You may love abstract art, not like it at all or not understand exactly what it is. Here is a brief synopsis to help you get to know the practice and connect with abstract art. 

Jenny McGee - Abstract Painting

What Is Abstract Art?

Abstract Art is a departure from reality using a visual language of shape, form, colour and line to create a composition; the departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial or complete. The main characteristic of abstract art is that it has no recognisable subject.

Understanding abstract art is fairly easy – all you need is an open mind and a wandering imagination. The first step is to prepare yourself to look beyond the things you already know or recognize.

History of Abstract Art

The first signs of Abstraction can be traced to Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Cubism; they all paved the way for non-representational art. Modern Abstract art was born in the early 20th century, it was considered completely radical for the time.

Wassily Kandinsky is one of the most well-known early nonrepresentational abstract artists and is often credited by historians as the first.

Many trail artists take inspiration from historical references and are influenced by earlier artists.

Hal Campin - Abstract Painting
Georgina Thornton-Parr - Abstract painting

 Abstract art now lives in the art world in many forms. It can be two- and three-dimensional, it can be vast or small and can also be made with many materials on many surfaces.

Abstraction finds its roots in ‘intuition’ (of the artist) and ‘freedom’ (for the artist as well as for the viewer). While realism pays attention to actual detail, abstraction gives the artist the freedom to trust their intuition to create art that is equally worthy of an audience.