Art 101

Benefits of Art: Challenge Yourself With Abstract

Viewing art isn’t just good for the soul — it’s good for the brain too! If you’re looking to stimulate your senses and challenge your perception, abstract art will get those brain muscles movin’. 

To understand abstract art, all you need is a basic understanding of how the brain works. Our brains are built to process the world by categorizing familiar images. That’s why looking at a painting of a car isn’t as perplexing as an ambiguous creation of lines, forms, and color. In most cases, abstract art is giving our brains something it’s never seen before. Intimidated? Don’t be! Rather than feeling pressure to “get it,” it’s more about what you get from it.

Abstract art stimulates the part of the brain associated with creativity and imagination. So, the more art you view, the more exercise you’re giving those muscles. Whether an abstract piece triggers thoughts of geodes, dancing figures, city skylines, or seascapes, the interpretation isn’t right or wrong — it’s yours.

iCanvas has a huge variety of abstract art prints, making it easy to find one that fits your personality. Take a second to react to the curation below, and find one that speaks to you. What do you see in each print?

Didn’t find one you love? Check out our complete collection of abstract art available on iCanvas.

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