Category Archives: arts and painting
125 Year Old Technique
I walked into an exhibition on a Thursday evening in 2000; and there was this small painting of a girl carefully made in small coloured dots that looks clearer from a distance. It was beautiful and I instantly fell in love with the technique.
I decided to give it a try. The painting above is the product of that trial. I named the painting ‘Algaita’ (The Royal Trumpet). It’s one of the musical instruments played for people of royalty among the Hausa’s in Northern Nigeria.
In this technique, small distinct dots of pure colours are applied to compose the image. The viewer’s eye and mind blend the coloured patterns into normal tones thereby making the image clearer (clarity is best when looked at from a distance)
The technique was developed by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in 1886.
See you next time.
Posted with WordPress for BlackBerry.
Last month, I discussed the first few steps on how to read abstract painting. Here are the last few tips:
A balance of form and colour
Since the initial stage of contact (a representational element) is disposed off in abstract painting, you will find yourself confronted by balance of colour and form. If there is balance of colour and form, the relationship between elements becomes clearer. Then composition which can be lost through the potency of the subject may emerge. Here the onlooker will be undisturbed; and he is taken into a cool world of ideas where harmony reigns supreme.
Participate with the artist
One can only approach this understanding by participating with the artist. This is because on one hand, the artist gives a totality of himself and his own interpretation of the world around him (inner meaning). The spectator on the other hand, only accepts the facets of this interpretation through the facet of his personality. This constitutes a meeting point between them.
It is true that understanding and appreciating abstraction demands great intellectual efforts, i.e. meeting the artist half way, going intellectually and consciously towards him. In language, abstraction means departure from the concrete, and in art, it denotes abandoning the conventional.
Abstract quality has always existed in art. The abstract quality of a painting is when all the pictoral elements such as composition, colour etc, can be decomposed into absolutes (angles, squares circles etc) and are subordinated to the harmony of the whole composition.
Quality assessment of abstract art must therefore, be judged through the harmonious balance of elements with each other, and so also the total effects. It is also important to understand that every picture is a combination of varying degrees of emotion and intellectual ideas subordinated to a central feeling.
See you next time
- Abstract art has a subject; you should know that.
- Know that A balance of form and colour makes abstactions pleasing to look at.
- Participate with the artist helps a lot.
Now lets take a look at these points in turn.