Colorful Abstract Art

Colorful abstract art is a feast for all the senses.  It mixes them up, throws them around so that you’re feeling the color, hearing the shapes, seeing the energy.

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Convection, Alexander Calder
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But which colors?

When it comes to home decor wall art, strong, bright colors stimulate a sense of fun, energy and inspiration while paler colors encourage relaxation and help us to calm down and unwind.

Choosing the colors

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Color Arcs in Four Directions, Sol Lewitt
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Choose colourful abstract art in primary colors for rooms where there’s activity and movement and where you want to inspire feelings of get-up-and-go and an ‘I can do it!’, attitude.

Multi-colored pictures are perfect in this setting, as are pictures using shades of orange or bright yellow.

An artwork featuring one or two dominant colors can also create a sense of stillness and pastel colors and paler tones are a natural choice for rooms where you want to relax and unwind.

Color Theory

Color Wheel
The Color Wheel

French Chemist Michel Eugène Chevreul was influential in developing modern theories of color. He explored the way in which colors were perceived differently according to how they were positioned in relation to neighboring colors. His work was influential on artists such as Robert Delaunay and Wassily Kandinsky.

The Color Wheel (above) is used as a way to represent the relationship between primary and secondary colors. Find out more about the color wheel in this article from Wikipedia

Abstract Artists in Color

Robert Delaunay was fascinated by the way in which one color influenced another when they were placed side by side in a painting. His abstract paintings are a riot of color and a celebration of life.

Hans Hofmann uses vibrant colors in his painting, and was a major influence on the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York

Mark Rothko's brooding canvases use color to envelop the viewer and communicate some of the most profound human emotions.