Abstract Fine Art - A Refined Choice

Many people feel uneasy when confronted.  "My five year old could do better than that," or, "What's it supposed to be?" 

Abstract Fine Art - A Refined Choice

Many people feel uneasy when confronted with abstract fine art.  "My five year old could do better than that," or, "What's it supposed to be?" are still common responses to contemporary art.  It is a reflection on the pitiful state of art education in our schools that people are still so locked out from the appreciation of some of the most beautiful and meaningful art of our times.

This art form is available for all to enjoy in museums and galleries in most major cities around the world, in particular, in private galleries.  A Sunday afternoon spent at say, Tate Modern, of New York's MOMA, just absorbing the sights, the colors, the shapes, without trying to interpret or "understand" them, will start to unlock contemporary art for you.

Much contemporary art is abstract, but some is figurative.  For example, a favorite artist of mine, Rosie Snell, who is Professor of Painting at Bristol University, takes modern industrial landscapes and war machines, and depicts them in stark, almost abstract detail.  Her output is small, and her work may take some tracking down, but her use of shape and color to almost denature her subject matter is very abstract in feeling, and well worth seeking out.

Much has been written about this kind of art, and to be honest, a lot of what is written is fairly incomprehensible.  So how can you approach an abstract painting if you are more used to looking at portraits, landscapes and the like?  It may help to think of natural things like a sunset.  A sunset is simply a collection of colors and textures, and yet it is one of the most beautiful and frequently admired sights in nature.  Or a stormy sea - again, a collection of colors and shapes which please us and stir our emotions - in fact, just like an abstract picture.

Yes, an abstract picture works in the same way.  Look at a piece of contemporary abstract art as you would look at a sky, or the sea.  Allow yourself to fall into the picture.  Don't look at it with your intellect, look at it with your eyes and your heart.  Feel how you respond to the beauty of line and color.  Of course, not every piece of abstract fine art will appeal to every person - we all have different tastes.  But, seek, and you will found pieces which speak to you, and which you will enjoy, and which will lead to other pieces in their turn. 

Abstract art is for everybody to enjoy, and it's well worth making the effort to take it to your heart.

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