Realistic abstractions

Kenneth Bailey


This Senior Scholar project has been an attempt to develop an abstract style of representation. My title, "Realistic Abstraction", seems to be a contradiction, but I am using this terminology to refer to the degree of abstraction that I attempted to reach in my work, where the nonobjective elements are equally as important as the representational elements. I used my prior studies in realistic rendering as a starting point in a quest for a higher degree of abstraction than I had been previously using in my art. I wished to maintain an equal sense of reality and abstraction because I feel that the best art displays both the ability of the artist to create ideas and the ability of the artist to represent ideas.