Finding Good Modern Abstract Art Online

Finding Good Modern Abstract Art Online

The Internet has emancipated a lot of previously institutionalised items – including modern abstract art, which used to be strictly the province of the gallery and the gallery owner. Since cyberspace really opened up, people have been able to source their art directly, allowing their own tastes to play as much of a role as their wallets do in defining what goes on their walls. So far so good: but then how does one make sure that one is going to a good location for one’s art when on no longer has the “guarantee” of an art gallery dealer? In other words – now that anything can be sold as art, how much of that stuff is worth buying as art: and where do you find it?

There’s a fortunately basic answer here: go where the reputation is. Sites that develop good reputations for supplying quality modern abstract art (like Britain’s own Art2Arts, a site devoted to supplying original art in all painted formats) do so for a reason. And, of course, sites that sell art rise or fall on their reputations: so you can be sure that anything that looks as good as it sounds is probably a safe place to start looking.

Beyond that, and overall, of course, one’s final judgement should rest squarely with the art available. If you want some abstract art, go looking – and when you find something you like at a price you can afford, well, then you’ve found what you need. It is here, of course, that most of the worry concerned with buying modern abstract art, or any art, online or off, is seated. The question most people inevitably ask themselves when they start buying anything other than reproduction art (which has, in a strange way, already been “voted” good by the very fact of its reproduction), is this: am I paying the right amount of money for it? Well, here’s a thought for all those people: if you like it, and you want it, and you can afford it: then surely that’s enough? Good abstract art is whatever abstract art you as an individual find affecting, or joyful, or simply beautiful – and the right price for it is the price you are willing to pay.

The Internet has made a great stride on the behalf of all art here. Art is valued now according to what people will pay for it, rather than what a small coterie of gallery owners insist they ought to pay for it. A good place to find modern abstract art, then, is simply the Internet as a whole. Wherever the pieces you like, personally, reside, at a price you are willing to pay for them: that’s where to go. And with the whole of the web at your virtual feet, there’s a big hunting ground to go looking in.

That said, of course, a little guidance is always useful: and so, for starters, one would suggest you look in places where the art is clearly pictured and there are obvious guarantees regarding supply and return. No thumbnail can do full justice to a piece of modern abstract art, so you need to find a place that offers a satisfaction or money back guarantee. Though Internet trading laws pretty much mean that you can return anything you don’t like when it turns up anyway – so we’re back to our original conclusion. Find the art on the Internet – and if the price is right, go for it.

The uniquely non-representational nature of modern abstract art allows an interior designer to incorporate it into a room’s design much more thoroughly than a “normal” painting.

Contemporary Abstract Paintings and Arts

Contemporary Abstract Paintings and Arts

Contemporary abstract artist Judy Hintz Cox has been exploring her own style of original abstract paintings for over thirty years. By experimenting with various uncommon media, such as epoxy resin and encaustic wax, Judy’s abstract paintings push the envelope of contemporary abstract art. As an artist, Judy’s boundless energy and minimalist sensibilities come through in a variety of her original abstract paintings, and one look at the expressive textures of her white encaustic series, the vibrant colors of her epoxy resin paintings, or the subdued tones of her abstract ochre series, is enough to be transported emotionally and spiritually in a way that only the finest of contemporary abstract art can achieve.

Judy derives inspiration from many sources, and the rich and contrasting qualities of black and white photography inform some of her most celebrated contemporary abstract painting. Judy’s abstract black and white paintings eschew the vibrant coloration of some of her other work, such as her epoxy resin paintings, in favor of boldly contrasting lines and energetic brush work. The feverish, often aggressive composition of these abstract black and white paintings excites, energizes, and challenges viewers to examine themselves — and reexamine their expectations of contemporary abstract painting.  

Judy is known the world over for her contemporary abstract paintings, and in particular for her original abstract series that explore particular themes, techniques, and approaches to abstract painting. Judy’s epoxy resin paintings, for example, use the difficult and dangerous substance of epoxy resin to achieve startling levels of translucency and vibrant color enhancement that distinguish these highly original abstract paintings from much else in the world of contemporary abstract art. Such originality and experimentation with new techniques is a hallmark of Judy’s, whether seen in the eloquent topography of her white encaustic series, the more conventionally contemporary painting of her abstract ochre series, or the boundary-pushing freneticism of her abstract black and white paintings.

For over thirty years Judy Hintz Cox has explored her unique artistic vision through a variety of media, and her boundless energy and minimalist sensibilities come through in every painting. Never satisfied with any one particular style or approach, Judy’s work delves into territories of theme and technique that combine a searching, restless variety with a cohesive aesthetic unique to her. It is in the quality of line and texture that Judy is most expressive, whether that be seen in the careful irregularities of her encaustic wax series, the weighty translucency of her work with epoxy resin, the brazen freneticism of her black and white abstracts, or the serendipitous juxtapositions of material and composition of her mixed media work.

Learning To Appreciate Modern Abstract Art

Learning To Appreciate Modern Abstract Art
Modern abstract art holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many people. To the uninitiated, it appears like any second grader could do what, in fact, only a real artist can master. There is a tendency for some to understate the real insight and technical skill that is required by an abstract artist. I once overheard someone in a gallery comment on a piece they were looking at, that they couldn’t believe how stupid it was that people would “put out good money for a piece of crap like that”. I held my tongue because I remembered how it was only a very short time before that that I had uttered equally inane blather. I knew that this person just didn’t know better, that they hadn’t bothered to learn about this beautiful form of art.

An abstraction is something that is not meant to be an exact representative of reality. It is not a detailed depiction. It is, rather, a disassociation of sorts. It can be difficult to tease out meaning from the metaphysical. It is sometimes insufficient or even impersonal. It can be detached and cold. On the other hand, modern abstract art can also be quite warm and personal, uniquely and deeply emotionally satisfying. It can bind us to a greater understanding of who we are, what our lives mean, and where we fit in the bigger picture. It is the very abstraction that allows the mind to fill in the blanks, to find meaning where none is intended. It is only when the viewer slows down enough to really contemplate the impact of the abstraction that meanings begin to emerge.

I have often thought how funny the stereotypical gallery attendee is portrayed. Black turtle neck sweaters for the guys, little black dresses for the girls, sun glasses on indoors (I never did understand this one), a chic haircut with bangs swept across the brow, that far away contemplative look in their expressions, the presumption of importance and insight, an occasional sputtering of little comments about the way the lines flow, or the color works. These people crack me up. Are they even for real? I suppose they are somewhere, but in the real world you find people from all walks of life being drawn to art galleries in search of connection and meaning.

I’m just a simple small town citizen, but I learned to appreciate modern abstract art by giving myself a chance to be around it and the artists who create it. Perhaps the best recommendation I could give anyone desiring to more fully appreciate this form of art is to attend an open house or a special night for the artist at an art gallery. Being able to spend even just a few minutes with the artist will open your eyes in ways that reading about the art never can. When you feel the emotional ties and the very real connectedness that most artists have with not only the work, but with the people they hope to touch, you will start to learn for yourself what a special thing modern abstract art really is. You will learn that it has more to do with the effect than with the cause.

You can enjoy some modern abstract art online at Fairhaven Originals Gallery (FOG).

Appreciating Abstract Art Paintings

Appreciating Abstract Art Paintings
I am not an artist, art history major, nor was I raised around art and been an art buff all my life. But, I have been learning a lot more about art lately, and my ability to appreciate abstract art paintings has increased over the past few months. As many lay people who do not know much about art, I would look at a Jackson Pollock piece and say, “my kid could paint that!”. But in my heart I knew that was not true, and silently I liked and admired his work.

Representational paintings are much easier for the every day person to understand. You look at the painting, you see what it is, and the form acts as a beginning to understand and interpret the piece. But, with abstract art paintings, there is no recognizable form to influence your conscious opinion. Abstract art works at a deeper level, with the intention to evoke unconscious feelings and emotions. As the observer, your purpose should be to open yourself up and allow the painting to evoke these feelings and emotions.

This is not the easiest thing to do. But when you first look at abstract art paintings, you feel something. Once you allow yourself to get past the “I can do that” reaction, you will discover that your first real emotion evolves around whether you like or dislike the piece. To the newbie art observer, the next inclination may be to move on, but don’t! Abstract art paintings are not the type of thing that you look at for a few seconds, and then move onto the next, you have to be willing to invest two things to gain a greater appreciation of abstract art: time and yourself. You must take time to really look at the painting, and you must open up, clear your mind, and allow the painting to evoke an emotion.

When you first see the painting, it is most likely from a distance. Don’t go any closer! Stop there and take a moment to look a the painting, how does it make you feel? If you cannot put this into words, that is o.k. After a few minutes, move a little closer. Take time to view the painting from different distances and angles. It is not unusual to have different impressions and feelings from an abstract painting when you view it from various perspectives.

One thing that really helped me to have a greater appreciation of abstract art paintings was meeting the Abstract Expressionist artist, Lea Kelley, at the Fairhaven Originals Gallery, and discussing some of her art. When I had viewed them alone the day before, they did not have much meaning to me, but when I met with Lea, I was able to view them with a keener eye and greater understanding. One thing that truly makes abstract art great, and more than something your child slaps down, is the emotional commitment an artist invests in each piece. Pieces of Lea’s work that I didn’t particularly care for on my own, I had great admiration for, and quite liked, after we looked at them together.

You may think, of course it is easier to like and understand an abstract painting if you can talk to the artist! But not many people have that opportunity. This is true. But even learning a little bit about an artist can give you a greater appreciation for their art. And in many ways, discussing a particular piece of art with the artist removes the purpose of the painting because it allows for you to form preconceived notions, instead of allowing the painting to work on your subconscious level purely uninformed. But after discussing two of her pieces, I could move on alone, and form my own opinions of other works by opening myself up so that they painting could work its magic at a subconscious level.

So the next time you have an opportunity to view some abstract art paintings, take your time, look at the pieces from different angles, and allow the piece to evoke your unconscious feelings. Try this a few times, and hopefully you too will learn to have a greater appreciation for this modern form of art.

To see some great examples of abstract art paintings, visit Fairhaven Originals Gallery (FOG) online.

Abstract Art – Paint by Number

Abstract Art – Paint by Number

This artist was curious about textiles, which was her first fine art medium.She began to research other studies and techniques of the fine arts. Gathering the necessary tools of any one medium, she discovered that the talent to originate and hone her own technique within that medium was always there.In her paintings, Ostrov daringly uses primary colors, which are scarcely used in the United States, but are common in South American and European art. This use of highly saturated color has put her into local galleries and in addition, her work has gained many generous Awards through both local and national competitions. With her collage pieces, paintings, and creative, yet edgy photo work, requests from galleries such as Art Expressions, Michael Josephs’ Gallery, New River Gallery, Leche-Vitrines Art Alliance and Artist’s Eye Fine Art Gallery as well as galleries from the New York scene have become a mainstay.

The general intent is to find a way to express an idea or thought in an exciting and creative way. Most of the paintings begin with a photograph which she has taken. This provides an inspiration for the variety of subjects to paint. These paintings draw to the challenge of capturing a moment and recreating it in a realistic, abstract, or non objective painting.

Instinctive with the belief that these paintings will end up having an expressive quality that will invite the viewer to analyze the work and ask this question: “What did you have in your mind or thought process to produce the painting?”

These paintings have won awards and placed in juried shows in Florida including:
Art Serve Broward County, Artists’ Eye Fine Art Gallery, Art Expressions Gallery,
Artists Haven Gallery, Broward Art Guild, Broward Library Gallery 6, Coral Springs Museum, Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Museum Art School, Florida Watercolor Society (Signature Membership), Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Hollywood Art Guild, Miami Watercolor Society (Signature Membership), Palm Beach Watercolor Society, Parker Playhouse and Plantation Art Guild.

We invite the viewer to enjoy, analyze and question these artwork patterns.

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Famous Abstract Contemporary Art Paintings

Famous Abstract Contemporary Art Paintings

Abstract Art came about in the last few centuries where artists sought to move away from pure realism painting and put in their own style and emotion into the subject of their painting. From the Renaissance and Baroque styles of almost photo-realistic paintings, abstract contemporary art began to become popular.

Romanticism, Impressionism and Expressionism followed on from the traditional art styles and started to allow artists to impress their own creativity. Such styles laid the foundations for the later art movements which are collectively referred to as Abstract art, in the modern era.

Post-Impressionism continued the change towards abstract art yet further, thanks to works by the likes of Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne. Inspired by the likes of Paul Cezanne, Fauvism & Cubism were created, bringing famous artists like Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Wassily Kandinsky & Pablo Picasso to the public’s attention. Synthetic Cubism also followed. The Abstract Contemporary style that we have now was ready to be created at this point.

In Britain the first Abstract art exhibition was opened in 1935, with paintings by the likes of Piet Mondrian, Joan Miro, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson on display the following year at a more international event.

The attack on art by the Nazi party in the 1930s and 1940s forced some abstract artists to flee to America which resulted in the likes of Modernism, Late Modernism, American Modernism, and Surrealism starting to gain popularity, particularly in New York. These attempts to control art’s direction actually helped to spread communication of these new art movements to the rest of the world.

The 1950s to now have brought us the likes of Neo-Dada, Fluxus, Conceptual Art, Neo-expressionism, Installation art, Performance Art, Video Art and Pop art. Pop Art of course remains hugely popular today with the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein still selling well.

Modern Abstract Contemporary art styles include the likes of Abstract expressionism, Color Field, Lyrical Abstraction, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Sculpture, and Minimal Art, though new movements appear all the time, particularly with the influx of computer based artists, and different styles of digital art.

Tom Gurney, Expert Art Blogger. If you fancy finding out lots more about abstract contemporary art paintings & famous abstract artists, then check out my extensive art blog covering many different art movements, including Abstract Contemporary Paintings.