These exceptional up-and-coming contemporary abstract painters create original artwork for every taste and style.
You gotta love abstract art: giant swaths of color, organic shapes, amorphous figures, splashes and splotches, and expressionistic brushstrokes. The right abstract painting can be a statement piece for any room.
Art is so subjective; it’s all about what makes you feel something. My number one tip for selecting art that resonates with your personality: Find a piece you love, then walk away from it, and if you’re still thinking about it two hours later, buy it!
Check out the contemporary abstract painters below and see if their work jumps out to you.
We Hope You Love These 15 Contemporary Abstract Painters As Much As We Do
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1. Abreesha Jones
Abreesha Jones was raised in Moreno Valley, California. The Southern California native first discovered her artistic niche while in high school, where she discovered her natural talent for painting. Abreesha went on to study various aspects of form, space, and color manipulation during her attendance at the distinguished Otis College of Art + Design, based on the west coast of Los Angeles. She creates artwork that inspires, reiterates self-love, and emphasizes development.
2. Ana Dévora
Ana Dévora was born and raised in Madrid. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from UCM Madrid, a Master’s Degree in Cinematography at Shot Academy In Rome, and a postgraduate in Cinematography from the GCI Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited in Museum La Neomudejar, Madrid, Conde Duque Madrid, White Box NY, La Casa Encendida Madrid, LACDA, LA, LIFE FRAMER, Officine Fotografiche Rome, and in film festivals like Cannes 2011, IVAHM’17, InShadow’17.
3. Angus Martin
Angus Martin is a Sydney-based artist. He is greatly influenced by colors and music. Through his art, he is able to capture the essence of music lyrics and quotes. These lyrics or quotes trigger his internal visions, drawing him to paint them. Moreover, each piece that the artist creates attempts to invoke an emotional response from the viewer based on their own experiences.
4. Arielle Austin
Arielle Austin is a contemporary abstract painter and facilitator based in Austin, Texas. Post-college, painting became an emotional outlet, a form of therapy, as well as spiritual healing for her. Furthermore, the process of creating allows her to express the things in her heart that she doesn’t always have words for.
5. Fuen Chin
Fuen Chin is a Malaysian-born Chinese artist. She creates calligraphic floral paintings and uses bold mark-making and rhythmic compositions. When she was five years old, her late grandparents ran a small herbal shop. Fuen worked with her grandparents and discovered the importance of Chinese herbs and the stories around them. The stories she heard and the visions she had about those herbs inspired her to create calligraphic botanical paintings. Through her paintings, she expresses her fascination with horticulture and the life span of plants.
6. Jean-Luc Almond
Jean-Luc Almond is a British-born artist. His work is greatly influenced by Victorian photography and black and white film stills. Jean-Luc’s obsession with the materiality and texture of the paint creates tension within the thick surfaces of his paintings. He finds this truer to human experience, uncontrolled, imperfect, not static but shifting and in flux.
7. Jeffrey Tover
Jeffrey Tover is an award-winning abstract painter who lives in San Francisco. Jeff’s works are full of colorful gestures and marks. His motivation is to create images that are dynamic, entertaining, and intriguing. In addition, artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem DeKooning, Joan Mitchell, and Cy Twombly have often inspired his work. Jeffrey enjoys the complexity and the freedom of creating work that has no representation.
8. Julia Crystal Kirillova
Julia Crystal Kirillova was born in UK. She creates volumetric abstract artworks from resin, natural semi-precious stones, silver shavings, and mirror mosaics. The artist looks at the world through the prism of the beauty of mineral stones, because as a child she was fond of the science of mineral stones and collected minerals. Her artworks are a portal to the perfect world of paradise. When the viewer looks at this portal, his consciousness is cleared of fuss and stress and is transferred to the world of paradise fantasy.
9. Lisa Carney
Lisa Carney was born and raised in an artistic family on the Gaspe Peninsula. She now lives and works in Sainte-Anne-Des-Plaines, Quebec. Both locations inspire her desire to create with their scenic panoramas full of life. Lisa paints in acrylic with an energizing color palette and uses the drip painting technique. She works intuitively and aims to create harmony between textures and colors. Her abstract paintings are known for a minimalist approach to the landscape that plunges the viewer into an unusual world.
10. Matthew Dibble
Matthew Dibble is a British-born artist. After decades spent running a construction business, he approached his art like a true craftsman: with watchful attention and professional confidence. Matthew creates gesturally abstract and figural paintings with an element of choreography. After graduating in 1978 from Cleveland’s Cooper School of the Arts, an establishment-defying academy, he has forged his own path artistically. He continues to be fascinated every day with gestures and actions in his work.
11. Matthieu van Riel
Matthieu van Riel was born and raised in in the Netherlands. He uses bright colors and emphasizes landscape features, such as the flatness of the Dutch landscape in his paintings. Moreover, his work is inspired by walks in flower fields, heathlands, polders, and rugged mountainous regions in Scandinavia and the Alps. In these paintings, he shows light, space, immateriality, and emptiness as the essence of the landscape.
12. Max de Winter
Max de Winter was born in the Netherlands. He finds inspiration from everything around him: for instance, photo images of CD covers that appear in newspapers. But in his studio, all that keeps him going is his own Imagination. Max de Winter mostly works with acrylic, in combination with pencils, markers, and tools he can scrape and scratch with.
13. Naomi Yuki
Naomi Yuki is from Osaka, Japan. She gave up everything to become an artist. Naomi took the exam to enter an art academy when she was 34 and the rest is history. What she creates is the essence of things, to be aware of our souls. Through her work, she wants to convey something positive yet ironic about humans.
14. Nena Stojanovic
Nena Stojanovic was born in 1973 in Ivanjica, Serbia. Her education and background are not art-related but she always longed to be an artist even though there were always other priorities in her life. Nena uses enamel and aluminum paint for her abstract art on various materials such as wood, canvas, and paper.
15. Vicky Barranguet
Vicky Barranguet has lived and worked in New York City since 1997. Her work explores the idea of escaping the limits of the conventional canvas format. Vicky welcomes the viewer to reflect and see her paintings as an open door to a different world, where color, expression, forms, and brushstrokes, may connect and align in some way with their own emotions, values, and life experiences.
Conclusion: Contemporary Abstract Painters Highlighted
As you can see, we selected a variety of dynamic and talented contemporary abstract painters from around the world to feature in this article. Each artist has his or her unique viewpoint and process, leading to breathtaking variation. Out of any kind of art, abstract tends to be the most personal because it isn’t representational so you can interpret it your own way. In other words, when you see a piece of abstract art it could mean something completely different to you than it means to your neighbor, your boss, or even your spouse.
All of the artists featured here have mastered the fundamentals of painting and are recognized by collectors and galleries globally. We’re honored to be able to feature their art.
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