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Abstract Paintings Have A Purpose?

March 19, 2008 01:10:29 AM

It depends on the artist, but generally, yes abstract paintings have a purpose. The purpose is simply to beautify your surroundings with intrigue. Ok, but why do people pay so much for what looks like a canvas with some paint thrown on it? Abstract paintings can actually be very affordable if purchased from an up and coming artist. And believe it or not, most often there was a deliberate attempt at where that paint landed on the canvas. The beauty of abstract art, both for the artist and the viewer, is that anyone can take what they see and interpret it however they see fit.

There are many different interpretations of abstract art. An artist can be completely non-representational, or he/she can conjure up recognizable forms and symbols. In a broad spectrum of abstract paintings, you can find landscapes, seascapes, natural objects, and colorful shapes and forms. All and all, abstract paintings tend to have a strong focus on color patterns, and/or texture. In this modern day, with photography, digital art, and the ability to create prints, it's no wonder why artists are seeking to make it perfectly clear that what you see on the canvas was in-fact created with a more personal human element. How you ask? Through building up layers of texture, depth, or using a glazing technique that collects and redistributes light, making the paint appear luminous.

There is so much joy in painting abstractly because the walls of rigid preconception are torn down. Many artists are using abstract art as a means to release feelings, and also as a way to freely express what they have seen in nature. When something is done in spirit and spontaneity, it's obvious and it shows in the work. The purpose of abstract art is to capture this essence and bring this joy into the lives of others.

About the Author

Jaison Cianelli is an artist who also likes to share his feelings in writing. Jaison is a member of the Arts and Healing Network and believes in living in balance with the earth and sustaining the ways that bring peace to our lives. He writes regularly about wellness information for the mind, body, and spirit at his blog and you can also view his abstract paintings, landscape paintings, and inspirational art by visiting his art studio at Cianelli Studios.