Just like every person is individualistic, so is every painter. We have our own signature styles, favourite styles of using brushes and colour combinations. These are in fact ways to express our flow of emotions and what we want to depict. Abstract painting style that I use today, was neither a plan, nor a tutored skill that I acquired over time. Abstraction just happened to me, over time, as my passion for painting grew. Abstract style overcame every need within me, and I immediately knew that that was what I wanted to spend my life doing, and it was a feeling I had never had before. We hear many different views and opinions on abstract artwork and it can be quite controversial at times. Some think it is easy-beezy, just a splash of shapeless forms, random and thoughtless. If that is the case, why aren’t THEY able to do it, successfully?? We know most artwork requires not just serious skill but an inherent quality.
What exactly is Abstract art?
An inevitable part of contemporary art form that distances an idea from the objective referents but is still coherent in a visual manner to depict the idea or feeling is Abstract art. An abstract artist like me uses visual language of shape, form, color, and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from my inspirational visual references from the world surrounding me. Abstract art has been around for as long as we know it. Cave paintings found in the Gabarnmung cave of northern Australia, predating 28,000 years ago or those found on the walls of the Bhimbetka rock shelters near Bhopal from 8,000 BCE exhibiting the earliest traces of human life, are forms of the most original form of abstract art that has survived against changing art concepts, trends and manifestos over time. When I think of this, I feel amazing to carry on with an artistic tradition that existed before any other art form did in such advancement. I feel I am a part of this timeless expressive medium, and that drives me to experiment more and more.
What Abstract art means to me When I am engaged in painting I am fully caught up in the medium, colours, the theme and the subject. I have learned not to think about the result that I will end up with, because the time spent engaged in the creative activity is what is most important to me. I enjoy the detached feeling I get when working in the abstract painting, it’s like a dance with my brush strokes and my mind and they take turns expressing on the canvas. The prominent use of abstraction in my painting style has given me the freedom me to distil and better communicate my emotions and ideas about life, nature and our respective place in it. I not just enjoy playing with and rearranging colours and compositions to create images that I want to look at, it is more like a form of worship or meditation. My work becomes surprising, evolutionary and provocative. Some of my paintings are about nature, the Buddha or just relationships and seasons. The abstract painting style inspires me and gives me access to a language of my own that is a joyous and mysterious and both deeply personal and universal. As a painter, I am always interested in a discovery and development process in art making rather than working for something firm and rigid or with what I am already familiar with. This is what makes my art more elusive, poetical and imaginative in ways I cannot foresee when I paint the first stroke of colour on the Canvas. As a result, my work tends to be abstract rather than representational, and yet connects with my audiences. Abstract art is open to interpretation, and that is one of the most wonderful things about it. Abstract art insists no explanations- I, as an artist find mine, the admirer seeks his. Abstract art requires you to have an open, curious and inquiring mind. You must be able to get involved in my painting, it and see where it takes you. This intensely personal process enriches the experience of my buyers of an artwork. Once it is on their wall, they find it is a world of variant possibilities and optimism that keeps them motivated and alive.