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Contemporary Figurativism

Figurativism is a form of art that seeks to represent external reality. It is partially linked to realism yet differs from it at the same time. As far as collective memory is concerned, man has always used figurative art as a means of communication. Whether it's a declaration of fear or love, it has been communicated from one individual to another through art. We often associate figuration with mememis (a Greek term meaning “the act of reproducing or depicting and inventing things"). In this sense art has always had a figurative element, since artists are continually trying to find ways to interpret reality. Expressionism, Symbolism, Impressionism and Surrealism produce figurative art in their own way.

Though long neglected by contemporary artists in favour of abstract and non-figurative approaches, it never disappeared entirely and is currently enjoying something of a resurgence, with works being showcased by Gagosian, Templon, The White Cube and hundreds of other leading galleries.

Figuration continued to spark enthusiasm in artists, even with the arrival of abstract art in the early 20th century. Some artists established their style through the movement and others built theirs from it, which was the case with American Hyperrealism and Pop art. This caused a significant change from classic figurative painting, where its innovative content and use of acrylic paint attracted a completely new audience. Pop art was in some ways the democratisation of art, as it attracted the interest of both art connoisseurs and the general public. This is mostly due to its method of presenting imagery from mass and popular culture, which were sourced from various media outlets such as, comic strips, adverts or even cinema posters.

Italian artist Silvia Papas, is part of the contemporary figuration movement showing a particular interest in Pop art. Her seductive feminine figures are almost provocative and flirt with the viewer. Themes of clashing ideological interests and a society damaged by overconsumption dominate his works, yet he leaves the power of female seduction intact and unchanged.

Women are recurring subjects in contemporary figuration, where they're either lying down, completely naked or only revealing a small amount of skin. Either way, the female body is at the forefront of this movement.  Algerian painter, Fawzi Brachemi devoted a large amount of his work to painting the faces and bodies of women. His works are influenced by previous art movements and his familial roots. The curved female forms and bright colours allude to Chinese calligraphy, whilst the dark eyes of his subjects invite the viewer on a journey into the unknown.

See Figurativism in a new light through our selection of works from the new generation of contemporary artists.

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Paco Raphael, Blue Eyes, Painting

Paco Raphael

Blue Eyes, 2019
63 x 59.1 x 0 inch
Painting

$ 9,731

Francine Van Hove, La petite lampe 1930, Painting

Francine Van Hove

La petite lampe 1930, 2008
21.3 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$ 15,813

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, El venero, Print

Slim Aarons

El venero, 1967
29.9 x 39.8 inch
Print

$ 3,771

Alejandra Caballero, Orange Juice, Painting

Alejandra Caballero

Orange Juice, 2016
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$ 1,581

Our recommendations Pairoj Karndee, Summer winds, Painting

Pairoj Karndee

Summer winds, 2013
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 5,535

Erdna André, L'attente, Drawing

Erdna André

L'attente, 2018
35.4 x 27.6 inch
Drawing

$ 487

Keith O'Connor, Pure, Painting

Keith O'Connor

Pure, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 3,893

Isabelle Zutter, Volupté, Painting

Isabelle Zutter

Volupté, 2016
39.4 x 31.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 2,919

Charlotte Barrault, Justine, Painting

Charlotte Barrault

Justine, 2016
39.4 x 31.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 2,190

Aruta Soup, Throw the Dice, Print

Aruta Soup

Throw the Dice, 2018
21.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$ 150

Sergio Ceccotti, Intérieur, soir, Painting

Sergio Ceccotti

Intérieur, soir, 2006
39.4 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$ 7,055

Eugène Bégarat, Kimono violet, Painting

Eugène Bégarat

Kimono violet, 2013
25.6 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 6,082

Fawzi Brachemi, Toilette intime, Painting

Fawzi Brachemi

Toilette intime, 2006
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$ 3,503

Silvia Papas, Spring time, Painting

Silvia Papas

Spring time, 2016
47.2 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 5,474

Eleonora Drumeva, The First Night of the Red Dress, Painting

Eleonora Drumeva

The First Night of the Red Dress, 2014
55.1 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 4,866

Alexandrine Deshayes, Urban Jungle II, Painting

Alexandrine Deshayes

Urban Jungle II, 2013
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 7,907

JonOne, Sunlight, Painting

JonOne

Sunlight, 2019
39.6 x 47.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 10,948

JonOne, TRAVELS, Painting

JonOne

TRAVELS, 2020
37.4 x 26.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 22,382

JonOne, They Don'T Know, Print

JonOne

They Don'T Know, 2018
22 x 30.1 inch
Print

$ 1,156

JonOne, To Believe, Print

JonOne

To Believe, 2018
22 x 30.1 inch
Print

$ 1,156

JonOne, Hanji, Print

JonOne

Hanji, 2017
29.5 x 46.1 inch
Print

$ 5,474

Philippe Huart, Psychose, Painting

Philippe Huart

Psychose, 2013
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 11,556

Robert Combas, Le mannequin contemporain, Print

Robert Combas

Le mannequin contemporain, 2008
39.4 x 32.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 4,622

Jéko, Tête, Painting

Jéko

Tête, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$ 730

Boreli, Point, Painting

Boreli

Point, 2014
51.2 x 35 inch
Painting

$ 2,433

Didier Lourenço, Mientras duermes, Print

Didier Lourenço

Mientras duermes, 2018
28.3 x 28.3 inch
Print

$ 669

Minas Halaj, Butterfly #8, Painting

Minas Halaj

Butterfly #8, 2020
56 x 48 x 3.1 inch
Painting

$ 27,612

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Poolside Glamour, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Glamour, 1970
39.8 x 59.8 inch
Photography

$ 7,020

Francine Van Hove, Les deux belles, Painting

Francine Van Hove

Les deux belles, 2012
36.2 x 28.7 inch
Painting

$ 20,922

Francine Van Hove, Un peu de rouge, Painting

Francine Van Hove

Un peu de rouge, 2011
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Painting

$ 13,380

Nick Lord, Sophie Dahl, Painting

Nick Lord

Sophie Dahl, 2014
42.5 x 41.3 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 20,227

Erdna André, Mouvement, Painting

Erdna André

Mouvement, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 487

Erdna André, Audace, Painting

Erdna André

Audace, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 487

Diana Malivani, The Blue Butterfly's Dream, Painting

Diana Malivani

The Blue Butterfly's Dream, 2018
17.7 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 3,649

Jin Bo, Look the other side in the passage of time, Painting

Jin Bo

Look the other side in the passage of time, 2014
33.9 x 57.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 9,123

Jin Bo, Window, Painting

Jin Bo

Window, 2013
36.2 x 81.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 14,597

Our recommendations Franck Bouroullec, Cabu, Painting

Franck Bouroullec

Cabu, 2016
63 x 37.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 6,082

Charline Bourcier, Fukushima XI, Painting

Charline Bourcier

Fukushima XI, 2015
82.1 x 67.9 x 1 inch
Painting

$ 7,043

Bluzot Philippe, Banlieue (4) la nuit venue, Painting

Bluzot Philippe

Banlieue (4) la nuit venue, 2012
57.5 x 44.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,893

Silvia Papas, Paris night crossing, Painting

Silvia Papas

Paris night crossing, 2016
47.2 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 6,082

Sergio Ceccotti, Il fulmine, Painting

Sergio Ceccotti

Il fulmine, 2011
25.6 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$ 5,474

Bluzot Philippe, Rencontre nocturne, Painting

Bluzot Philippe

Rencontre nocturne, 2015
38.2 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,406

Eugène Bégarat, By the Pool, Painting

Eugène Bégarat

By the Pool, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 6,204

Eugène Bégarat, Au jardin, Painting

Eugène Bégarat

Au jardin, 2018
21.7 x 15 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,528

Fawzi Brachemi, Femmes d’Alger, Painting

Fawzi Brachemi

Femmes d’Alger, 2001
28.7 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$ 4,379

Fawzi Brachemi, Henné 3, Painting

Fawzi Brachemi

Henné 3, 2015
28.7 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,861

Jonatan Maldonado, Le triomphe de la mort II, Painting

Jonatan Maldonado

Le triomphe de la mort II, 2016
51.2 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$ 3,041

Mireille Arbellot, Psyché, Painting

Mireille Arbellot

Psyché, 2015
57.5 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 5,595

Adrien Belgrand, Suwan, Painting

Adrien Belgrand

Suwan, 2014
8.7 x 13 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,946

JonOne, My World, Print

JonOne

My World, 2019
24 x 20.1 x 0 inch
Print

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JonOne, Ghost Shell, Painting

JonOne

Ghost Shell, 2012
65 x 78.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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JonOne, JonOne, Painting

JonOne

JonOne, 2018
8.7 x 22 x 0.1 inch
Painting

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Jéko, No name, Painting

Jéko

No name, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Painting

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Monica Fernandez, La Princesa Renegada, Painting

Monica Fernandez

La Princesa Renegada, 2019
63 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Genevieve Gaignard, Muscle Beach, Photography

Genevieve Gaignard

Muscle Beach, 2016
29 x 42 x 3.1 inch
Photography

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Sergio Ceccotti, Clair-obscur, Painting

Sergio Ceccotti

Clair-obscur, 2008
31.9 x 39.4 inch
Painting

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Jonatan Maldonado, Laisse moi tranquille II, Painting

Jonatan Maldonado

Laisse moi tranquille II, 2014
35.4 x 59.1 inch
Painting

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