The Importance of Line in Abstract Art

Framed Art Print

Framed Art Print

Abstract art is meant to evoke a feeling through the exploration of seven major elements of color, shape, line, form, space, texture value and color. Artists manipulate these elements and mix them with design principles to create interesting visual art.  The importance of line in abstract art can be demonstrated through how the artist uses line in the composition. Lines can be dotted, wavy, straight, spiral, fat/thin, zig zag, curvy, vertical, horizontal, diagonal, parallel, angles and perpendicular. How an artists combines the lines and pairs them with color and shapes create art that we find stimulating, calm or even upsetting. 

Detail of Organic Abstraction

Detail of Organic Abstraction

"Organic Abstraction" is my latest painting in which I wanted to explore the importance of line to create a very abstract painting that has a more organic feel to it. I used a lot of lines as can be seen in the detail shot and varied their thickness to create a sense of texture and movement on the canvas. By using bold colors against more muted ones and varying the degree of thickness of the lines and their directions the painting is a juxtaposition of calm and excitement. 

I hope I was able to give you a little insight into the importance of line in abstract art and show you how I use these design elements in my work. 

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