A calming blue wave
An Energetic burst of yellow
A crisp, slow-burning sienna fade
Abstract art doesn't tell you what to see, it asks you to engage with it and find your own meaning
Abstract Art is An Emotional Journey
And that’s what I love about it most: that energy, that back-and-forth exchange between the art and you. You have conversations with abstract paintings…and no matter how many times you look at a specific piece, you never have the same conversation twice.
Why? Because your perspective, your feelings and your current state of mind shape how you view a work of art…and what it shares with you.
When you look at abstract paintings, what goes through your head?
Some artworks are meant to be energizing. These are pieces with lots of hot colors like reds and oranges and lots of sharp, striking lines that make bold statements and strive to ignite a fire in your belly.
Other paintings, the ones that incorporate lots of blues, greens and purples in softer, rounder patterns are generally calming and set the right mood for a yoga studio or a nursery
Sometimes, modern art uses abstract shapes and lines to suggest a specific image, like a waterfall or a gazelle running through the savannah at sunset. Other times, the meaning is far less precise and instead, evokes feelings of being underwater or floating out in space.
But here’s the most important thing to keep in mind when you’re looking at modern art: art is personal. Though the artist might create their piece with a specific statement in mind, what that piece of art means to you is ultimately up to you.
That’s why it’s the perfect way to express yourself when you’re creating an interior space that’s uniquely you.
Large abstract paintings set the tone for the space they’re in
Think about this: when a new client comes to your office, how do you want them to perceive you and your business? Similarly, when a guest comes to your home, what’s the impression you want to make?
There’s nobody else in the world exactly like you. As a business owner, this might mean you’re casual in an industry that’s known for being formal. Or it could mean you’re loud and bold in contrast to your softer, quieter competitors.
Personally, maybe it means you zig when everybody else zags…and even if zigging is more your speed than zagging, you’ve got a unique way of zigging nobody else can replicate.
Now—how are you communicating that unique persona to the people you interact with? Does your office look like every other office your client’s ever walked into, or is your personality immediately apparent from the moment the client walks through the door?
If it’s the former, it’s time to elevate your space by adding your personal flavor to its overall look and feel. At work, creating an environment that reflects your personality, your values and what you have to offer clients can help you connect with clients faster and more easily, because ultimately, it builds a more cohesive, more recognizable brand that stands out in your industry, no matter what industry you’re in.
At home, the goal is a little bit different. It’s your personal space; it’s a reflection of you: your passions, your values, your lifestyle and your personal history. When your space matches your personality, it feels more like home, rather than just another apartment or house.
But maybe you’re not sure how to express your unique self in a clear, engaging way. That’s okay.
Start with a one-of-a-kind piece of contemporary art and cultivate your aesthetic from there. Let the painting be your space’s focal point and set the tone, then amplify it and develop a striking space around the art with choices like a carpet that matches one or more of the colors in the painting and furniture that mimics the shapes in the piece.
Or if you want to go a bit bolder, you can choose to make your art the focal point by contrasting the rest of your decor against it, rather than matching it. Imagine a bright, hopeful painting of white and orange beams contrasted against a dark, serious wall or a fiery red painting above your couch that guides guests’ eyes to it like a magnet, only made bolder by the pale pastel wall it hangs against. You know you’ve chosen the right piece for your space—when it sets the tone and creates a stage that amplifies every other part of the room, rather than taking over and drowning them out.
Humans are visual creatures, so no matter how much you say about yourself, showing is always more effective than telling. There’s no wrong way to communicate through abstract art—if you’re making people feel things (including yourself!) you’re doing it right.
Next time you’re in a space decorated with modern art, pause for a moment and pay attention to how the art interacts with the rest of the space. Notice how it works with the rest of the decor, amplifying the other pieces instead of clashing with them or drowning them out.
And then, as you move through your own space, whether that’s your bedroom, your entryway, your office or your clients’ waiting area, think about the decorated spaces you liked the best and why you liked them. Before you can choose the best piece of art for your space, you need to identify the feeling you want to create in your space.
But what if you’re not sure how to choose the best piece of contemporary art for your space?
Create commanding, unforgettable spaces with large colorful paintings
When you’re looking for art to define your interior spaces, look for pieces that speak to you. But don’t just look; listen. Spend time with the artwork. Notice how the light reflects off the paint’s texture on the canvas and how the different colors highlight, complement and contrast each other. Ask yourself why you think the artist chose those colors, those shapes, those lines. Pay attention to what the art’s making you think and feel. Then, ask yourself if that’s what you want to be thinking and feeling when you’re in the specific room you’re decorating with modern art.
A work of abstract art is an investment, so make sure the statement a piece is making is the statement you want projecting through your living room (or entry, or lounge, or bedroom, or office…you get the idea!)
And before you commit to buying a piece of abstract art, here’s the most important thing to ask yourself: do I like it?
Because when you’re picking out art for your home or place of business, the most important factor is whether you like the art. After all, you’ll be looking at it way more than anybody else will…so make sure it creates the atmosphere you want and it’s something you’re going to enjoy looking at.
"I paint the sceneries I fantasize about. These are the places I wander off to when I close my eyes"
Hi! My name is Jessica Hendrickx.
I’m a contemporary artist from The Netherlands. Creating colorful abstract paintings is my passion.
I think of my large paintings as immersive environments. These environments are where I explore my feelings and express my thoughts. They’re where I work, they’re where I dream, they’re where I play. And I invite you to come and play along in the worlds I create on canvas.
To me, abstract art is freedom. It’s the freedom to color outside the lines and express myself in ways words just can’t. With abstract art, I break out of my comfort zone and explore life with an open mind, walking down hidden paths and discovering new ideas and perspectives every step of the way.
Want to know more about me? Read my full bio here.
Here’s a little bit about how I work:
- I only paint by hand. When you look at and touch one of my pieces, you’ll immediately notice all the little swishes and strokes that make it completely unique—like a fingerprint!
- I use only high quality acrylic paints
- Every painting is done on heavy cotton canvas. I paint these babies to last—and they will for 100 years or more!
- I like to paint big paintings. Take a look at the pieces I currently have available and you’ll see the artworks measure at least 100cm x 70cm. That’s because as I said earlier, each painting is a fully immersive environment that has a whole story of its own to tell—a story you need a pretty big canvas to capture!
- Underwater scenes, fantasy landscapes and imaginary galaxies are some of my favorite worlds to explore through my art. Come check them out! With abstract art, you can go anywhere.
Each piece I create is a one-of-a-kind work of contemporary art. I don’t make prints, I don’t make copies—when you display one of my pieces in your home or office, you’re displaying a unique piece of modern art that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. Interested?
New Paintings for sale!
I ship paintings all over the world—for free! Shipping is always free, no matter where in the world you are, and because I know how frustrating it can be to jump through a bunch of hoops when you’re trying to buy something online, I’ve set up a totally hassle-free process with a simple, secure payment system.
And if after your painting arrives and you find it just doesn’t fit the vibe you’re aiming to create, no problem at all. I offer a 14-day money-back guarantee for every single piece. That’s because I want you to love every piece of art you bring into your space…and if one of my original paintings isn’t a good fit, I’m happy to take it back and offer a full refund.
My art has attracted major interest from a growing number of international collectors and has been traveling around the globe!
Here’s a look at all the countries where my abstract paintings currently live. Maybe you’ll bring the first one to your country?
If you have any questions for me at all (about my paintings, commissions, anything) just shoot me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!