Appreciating abstract art
First of all, we need to agree on the difference between realistic art and abstract art. Realistic art is, for example, a drawing of a dog that looks like a dog. Abstract art is the use of shapes, color, and proportion without a realistic representation. I hope that we agree on that. And although, I've done some drawing and illustration in my career, I am mostly a Graphic Designer, and I deal in abstractions. Please stay with me on this.
There are some fundamentals of design that underly all art that relies on abstraction. The most important is composition. You are surrounded by excellent composition all the of time, and like all abstract art, it is meant to give you a feeling. And that feeling is that it *just right*.
Now go back to admiring abstract art! Thank you.
Posted by Brad Hall