Glossary

Abstract Art

Abstract Art depicts anything other than a person, place or thing, most commonly portrayed in a painting or sculpture. The subject of this nonobjective work is fundamentally based on what the eye sees through the shapes, colors, brushstrokes, size and scale of the work. Abstract Art often emphasizes lines, shades, generalized and geometrical forms, usually referring to the relationship between one another. It is a form of nonrepresentational art, not portraying any object known in physical nature.

Abstract Art commenced in the early 1900’s, most noticeably by the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, who is often referred to as the “Father of Abstract Art.” He paid close attention to the relationship between color and form to create sight, sound, and engagement from the public through his aesthetic creations.

Abstract Artists

De Buck Gallery abstract artists Dion Johnson and Joseph Cohen are most widely known for their practice in this from of art.

Dion Johnson focuses on the unique interplay of overlapping and crisscrossing colors and shapes, creating illusions of movement and spatial relationships of varying depths. Johnson combines and explores dynamic opposites using these colors and shapes to expose the contradictions between expansiveness and compression, darkness and light.

Joseph Cohen predominantly focuses on the physical nature of paint and human perception. In his most recent series, “Propositions,” Cohen uses hundreds of layers of paint to create varying surfaces that chromatically shift when engaged by the viewer. He is deeply involved in the textures of this medium and the different angles achieved through motion and different perspectives.