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Significance-Abstract Art from the Ethereal seriesIf you’ve read my blog at all, you know I have strong feelings and offer plenty of argument for abstract art and plenty to say against any idea of its illegitimacy.

Recently, I realized that most of my readers (or even collectors or writers who advocate abstract art), actually fail to understand the full implication of what I’m saying about abstract art.

In reality, what I say in most of my blog posts, defending and “pushing” abstract art; those things are not only for the benefit of abstract art or to promote it. The impetus behind abstract art, encompasses all that we are and all that we have accomplished or will accomplish as human beings.

Humankind has a vital need for creativity! It is the lifeblood of our existence. So much of who we are and what we have is a direct result of us exercising our boundless and effectual creativity.

Imagine, for a moment, that all artists cease from creating works of art that deviate in any way from stark realism. Then allow that lack of creativity to permeate everything else in our lives. Now, what impact would that have on our world? If you think it’s minimal, outside of the art world, you’d be dead wrong!

What kinds of things would we not have today if certain individuals in the past had not been creative, had not thought outside the box, succumbed to the notion of maintaining the “status quo”, heeded sayings like “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” or “don’t rock the boat”?

Many, many things! Think about it. And creativity is not only required by artists and inventors. It is part and parcel to the successes of every occupation and endeavor from the most powerful and influential industry giant down to the youngest and seemingly talentless “nobody”. Everyone is a player.

And we all learn and develop our creative skills through practice, involvement and…through art appreciation.

I mean to emphasize that we’re talking more than just abstract art here. My blog’s mission and crusade focuses on abstract art, and maybe most people don’t care about that. But, in my view, to the extent that we look down on, ignore, dismiss or relegate to the workings of derelicts and fraudsters, the vast and profound works of modern abstract art, to that degree we stifle progress, both in our physical, industrial and economic world and in the intellect and creativity of our minds, and in the minds of our children.

Creativity, as practiced and made manifest in abstract art, as well as music, dance, architecture and literature, is critical to the progress and well-being of all mankind.

Again, where would we be if we were not creative? And what about the future? Should we not nurture creativity and free-thinking in our children? Their future depends on it!

Free your mind and embrace…no, celebrate, the numerous virtues of all forms of art, especially those of modern abstract art.

Curtis Verdun

  8 Responses to “The Value of Abstract Art”

  1. Hi Curtis,
    I really had to respond to your article.
    You are an ‘Artist for Artists’… I don’t know how else to put it, and hope you know I mean that as the highest compliment I can make!
    Your ability to communicate via the written word evoking an emotive and visual response is unique.
    You intellectualise (I mean that as a positive) and articulate not only your ideas, but concepts and visions in a manner that de-mystifies the ‘artspeak/jargon’ which is so prevalent amongst artists and historians.

    Lovin’ your work!!

    Thanking you again!!

    • Thank you, Lindy.

      I try to write ideas as they formulate in my head and I try to think in as simple terms as possible. I agree, there is indeed so much written with both conflicting views and difficult to understand jargon.

      My purpose, for myself and those who care to read my writing, is to quantify why I paint what I paint and what I like in other artists. Understanding good art doesn’t have to be complicated and it can be enjoyable. We just need to open our minds. If what I write helps in any way, then I’ll post it.

      I learn so much from others. I need to give something back.

      Thanks, again.

  2. That’s a real breath of fresh air Curtis! I spend my whole life trying to get people to paint and have a go – not to scare them to death but to allow them to get that release that abstraction gives you. We get it but others do not, and this is such a shame because I am convinced that our world would be a better place if we could all channel our energy into creating instead of destroying.

    Love the way you portray your feelings dude, you have completely transformed my Monday morning!

  3. Hi Curtis, I just found your post and I really appreciate your thought. Art is indeed the perfect platform to express one’s emotions and opinions. Some people find it difficult to understand art because they just don’t open their minds with the possibilities that it has to offer. I like the way how you express yourself. It certainly is straight from the heart and mind.

  4. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I’m quite sure I will learn plenty of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  5. Wow – as an abstract artist – all I can say is YOU ROCK! You articulate so much better what I try to communicate. Great job.

  6. You have put into words so wonderfully what creativity can do to change a life, a world. Yes, nuture creativity in children – at any age!!

  7. Have you stoppped posting? I hope not – I really enjoy your point of view…and paintings. They are fantastic!

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