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British artist Damien Hirst has dominated the modern art scene for over thirty years and has created some of the most prominent pieces of abstract art in recent decades. The topics of life, death and one’s existence is continually explored in recurring motifs of skulls, sharks and spots. We offer a range of high-quality prints of Damien Hirst’s artwork signed by the artist himself, including the limited edition print of For the Love of God (2014), one of Hirst’s most prized artworks of a crystallised skull that epitomises Hirst’s exploration of life and death. We also offer abstract-minimal works of Damien Hirst, such as the collectable print Doxylamine (2007). Displaying 12x9 rows of coloured dots, the print’s minimal style enables the viewer to solely engage with the artwork’s symmetry and colour. Explore the work of Lauren Baker for artworks similar to Hirst’s.
For up-and-coming abstract artists, we recommend award-winning artist Daniela Schweinsberg. Her work The Smell of Green highlights a sense of urgency, with its large scale creating a forceful impact with the viewer.
Abstract art is a modern art movement that originated in the 20th century. The genre of Abstract art can be defined as a style that is non-objective, non-figurative, non-representative and, ultimately, completely detached from realism. This genre is seen as one of the pioneering styles that has given birth to modern and contemporary art.
The origins of abstract art can be seen in the development of Post-Impressionism and the work of Paul Gaugin, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne. After the First World War, European artists felt disillusioned with reality and its depiction in traditional art forms. This disapproval paved the way for radical artistic movements to develop new ideas about abstraction.
Russian Avant Garde artists such as Kazimir Malevich pioneered conceptual abstraction during the 1910s and 1920s. Through his series of writings and artworks, artists such as Kazimir contemplated the role of artists creating art that should be seen as a spiritual activity, removing all material elements of reality from their work. Kazimir’s Black Square (1915) is viewed as one of the earliest pieces of modern abstract art with the painting’s removal of all pictorial themes of western art. Instead, the artist invites unlimited possibilities for the viewer to see in the empty space of black coloured brushwork.
As political turmoil and totalitarianism rose during the interwar years in Europe, many European artists flocked to Paris.The city became a melting pot of artists and their ideas and styles. Dutch painter Piet Mondrian produced a distinct style of grid-based paintings with black lines and filled blocks of primary colours. Mondrian’s philosophy was to push all references of reality until he obtained pure abstraction to present basic elements of line and colour. Mondrian believed this abstraction created an aesthetic language of lines and primary colours that can be used to reveal natural and universal forces which underlie the world. For example, the use of assorted lines and colours in Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray and Blue (1921) reveals an asymmetrical rhythm which can be interpreted as Mondrian’s reflection of the movement of modern life.
After the Second World War, European cities lost their artist communities as many sought refuge in New York City. This migration of artists encouraged a revolution of American abstract artwork in the mid-century. Here, artists further pushed the boundaries of abstract art, from Jackson Pollock’s use of large-scale painting, to Mark Rothko’s colourist techniques. These artists, along with many others, redefined modern art with their experimentation of abstraction.
Jackson Pollock created abstract artwork on an expansive scale, developing a rhythmic pattern when working with rapid loose brushwork. This artistic method developed the term ‘action painting’ which applied to Pollock’s quick-working period. Pollock used this technique to further detach his paintings from reality and focus on the internal expression of the individual.
Mark Rothko developed abstraction through his experimentation of colourism. In Red On Marron (1959), Rothko created four large oil paintings designed to be hung on three walls. The scale and staging of the paintings were designed to make the viewer feel engulfed by the artwork to encourage a reflective and meditative state one might experience in a religious location.
As materials and techniques developed throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, artists continued to explore and experiment with these materials and techniques to further push conceptual ideas of abstraction.
Anish Kapoor’s Ishi’s Light (2003) is a 3m high sculpture made out of fibre glass, resin and lacquer. Anish had long been influenced by minimalists such as Barnette Newman and made reference to Newman’s minimalist painting Anna Lights. This sculpture depicts an incomplete egg which invites the viewer to step into the structure, allowing the incomplete shell of red blood lacquer to surround and engulf the participant. This bodily participation and feelings for the viewer reflects abstract ideas as the sculpture has no pictorial narrative. It’s a piece that says nothing but allows the viewer to freely engage with everything that speaks to them from the piece.