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Painting and Understanding Abstract Art

By John Lowry

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ISBN: 9781847971715
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 27/07/2010
PAGES: 160
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 280x220 mm
INSIDE: 229 colour illustrations

Painting and Understanding Abstract Art is a practical book on how to paint abstracts but it also explains how to approach and understand abstract art. It moves the teaching of art from a doing level of painting a certain subject in a particular medium to a thinking level of 'what am I doing when I paint?' and 'what am I trying to say in this painting?' Using practical exercises with explanatory text, John Lowry develops the thinking and doing processes together and leads the reader to a greater understanding and appreciation of this most exciting art genre.

Topics covered:

  • Advice on moving from figurative painting towards abstraction
  • Tools to abstraction explained - simplifying and exaggerating; eliminating curves and straights; changing colours, lines and items; emphasising positive and negative shapes; and using contrast
  • Practical exercises to help develop your own style and understand the techniques of the masters
  • Overview of the lives and times of artists involved in the stage-by-stage evolution from realism to abstraction

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" This is an enjoyable as well as instructive look at a technique that's gaining many followers. It should fulfil every need and demand. "
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Reviewed By: The Society for All Artists

" While it is a book of profound leaning, it is also an easy guide from a highly respected teacher of art that is immediately comprehensible. For those who, like me are neither a beginner nor an expert but are among those admire abstract art, there are Lowry's stunning worked examples to enjoy; the product of a highly creative and organised mind. "
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Reviewed By: Michael Southgate

" Teaching abstract art can be a tricky subject but popular art tutor John Lowry sidesteps this by asking questions at every stage in this thought-provoking new book.
His exercises are often surprisingly precise but there is a great variety to the artworks, and the chapter exploring the science behind colour mixing is a particularly valuable read. "
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Reviewed By: Artists & Illustrators

" This is an excellent book for artists in both paint and textiles. "
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Reviewed By: Workshop On The Web

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