’t mean it’s meager. Setting aside your own tastes is key.
- It’s not an image – Think of a piece as an object, not as a representation of something else. It may not be an imitation, it may be its own thing. Expand your mind to consider the piece’s own characteristics, not how well it embodies the characteristics of something else.
- Forget questions, entirely – It may be helpful to turn your attention to the absolute. Don’t pose questions, rather, describe what you physically can see and understand. It’s a strong way to develop more complex points of view.
When taken in earnest, abstract art is evocative, stirring, and emotional – all at once. Just take a look at the incredible pieces by artist Nandita Albright and you’ll see how wonderful the medium can be. Visit her website or call (972)-800-3413 to learn how to add one of Nandita’s amazing pieces to your collection, today!
This painting here is named “A Splash of Serene – 2”, and wow I am very proud of it. The piano, the guitar, all the elements of the painting really flow together. Here it is: