Are you a fan of abstract art?
Or maybe you prefer something more understandable. You like art that you can tell what it is?
When I started out as an artist Representational Art was my thing
Happily, creating realistic portraits and scenes Like this one of Henton Mission Room at the marvelous Chiltern Open Air Museum – a museum of buildings no less.
I have a confession to make, I used to hate abstract art.
Understanding abstracts, especially paintings such a Guernica, was a struggle. I was quite happy to state my opinion that abstracts were rubbish. Until someone explained to me what Picaso was trying to demonstrate. Suddenly it clicked.
How can you paint intangible things like emotion without abstraction?
Sure, you can paint people in emotional states, but not emotion itself. So I started experimenting with my own abstracts, like this one.
The more I did, the more I realised representation is too traditional for me. Don’t get me wrong, representational looks good. It’s just restricted. You either paint what is there, create a photograph like realism. Or you develop a degree of abstraction and give yourself more freedom to express yourself. You are free to break the rules. Although, don’t break too many at once, and not all of them.
The best abstracts still have some rules behind them.
The rules may come from way outside the box, but rules create structure which can help define an abstract
Now I love abstracts. They provide greater opportunities for my creativity, not because I can’t create realistic images. But because I can add a new dimension to the images Realism informs the choices for my abstracts, So I continue to develop my understanding of the representational.
What do you think about Abstract Art?
A load of old tosh or a new dimension for expression?
Let me know in the comments.