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Curated Abstract Art For Your Collection

  • Tavar Zawacki - Unlocked
August 15, 2019
Balasz Takac is alias of Vladimir Bjelicic who is actively engaged in art criticism, curatorial and artistic practice.

As opposed to figuration, abstraction as a specific artistic expression has its roots in various cultures, but it wasn’t until the late 19th century that such an approach became widely explored by the Western artists. The urge to defy the representational cannons was quite radical and was related to wider shifts in science, technology, and philosophy.

Artists Wasilly Kandinsky and Hilma af Klint are considered the pioneers of abstraction, which was further explored through various movements spanning from  Futurism, Metaphysical Art, through De Stijl and Bauhaus, to post-war tendencies presented by Abstract Expressionism, Art Informel, Color Field painting and Minimal art.

In the contemporary moment, an array of artists are still exploring various aspects of abstraction which suggests this particular approach never seized to fascinate the creative minds on a global scale. This is why we curated ten distinguished artworks which reflect the present-day painterly concerns as well as influences of the aforementioned movements and currents of the 20th century abstract art.

Featured images: Tavar Zawacki aka Above – Unlocked, 2017. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Stephen Ormandy - Fallen Moai

Stephen Ormandy - Fallen Moai

The first artwork on our list was made by an established Australian contemporary artist Stephen Ormandy, best known for his abstract sculptural works and oil paintings. By drawing inspiration from the natural world and focusing on color and form, he creates puzzling and perceptually challenging compositions reminiscent of the 20th century interwar abstraction, especially Matisse’s collage approach.

Fallen Moai is the best example of Ormandy’s unique approach characterized by a vibrant pallet and pictorial balance.

See more info about the work here.

  • Augustine Kofie - Ko Disconnected From The Grid

Augustine Kofie - Ko Disconnected From The Grid

Augustine Kofie came to prominence for his involvement in the LA graffiti scene in the 1990s. The artist is very inspired by deconstructing lettering, contemporary music, modern architecture, and the mechanical drafting, and all of his works can be perceived as futuristic proposals or studies of complex formations.

The piece Ko Disconnected From The Grid nicely illustrates the artist’s interest in recalling the aesthetic of Russian Constructivism and 1960s Brutalism.

See more info about the work here.

  • Skye Brothers - The Dark Side Of The Moon

The Skye Brothers -The Dark Side Of The Moon

Skye Brothers is a Dutch artist duo consisting of siblings Liam and Noah. They are using different materials and techniques while embracing the domains of styles such as Minimalism, Pop art, Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting; their aesthetic is purified, yet interwoven with various references and emotions.

The Dark Side Of The Moon is a monochrome acrylic on canvas made by the brothers in 2018.

See more info about the work here.

  • Elizabeth Gourlay - Portal 51

Elizabeth Gourlay - Portal 5

Following up is the canvas by an American abstract artist Elizabeth Gourlay titled Portal 5. Her signature style is characterized by a dense layering of color, lines, and forms, which are the result of both her inner emotional states and her observation of nature and architecture. Gourlay uses various media (oil, ink, acrylic, graphite, etc.) to express herself; different influences hoover through her work which makes them highly layered and therefore metaphorical.

Portal 5 indeed seems like a depiction of an entrance for the other realm and it embodies well the artist’s interest in both formal and conceptual explorations.

See more info about the work here.

  • Tanc – Sans Titre

Tanc – Sans Titre

The work of Tanc (Tancrède Perrot) is driven by the legacy of abstract expressionist artists such as Rothko, Reinhardt, and Kline. Namely, his style is based on the explorations of pictorial constellations and vibrations which has to do with the fact the artist also produces electronic and experimental music.

Sans Titre or Untitled is an acrylic on canvas released by the artist in the dripping manner typical for Jackson Pollock.

See more info about the work here.

  • Patrick Loste – 4757

Patrick Loste – 4757

Patrick Loste is a Catalan artist best known for his exciting lithographs (executed in varying formats) featuring horses; he is apparently inspired by the prehistoric art and the ancient myths. By embracing the aesthetic of the initial artistic impulses, Loste performs a sort of an anthropological study, a visual odyssey into the mythical, into the unknown.

The numerical title of this artwork also contributes to the artist’s highly conceptual approach.

See more info about the work here.

  • Romain Froquet - Monotype Noir

Romain Froquet - Monotype Noir

This artwork was made by a self-taught French artist Romain Froquet whose graffiti based practice is based on his subconscious. Somewhere in between Piet Mondrian and Paul Klee his unique aesthetic develops and reflects the artist’s ongoing interest in spatiality and different approaches to the treatment of pictorial space.

Monotype Noir is a beautiful lithograph which testifies all the stated above.

See more info about the work here.

  • Mike Solomon - Bardo

Mike Solomon – Bardo

Mike Solomon is a self-taught artist known for his mixed-media paintings. He is apparently influenced by aerial photographs of vast areas of sea, mountains, and land which makes his playful works saturated with contemplative potential and translucent splendor.

Bardo is a painting made by Solomon in 2019 and it resembles the traces of raindrops on a glass surface.

See more info about the work here.

  • Tavar Zawacki - Unlocked

Tavar Zawacki - Unlocked

An American born Berlin-based abstract artist Tavar Zawacki is a well-known graffiti artist who rose to fame in the early 2000s. His former pseudonym ABOVE stands for his firm optimism and a belief one can rise above fears, and challenges. Throughout two decades, Zawacki released many artworks around the world, and he still explores the domains of abstraction with equal passion.

Unlocked is a painting the artist made in 2017.

See more info about the work here.

  • Clare Rojas - Untitled

Clare Rojas - Untitled

The last, but certainly not the least on our top list is the work by Clare Rojes, renowned multimedia artist based in San Francisco known for powerful folk art based on the exploration of  traditional gender roles; she is inspired by Byzantine mosaics, Quaker Art, and Native American textiles, and her slightly surreal narratives are presented  humorous fashion.

The painting Untitled nicely illustrates the mentioned influences and the way the artist is interpreting them according to her visions.

See more info about the work here.