Abstract art is a way of expressing a modified view of the world by simplifying or complicating the use of colour, shape and form. A discipline based very much on emotion, abstract art stimulates an individual's thoughts, beliefs, ideas and imagination. Here, we've found 10 amazing examples to inspire you...
01. Edvard Scott
Edvard Scott (opens in new tab) is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Stockholm. Over the years, his eye-catching work has attracted the attention of many leading brands, including Nokia, IKEA, L’Oréal, Mini Cooper, Electronic Arts, Graniph, Royal Festival Hall and Wellcome Trust. Among other things, Scott's strange illustrations are inspired by Radiolab (opens in new tab), a public radio show about science and storytelling.
02. George Smith
George Smith (opens in new tab) is a 29-year-old abstract digital artist, who's been creating abstract artwork for almost a decade. His surreal vision of the world is filled with overlapping layers of lines, photos, text and abstract shapes that form a unique and original point of view.
03. Constantin Majrowski
Artist Constantin Majrowski (opens in new tab) spent a number of years studying the work of 17th and 18th century painters, exploring colour, form and light, before creating his own abstract works using oil on canvas. Painting professionally for more than 27 years now, Majrowski's work has been exhibited in private collections across Europe and the US.
04. Peter Balkov
This vibrant, abstract artwork entitled 'Ride the Stars Tonight' was produced by graphic and interactive designer Peter Balkov (opens in new tab). Specialising in web and advertising, Balkov makes use of vivid, striking colours in this personal project.
05. Stef Goovaerts
Artist Stef Goovaerts (opens in new tab) created this eye-catching abstract piece, 'Twisted', in 2011. A member of online collective deviantART (opens in new tab), Goovaerts has an awe-inspiring portfolio full of beautiful abstract imagery and describes this piece as "twisted, just like my mind".
06. Marta Marcé
This beautiful abstract painting is just one of many created by Spanish artist Marta Marcé (opens in new tab). Perfectly controlled colours and shapes feature the occasional paint drip imperfection, revealing the human behind it. Marcé describes her style as "the balance of painting that allows the power of thought as well as the power of feeling. The capacity to reflect on our own nature, to abstract but also to feel: the rational and sensuous experience".
07. Justin Maller
Justin Maller (opens in new tab) is founder and creative director of Depthcore (opens in new tab), an international art group with an abstract focus. The talented artist created this gorgeous piece, titled Burial, in collaboration with illustrator Mike Harrison (opens in new tab) for Depthcore's chapter XLIV: Echoes.
08. Vera Molnar
Born in Budapest in 1924, Vera Molnar (opens in new tab)'s artist career began at the age of 12, when she began producing paintings of trees and nymphs. As her creativity progressed, in 1946 Molnar's focus changed to producing abstract geometrical-systematic art. And in 1968, Molnar began using computers, using them to create algorithmic paintings based on simple geometric shapes.
09. Niklas Lundberg
Specialising in design and illustration, artist Niklas Lundberg (opens in new tab) founded creative playground Diftype (opens in new tab) and is also a part of the Depthcore Collective. A super-talent, Lundberg's work has attracted him clients including Nissan, MTV, NBC and the Grammys. This architecture-inspired piece was created in collaboration with Ehren Kallman (opens in new tab).
10. Lucas Zoltowski
Lucas Zoltowski (opens in new tab) is the artist behind this stunning abstract piece entitled Rise and Fall, and his DeviantArt portfolio is full of equally incredible abstract art. Zoltowski describes this piece as "an an experiment in contrasts and opposites. Light and dark, soft and sharp. Rising and falling".
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