Understanding abstract art is very simple work that requires an open mind and a big imagination. When you look at the painting below, what do you see?
Swirling shapes, an array of colourful patterns, the path of a flowing river cutting through fields of lush vegetation, or maybe you see pure energy and cosmic flow?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question that you can see in the painting. Abstract art is open to interpretation, and that is one of the beautiful things about it. Abstract art doesn’t directly jump out and declare “THIS WHAT I HAVE.” Instead, it requires an open, inquiring mind to enter into it and understands it.
It is an art form that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of visual reality, instead, it uses shapes, colours, 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, Shape, Form, Color, and Value. Whether you do abstract art, non-objective, or even realistic, at least one of these elements are always there in the work.
It pushes the artist to perceive beyond the imaginations, to extract the infinite out of the finite. Abstract art finds its roots in ‘intuition’ (of the artist) and ‘freedom’ (for the artist as well as for the viewer).
How do you describe an abstract painting?
Abstract art is completely based on colours, lines, and shapes which enables the images to express feelings. It also consists of lines and figures everywhere, so your eye cannot focus on one particular point in the piece, like in traditional art.
Importance of Abstract painting
Abstract art always provides one person with the freedom to explore the artwork and assign their own meaning to the piece. Any figure in abstract art makes it more justified.
“Abstract painting becomes more alive when any shape or figure is being added to it,” says Shailja Jain.
Shailja Jain is an Artist & Founder of Shailja’s Studio which is located in Gurugram. She loves to do painting and her paintings are very beautiful and meaningful.
Here are some of the Abstract paintings from Shailja’s Studio which have very deep meaning:
There are many theoretical ideas behind abstract art. Some think art should be completely based on creations, others think art should be like music, art’s effects should be created by pure patterns of form, colour, and line.
Abstract painting is derived from the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, as he says that the highest form of beauty lies not in the forms of the real world but geometry, is also used in the discussion of abstract art, as is the idea that abstract art does not represent the material world, can be seen to represent the spiritual.