The Therapeutic Side of Abstraction

Abstract art paintings are not just a way to express the artist feelings. It is more than just a mixture of meaningless pattern and arbitrary shapes. More than a painting, abstract art has a therapeutic value to be found in most of the mysterious marks seen in various styles nowadays. It looks like one of the most important thing to decide on which an artist should take in consideration before he paint is his viewer. This should be taken slowly and carefully. This could cover anybody within the following wide ranges of alternatives: a busy boardroom environment; a single office or room where quick thinking, fast reactions, and serious decisions very much needed; a worker who get back from a hard days work and wanted to relax; or the space in which the desperate and mostly misunderstood person is slowly losing a tentative hold on the sense of reality.

There several things you may take in consideration.

Apparently, colors play a healing and therapeutic role to be found in carefully selected crafted piece. Abstract paintings are growing in popularity because of its color-field work that could add a feeling of peace and quiet to a noisy and hectic environment. There are few variations within a large image; a gentle sense of immersion into abstract stillness can also slow down any fussy or changeable thinking and could also aid with the adrenal challenge of a creative person.

Imprecise shapes and patterns like those of Jackson Pollock, Peter Lanyon and Howard Hodgkin are examples of a very positive association. Probably, these could influence a person with a mind filled with illogical thoughts to pause, simply take in the obvious naturalness and then take a different direction. Hodgkin artworks specifically is a puzzle-like canvasses in which the viewer has no real point of reference so is free to begin in anywhere in the picture.

Sometimes viewers can see few defined areas regarding the piece and find emotions, thus letting them freely make a positive or negative feedback.

Admit it, any pictures that provoking one for such a negative reaction can nonetheless be of great value to its viewers who might actually benefit from seeing a challenging picture that features a bad association. Better hang it on the wall than just put it in the mind. In this case, the classic combinations of red for blood and danger, black for death and sin and brown for decay and illness, together with dramatic lines and movements, when found in paintings are equally valuable stimuli if showed in an appropriate surrounding.

This comes back to what I am trying to say and that is, when looking for a painting, carefully take in consideration of the things that must be taken to find that work of art that speaks directly to the deepest part on the viewer.

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