5 Reasons Why Abstracts Are This Year’s Most Popular Collection
Abstracts take a step away from reality and present a subjective view of the world. While the subject matter of an abstract piece might not be immediately obvious, it is hugely variable nevertheless, and in Bluethumb’s collection you can find just about everything.
This year has seen some incredible pieces uploaded to the site, so we’re not really surprised at its huge popularity. However, we also wanted to go a little bit deeper into the question of why abstracts appeal to people in 2017.
1. They’re one of a kind
Every single piece on Bluethumb is one of a kind, but the lack of control demanded by major abstract genres such as expressionism or impressionism, and certain mediums, such as resin, means that these pieces are really, really one of a kind – they’d be pretty darn difficult to reproduce! 2017 has marked another year of mass produced iPhones and celeb-driven trends; no wonder so many people want to set their walls apart with something truly unique.
2. They’re challenging
Abstract pieces take a step away from reality, representing subject matter in a more conceptual way; they prompt the viewer to think about their own interpretation and what the artist is trying to communicate. In other words, they require a little bit of independent thought. At a time when viral videos take up a good 20% of our time, it doesn’t hurt to look up every now and then and engage in the colours and shapes on the canvas.
3. They work in any room
There’s nothing quite like walking into your own little haven and shutting the door on an often chaotic world outside. Your home should be somewhere warm and inviting, and abstract artworks are a lovely addition to any room. The fact that they don’t resemble anything too closely means that you’re unlikely to get sick of them, and they’re easy to transfer between rooms or houses. With artwork you treasure, any wall can feel like home! No need to stop eating smashed avo after all, then…
4. They change the way we think about things
The great thing about abstract artwork is that it shows us an individual’s outlook on the subject matter, whether that’s an idea, a scene, a person or just a mood. Of course, this is true of any artwork, but abstract work moves away from reality and towards a more personal, subjective perception. In other words, abstracts encourage us to appreciate the world in a whole new way! After all, let’s face it – in today’s political climate, remaining open-minded can be only a good thing.
5. They give us a break from reality
Finally, one of the best things of all about abstract art is that it gives us a break from reality! In a world full of viral videos, crazy politics and mass-produced goods, sometimes all you want is to let your imagination wander with something a little less concrete.
Cover image: Jacquelyn Stephens in her studio.