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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (27 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847971717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847971715
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Lowry is a professional painter and a Master of Fine Art. His analytical approach to art is based on his scientific and engineering background. He teaches regularly throughout the UK.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Allcock on 17 Oct. 2010
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The nature and purpose of abstract art are widely misunderstood -- not the least by professional artists. John Lowry's book performs a service superbly. It demystifies abstract art, and introduces us the variety of ways in which it is possible to embark on the journey into abstraction. Even if you don't want to make this journey for yourself, a reading of his text will teach you a great deal about what it means to create and to understand visual art generally. The book is illustrated lavishly with a huge variety of inventive illustrations -- I gather painted or drawn by Lowry himself. Having endured the experience of being badly taught in this area (by somebody who had little sympathy with abstraction, and who seems to have assimilated incompletely Kandinsky) I'm sure that Lowry's book ought to be in every school, college and public library in the land.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christine Thomas on 9 Feb. 2011
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Painting and Understanding Abstract Art

A wonderfully interesting and informative book. The title says it all. It is extremely instructive for both beginners and experienced artists and a thoroughly good read for those who wish to understand or know more about the subject.
Beautifully illustrated throughout, highly recommendable!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Edwards on 1 Jan. 2012
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This is a great book to start the New Year with - worth every penny in my opinion.

Have read it cover to cover and it's not like any other art books I've got (which are more academic) It's aimed at people who have never painted abstract style at all, as well as people who have.

The writing is very friendly and conversational - there's a brief history of art, and a discussion about what art is and why we paint at all - it's like having a chat with someone very interesting - very enjoyable to read.

And then most of the book is full of exercises to do, starting you off as a total beginner to painting in this style - I'm going to work through them all and I can't wait to get started - it's such an inspiring book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C on 27 Oct. 2012
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If you want to understand Abstract Art or you would like to start experimenting with your painting and exploring abastract art, this is a great book. John is a brilliant teacher and has packed this book with great examples, history, explanations, and excellent exercises to get you going......a great resource.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael Southgate on 29 Jan. 2011
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Recent developments in the philosophy of mathematics and science have draw attention to the importance of creativity in breaking new boundaries. Leading scientists and mathematicians who have made significant breakthrough developments have relied on creative leaps of the imagination. In fact it is most noticeable that the world's greatest mathematicians such as Pythagoras, Descartes, Leibniz, Newton and Einstein have almost invariably been poor at arithmetic. Breakthrough developments in science, which increasingly have come to be dependent on mathematics, have also been made by men of ideas rather than the data collectors who provide the basic feedstuff of scientific research.
John Lowry who is both a scientist and one of the foremost abstract artists of our times, has introduced a disciplined creativity that is unrivalled amongst the melee of artists who adopt a less thorough approach to their work. Not for him the unbridled absurdity of brush-wielding horses or random paint throwing. Instead, he charts a journey from the representative into abstraction while keeping the artistic rules of composition, visual harmony, balance in shapes and colour and the use of form and texture.
This book gives to the inexperienced abstract artist or beginner a framework which, while conquering the stultifying effect of not quite knowing where to begin, leads steadily towards development of creative skills through process of mind and awakened understanding. For the more experienced and the professional, Painting and Understanding Abstract Art confirms the thinking process behind abstraction that has been the spur of all the leading creative artists in the field.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pauline jordan on 29 Jan. 2013
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This book has done exactly what I hoped it would, that is help me to a better understanding of abstract art, both in viewing and
execution. The book explains the history of the genre and the artists involved moving on to examples of some of the artists with exercises to try in each particular style giving examples he has done. The majority of his own work is done in pastels but does not detract from the usefulness of trying them in the preferred media. I would recommend this excellent book to anyone interested in learning more about abstract painting in a straightforward no waffle way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bunty321 on 30 Jan. 2013
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I am currently studying for a fine art degree and have found this book to be a good and practical introduction into the World of Abstraction. Beautifully illustrated and concisely written with lots of suggestions as to how you may explore abstract painting in your own work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NEVER TOO OLD! on 23 Aug. 2011
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I bought this book to give me ideas for my fused glass work. I am so into Klee and this book too me further with abstract ideas and how to plan a project.
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