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 (sĕm′ē-ăb-străkt′, -ăb′străkt′, sĕm′ī-)
Of or relating to an art form characterized by stylized but recognizable subject matter.

sem′i·ab·strac′tion n.
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of or relating to art or sculpture which is abstract but in which the subject can still be recognized
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(ˌsɛm iˈæb strækt, -æbˈstrækt, ˌsɛm aɪ-)

having the subject recognizable although the forms are highly stylized.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.semiabstract - characterized by stylized but recognizable subject matter
nonrepresentational - of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature
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Michael Werner Gallery presents a series of new semiabstract sculptures, tapestries and works on paper by Enrico David (until 24 November), while Hauser & Wirth's 22nd Street galleries host concomitant shows of recent work by Mark Wallinger and surrealist sculptures by the Italian artist Fausto Melotti (until 27 October.
The resulting semiabstract works merge architectural forms, calligraphy, and Islamic patterns, offering new insights into the Syria crisis.
These yantras focused on semiabstract objects such as the siddhachakra (the Jain "wheel of perfection", which contains the enlightened Jinas and Siddhas, non-liberated monks, and central concepts of Jain doctrine) or else the written forms of mantric syllables such as brim (which inexplicably is consistently misspelled in the book as rhim).
His artworks in the exhibit include the abstract Kaleidoscope and semiabstract Barong-barong which is a more detailed rendition of a simple nipa.
The fluid yellow ground suggested a lazy summer afternoon harmonized with semiabstract floral elements and anthropomorphic forms.
These early pieces evolved rapidly from representational landscape scenes and portraits of military colleagues, to semiabstract and Surrealist-inspired depictions of topography and the human form, to the artist's mature Abstract Expressionist paintings.
Published with the traveling exhibition of the same name, produced by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento from 2018 to 2019, this catalog contains about 100 paintings and drawings from the Foundation that illustrate the development of California painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) from his early works in 1942 to 1955, when he shifted from nature-based abstractions to figure drawings, works that evolved from representational landscape scenes and portraits of military colleagues, to semiabstract and Surrealist-inspired depictions of topography, still life, and the human form, to his mature Abstract Expressionist paintings.
The organic form serves here as a starting point to semiabstract painting.
Other painters featured in the show, which opens on June 3, are Sandra Moffat, who specialises in textured landscape compositions, Darren Mundy, who will exhibit a new series called Hill Town, and Stanley Bird who creates semiabstract animal portraits.
Her husband Anurag Jadia's semiabstract creations on spirituality too are a part of the 77 exhibits on display.
Modern and contemporary works of art, like Aung Myint's semiabstract pieces, proved the most contentious for censors because of ambiguity in interpreting them.
Talmy (2000: 141-156) distinguishes four levels that can be "designated along this gradient: the (fully) concrete level, the semiconcrete level, the semiabstract level, and the (fully) abstract level".