What exactly is Lyrical Abstraction?
Why do I use the catchphrase “Lyrical Abstraction” in describing my art? Working with a wonderful art coach a year or so ago, one of the suggestions she made was to come up with a “tag line” for my art that would differentiate it from other abstract painters and something that would more clearly define my “style.” The art coach said to look at my art objectively and find an evocative title that could be used to describe it. Since my paintings are abstract in nature, that part was really easy. But, how to describe my particular approach to conceptual painting? That process was a little more involved and took a lot of thought and reflection. My paintings have a lot of movement and color and my art coach called them “animated abstractions.” However, I felt “animated” was a word I associate with cartoons and that didn’t fit my work. So, I started looking for another word that felt right and stumbled across the word “lyrical.” It means “of literature, art, or music, expressing the writer’s (artist’s) emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way.” This description really resonated and I felt that “lyrical” unequivocally defines what I set out to convey in my paintings.
A collector from South Carolina recently shared her thoughts about my paintings: “I have been purchasing art from you for at least 15 years now. From the first piece to the last (which I’m sure will be far into the future), your work has brought color, joy and even peace into our home. Each piece is different and unique and each elicits only positive feelings and energy daily. Your creativity is palpable with a range of style, looks and beauty to reach anyone who may be lucky enough to own some of your work. I look forward to what you bring in the future and want you to know that your art has enhanced the aesthetic experiences in our home.” ~ Tara Darby
It is very humbling, fascinating and rewarding to hear people’s responses and reactions to my paintings. The nature of abstract art is that everyone interprets it according to their own individual history and perspective. In that way, each person who views my paintings, or any piece of abstract art, sees something unique and very personal.
“Abstraction demands more from me than realism. Instead of reproducing something outside of me, now I go inward and use everything I’ve learned thus far in my life.”
– Susan Avishai, Canadian fine artist
What has been your experience when looking at abstract art? Has your opinion changed over time?