Art and Design

Abstract painting

Rachel Windham painted beautiful abstract compositions of geometrical shapes. She loved to arrange loosely painted squares, rectangles, triangles and circles of different colours. What shapes can you see in this picture?

'Looking Through', Rachel Windham. By Permission Brecknock Museum

Shapes can be symbols for things we recognise. Rachel Windham also painted landscapes. Do you think this painting could be a kind of landscape with shapes as symbols? It is called Looking Through. Could we be looking through a square window with a bright square sun coming up in the morning and a huge round moon going down? The yellow lines are like a rim of sunlight touching everything.