It is an enthralling experience to observe an impeccably made artwork and feel the emotions of an artist through the patterns, the loose strokes, the unclear objects, and the bold colour contrast. Yes, you are right, I am talking about the abstract paintings.

It is quite amazing how a beautifully crafted abstract art can stimulate your mind and offer you space and capability to think beyond the reality we can see. My first encounter with an abstract artwork was bizarre and awesome at the same time.

On one hand, I was feeling ecstatic to experience the appeal and exquisiteness that are shown in the unstructured patterns and innovative utilisation of colours that I have never witnessed before. While, on the other hand, I could not simply make any sense of the painting. And when I came to know that the masterpiece was from the greats of abstraction Jackson Pollock, I became too curious and agitated to know the reason for my incapability to interpret a famous artwork.

I started to think – “Am I too naïve to get the in-depth emotions poured into a painting that is loved by millions or do I simply lack the intellect?”

Fortunately, none of that was true. Then after meeting a few artists, art experts, and historians, I understood what was required to contemplate the true meaning of an abstract artwork.

The secret to decoding an abstract painting

Well, there is no secret or a shortcut to completely get an abstract artwork. Although, few factors matter more than others.

For instance, the very first time we witness an enticing painting in an abstract art gallery, the majority of us are not able to understand the work because of the preconceptions that exist in our mind owing to the past encounter with other artworks.

How we perceive the abstract paintings is not an idea or a thought but a continuous journey of new experiences. When you give time to understand the artist, his expression, and his thought process, you have more chance of interpreting an abstract work precisely.

What happens when we observe an abstract painting?

A lot of time, people who understand and admire the abstract paintings are more liberal and of free thoughts. Why is that?

Well, abstract style stands on the base of free will and thoughts. It completely weeds off the idea of following the subjects from the real life. So, when we see an abstract painting, we liberate our mind from the conceptualisation that already exists in our mind.

In a nutshell, an abstract work can really empower our mind to reject the compulsion to create associative understanding. This offers our mind a much open space and a new way of thinking.

So the next time you walk into a famous abstract art gallery, notice what you are experiencing and not what you thought you would be noticing. When you start transforming your mind using the observational process of an abstract painting, it is quite surprising you become remarkably well in getting aware of all your senses. You can now start a dialogue with the artwork and can now get why you weren’t able to get the gist of such impeccable painting before.


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