Abstract Art as Therapy

When we speak of abstract art, we are not just referring to paintings where colourful meaningless patterns and arbitrary shapes are combined.

I suppose there is a specific therapeutic value that can be found in almost all mysterious marks created by the extremely different styles existing at present. The decision that each and every member of the audience appears to be the most important decision to make as regards the choosing of the suitable artwork. You should not take such making of decisions lightly or quickly.

This is so because any person within the vast spectrum of individual audiences is covered. A busy boardroom environment or probably a single office or room where you must think and react fast and later make a serious decision is an example. Also, the audience covers a worker who goes back from a difficult day at work just because he wants to be visually massaged by a simply observed enigma. In fact, it may also cover the space where anxious and mostly misinterpreted persons who are slowly losing their uncertain hold on the sense of reality. There are marvellous varieties of situations that can possibly happen.

You might want to consider the following as some suggested associations coming from a single artist’s point of view:

One obvious healing and therapeutic role that can be found in a cautiously chosen crafted piece is color. It can’t be denied that a colour-field work is becoming more and more popular. Such idea was first conceived by artists such as Ellsworth Kelly and Mark Rothko.

The wide areas of empty colour space that they make use of have the possibility of adding a general feeling of peace and quiet to what we normally see as noisy and hectic environment. Because there are only a very few variations that is present in a large image a gentle sense of immersion into abstract stillness for instance, your way of any fretful or erratic thinking might be slowed down. Nonetheless, it would be able to assist you with the adrenal challenge of creativity.

There are a lot of paintings where indefinite shapes or patterns are made use of like the abstract art paintings of Peter Lanyon, Jackson Pollock, and Howard Hodgkin. The said paintings provide a very positive connection. In fact, it may lure a person’s mind which is filled with irrational thoughts to pause and then just take in the noticeable spontaneity, and thereafter take another direction.

The style of Hodgkin can be witnessed as puzzle like canvases where the person observing has no real point of reference. This way, they said observer is free to “start” wherever wants in a picture. For the mere fact that only very few defined areas are present, there are times that the observer unavoidably finds himself. He may either choose a piece with little emotion, and thereafter can unlimitedly make a comment, regardless of it being positive or not.

It can’t likewise be denied that loads of images can most likely incite a negative response. On the other hand, the painting may also be a great value to the observer. We might not know that he is actually benefiting from just looking at such a challenging picture where something bad is associated.

You might find it better if the painting hangs on the wall rather than inside the head. In this case, the normal association of the color red is for blood and danger, while black is for death and sin. Also, brown is regarded as for decay and illness.

These including the dramatic lines and movements appearing in a painting are equally valuable factors once disclosed within the proper environment. This time, we go back to the point made at the beginning and that is selecting a picture and then making a very careful so that one work of art that speaks unswervingly to the very innermost parts of the viewer or observer can be found.

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