Contemporary Painting

Course Code: VADA 206

Academic Year: 2020-2021

Unlike representational painting, non-representational is based not on observed reality, but on the unobserved. In non-objective painting, the arrangement of shapes on the picture plane does not signify an identifiable object but an abstraction; which may convey emotions, dreams and/or the unconscious. Through visual examples of past artworks and through practical application, students will be introduced to some of the streams of non-objective painting such as abstract expressionism, minimalism and collage. Instead of trying to create illusion, as is the case with representational painting, students strive to enhance the flatness of the canvas surface through texture and transparencies. To ensure attainment of a personal voice with painting, students will be encouraged to explore and experiment with materials and methods through in-class study and independent assignments.