Abstract Paintings
18th Feb 2014Posted in: Abstract Paintings 3
Abstract : My Week in View

Everything comes around they say and art movements like fashion can also have a cyclical nature. One day the zeitgeist is just ready to understand or revisit ideas.

Abstract painting, once the centre of the storm in the post-war art world is making something of a comeback, particularly in the main country of its birth, the USA.

This piece from Abstract Critical caught my eye this week: “So why abstraction now? It’s not just the fickleness of fashion and taste. The most obvious attraction of abstract paintings is as a reaction against technology. It reflects our need for objects in a screen-based world. Real colour in paint is incredibly different to what you get from an inkjet printer or pixel. There’s something about material realness that these paintings bring to the fore. Texture as an antidote to the texturelessness of our lives.”

I think this is so true and I think it applies to all the plastic arts. As humans we need to connect to other humans through the marks they make the sounds they produce and the words they say. Abstraction can get to the unspoken matter of our thoughts and emotions in a very direct way, like music. We need to see a human presence in the art work not just an idea or concept.

Abstraction grew up partly as a reaction to the photograph and its visual dominance, now it is also a reaction to the screen images that permeate every area of our lives. Man by nature is a maker of marks and symbols and long may that continue.

I have just been working in paper on monotype abstracts and these are my Drawings du Jour:

“Broken Hearts 1 and 2”



Broken Hearts 1 lo Broken Hearts2 lo

3 Responses

  1. Liz Grout says:

    Thought provoking – full of feeling and emotion! They are obviously meant to be together.

  2. Than says:

    Hi David,
    Beautiful, so different to much of your work.
    I wonder if the recurring of abstraction is also in response to the ever tightening structures and patterns we live by and within. It feels like we are settled into a cultural softness supported by these structures, comforted by the social and cultural codes that have developed and like you say abstraction cuts through it all; away from the mind, back to the body.

    Im really enjoying you’re blog, great to see and here what you are up to.

    Send my birthday wishes to Penny.
    Lots of love to you both. x

    • David Cottingham says:

      Thank you dear Than for your great comments and for your Birthday wishes to Penny. Hoping to see you soon and I have lots of ideas to run pass you! xx

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