ABSTRACT ART BY ARTHUR LANYON – Over the years that I’ve been involved with art I don’t really think I’ve met more than a handful of people who really understand abstract art, or indeed understand what a particular piece is supposed to represent.
Most people, when viewing art, require definitive answers to what they are viewing, for example they want to know it is a painting of a building, such as those by contemporary artist Alan Barsby, landscape or a person. In other words people like to be able to determine, at first glance, what a painting is about.
With abstract art there appears no definitive answer and I now view abstract art as a way of self expression, even if it wasn’t me that applied paint to canvas. Over the years I have laid my eyes on thousands of paintings and like anyone else, there are pieces that I have loved and pieces that I have hated. One thing I have learned is that even with the pieces that I have hated, the artist has achieved something, and that is a reaction.
I now appreciate, in my own opinion, that this is the core meaning to abstract art; allowing the person viewing to determine what the painting is about and whether it is appealing or not.
In this article I would like to focus on Arthur Lanyon, who I personally think, produces some wonderful abstract paintings. As we view his work, try looking at Arthur’s work, not trying to get inside his head, but look deeper into your own subconscious and see what each piece means to you.
No two people ever see abstract art the same way and that is what makes abstract art truly unique for everyone.
“My process of painting continually evolves within different stages of concentration, one that is figuratively minded and one based on abstract formal decisions. I find that these types of mindset are activated by one another’s absence.” Arthur Lanyon.
When it comes to purchasing abstract art, most people often avoid doing so due to not knowing where they will hang such a painting in their home. Abstract art, in my view, is best placed in a modern, contemporary style interior design and a piece should really stand alone. Abstract art is generally very dramatic and in order to get the most from it, it should not be distracted with anything around it.
I can guarantee you one thing if you ever purchase something as wonderful as Arthur’s artwork above, and that is, you will get a lot of of friends and family passing comments, and these will range from the highly complimentary to the something far less favorable. In light of the latter don’t be offended – remember abstract art, by its very nature, is designed to cause a reaction and as we all perceive abstract art in different ways, so the views of others will differ.
The most important thing, when buying any type of abstract art is that you love what you buy. I know of people who have placed this type of art in their homes and the effect is not only stunning it provides the owner with something completely unique. A very good friend of mine once said, when I asked him the question; “What do you see in it?” replied… “That’s the whole point in abstract art Graham – I perceive it differently each time I gaze upon it and it never fails to entertain my imagination.”
So there you have my interpretation of abstract art and I am sure, when you view any abstract art you will have a completely different view. Take a look at Arthur Lanyon’s website for more wonderful creations - www.arthurlanyon.co.uk