Abstraction and Fantasy

Abstract Art

Abstract expression - depicting something not having a physical or concrete existence. 

Origins of Visual Abstraction

  • Calligraphy: Chinese and Islamic.
  • Far East painting schools: Wang Mo (王墨) (splashed-ink);
  • Chan-buddhist painting, Liang Kai (梁楷), Zen art (e.g. enso), Dajian Huineng (大鑒惠能), Sesshu Toyo;
  • Tiantai buddhism: Yu Jian (mid-13th century),
  • Daoist painting: Zhu Derun


Invention, imagination - images or its elements formed in the mind.