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Decorating with Abstract Art

Written on March 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm , by

My love of abstract art began when I took a painting class ten years ago. I struggled through the assignments to paint still life and landscape, yet I was surprised how much I enjoyed painting in abstract form, without any need for accuracy of subject matter and instead based on color and feeling alone. 

Abstract art has no recognizable subject and does not attempt to represent anything concrete in the world. It appears fluid and spontaneous yet the strokes witnessed are in fact a concentrated effort on the part of the artist. Its roots are in Expressionism and Cubism and famous artists like Mark Rothko pioneered its popularity in the mid 20th century.  

Abstracts that are big and bold become a purposeful focal point that command attention in a space.

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Abstracts can also play a more subdued role, filling up the walls of an inviting room with washes of neutral earthy color.

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Abstract artwork that echoes the colors found in appealing landscapes (think of the coastline, mountains, forests) stirs the senses and stimulates the mind.

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When the artist repeats bold strokes in moody hues on an oversized canvas, abstract art can convey powerful feelings or emotion.

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The easiest way to decorate with abstract artwork is to use it as a source of inspiration and allow it to set the palette for the entire room, inspiring the color, fabric, and accessory choices within the space. 

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Online you can find several retailers who offer abstract giclées and prints for sale like Ballard Designs, Overstock, All Modern,and Art.com, among others. 

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For original artwork, check sites like Etsy or Gallery Today for one-of-a-kind pieces.

What about you? Are you a fan of abstract art?  Have you ever painted or decorated with any abstract art around your home?