Abstract art can be a little difficult to understand. If you’re not careful it can look like fingerpainting. Here are two steps that can help you enjoy abstract art. We’re going to to look at a great artist today – I was lucky enough to find Homare Ikeda’s work. He is from Denver, Colorado. He says his work is a, “vehicle for the unknown”.
So First step, find good music to listen to as you look at art. While I realize tastes may vary, for this art I found this music (I couldn’t find just the right music – so I made a play list😊):
Now remember when you were little and you played that game when you looked up at the clouds and tried to find the shapes? The elephants? The rabbits? The pirate ships? The horses galloping across the sky?
Mr Ikeda’s paintings are universes of cloudy skies, full of swirling clouds of every color and shape and imaginable. I see maps of martian cities. I see the ecosystems of cells where the building blocks of life are put together. I see the roaring surfaces of suns. I see the spirals of sea shells on life rafts being born to far shores carrying stories that you can hear when you put them up to your ear. I see an elephant hiding under a quilt. I confess, I’ve been to his website, and I got lost scrolling through his artwork.
You can see more of his work on his Tumblr. I’ve used these works with Mr. Ikeda’s kind permission. I hope can find some time to spend with Mr. Ikeda’s art.
Ali Esmaeilipour was born in Iran. He was also trained in Iran, before moving to Singapore in 1988. Here is an excerpt from an interview Artling:
“Being an artist means to re-create the world as you see it, so that people can understand the meaning of your life” states Ali Esmaeilipour. For almost three decades now, Ali Esmaeilipour has been inviting you into his inner realm by means of his canvas. Personal objects, rendered in a realistic yet lyrical manner, are often the focus of his paintings. The body of his work has often been categorized as “still life” but this remains a label Ali disagrees with. Objects, he states, are the principal players in Ali’s paintings because they are visual representations of a thought or a sentiment, and their combination enables Ali to create both an emotional depth and a sense of time that is almost tangible to the beholder.
Juliette Mahieux Bartoli is a French-Italian artist born in 1989. She now lives and works in London. Her current work “Pax Romana” was created by taking photographs of herself, then she cuts and rearranges these pictures. Then these pictures were used as something of a template for the oil paintings. Thanks to Fad Magazine. See Juliette’s show “Pax Romana” at the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in London, UK November 2016. You can follow Juliette Mahieux Bartoli’s work on Instagram and her webpage.