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Abstract art is a kind of visual thinking with colour, shape, form and medium. Abstraction often involves a spontaneous and intuitive approach to artistic creation. However, it also requires aesthetic rational behind the creative expression - i.e. the artist has to select what is essential to create abstract art. The nature of abstract art is evocative rather than descriptive. It can stimulate our senses and inner feelings without story-telling.

19 artworks

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14 March 1947 (still life – spotted curtain)
© Angela Verren Taunt. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
14 March 1947 (still life – spotted curtain) 1947
Ben Nicholson (1894–1982)
Oil on board
H 46.1 x W 52.1 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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The Tempest
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images . Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
The Tempest 1959
Henry Inlander (1925–1983)
Oil on canvas
H 95.5 x W 95.4 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Landscape on Gold and Pink
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Landscape on Gold and Pink
Peter Kinley (1926–1988)
Oil on canvas
H 45.6 x W 56 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Blue Purpose
© trustees of Winifred Nicholson. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Blue Purpose 1935
Winifred Nicholson (1893–1981)
Oil on canvas
H 65 x W 81.3 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Composition with Blue and Black
© estate of William Scott 2021. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Composition with Blue and Black 1959
William Scott (1913–1989)
Oil on canvas
H 101.5 x W 127 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Meditation 1972
Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975)
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Landscape with Sea
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Landscape with Sea 1958
Trevor Bell (1930–2017)
Oil on canvas
H 199.4 x W 167.8 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Black Bleeding
© the artist. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Black Bleeding
Kenneth Dingwall (b.1938)
Acrylic on canvas
H 163.3 x W 209.6 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Relief Eight 1980
Margaret Mellis (1914–2009)
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Rumbold Vertical Four: Green in Green with Blue and Red: September 1970
© the estate of Patrick Heron. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Rumbold Vertical Four: Green in Green with Blue and Red: September 1970 1970
Patrick Heron (1920–1999)
Oil on canvas
H 213.4 x W 122 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Repetition, Violet/Grey 1995
Callum Innes (b.1962)
Oil on canvas
H 175 x W 165 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Scottish Ballad
© Dedalus Foundation, Inc/VAGA, New York and DACS, London 2017. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Scottish Ballad 1990
Robert Motherwell (1915–1991)
Acrylic & collage on canvas
H 91.5 x W 61 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Head of a Young Girl
© the artist. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Head of a Young Girl 1975
Stephen Buckley (b.1944)
Enamel over acrylic on canvas
H 208.2 x W 170.1 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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To a Summer's Day
© courtesy the artist and Karsten Schubert, London. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
To a Summer's Day 1980
Bridget Riley (b.1931)
Acrylic on linen
H 115.5 x W 251 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Untitled
© by courtesy of the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Untitled 1950–1959
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912–2004)
Oil on canvas
H 55.3 x W 78.2 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Green for Cathy
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Green for Cathy 1973
John Copnall (1928–2007)
Oil on canvas
H 294 x W 189 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Open Harbour
© the artist. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Open Harbour
Ian McKenzie Smith (b.1935)
Oil on canvas
H 102 x W 126.9 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Landscape
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Landscape 1957
William Johnstone (1897–1981)
Oil on canvas
H 76.5 x W 63.6 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Poissons d'or
© estate of Ceri Richards. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Poissons d'or 1963
Ceri Giraldus Richards (1903–1971)
Oil on canvas
H 128 x W 127.8 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums