Scribe: Mutasim Director: Zakariya
Abstract Art can seem a bit complicated. Some people find it difficult, because abstract artists don’t try to represent the world in a realistic way, like a photograph, but often paint strong sensations or feelings, like Speed, Energy, Growth, or maybe they love to paint large areas of colour, or flowing lines, strong shapes or angry moods, or stillness.
Mutasim wrote: We saw that abstract paintings are not necessarily of recognisable things. They can seem to be random stuff, like what we see quickly, or think or dream about. Abstract work can be in colour, or not.
Victor Pasmore’s painting The Lifeboat reminded some of us of sea shanties. The curving lines, curling over, looked like waves in the sea. The painter looks at the water, sees the ways it moves.
The still-life painting by Juan Gris (who was a friend of Picasso’s) called Still-Life with a Bottle of Suze looks more realistic at first because we can see it’s a bottle, newspaper and glass. But Gris has shown them looking tilted and different from normal objects.
Phyllida Barlow’s drawings Leaf and Field made us wonder what we could be looking at. They reminded us a bit of things from nature, like a big area of land, or a lilypad, or a forest.
Last of all we looked again at The Lifeboat and Tanbir thought he saw a tiny plane in among the waves. It could be a bird… then we thought it might be the reflection of a plane flying over the sea, reflected in the water!