What is Abstract Art?

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.[1]  It focuses more on the materials and form of art rather than on the rendering of a recognizable object or the illusion of reality.

Abstract art can be a very formal exploration of the elements and principles of design (form, shape, color, value, balance, harmony, variety, movement, rhythm, line, texture, and composition), or it can be a way to visually represent non-visual things, such as emotion, experiences, and music.  It can also refer to work which “abstracts” or simplifies the form of things from the world.

Art that completely eliminates any representation from reality could better be called “non-objective.”

For more detailed information, please see this Wikipedia article.

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The joy of making art must lie in freedom; to be as we want to be, say what we want to say, and be known as we wish to be known. It sounds easy, but it’s very hard to trust ourselves and value what is meaningful in our seemingly ordinary lives.

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