Original abstract artwork – unique line paintings with colour and texture

My original abstract artwork

I make abstract acrylic paintings composed of colour and texture. Painting allows me to create artwork based purely on the aesthetic; I am fascinated how the colours and patterns in the vertical lines interact with each other, often quite by chance.

Each artwork starts off with a rough idea of the layout and design I want to create. On some pieces, such as ‘Blush’ the stripes run continuously from top to bottom without any join. These artworks are mainly about the colours used and how the strips are arranged to give a pleasing rhythm. I avoid making the paintings symmetrical, there is often an order but it’s not strictly followed; things are deliberately offset to provide an interruption to the flow and provide extra interest in the work that isn’t immediately apparent when first viewed. My aim is to give the appearance of balance and order but look closer and there is an element of randomness to each design.

Other pieces have the vertical lines broken into sections that form quite distinct areas. Geometric shapes are formed by changing the colour of the stripe. The strips are joined with an angled cut – these can be aligned to form a sharp edge, or a more random line with a diffused effect can be formed when the joins are not aligned.

Although the line paintings are planned, part of the process is how the final artwork can turn out quite differently to what was envisaged. There are often unconscious decisions and pieces of luck along the way that can change the outcome of the piece and I embrace these as part of my working method.


Delivery Information

Free UK postage on all original abstract artwork. All line paintings are available to order contact-free to come to you directly using Royal Mail in 2–3 working days. Alternatively you can collect from my studio at Yew Trees Artist Studios on the outskirts of Worcester.

Commission your own original artwork

Choose the size of the piece, the colour scheme and have a say in the design and layout to make a unique piece of art especially for yourself or a loved one. Please get in touch to find out more.


original abstract artwork, line paintings by Richard Nicholls