What are Abstract Paintings?

Abstract paintings emerged from the late 19th century and early 20th century modernist movements. This movement was against traditional academic painting. Most artists until this turning point painted according to Classical Realism methods, using realistic perspective, shading, and other techniques to create recognizable scenes and subject matter.
Many modern artists sought to create art for art’s sake.  They didn’t want to refer to objects in the real world, instead turned to abstract canvas paintings. This was believed to be a “pure art”. Its subjects invented by the artists as opposed to being taken from the world.
Abstract art emphasizes a work’s formal qualities over its representational subject matter. By its very nature it leads artists to experiment with different techniques such as using vivid yet arbitrary colors, creating new shapes, and rejecting realistic three-dimensional perspective. These approaches to abstract art paintings spanned across several movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism.
Part of the beauty and allure of abstract paintings is that these paintings can be interpreted in different ways according to each person’s own perspective.

New Into the Ether 24 x 48" painting
Into the Ether
Measures: 24" x 48" (61 x 122 cm) on Gallery Wrap Canvas1.5" sides are painted white. Doesn't need a frame.Wired hardware is attached and ready to hang.Collect this one-of-a-kind original painting.Signed on the back(verso).Accompanied by a Certificate Of Authenticity.Pastel colors in verdure color palette.See more photos and video below for painting details
New soft summer days green abstract painting
Soft Summer Days
Minimalistic and gestural abstract painted in earth tone colors of green, sand, yellow oxide and white. Muted, elegant and flowing.SIZE: Measures 24 x 24 (61 x 61cm) on stretched canvas.SIDES: 3/4″ canvas sides painted with light matching green.READY TO HANG – Wired hardware is attached and ready to hang.COA – Your painting is accompanied by a signed Certificate Of Authenticity.
New abstract painting titled Road Trip by Deb Breton
Road Trip
The light vegetable-inspired colors of Pantone's 2018 "Verdure" palette is the inspiration for ROAD TRIP. These light colors are symbolic of health!Wired hardware is attached and ready to hang.Collect this one-of-a-kind that is signed on the back (verso) and front (left).Accompanied by a Certificate Of Authenticity.Professional artist grade paints and mediums on stretched canvas.
New riding the ocean currents painting
Riding the Ocean Currents

Riding the Ocean Currents

Colors of teal, purple and blue. With an ocean like pattern. Is that a dolphin, a seal or a whale?Measures: 16" x 20" x 1.5" (40 x 51 cm) Gallery wrapped canvasSides painted white, so you could even hang this without a frame.Wired hardware is attached and ready to hang.Collect this one-of-a-kind that is signed on the back(verso).Accompanied by a Certificate Of Authenticity.
Out of the Storm Abstract Diptych
Out of the Storm
Out of the Storm is painted using primary colors of blue, red and yellow. There is some texture & splatter throughout the piece. This work was painted using palette knives, scrapers & texture tool. As with all my paintings, they have a varnish finish to protect them from UV rays and dust. This is a 2 panel work, otherwise known as a diptych. Each panel measures 24" x 12" or 24 X 24" (61 x 61cm) square when hung together. They are painted on primed, stretched canvas that is mounted over 3/4" stretcher bars and stapled on the back.SIDES: painted WHITE.SIGNED: on the Front left (vertically) and on verso.INCLUDES: COA certificate of authenticity and provenance record.For more detailed photos, please scroll down.
Crystal Prism 18 x 24 acrylic on stretched canvas by Deb Breton
Crystal Prism
Crystal Prism has vibrant colors beneath a geometric design. There's a bit of a stained glass like pattern that gives Crystal Prism its depthMATERIALS - Professional artist grade acrylic, gesso, artist mediums and varnish on stretched canvas.SIZE - 18H X 24W (46 x 61cm)SIDES - The painting's theme continues on the sides of the canvas, so you can hang this without a frame.READY TO HANG - Wired hardware is already attached and it's ready to hang in that perfect spot.COA - Your painting is accompanied by a signed Certificate Of Authenticity.SIGNED-  on the back(verso).
I can do this blue abstract painting
I Can Do This!
I Can Do This! Is an abstract with swirling colors and patterns of blues, teals and greens with a splash of red.SIZE: Measures 16 x 20 (40 x 51cm) stretched canvas.MATERIALS – Professional artist grade acrylic, gesso, artist mediums and varnish on stretched canvas.SIDES: 3/4″ canvas sides painted a light charcoal gray.READY TO HANG – Wired hardware is already attached and it’s ready to hang in that perfect spot.COA – Your painting is accompanied by a signed Certificate Of Authenticity which is a provenance document. It lists every detail of this painting, includes a photo of the work.
Large abstract spring time colored painting by Deb Breton
Nothing’s Gonna Change My World
Bright, beautiful and colorful spring colors in this large abstract painting by California artist Deb BretonPainted with bright spring colors  of pink, yellow, green, orange and red.SIZE: Measures 30 x 40  (76 x 101cm) Gallery Wrap canvas.MATERIALS - Professional artist grade acrylic, gesso, artist mediums and varnish on stretched gallery wrap canvas.SIDES: Deep 1.5" canvas sides painted a crisp white.READY TO HANG - Wired hardware is already attached and it's ready to hang in that perfect spot.COA - Your painting is accompanied by a signed Certificate Of Authenticity which is a provenance document. It lists every detail of this painting, includes a photo of the work. 
when the night comes 16 x 20 on gallery wrap canvas
When the Night Comes
Moon hanging in a deep blue and turquoise sky fading into purpleEthereal drip, fade effect paintingSides painted whiteSigned on versoIncludes Certificate of Authenticity 
Celestial Eccentricity painting hanging in living room
Celestial Eccentricity
Abstract geometric painting with fine iridescent gold orb and linesCadmium Red and Scarlet with Black edgesMeasures 24 x 36 x .75 (60 x 91.44cm)Sides are black with lines punctuated at top and bottom (see image below)Signed front left & versoIncludes Certificate of Authenticity 
Sound of Music in living area
Sound of Music

Sound of Music

Part of the small paintings series that features geometric shapes and linesMeasures 12″ x 12″ x .75″ on stretched canvas (30.48 x 30.48 cm)Acrylic and airbrushTheme continues onto sides of paintingIncludes Certificate of Authenticity
Ready to hang!
lost at sea geometric lines painting
Lost at Sea Painting

Lost at Sea

Part of my small paintings series that features geometric shapes and linesMeasures 8" x 10" x .75" on stretched canvasAcrylic and airbrushTheme continues onto sides of paintingIncludes Certificate of Authenticity
In the woods abstract lines painting
In The Woods

In the Woods Painting

Measures 8 x 10 on stretched canvasLines and patterns reveal deep rich blue over colorful tones of yellow, red and orangeInspired by magical walks in the woodsReady to hang
spring has sprung textured painting
Spring has Sprung Textured Painting

Spring has Sprung

Sometimes the best things come in small packages...Mixed Media on textured board. Professionally mounted in a white frameFramed Measurements: 13.25" x 7.75" x .5"Spring has Sprung is a richly textured painting of yellows, orange, and red pinks, with energetic paint strokes.See more images below and be sure to hover over the photo at left for magnification.
blue and brown textured spiritual acrylic painting by Deb Breton
Welcome to My World Original Painting
Textured painting on board and mounted in a thick frame.Planets, orbs, stars in colors of blue, teal, brown, orange and yellowFRAME measures just over 13.5"H x 16.5"W x 1.75"D Framed with Floating Double MatARTWORK Measures 7.5 x 9.75Larger prints of this painting are available here.Please see more photos and description below. 
Gimme Shelter large wall art by Northern California artist Deb Breton.
Gimme’ Shelter

Abstract Painting with drips and scraped

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas with sides painted to match the painting's theme.Measures 24 x 36 x.75Gorgeous drips of rich cobalt blue over teal and earth tone colorsHanging hardware attached, ready to hangAccompanied with Certificate of Authenticity
Sold Out large commissioned abstract wave painting by Deb Breton
Custom Large Abstract Water Painting

Custom Large Abstract Ocean Water Painting

Measures 36 x 80 x 1.5"This is a custom sized gallery wrapped stretched canvas. My collectors had seen my smaller painting of Element: Water and wanted a similar painting for their beach house. Together we created a special painting. You can have a custom made art piece painted for you too, or for someone you love. Simply contact me and we'll see if we are a fit!  It is not uncommon for me to have several paintings going at any particular time, so be sure to email me and get on my commissions list so we can create the perfect piece together!

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Sold Out colorful abstract painting with shapes and textures
Frenetic Passion Abstract Painting

Frenetic Passion Abstract Painting

Abstract Painting on Board. Measures 13.5 x 17 x 1.5" framed

Framed in a black, deep panel float frame. .Multi-colored and multi-textured abstractFramed and ready to hang.Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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wild abstract dreamy colors painting by deb breton
Tangerine Dream Abstract Painting
Tangerine Dream Abstract PaintingMeasures 12 x 12 x 1.5" Acrylic on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. Deep 1.5" sides are painted white.The background of this painting is an acrylic pour. Juicy multi-colored drops and splashes make a textured pattern. Hardware attached and is ready to hang immediately.Comes with Certificate of Authentication and provenance record.
synapse an abstract original painting by artist deb breton
Synapse
Maybe it is because my partner was diagnosed with MS years ago... or maybe it's the idea of my brain firing so much lately with painting ideas that keep me up at night...SYNAPSE by Deb Breton. Acrylic on 14 x 11 x .75 stretched canvas. Many, many layers of transparent glazes give this piece depth and a special glow. Signed on the back (verso) and front. Sides are painted blue to match the paintings theme. No framing necessary. Hanging hardware is attached and is ready to be hung in any area that needs a pop of color!For more views: see images belowI use professional artist quality paints and mediums, your painting is sealed with non-yellowing varnish to protect from UV rays and dust.Certificate of Authenticity included
splashed colorful birds on a wire with one hanging upside down
Pink Birds on a Wire
Whimsical and Fun - Pink Birds on Wire watercolor paintingwith multi-colored birds on a wire that are splashed, splattered in colorful fuscia pink, purple, orange and yellow.Original Watercolor. Size: 9" x 12" on Acid Free PaperWatercolor painting comes flap mounted in a black mat border that fits a standard 11x 17 frame.Shipped in a cello sleeve with a foamcore backing board and makes for a great presentation.See close up images below
bism wall hanging art by deb bretoncus
Primordial Soup

Primordial Soup - Abstract Cubism Painting

Measures 9H x 12W x .75D on stretched canvasAcrylic, gesso, ink, pigment stick and clear coatColorful, exuberant, cohesive, chaosSee description below
abstract painting and video
Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface Modern Abstract painting

Many layers of color give this piece depth and movement. Textured papers and layers of tinted pouring medium add even more depth and texture to this original painting. It's bursting with emotion - just beneath the surface...Acrylic, gesso, paper, heavy gel and tinted pouring medium on a professional Fredrix Creative Edge stretched canvas.If you are looking for perfect art that looks like it was made on an assembly line - then don't buy this!Because of all the textures and pouring medium the paintings surface is uneven - please see the close up for detail. You can also see the closeup details in a video of this painting on my blog here. Size measures:  24H x 30W x .75D unframed, sides are painted with the paintings theme.Please see the description below for more details and photos.
Sailors Delight by Deb Breton
Sailors Delight

Sailor's Delight

Red skies at night, "Sailor's Delight" by Deb BretonSunset with pink and orange puffy clouds and blue ocean with sailboats and yachts. Acrylic on stretched canvas.Size: 18H x 24W x .75D*This one-of-a-kind original is signed on the back(verso) and front.*The painting's theme continues on the sides of the canvas, so you could hang this without a frame if you wanted to. Wired hardware is attached and it's ready to hang in that perfect spot.*Please see the description below for more photos...