Aesthetics in Design
What is Abstract Realism?
Abstract Realism is an artform that combines two contradictory aesthetics of design, abstract art and realism. Abstract art does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality, but instead uses colors, textures, lines, and shapes to create form and gesture effects to convey a certain emotion or rhythm. Realism in contrast aims to accurately capture detail in nature and reality to create an unembellished depiction of contemporary life. Abstract Realism is a combination of these two aesthetics that create an abstract impression of real life.
How it began
After the invention of the camera, realism lost much of its popularity as an artform and artists began to experiment with depicting their feelings, emotions, experiences, and inner thoughts into their works. Those first works became the foundation of Expressionism and Impressionism and was the birth of the current term Abstract Realism.
Of the examples I was able to find online, most of the works implementing this aesthetic are poorly executed. My reasoning for this opinion is because in many of these works, the styles of abstract art and realistic art are really just mashed next to one another on one art board. Rather than merging the two opposing artforms, they are separated and the image feels offbeat. I was however able to find a few artists who perfectly achieve the surreal and emotional effect that truly defines what Abstract Realism encapsulates.
View from Above
Portrait of Sid
Field of Dreams 2
This aesthetic can clearly be satisfied in a number of ways and there are many different interpretations as to how to implement abstract art techniques into the form of real elements from life. Due to its very broad definition, many different works can be considered to have this aesthetic, although very few can achieve its effect to perfection (many examples online overdo it to such a degree that the art becomes too noisy and loses rhythm). Many expressionism and impressionism works can be considered Abstract Realism. Even Van Gogh’s work can be considered to contain elements of this aesthetic. My favorite artist who performs the best in this artform would have to be Hyatt Moore: long an occasional painter, he began in earnest in 1996, first focusing on international peoples, then to full time occupation in 2004, with an ever-broadening array of subjects and approaches https://www.hyattmoore.com/artist/about.