Definitions for "Abstract Illusionism"
Abstract illusionism is an artistic movement that came into prominence in the Unites States during the 1970s. Works consisted of both hard-edge and expressionistic abstract painting styles that employed the use of perspective, artificial light sources and cast shadows to achieve the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. Abstract Illusionism differed from traditional Trompe L’oeil (illusionistic) art, in that the pictorial space seemed to project in front of, or away from the canvas surface as opposed to receding into the picture plane as in traditional painting.