Impressionist and Abstract Seascapes

A successful seascape painting should not only capture the vast beauty of the ocean or coastline but seek to evoke feeling and emotion from the viewer, drawing on the intimate relationship humans have always had with water. Some seascape artists work to stir memories of childhood holidays on the coast. Others pay homage to the far-reaching, ethereal tranquillity of calm waters, in contrast with those who captivate the violence of stormy seas. Abstract and impressionism have long been the favoured genres for seascapes, giving the artist the freedom to express the many personalities of the open ocean.

Impressionist Seascape Paintings

Impressionism is a 19th Century art movement characterised by relatively small, thin yet visible brush strokes, open composition, and an accurate depiction of light and its changing qualities. Impressionist paintings feed on spontaneously over planned, precise sketches, a process that complements the ever-shifting nature of the ocean. An impressionist seascape will often reflect the changing light on the water, with artists drawing influence and inspiration from Turner and Monet. Contemporary impressionistic seascapes typically place emphasis on striking textures, palette knife painting and bold brush strokes. The work of Ela Williams is a fantastic example of how texture can be used to indicate movement, wind and rain.

Abstract Seascape Paintings

When the subject matter is something as powerful, energetic and constantly shifting as the ocean, it is often best depicted through the abstract. Artists creating abstract sea paintings still focus on the sea and skies but in a more contemporary abstract style – drawing the vivid colours of the water, sand and sunlight. Abstract seascapes can be calming, nostalgic, moody, dramatic, and everything in between. While there are elements of the skies and ocean, there is less representation of the traditional land or seascape.

The large, vast nature of painted seascapes makes them an excellent statement or focal piece which will leave a lasting impact on any wall space. In addition, as they are often heavily textured, layered paintings that shift and change depending on the angle they are viewed from, seascapes lend themselves to frameless hanging. This contemporary means of displaying artwork is often favoured by those who enjoy crisp, clean lines and modern spaces. For example, a seascape hung against a white wall will give the piece room to shine. If you would like any more information about any of the seascapes available at Onlin, please contact us today.

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