Web Design, Murals, Fine Art, Faux Finishing

Modern Abstract Art and Faux Painting

Contemporary Modern Abstract Art with Trompe Loeil by artist Arthur Morehead of Art-Faux Designs Naples Fl
Trompe Loeil Modern Abstract Art (acrylic on canvas)

I recently painted a Modern Abstract Art piece on canvas using Faux Painting acrylics

I recorded the process on video to create a more visual experience because the use of gravity was part of the process

and by using time lapse video it really picked up the effect that I wanted the viewer to experience.

A Video Study of

Faux Finishing and Painting Techniques Combined with

Modern Abstract Art and Trompe Loeil Painted Effects

could become the next rave in modern interior design, so as always I step outside of the box and thought I would give something like this a try.

Yes it seems like a strange combination but I never claimed to be quite right anyway. Faux finishing has had its turn in the market place with the housing boom when faux painting techniques were the demand for interior designs. Since the fall of new home construction we have seen a big change to a more contemporary style in today’s interior and commercial designs. The demand for traditional faux finishing declined rapidly because faux finishing was only thought of as Old World, and Traditional European painting styles that date back hundreds of years and there are many who think faux painting techniques are a thing of the past in today’s market.

I think not…

Abstract Modern Art by artist Arthur Morehead of Art-Faux Designs Naples Fl
Modern Abstract Art

I wanted to create a combination of these art forms to show the versatility of faux finishing and old world painting techniques in a way to inform that all art forms can accentuate one another to work together no matter what the trends are for interior design demands. It really is all about color after all and I have already seen how the imported Italian plasters have made the transition into contemporary designs for the commercial industry by incorporating more metallic top coats with geometric patterns.

  Although by adding a trompe loeil technique to this abstract painting is of a simple design I only did this to hopefully inspire others to step outside of the box and expand their abilities.

With the making of these two videos I have separated the art forms to get a better understanding of my rough way of explaining and writing about art because sometimes my writing can spin the heads of the higher educated.

In the first part of this technique I wanted to establish the sense of motion which is one of the things in modern art that is common so in order to create it I thought of gravity as being my machine so to speak but also using mother nature as the engine to power the machine.

Yeah I know it’s a weird way to think, who knows where it comes from even my wife can’t figure me out sometimes, could be something residual from the 70’s who knows lol

Contemporary Modern Art is truly a form of its own just as Abstract Art. It is said that having been introduced and mastered by artist Pablo Picasso it is with all artists who strive to create and have their own uniqueness and style. I have often thought about and experimented with combining a number of techniques and styles but with my interest leaning towards abstract and sculpture designs I find myself also leaning into the addition of trompe loeil into my artwork and coming up with some very interesting pieces that I am not ready as of yet to bring out to the public.

Most recognize me for faux finishing, decorative art and some mural work but what most don’t realize is that I have been an artist my whole life and my ability to think outside of the box is far greater than most could even imagine

Contemporary Modern Abstract Art with Trompe Loeil by artist Arthur Morehead of Art-Faux Designs Naples Fl
Trompe Loeil Modern Abstract Art (acrylic on canvas)

This piece I have created is more of a testing ground to see what kind of response I get from the idea on whether it would be accepted. It doesn’t really matter to me what the critics say because I paint for myself and what I feel is right for me

Modern Abstract Art combined with Trompe Loeil Painting excites me and I feel very inspired by it

I can’t wait to get started on my next piece which I think will blow everyone’s mind

6 thoughts on “Modern Abstract Art and Faux Painting”

  1. Arthur,

    Thank you for your most enjoyable videos!
    For me, this particular piece harkens to American abstract expressionism of the 1950s and Jackson Pollack with his ‘drip’ or ‘splatter’ paintings. The overlay of the trompe l’oiel frame is GREAT fun, too! The perfect exercise for trompe l’oiel students who are trying to master the way light and shadow play across right-angle, relief surfaces.

    • Peter ,
      Thank you so much for the compliment. It is very much appreciated and well written. I for one have been told that I butcher the English language because of my poor use of grammar but what can I say its me and it shows personality I suppose. I am actually working on another because I loved the spontaneity and the freedom of movement.

    • Hi Judy Thanks for the thumbs up, I really do try to be different and interject some fun into my work. Actually when and if I ever sell this piece the original video will go with it because it is part of it….copyright protected of course.

  2. I have to admit that when I glanced at this email from you that I was a little turned off, but I paused at the DEL Key because I knew to whom I was dealing. Then I ‘got it’ and began to smile. The word Picasso jumped off the page from somewhere and my recollections of Pablo (and Paloma) began to rekindle. Then I laughed out loud. Checking email was going to have to wait.

    I never could understand Picasso until one day I saw some of Paloma’s sculpture and then it all fell into place for me. Abstract does not describe Picasso’s works for me. This art was humor, instead. Rollicking, expensive and everlasting fun. Some of Pablo’s greatest works were spoofs that, I am sure, delighted him endlessly. Pablo must be rolling in his grave to see his great sense of humor continued and bursting out in your wonderful motion study. I can just hear him offering your painting to a prospect as his own, “…and the frame is included, madam.” Pablo loved to do that.

    Also, the video presentations, similar to Claude Renoir’s work ‘The Mystery of Picasso’ is a great idea (though, hopefully you didn’t destroy the painting at the end).

    The ‘motion’ to me (in your work as well as Picasso’s) comes from the motion I create in my mind as it shifts gears through the subjective planes and onto the present plane, where it vibrates back and forth. Then, I begin to laugh at how silly I am to have been serious when approaching these works.

    An admirer once demanded Picasso to ‘explain’ a painting to which he replied, ‘If I could explain it, I wouldn’t have had to paint it’. Keep going Art. Keep having fun with it.


    • Scott, LOl you caught me my friend, like I said from your past contributions, so few can really understand where I come from sometimes when it comes to my writing or my work…other times I just have to say it in other ways. I have become so borderline with my decorative art that at times I almost feel like I am being scolded by mother nature to have come so close to breaking the rules that every once in awhile I have to break free and just go a little overboard in ways to express my craziness for which words can not describe or even know how to describe it…..and to think I didn’t even know this about Picasso is really inspiring. As with most artists work that I view It seems as if I can sense what they were feeling when creating some of their work. Sometimes I have to release that same kind of energy that can not be put to paper. Thank you so much for the encouraging analysis

Leave a Comment

Have You Read These?