Abstract Art & Abstract Oil Paintings that resemble such poster in the eyes of those that donít be pleased about action oil paintings and paintings that consist of various-color rectangles still give rise to debate in art. The advent of abstract art made people look at oil paintings in different views. Abstract oil paintings are defined as a break with the idea that paintings should depict reality. There is a vast grey area between abstract and figurative style. Today people perceive it as a contemporary phenomenon although abstract oil paintings have always existed in one form or another.