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“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes.”
―Arshile Gorky

A brief history of abstract art taken from

“It is well to remember that a picture, before being a battle horse, a nude woman or some anecdote, is essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order.” —Maurice Denis

While abstraction is evident around the world in art and functional objects, its art-historical significance is as a category for 20th-century Western art that moved away from the faithful representation of nature. The origins of abstraction are commonly located in the works of J.M.W. Turner, Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet, the Impressionists, as well as in the early 1900s, when Paul Cézanne’s stylized, flattened forms influenced what would eventually be called the Cubism of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Arguably the first abstract art movement, Cubism would prove foundational to countless branches of abstract art, including Futurism in Italy, the non-objective abstraction of Wassily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malevich, and Piet Mondrian, and the Purism of Le Corbusier and Amédée Ozenfant. Though the intervening decades have seen returns to representation in different movements, virtually all of the dominant art forms of the latter half of the 20th century—including Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Dada, Pop Art, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art—have embraced the power and aesthetic of formal abstraction in lieu of literal representation.

Previous Exhibitions

2016 08 27 – 2016 09 17. Abstract Diversity, Galleri Lohme
2016 05 06 – 2016 05 16. Abstract Works, Gustavsbergs Hamn
2015 08 18 – 2015 08 31. Abstract Art – Brick Lane Gallery, London
2015 03 07 – 2015 11. Art for Aid – Healthy Hospitals, Coffee Bean Café, Telefonplan Stockholm. Half of proceeds went directly to
2014 12 06. Galleri Ackermann, Nya Djurgårdsvarvet, Stockholm