Fine Abstract Art.. Fine Abstract Art by artist Mary Clanahan. Definition of fine abstract art, who made it first, who makes it now and why it works.

Any dictionary or art information site will tell you that abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures. They will define fine art as creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content. Initially, fine art was created for pure ascetics. Unlike applied arts, fine art looks pretty and is created for no practical purpose.  Applied arts are arts that have to also serve some practical function. Fine art does at times refer to the skill or discipline it takes to create it, denoting not the quality of the artwork in question but the purity of the discipline.

Abstract art uses color, shape and light to tell its story. Expressing relationships with no distinguishing reality is difficult and when done right, is my favorite form of art. Abstracts are pretty much the opposite of applied arts in that there is zero practice purpose. Abstraction is an expression of a visual language of form color and line. This form of art has become a representative of the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy.

I enjoy making fine abstract art so much. I get something from it that makes no appearance when working with impressionist landscapes or conceptual art. Maybe with abstracts, I am accessing parts of my brain that I don’t with other art forms. A part of my brain in much need of use. I am improving in skill and technique but I have always had an abstract artist’s love of the world.

Please refer to Wikipedia Abstract Art article to learn more about fine abstract art. The world of abstracts is large and well if not overly defined. There are sub-categories with sub-categories and a great history from the 19th century to the present. Learn, learn, learn, so much to learn.

The featured abstract art above is called Melon Steel, by artist Mary Clanahan and is available for sale as an art print at Fine Art America Gallery Art Store.