“My five-year-old could do that, and I reckon my dog would do no worse!” How many times have you heard that said about an abstract artwork? Maybe you’ve even said it yourself. Abstract art gets a very bad wrap from a lot of people who don’t understand it, don’t want to understand it and see it as art from people who never learnt to draw or paint properly. The problem is that when people make such remarks, they are forgetting that what they are looking at has already been made, they, their five-year-old and their dog would be merely imitating or copying. Who thought of the idea first?


Our society’s art values are still very much entrenched in realism. If one can’t understand what one is looking at, then it’s dismissed as being ‘valid’ art. Things that are uncomfortable to the eye shouldn’t be taken seriously. Abstract art is a foreign language to most people. learning a second language is usually a challenge, one that most would avoid.



I love abstraction and I’ve been a keen follower since my teenage years. Unlike a lot of artists whose work is spontaneous, mine is planned and ideas are sourced from my environment both natural and man-made, the former being prominent in my latest work.

Spring 1




The Promise of Spring is my latest abstract coloured pencil painting. The idea came from the pattern on a brick and a theme that I recently finished on the Midlands area of Tasmania. There is an influence of the work of the Australian artist Fred Williams, someone whose work I admire a great deal. From a distance this painting may seem devoid of any recognisable forms, but you may notice in the detail below, that there is evidence of vegetation. The Midlands area of Tasmania is more often straw-coloured than not, but when it rains the landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation. This painting depicts the time not long after a recent period of heavy rain.

Spring 2



Is this painting a landscape or an abstract? I’ll let you decide.







About artkleko

artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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6 Responses to ABSTRACT ART

  1. Pablo says:

    It’s not a of matter of challenge but taste. .. If someone doesn’t like a piece is just that. .. nothing else.
    In my case I’ve never really liked abstract pieces, with a few remarkable exceptions…some of them are pleasant to see… or meaningful.
    I looked your art and I found that you have enough skills to paint more realistic art. ..
    I just love figurative art… That’s it… and many people feel the same way.

  2. I really appreciate your abstract work Richard, though I am not always a fan of abstract. The abstract art I like is based on the real, then pushed to show the artist interpretation of what they see. I like to interpret that myself first, and then find out the artist reasons for the image. I find abstractions to be more about the image and the creativity of the artists vision. Realism seems to me to be about technique. While I can admire the skill, some super realism leaves me cold. It is like a pianist who can play all the notes perfectly, but does not interpret the piece themselves. Karen

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