A timeless genre with infinite appeal
We can probably all remember the art we have seen throughout our lives. From the paintings and prints hung in the homes of family members to museums and galleries we have visited over the years.
Famous artworks will always have a historical and cultural appeal. They are representation of a time and culture gone by.
They provide us with historical reference points and evidence. However not everybody wants a renaissance or impressionist painting hung on the wall of their home.
I am, of course, biased because this is my medium but Abstract art will always remain popular and current because it is not defined by the artist, the time in which it was created or a subject. Abstract art is emotionally and aesthetically malleable.
It is open to interpretation and its appeal does not alter when trends or fashions change. Abstract art is meaningful and personal. It is a full mind and body experience.
Abstract art has a purpose for both the artists and the viewer. Many people collect abstract art to decorate their surroundings. Abstract art can be found in home and businesses across the world. It conveys meaning.
For corporate collectors they choose their abstract art to tell a story about them. They want their art to tell their clients who they are and what they stand for.
Corporate clients also use abstract art to influence their employees and the way they feel about the organisation and their work.
Admirers and collectors of abstract art often do so because they have an emotional response to or connection with, the colours, forms, the texture or the energy that the artwork gives off. Abstract paintings have the power to alter and enhance the mood and the atmosphere of a living space.
Abstract art, more than any other artform according to the Nobel prize winning American-Austrian neuroscientist Eric Kandel, has the ability to connect more directly with viewers in ways that manifest in heightened emotional responses.
Abstract art often does not depict anything in the natural world and sometimes it does. Abstract art can simply be a visual expression of language or emotion using colour and form. However this is not true of all abstract art.
The word “abstract” means a departure from reality, but this departure can sometimes be only a slight one. This allows for partially abstract landscapes, figures, seascapes, etc. to be classed as abstract art.
The beauty of abstract art is that anyone can take what they see and interpret it however they wish. This can be said of any artwork but with abstract the imagination has the freedom to wander and draw its own conclusions. Ten different people could look at my artwork and see ten different things.
No two people will have the same experience. Abstract art gives you the freedom to explore the artwork and assign your own meaning to the piece. This intensely personal process enriches a viewer’s experience of an artwork.
For some people abstract art will always make them feel uncomfortable because they don’t know “what it’s meant to be” and won’t “get it”. But for others, because it leaves so many details unspecified and requires more of our imagination, those who enjoy their own creativity will always enjoy it.
If you’d like to have your own abstract art experience please arrange to visit my studio. Visiting means I’ll show you everything; talk to you about any part of what I do and take you round the bits no-one else gets to see.
I like to spend time with you when you come here so that’s why it’s only by appointment; nothing scary I assure you. It’s courteous to offer you all the time you want when you come here which is why an arrangement is important.
Viewings can be arranged for any time during the day, evening or weekend; I’ll accommodate you no matter when you want to visit.