abstract painting

Growth of Abstract Painting- The UAE Market

Abstract painting can be referred to as the non- objective, non- representational, geometric abstraction or concrete art which represents any painting or sculpture that does not introduce recognizable images or views. However, it is understandable why there has been no real consensus on the definition, types or unique importance of abstract art. Abstract art transforms ideas of art from impressionism to cubism by the simple and expressive use of color through free and imaginative drawing to depict what they see. The qualities of the paintings are just as important as the representational qualities it portrays.

Some of the abstract paintings on display for sale in the UAE are very expressive collections of artwork from both renowned and talented artists. Artworks found here are not just abstract paintings, but also real art, calligraphic arts, sculptures and works of curators from around the globe. This has made the UAE some sort of destination for great collectors of artworks and a gathering for established and upcoming artists alike.

Types of Abstract Art

It can further be divided into six basic types:

–    The Curvilinear

–    The Colour related/ Light related art

–    The Geometric art

–    The Emotiona/ Intuitional art

–    The Gestural art

–   The Minimalist

For instance, an abstract painting may show a very awkward representation of a man, but then if its color expressions are very beautiful, it may further appear to the eyes as an extremely beautiful picture. This simply goes to show that a formal (color) quality has the power to override a representational (drawing) one.

The abstract expressionist type of painting is usually applied to artists who neither appear really abstract nor expressionist (non- figurative or non- naturalistic) where color takes full precedence over shape (representational).

Abstract Painting- Origin of The Art

  1. Stone Age Abstract Paintings (70,000 years ago 39,000BCE)
  2. From Academic to Abstraction (19th century)
  3. Artists Start to Move Away From Reality (1870 – 1880)
  4. Cubism Rejects Perspective and Pictorial Depth (1908 – 1914)
  5. Kandinsky, Expressionism & Fauvism Demonstrate The Power of Colour (1866- 1944)
  6. Suprematism and De Stijl Introduce New Geometric Shapes
  7. Russian Suprematism (1878- 1935)
  8. De Stijl (1883- 1931)
  9. Surrealist and Organic Abstraction (1904- 89)
  10. Abstract Expressionism – More Colour, Absence of Geometry

Abstraction connotes a departure from the realms of reality in depiction and expression of imagery/ ideas in art. Abstraction is birthed on a continuum, but which simply shows that even artwork that takes unlimited liberties in altering both color and form is presumed to also be partially abstract.

The impact of colors later became a reflection of the main goal of this form of art which remains the need to explore and appeal to basic human emotions. However, abstract art can simply be felt intuitively rather than be understood. Abstract art basically uses the visual language of shape to appeal to people. It is further strengthened by its use of form, color, and line to create a form which is independent  of visual references.