When applied to art, it usually refers to work which is not representational. Abstract art is concerned with ideas that are drawn away from everyday reality and given expression. The artist's starting point is sometimes based on aspects of reality but is often concerned with the depiction of ideas that have no basis in everyday reality. Work that is recognisably drawn from real life is sometimes called ‘semi abstract’.

Browse the glossary

cross linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram