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Abstract Art

Monday, August 03rd, 2009 | Author:

Abstract art is one without an identifiable theme, one which doesn’t narrate something peripheral or try to imitate some thing. as a substitute the colour and appearance are the topics of the abstract art. It’s entirely without an aim or objective.
An additional difference is likely to be made between abstract art which is geometric, for example, the art work of Mondrian, and abstract art that is more liquid such as the abstract art work of Kandinsky or Pollock.
Moreover, usually classified with abstract art are symbolic ideas and paintings which stand for things that aren’t visual or illustrative, like emotions, sounds, or divine occurrences. Symbolic ideas are abstractions or generalizations of reality, where detail is eradicated from identifiable objects leaving only the essence or recognizable form to some extent.
In the history of Western art, the myth that every art for had to represent something or the other was broken at the start of the 20th century. This revolution happened with art movements like Impressionism, Fauvism and Cubism. Impressionism referred to painters not finishing their paintings. On the other hand, in Fauvism, colours were used in a non-realistic way. Cubism, as the name states, referred to painting an object from more than one perspective. These ideas gave rise to the thought that anything like the colour or texture can be the subject or the theme of the painting.
Abstract Expressionism come into sight in the 1940s. It applied the laws of Expressionism to abstract painting. Jackson Pollock’s action painting where paint was dripped, dropped, spread, sprinkled and thrown on the canvas, is a fine example.
Abstract painting has given artists a completely new line of ideas. They have the freedom to listen to their gut, without worrying about the limits of art, paint the canvas the way they want to.

Indian art and Hindu Philosophy

Sunday, April 19th, 2009 | Author:

krisna8Indian art symbols and motifs stem from the inner life of the people and express the truths of the Hindi philosophy. Hence in order to comprehend the true meaning and significance of the art work, one should have a fair knowledge of the abstract conceptions of the philosophical doctrines of the Hindus.

Ancient Indian art reveals a lot of ancient philosophical and metaphysical tenets of Vedic and Upanishad origin. This is evident from the existence of the Trident symbols on the top of the gateways of Stupahs at Sanchi. Symbols such as the tree of life, Bodhi tree, the wheel, the trident, the lotus throne, the fiery pillar have been used since the Vedic times. Symbolism is just inseparable from Indian art. The images that are depicted in Indian art are thoughts rather than a plain imitation of the person or an object. The symbolic footprints, the tree and the wheel are the natural links of these thoughts that are expressed in the paintings.

Some of the images of the Indian art have physical emblems or signs which are of astrological origin. The images of Buddha, Vishnu, Surya, Shiva and other deities are places along with these astronomical signs and symbols.

The tradition of the decorative art of India from which the craftsmen drew their inspiration had been nurtured by the Hindus for many centuries in the pre Buddhist era. The fundamental and the formal technique employed in the oldest sculptures show the transformation of carvings from wood to ivory to stone.

5 elements and their geometrical forms used in Indian art:

Saturday, April 18th, 2009 | Author:

Since the earliest times, artists and craftsmen throughout India have applied their skills to the creation of pleasing and meaningful decorative motifs and symbols. They perfected techniques of sculpting, painting, dyeing and weaving to give a permanent expression to their favorite motifs.

Artists ornamented every element of their surroundings embellished every feature of their architecture and decorated their own bodies in a number of ways. This innate urge to decorate and beautify gave birth to a number of decorative motifs. Most of these motifs are ancient and have been used over the centuries by traditional artisans in almost their original form till the present day.

The symbols for the 5 elements of nature are as follows:

Earth: square

Water: Circle

Fire: Triangle

Air: half moon (Ardha Chandra) (Chandra Bindu)

Sky: of the shape of a droplet

The popularity of some of these motifs has remained fairly constant throughout the history of Indian art, while some other symbols have enjoyed a cyclic popularity. The range of the application of these symbols is indeed wide. All these motifs are straightforward expressions of the human spirit and man’s experience of nature and life. These symbols, the basic geometrical shapes of five elements (Panchabhuta) represent the macrocosm (universe) and also the microcosm (the body). These provided the basis of the most ancient motifs. Among these earlier patterns, a large number has undergone some major changes and transformations of shape. However, in whatever form these are used, they always evoke a decorative and a spiritual streak in you.

Symbolism in Indian Art

Friday, April 17th, 2009 | Author:


superstock_53-1534To excavate symbols and their meanings in Indian art, one has to travel back thousands of years in history. It is extremely difficult to assign a date when these symbols and decorative Indian art designs came into existence. However, with the study of Indian literature and ancient Indian art, one can conjecture and study fascinating patterns that emerge through these. When the early man had discovered the essentials of civilization, such as sand, bricks, walls, wheel etc, he started using and depicting them in paintings in caves. The symbols that were used as a means of communication are also manifested on these wall paintings. These very symbols came to be used as the pictographs later from which emanated the alphabets. The entire cosmos was a mystery for the pre historic man. He used symbols for the sun, the moon and other natural phenomenon of nature.

 The period of Indus Valley Civilization is considered by all art historians as the first significant chapter in the history of India. The objects of art that were discovered from the Indus have most important symbols and decorative designs of Hindu art. Some of these are the square form of seals, nine Peepal leaves, various Gods, the elephant and the bull etc. There were many decorative designs and symbols that were used in pottery which have continued to exist till date. The reason for this continuity of artistic and cultural tradition continues to exist through the oral tradition with information being passed from generations to generations.