Talking Abstract Artwork

A very contemporary concept, abstract art is a style which is guaranteed to draw either fervent praise or fierce criticism, being a type of painting which doesn’t necessarily appeal to everyone.


What does abstract art mean?

Abstract art means that the subject or core theme is rather less defined than in more traditional art, but doesn’t mean that there isn’t a discernible picture or pattern. A very loose phrase used to describe any type of art which is particularly conceptual or interpretative, abstract art can be fascinating, hypnotic and quite simply irresistible.

Until the late 19th century, all artwork was intended to be representative but this changed with the evolution of photography. A means of capturing pictures more accurately, photography freed artists from the duty of preserving a picture exactly.


Categories of abstract art

Abstract art can be said to fall into a number of different styles including Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism and Post Impressionism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Plurism, to name just a few of the more important movements.

 Dancing Light by Caroline Ashwood 

Dancing Light 2 by Caroline Ashwood

 Turmoil by Gillian Luff

Turmoil by Gillian Luff


Learning about abstract art

Understanding how to read abstract art is not a complicated skill, and it’s important to remember, that just like any other style of art, not every piece will appeal to everyone. Consider whether the painting conveys a particular mood or atmosphere, how does it make you feel when you look at it? Is there anything which springs to mind when you look at the art, or does it make you inexplicably think of a certain thing?

The artist may have had a certain end result when creating the piece and although your reaction to the piece may seem totally random, it could in fact be a very carefully manipulated reaction.

An abstract piece of art aims to ‘speak’ to the individual, but if you’re not feeling anything when looking at something, it may be that it’s just not for you. Don’t dismiss all types of abstract art because one piece in particular doesn’t draw you.

There are pieces of abstract art that have clear defined lines and convey a certain briskness but you’ll also find soft, dreamy pieces too. Abstract art covers a huge range of bases and to dismiss it entirely means missing out on such a large portion of artwork.


Finding abstract art in Art2Arts

If you have an idea about what you are looking for you can use the filters on the left hand side of the page to narrow down your search. You can search by price, size, colour, theme or style to name just a few options.


Alternatively, you can browse the whole selection. This will show you abstract art completed in a variety of styles and mediums and will give you an idea of just how vast and varied abstract art really is.


Buying your piece of abstract art

If you find a piece of art that you like whilst browsing, you can purchase it by clicking on the piece and adding it to your cart. Don’t forget to check the size before buying a piece of art; it may be a lot smaller or larger than you were anticipating. All artwork comes with a free 14 days returns service and also free UK delivery so if there is a problem, you can simply return it.


To get an idea of what a piece of artwork might look like, you can always use our ‘Try before you buy’ scheme. Send us a picture of your room, including the wall space where you want the picture to hang. We will provide you with an image which shows the picture hanging there, giving you an idea of what the artwork will look like before you buy.


You can also contact the artist directly if you have any questions about the piece of art or want to discuss it further before making a purchase.