The Abstract Art Movement

During the late 19th century, artists were inspired by the developments in the technology, science and philosophy field which translated to them as artists to develop a new form of art of their own which is now called abstract art. Although it was considered a new form at the time, it has been around since cave paintings thousands of years ago.

Abstract art is classified as art that has no recognizable subject and does not contain any representation of a visual reality. This specific art form draws from basic geometric elements such as shapes, lines, colours and tones down any focal points to a minimal. 

An abstract artist’s objective is to create a visual sensation that allows the viewer to interpret the piece of artwork in a subjective manner. This means one viewer may see the artwork in a different way from the next viewer which is the beauty of abstract art.

The movement involved many contributions from different artists and their own specific techniques. All these approaches helped shape the abstract art movement we know today.

Mark Rothko was a Famous American Painter who heavily contributed to the movement. His style goes by the term “large-scale colour field paintings” which is more of a saturated look on a large canvas that allows his viewers to feel the meaning of the colours. In 2012, Mark’s work called Orange, red, yellow sold at an auction in New York for $86.9 million USD.


The “Sedona” is painted on a large canvas that is 40” x 60” and matches a similar painting style of Mark Rothko.


Clyfford Still’s technique was inspired by the clash between man and nature which transpired to his work. His art featured vibrant bold colours that were applied vigorously creating a division illusion on the canvas.


The “Restricted Logic” painting matches a similar style and palette of Clyfford Still’s.


Jackson Pollock developed the drip method when it comes his form of art. He would lay down his canvas on the floor and then splatter paint onto it using tools such as brushes, sticks and sometimes cigarettes. At the same time while he applied the paint in this way, some was dripping as well not purposely creating the “drip” effect.

The “Astral” painting contains similar drips of paint seen in Jackson’s work as well.


At Shelter, we handpick our selection of wall art which also include abstract art. Each work of art is brought in only once making each canvas unique in it’s own way. Come and see our collection of wall art. A piece of art is waiting for you at our store to take home today.

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