Breaking away from the traditional representations of physical objects, abstract art is the relationship between line, shape, colour, and form. Our collection of abstract art for sale is a playground of visual delights inspiring the viewer to create their own narrative of what each piece could signify. This style of art inspires within us an innate curiosity about the reaches of our imaginations and the potential to experience something truly unique in the world.
Also known as ‘nonrepresentational art’, abstract wall art allows the artist’s inspired creativity to flow freely without seeking representation or portrayal of a defined idea. The form's main purpose is to provide an emotive, and intangible experience, that may be influenced by mood, individual interpretation and artistic repertory of a given time.
To abstract is to break away from realistic representations of physical objects to achieve a purer form of representation of imagery. To achieve this, artists used form, line, texture, and colour. The end result is a truly unique vision, one that allows the spectator to form their own interpretation.
In abstract print art, one will not find people, animals, objects, or landscapes. Music can be similar to abstract prints as music tends to express inner feelings. While abstract wall art has been expressed in the mediums of sculpture, illustration, it is exemplified today in paintings.
Abstract art consists of different elements, developed over the years by different artists. They include:
Line is a key element in abstract art. The different types of lines the artist uses are key for their expression, whether it is something subtle, aggressive, lyrical, or rhythmic. The artist Wassily Kandinsky uses lines rhythmically while Piet Mondrian uses line to achieve harmony.
Texture is a vital element in abstract painting, especially for the style in abstract prints. Different paint types create different textures on the canvas. This can be done by chance or can be more methodical and achieved with tools.
Shape and form are near unavoidable in abstract canvas art, and its possibilities are endless. They help in stimulating an emotional response to the artwork due to the arrangement eof the visual elements, whether these are the geometric shapes seen in Wassily Kandinsky’s and Kazimir Malevich’s artwork.
Colour is a vital aspect of abstract wall prints as it creates a mood for the spectator. Reds, yellows, oranges can create anything from a warm environment to an aggressive one, depending on the artist’s motive, while blues, purples, and greens can create feelings of clarity or harmony.
While colour is a versatile tool in abstract canvas art, it works hand in hand with value and tone. Value and tone refer to how dark or light the paint is depending on how much colour has been stripped away. Some artists may use value and tone to highlight contrasts in the colours, or to set a tone in order to convey their intention.
The invention of photography in the late nineteenth century allowed space for artists to experiment with the medium of paint.
There was no longer a need to capture the realistic portraits of their sitters, so artists played with objective reality.
This made way for a series of movements throughout the twentieth century, beginning with Impressionism, then Cubism, Expressionism, and abstract art prints.
Wassily Kandinsky is considered to be the pioneer of abstract art. The Moscow-born artist was a graduate of the University of Moscow, studying law and economics.
It wasn’t until he reached the age of thirty that he began painting life drawings.
Kandinsky was an early champion of abstract canvas wall art and a theorist on nonfigurative art, despite the increasing restrictions on artistic freedoms under a Marxist-Lenin government.
His delved into abstraction came through impulse, citing a conviction that colour had a life of its own. Kandinsky’s fascination with colour led him to explore the interrelation between sound and colour.
Kandinsky went so far as to use musical terms to identify his works, like Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II) (1913), and the more complex Composition 6 (1913).
In the early twentieth century, Kazimir Malevich experimented with objective reality. The Russian artist began with collages and then moved on to experimenting with abstract art, creating the famous Black Square (1913).
This black on white painting had been considered a breakthrough in art, pushing the medium of paint even further.
Piet Mondrian was an Abstract artist best known for his shapes and images.
Some of his best-known paintings comprise of the colours blue, red, and yellow, titled Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue (1935).
Much of his body of work consists of work in the simplest combinations of primary colours, black, grey, and white.
Jackson Pollock was an abstract artist from America. His preference for painting on the floor came down to the level of comfort and ease he felt with having the painting so close to him.
By having the canvas on the floor, Pollock was able to experiment with the medium in a new way. He also tossed out watercolours and oil paints, opting for gloss enamel paint as it allowed the pour to be smoother.
Mark Rothko is a key figure in abstract art whose work is exemplary of the element of colour in abstract artwork.
Toward the end of his career, Rothko’s abstract wall art became pure forms of colour, which acted as his tool to express emotion.
In the mid-twentieth century, abstract prints began emerging in Australia. With influences from around the world, the Australian abstract art scene is uniquely its own.
From gorgeous pops of colour to intense lines and form, here is a list of Australian abstract artists.
Margo Lewers was one of Australia’s most remarkable artists. Born in Mosman, Sydney in 1908, she was primarily interested in the style of abstract.
During the 1950s and 1960s in Australia, she pioneered the abstract expressionist movement. She was an interdisciplinary artist, working in sculpture, painting, tapestry, and ceramics.
Yvonne Audette is one of Australia’s best known abstract artists.
Audette received training at the New York Academy of Design in New York in 1952.
It was here that she was introduced to the works of Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, two of the leading artists of the day working in the new style of abstract.
Lauren Danger’s abstract art prints are a pop of colour that will brighten any wall it hangs from.
Danger can’t help but take inspiration from her glorious natural surroundings: the Otway Ranges and the Great Ocean Road.
Melbourne-based abstract artist Fern Siebler’s paintings are an experiment in fluidity.
Fern is a self-taught artist, and her paintings are an accumulation of free-flowing releases from the rigid confines of graphic design, in which she received a bachelor’s degree.
Inspired by the elements of nature (water, air, fire, smoke), Fern’s abstract paintings are subsequently layered and flowing.
Marine McKnight first started her career as a furniture designer before making the leap to fine arts. Her abstract canvas prints are an exploration of the landscape in soft pastel colours and the feminine form.
One of Piet Mondrian most famous work in abstract art is Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue.
The canvas consists of the primary colours in squares and rectangles outlined by thick straight lines in black.
Composition C (No.III) also inspired creatives outside of the art world. In 1966, French design Yves Saint Laurent used the painting as a pattern for his dresses.
Wassily Kandinsky’s music-inspired abstract painting Composition 8 is an experimentation in the belief of geometric shapes possessing mystical properties.
The painting is comprised of geometric shapes, straight and curved lines, and a variety of colours on a cream background that occasionally blends into light shades of blue.
Kandinsky had an immense fascination with colour since childhood and believed they contained transcendental properties.
At first glance, it seems that Jackson Pollock’s No. 5, 1948 is a chaotic piece of art that hadn’t received much thought by the artist.
But on closer inspection, one realises that the painting is an experiment of a unique method by the artist and a first for the form of “action painting”.
Pollock used the drip method, literally allowing the paint to drip from the brush as he danced around the canvas laying across the floor.
Unconventional for an artist, Pollock didn’t use any sketches or pre-planned for No. 5. making its outcome truly unique.
While Abstract and Surrealism art both reject objective reality and instead delve to represent the internal world, the two come from very different schools of thought.
Each artform has different influences although each emerged due to the artists’ frustration with the norms and conventions of the time.
Abstract artwork rejected objective reality, and rather than expressing the natural form it sought to represent non-objective figures.
The leading abstract artists are Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Jackson Pollock, and Piet Mondrian, whose experiments in form, colour, and line have influenced much of the art world. Surrealism taps into the unconscious mind as a source for their creativity.
This is exemplified by the artists Salvador Dali and Andre Benton, who, among others, formed the Surrealistic movement in Paris in 1924.
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