Digital Abstract Art
Trying to be innovative and unique, artists of the 20th century brought abstract art into the scene again. Let us not forget that humanity made its first artistic trials exactly with figurative, but abstract pictures. The 21st century made another step into the deep abstract sea of opportunities with the technical opportunities of the new technologies and the online art space. So today we see a new boom of offers.
What does Abstract mean?
In technical terms abstract means to separate or extract something from something else. Abstract art can be based on an object, figure, or landscape, where forms have been simplified or schematized or are not even recognizable. It also applies to art that uses forms, and shapes, which have no source at all in external visual reality. This so-called ‘pure’ abstraction has preferred terms such as concrete art or non-objective art.
Abstract art is often seen as carrying a moral and philosophical dimension. It is believed to praise virtues such as order, purity, simplicity, and spirituality. What is most important though is that Abstract art needs the viewer to interact and reflect. It is not easy to understand. So one needs to be educated in a way to enjoy abstract pictures.
Digital abstract art was born
Today the fast development in digital technology had a profound impact on art as well. Not only in the advertising world creators started to work with digital tools, but also other art types can emerge through the click of the mouse. Software and apps allow artists to create in the digital realm with ease.
The new software features offer endless opportunities. The software is key in digital abstract art. Even when mixing the digital with traditional painting, sculpture, or photography, artists need software to create the art piece. And imagine that printing technologies allow us to transfer an art piece to new objects. This idea is key in our work at HINSA. We try to take art off the wall and bring it into the everyday life of people.
Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Painter were often used by realistic and figurative illustrators and photographers, many of its filters (like Photoshop Wave) are extremely useful for creating a variety of abstract digital patterns. In our AI-related article, we reported about the generative algorithms creating genuine (code-based) abstract art.
NFTs brought the digital tools to a very new area, where limited digital copies of a digital artwork become collector’s online art favorites.
Top Digital Artists
While abstract artworks are a very subjective matter, still curators, collectors, and social media help with top lists of digital 3D artists.
Some of the names are not abstract artists. The art of Mandy Jurgens, Irina French, Jeszika LeVie, Dan Volbert, Bareth Frymire, and others are rather comic books style artists, people love their digital art. They create a beautiful reality only the human mind can do.
Artist like Tasia M.S. with million followers on IG can gather not less than 30-40K likes for a picture.
Igor Barulin from Latvia, born in 1959, is much closer to what abstract art is meant to be.
Looking into the online space of Saatchi Art in the Abstract Digital Art section one finds over 7000 offerings – difficult not to find a favorite one.