Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques
Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques

Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques – written by Vicky Perry – is a comprehensive guide to the history, methods, techniques, materials, and study of abstract art. The book is a bridge between art theory and art practice. It is for painters who wish to deepen their thinking and increase their range of techniques about abstract art.

It is illustrated with inspiring examples of work by 20th century and contemporary masters. This book is for artists and educators who are familiar with basic painting techniques and practices. Rather than a how-to manual, Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques provides thoughtful perspectives on expanding the artists’ established methods.


The second edition of “Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques” is available on the Apple BOOKS platform. Use the the Books app on an iPhone to find it.


The original edition is on Amazon here.


It is an exciting exploration of the newer ways to communicate the visual journey through this most engaging topic. Numerous features that are not available in a print version have been incorporated. Of particular note is the ability to see an artwork freed from the surrounding text. An artwork image will pop up to full screen when clicked on. Slideshows of important concepts enliven the text.

As with the original edition, the reader should know from the outset that – as the title suggests – concepts underlying the artists’ work will be of central concern. If the reader already has a background in modern art history, they should find the passages here thought-provoking. Ultimately, the goal is to enable you, the artist, to bring a keener sense of confidence in your work having explored the art of so many others.

A scholarly preface by noted writer Barry Schwabsky is included. Over one hundred artworks by over sixty artists, including Pat Adams, Gene Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Arshile Gorky, Peter Halley, Jonathan Lasker, Pat Lipsky, Morris Louis, Melissa Meyer, Joan Mitchell, Piet Mondrian, Kenneth Noland, Thomas Nozkowski, Jackson Pollock, Larry Poons, David Reed, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley and David Row have their work reproduced and discussed. See the complete list of featured painters here. An easy-to-use reference lists all the featured paintings with links to the full-size images.

The art historical and critical materials are noted with over 130 annotated references.

Individual pigments are discussed in charts on lightfastness, transparency, drying speed, etc. In a scientific  discussion of color, charts of value and tone are included by noted pigment authority Bruce McEvoy,

Suppliers of fine artists pigments are listed.