(Blogpost) Art on Tour loves… Abstraction!

Terry Frost, ‘Grey, Red and Black Verticals’, 1962, Oil on canvas

This week we’re delving into the wonderful world of abstraction! Buckle up for a whirlwind of modern wonders from the Swindon Collection, which will be shared throughout the week via Art on Tour’s Instagram and Facebook

Throughout history, artists have responded to the time they live in, creating images which reflect religious, social, political or personal experiences, and leaving us a rich and varied visual history. The one thing that the majority of art from the 15th – 19th centuries has in common, is a sense of illusionistic space, and clear reference to the world surrounding it.

However, the twentieth century was an unprecedented time of change in art. Photography had become a popular way of replicating the world, so artists needed to find a different means of visual communication; one which reflected the search for progress that came with a new modern era. Hence the birth of abstract art!

In a nutshell, abstract art is characterised by simplified formal elements such as shape, line and colour. Sometimes subject matter is reduced to certain visually impactful characteristics. At other times, artists focus on a more instinctual approach, responding to personal feelings or memories. Either way, abstract imagery tends to be bold, unexpected and sometimes… a little bit baffling…

In Britain, early manifestations of abstract art appeared in work by the Bloomsbury Group and the Vorticists. From there it took many twists and turns, with the likes of Ben Nicholson, Terry Frost and Gillian Ayres taking bold steps to push visual imagery out of the realms of representation.  

Enjoy vibrant abstract artworks everyday this week by joining us on:

Instagram: @swindongalleryartontour or Facebook@ArtonTour2020

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