Black and white abstract art is a wonderful way to add a dynamic focal point to your modern room. This article will highlight some great paintings that focus on a monochromatic look.
What is Monochromatic?
Monochromatic literally means “one” (mono) “colored” (chromatic). Monochromatic paintings can be pure black and white or can be composed of the infinite shades of grey that fall in between them. Many drawings in pencil or charcoal are commonly made using this technique. It is less common for paintings to see a black and white painting, but when it is done well the results can be amazing. There are many artists throughout history that have used a black and white palette. Picasso is perhaps the most notable, at some points in his career he tried to reduce his paintings the their bare essences, and this involved stripping them of their typical bright color. He believed that “color weakens” both the structure of the image and its effect on the viewer.
His most popular black and white painting was “Guernica”. He created this mural sized artwork in reaction the Spanish Civil War.
Abstract Black and White Art
Black and white abstract art comes in a range of formats. Original paintings and drawings are beautiful but often very expensive. This is especially the case if you are interested in a famous abstract artist. An original Pollock or Picasso is going to cost many thousands of dollars (for a small drawing) to hundreds of millions (for a large painting). Prints are a great option if you are looking for a significant work for a more affordable price. Paper prints that are mounted on a solid backing or those that are printed directly on canvas are a great option. The quality of prints these days, especially those on canvas, is incredible. Vibrant inks archival inks are used in higher quality pieces.
Black and White Abstract Art Paintings
This section we are going to look at some of the best black and white abstract paintings. There are many significant artists who created black and white abstract art throughout history.
The swirling intersections of black lines over a white background are used to create a sense of movement and rhythm. This painting was originally created by pouring black paint onto still wet white gesso. Because the bottom layer was still wet, the two tones slightly merged together to create a fully integrated image.
While not a true abstract artist, Picasso paved the way for the later generation of Abstract Expressionists. His ability to capture the essence of an object with only a few lines in achieved in his sketches of animals.
Basquiat became popular in the 1980s, well after the other abstract expressionists had had their day. He merged the language of street art and graffiti with the traditition of painting. His neo-expressionist artwork shares many visual similarities with abstraction.
Warhol’s Rorschach series used to psychological assessment tool of random ink blots and made them into fine art. The symmetrical images evoke many of the same visual elements of abstract paintings.
Black and White Abstract Canvas Art
Much of the black and white abstract art is available as canvas prints. Canvas prints use high tech printers to print directly on to fine art canvas. This creates a reproduced “print” that is even more authentic looking then conventional prints on paper. They can be framed in the same way and can command the same presence on the wall as an original oil or acrylic on canvas.
Black and white abstract art has an effect that is hard to achieve with color. These paintings and prints look incredibly sophisticated in a modern room. Especially one that is designed with a similar monochromatic or limited color palette. The range of grays, blacks, and whites in the room can beautifully echo those in the artwork.