For over a hundred years, abstract art in its own wonderment and sense of surrealism has become one of the most popular forms of artistic expression. In its various forms, it remains a consistent companion that makes anything mundane, more nuanced.
It implored the subjective understanding of every individual, prompting their inner creative and artistic sensibilities to make sense of something that is, by definition, a division between the core idea and any objective referents.
Over the years, artists around the world have created their own meaning of abstraction as a way of depicting nature, literature, dreams, and even their innermost confusion. With many art movements and manifestos emerging and dissipating, abstract art in its inherent nature has held its own.
This form of abstract expression that began as a radical shift in the fine arts world now lives in two- and three-dimensional forms with artists playing around with colours, textures, scales, and non-objectivity.
Abstract art has inspired creativity, emotion, and imagination among artists and non-artists alike since its emergence; from pure abstraction to its more modern depiction with the integration of realism.
There are many staunch critics in the art industry that will hold their stance about “true abstract”, dispelling its modern formats. But when you look at how the very definition of abstract art has evolved over the years, you can see that what they call “true abstract art” has changed as well.
Since it’s meant to be a form of intuitive expression, every take on abstract art is original and worthy of the name. If collectors and enthusiasts are able to derive some form of meaning and inspiration from the piece and revel in the ingenuity of the artist’s unique rhythm and subjective intention, it’s their definition of abstract art.
Today, there are many emerging and established artists and abstract expressionists that have imbued their creativity with different elements, mediums, muses, and forms. Their pieces continue to find a home in people’s living rooms, personal collections, print frames, and other items.
The fact that there is no universal agreement on what defines abstract art is what drives today’s abstract artists’ to spin their creativity on canvas. Instead of an artistic dilemma, it has become an opportunity for a diverse range of perspectives, personalities, and intuition to shine through and give people different views of the known and unknown.
As Arshile Gorky said,
“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes.”
An example of someone giving abstract art her own meaning is Urvashi Patel. Born and raised in India and now settled in the United Kingdom, this abstract expressionist has ethereally blended her nature-bound, realistic inspiration with pure abstraction.
Rising the Ranks of Modern Abstract Art
As an amateur, she started out her journey as an artist by painting animals. Mother Nature her source of inspiration and thought provocation, Urvashi observed the colours, textures, and movement in nature’s most profound creations.
From elephants to penguins and hares, she brought these animals to life in colourful spreads, using acrylics and canvas as her tools of choice. She relished in the sun, marvelled at the moon, and saw beauty in everything that surrounded her.
Painting these magnificent beings was where her passion for abstract emerged. She saw strength, character, and uniqueness in her subjects and began emulating them in her new work. From there, the pure form of abstract became her creative outlet.
Instead of conforming to the convention of abstraction, she continues taking inspiration from nature and its rhythm. Brush in hand, she lets the music of nature drive her hands. She describes it as dancing with nature’s rhythm.
Her work is purely action-based and a celebration of vibrant colours and expression of tangible reality. Following her natural pace and flow of abstract expression, she produces works where floral and facial forms appear – all reflecting her own emotive understanding instead of objective representation.
With her art, Urvashi intends to portray her practice of mindfulness and meditation. She hopes to remind people to pause, take a moment, and observe her work to find their own internal rhythms.
Today, she has managed to become a trending artist on Instagram and grab thousands of people’s imaginations. A new collection, which will depict her life experiences, will be an amalgamation of bright floral abstracts and pure abstract pieces.
Urvashi’s work is an excellent example of someone who’s changing people’s understanding of abstract art. She, much like every great artist in history, is a rebel of convention and plays an important role in the evolution of abstract art as we understand it.