Understanding abstract art is a very simple job that requires an open mind and a great imagination. When you look at the table below, what do you see?
Swirling shapes, an array of colorful patterns, the path of a flowing river crossing fields of lush vegetation, or maybe you see pure energy and cosmic flow?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question which you can see in the table. Abstract art is open to interpretation, and that’s one of the beautiful things about it. Abstract art does not jump straight out and declare “THIS IS WHAT I HAVE”. Instead, it takes an open and inquisitive mind to get into it and understand it.
It is an art form that does not attempt to portray an accurate representation of visual reality, but rather uses shapes, colors, and forms to make it look effective.
“Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? …people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree. “- Pablo Picasso
This art form is made up of six basic elements which are line, texture, form, form, color and value. Whether you make abstract, non-objective, or even realistic art, at least one of these elements is always present in the work.
It pushes the artist to perceive beyond imaginations, to extract infinity from the finite. Abstract art has its roots in ‘intuition’ (of the artist) and ‘freedom’ (for the artist as well as for the viewer).
How to describe an abstract painting?
Abstract art is entirely based on colors, lines and shapes, which allows images to express feelings. It also consists of lines and figures throughout, so your eye cannot focus on a particular point in the piece, as in traditional art.
Importance of abstract painting
Abstract art always offers a person the freedom to explore the artwork and assign their own meaning to the work. Any figure in abstract art makes it more justified.
“Abstract painting becomes more alive when a shape or figure is added to it,” says Shailja Jain.
Shailja Jain is an artist and founder of Shailja’s studio, located in Gurugram. She likes to paint and her paintings are very beautiful and full of meaning.
Here are some of the abstract paintings from Shailja’s studio that hold very deep meaning:
There are many theoretical ideas behind abstract art. Some think art should be entirely based on creations, others think art should be like music, effects of art should be created by pure patterns of shape, color and line.
Abstract painting is derived from the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, as he said the highest form of beauty lies not in real world forms but geometry, is also used in the discussion of abstract art, just as the idea that abstract art does not represent the material world, can be seen as representing the spiritual.