Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Abstract Art versus Realistic Art


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Is the disparity between Realistic and Abstract Art really that big? With any style of art, the elements (or language of art) are still prevelant and vital to a piece's success. Line, shape, light, color, space, and texture have no prejudice - they belong to every category and style of art.

For any art lover, the understanding of these basic elements can help you - if not to fully embrace a particular style as a favorite - then to appreciate and develop an understanding of any style of art.

Many of our Gallery United Fine Artists on Etsy create work in a variety of styles ranging from realism to abstract.

Gallery United Artists - please add your commets - how does the language of art become incorporated into your work? Are the challenges in creating successful realistic art the same as creating successful abstract art?

9 comments:

ceevee said...

Interesting question. Even the most photo-realistic image is yet but an abstraction of the real thing!I am fascinated with abstract art and hope to obtain the ability to explore art in that way. I am more interested in one's personal expression of an image rather than one's technical expertise, though one certainly needs a grasp of the principles in order to come up with a good picture.

krystyna81 said...

I actually started out ONLY liking realistic art...it wasn't "good" if it didn't look exactly like it did in reality! But thanks to several incredibly talented instructors who opened my eyes to the beauty in all forms of art, I embraced abstract art.

I find myself equaly challenged by realistic and abstract art. My goals are always the same - to create interesting and provocative images that viewers enjoy looking at for a long time.

The elements I use overlap from style to stlye - line, form, shape, color, textures, etc. - are always necessary for my creative process.

Debra Linker said...

I find, even when I am intentionally trying to paint as realistically as possible, there is still an abstraction that enters in to the final piece. Not because I have a preference for Abstract, but because a bit of ME gets "in the painting" whether I want it to or not. I have paintings that are so realistic, people think they are photographs printed on canvas. I have just begun to explore truly ABSTRACT work as a means of painting freely, without inhibition, and without judgment as to the outcome. It feels very much how I imagine it would feel to fly... exhilerating and frightening and magical.

So is there a fundamental difference? So far, I think not. "Good" art is what ever touches that place in you that is too complex for words, and too private to share, except in the viewing of it.

Tina Mammoser said...

Ah a favourite topic of mine, and I tend to annoy some people with my response.

I think abstract is too loose a term. There is objective abstract (has an objective/object subject) and nonobjective abstract (emotional/mysticism/free painting and such). So for example my paintings are objective - they are very specific representations of places. Does everyone see that? Nope. :)

I didn't used to like abstract work at all, and my own paintings have evolved that directly very slowly. So I don't rule out that I'll continue to grow in my appreciation for other styles, as well as grow within my own work. I know part of my response to non-objective work is that at heart I'm an academic and intellectually driven artist. I think all work requires skill, technique, composition and judgement towards outcome.

At the end of the day, different people might like different kinds of work. That's cool. I actually collect both realism (and high realism) work and abstracted work. I like talking about art to anyone who likes any kind of art! :D

Eleanor said...

I love this topic;

I was talking with a former teacher of mine, and she told me how, when Kandinsky saw the Monet Haystack Series, he had an insight: that the subject was not really the key to the work of art. He used that concept as he moved to abstract works.

And if you ever see the Turner unfinished pieces, especially the watercolors, you can see the abstract composition that underlies his realism.

It is all about color, form, and motion, no matter the subject!!! I remain a realist because content is a biggie for me, but that is a personal decision and does not determine whether you can call my work art.

Asil said...

I think there are as many challenges in creating successful realistic paintings than as creating successful abstract art. Be it technique, exporation, copying, reproducing it's all a matter of taste. Not only for the spectator but for the creator as well.

I love exploring the properties of color and texture while someone else might prefer to reproduce what they see in front of them. One isn't less than the other. As long as we are all having fun creating and gazing. :)

Sue Choppers-Wife / www.adyinart.com said...

I think the only disparity is in understanding. There are as many people that don't understand realist art (looks like a photograph) as people that don't understand abstract (I like something that I know what it is). I think all artists should open their minds to all the great possibilites out there. It's great to have your own style, but even better to develop it by learning new ways of seeing. Great topic and nice feedback. I'll be back (sorry if this is a member only feedback area).

Jenna Newton said...

I agree that there is lots of room for interpretation within each category. I love to look at and make both abstract and realistic art, and my work really lies somewhere in between. I have a somewhat strict process that I use when I paint, so regardless of subject matter or style, my work has a similar quality to it.

So much about art is about personal taste. I find that when something in a piece moves me it is usually a color, or a beautiful line, some small aspect of the larger work that strikes a chord, regardless of the style.

I definitely feel that neither one has more validity over the other. I think both styles can be extremely powerful.

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