Abstract artists use the visual language of shape, form, color and line to create compositions that depart from depicting straight forward reality. Their art forms may exist either partially or completely removed from any visual references to the natural world.
With imagination, freedom of expression, and a desire to unleash spontaneity through their chosen medium, the artist who creates abstract art may often enter the realm of transcendental, contemplative, visionary and timeless themes. And, they take us along on their journey with an invitation to discover our own interpretations.
There has been a lot of discussion, debate and contradictory opinions about abstract art over decades.
- What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles… It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation.
~ Hans Hofmann
- We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.~ Salvador Dali
- There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. ~ Pablo Picasso
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Here are two very different Manhattan Arts International members who have chosen abstraction as their style of choice. Each artist possesses his/her own individual artistic vocabulary.
Keith Morant is an internationally acclaimed artist from New Zealand who creates expressive oil and mixed media abstract paintings. His award-winning art is characterized by a myriad of unique curvilinear forms and symbols, contrasting colors, and vitality. Using his own signature style he stimulates our senses and challenges our mental processes.
He has always pursued his inimitable path of individual expression. He states, “My art is always a journey of discovery into the essence of being. It is an effort to externalise the truth of my own existence on as many levels as possible and communicate a greater awareness of the quality of life. It is an attempt to generate enquiry into the greater spheres of understanding which lie beyond conventionalised intellection.”
“When I begin a painting I know that, apart from a strong urge to create and a highly developed instinctual direction with tools and materials, there can be no specific design or plan for the picture as a finished product.”
An artist from Montreal Canada, Chantal Leblanc creates light-filled abstract paintings that are also powerful and life-affirming. Using abstraction with spontaneity, Her painting “The Angel Within” was selected to win an Award of Excellence in Manhattan Arts International’s “The Healing Power of ART” exhibition.
Leblanc’s creative approach begins as a subtractive and intuitive process as she allows bursts of vibrating colors to emerge which resonate and expand in depth. She then adds very thin layers of glazes and washes to bring movement to the compositions.
She achieves an ethereal atmosphere through the juxtaposition of soft strokes of muted colors with energetic vibrant hues. Nature’s dynamic energy is captured along with the tension between opposites.