Definition: Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.
I like this definition as it includes much art that was created long before the 20th century and I think begs the most difficult question artists face: What is “visual reality”?
Is it found in prehistoric cave paintings, Islamic art (look at the Alhambra Palace in Spain); Turner’s pictures: “Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory)”, “The Morning after the Deluge” and “Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth”?
What “visual reality” resides in the works of Hieronymus Bosch, or the religious symbolism of pre-renaissance artists such as Giotto?
I feel that when we look at artistic images (even portraiture) we are seeing the artists’ personal interpretation of the universe and attempts at representing such abstract notions as time, space, morality, fear, happiness, religious philosophy, political theory, love and much more…
In this section, you will see examples of my attempts to inspire emotion, rather than record, so called “reality”. That I leave to the camera!
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