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Kenneth Bailey, Colby College

Date of Award


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Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)


Colby College. Art Dept.




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.


abstract style, nonobjective elements, representational elements, reality, abstraction

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