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Fantasy Painting

Fantasy painting is a style of art which explores the supernatural, depicting fantastical elements such as legends, ancient myths and divine figures. Mythical creatures are also prevalent in this genre where elves, fairies, dragons and wizards are often depicted alongside deities, angels and demons.

Fantasy painting grew in popularity after the invention of photography replaced the demand for Realism in the 19th century. The 20th century saw the introduction of new idealistic movements such as Expressionism, Cubism, Abstraction and Surrealism, where artists abandoned portraying subjects truthfully and embraced the implausible and supernatural. Although Fantasy Painting can technically be traced back to antiquity, it wasn't until the 20th century that it became an accepted art form. Artists of the Italian Renaissance were equally inspired by mythological characters in Greek and Roman culture. However, religious mythology was a highly sophisticated and incredibly important topic during the Renaissance, and is therefore not an example of fantasy painting.

Contemporary fantasy art has certainly been influenced by a surge in demand for science fiction and whimsical literary plots. This pushed artists to explore the darker corners of fantasy art, employing vampires and werewolves into their artwork. In 1923 the first all-fantasy fiction magazine was created called “Weird Tales", which helped bring fantasy painting onto a contemporary platform. As a result, fantasy painting became a powerful tool in the marketing of fantasy literature and film. Robert E. Howard's comic book hero “Conan the Barbarian" was a prominent feature in Weird Tales magazine. However, when the stories were re-released in 1960 with cover art by notable fantasy painter, Frank Frazetta, over 10 million copies were sold. This success lead to the creation of other fantasy art magazines. French magazine, “Métal Hurlant" (howling metal) was created in 1974. Due to its huge readership and demand, it was translated and republished in the United States as “Heavy Metal" in 1977. The late 70s also saw a boom in computer games and blockbuster films, which only furthered the popularity of fantasy painting. Hugely successful films like Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Hobbit and Twilight were paramount in fantasy painting's not only rise to prominence, but also increasing acceptance as an art form.

Despite the skill of artists that produce fantasy paintings, it is still not considered canonical. Since it is not an example of “high art", the genre is generally not exhibited in galleries or taught in art schools, which many claim is due to the popularity of fantasy literature and film. However, as fantasy painting's reputation grows, so does the acceptance for a wider variety of art forms. Therefore, we can't eliminate the possibility that this massively prominent genre won't be considered highbrow one day.

Discover our selection of original paintings by contemporary artists and painters who have been inspired by all things supernatural, mythical and divine.

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Benjamin Carbonne, Lost Angel 1, Painting

Benjamin Carbonne

Lost Angel 1, 2018
51.2 x 38.2 inch
Painting

$4,086

Caz In The Machine, Corridor (2), Photography

Caz In The Machine

Corridor (2), 2014
35 x 23.2 inch
Photography

$759

Jacek Palucha, Gulliver, Painting

Jacek Palucha

Gulliver, 1998
21.7 x 18.1 inch
Painting

$1,284

Janmar, Jim's color Factory, Print

Janmar

Jim's color Factory, 2016
33.5 x 43.3 x 1.6 inch
Print

$2,802

Juana Sabina Ortega, Cambio de tiempo / Recortando los dias, Painting

Juana Sabina Ortega

Cambio de tiempo / Recortando los dias, 2016
23.6 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$1,401

Hikari Shimoda, Our God - Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu, Print

Hikari Shimoda

Our God - Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu, 2016
28.3 x 22.4 inch
Print

$817

Jesús Zurita, Muñón, Drawing

Jesús Zurita

Muñón, 2018
11.8 x 16.5 inch
Drawing

$2,335

Katarzyna Orthwein, Myths / Love, Print

Katarzyna Orthwein

Myths / Love, 2017
11.8 x 16.5 inch
Print

$339

Tudor Banus, L'arche de Noé, Painting

Tudor Banus

L'arche de Noé, 2016
29.1 x 22.4 inch
Painting

$2,568

Anne de Giry, J'ai longtemps voyagé en d'étranges espaces, Painting

Anne de Giry

J'ai longtemps voyagé en d'étranges espaces, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,342

Olivier Cardin, Paris coule, Painting

Olivier Cardin

Paris coule, 2017
42.1 x 29.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,685

Tomaas, Angels and Demons I, Photography

Tomaas

Angels and Demons I, 2015
39.4 x 59.1 inch
Photography

$6,887

Sumomo Kanashiwa, Flying Angel, Painting

Sumomo Kanashiwa

Flying Angel, 2009
59.1 x 51.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$6,771

Arnaud Michel (ArtNoz), A l'ombre du soleil Levant, Painting

Arnaud Michel (ArtNoz)

A l'ombre du soleil Levant, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,401

Nori Ushijima, Faun and Nymph, Painting

Nori Ushijima

Faun and Nymph, 2010
31.9 x 39.4 x 5.9 inch
Painting

$3,619

Giorgio Finamore, Biomechanical Circus - Dancer, Print

Giorgio Finamore

Biomechanical Circus - Dancer, 2012
13.4 x 13.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,541

Angélina Nové, Te détacher de ma poitrine, Photography

Angélina Nové

Te détacher de ma poitrine, 2015
8.3 x 8.7 inch
Photography

$467

Den 3221, Stay with me, Drawing

Den 3221

Stay with me, 2018
11.4 x 16.5 inch
Drawing

$268

Janusz Orzechowski, Batmobil, Painting

Janusz Orzechowski

Batmobil, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 1 inch
Painting

$2,335

Janusz Orzechowski, Eight years later, Painting

Janusz Orzechowski

Eight years later, 2016
35.4 x 63 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,101

Yoko d'Holbachie, Spiral girl, Painting

Yoko d'Holbachie

Spiral girl, 2011
13 x 13 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,051

Samuel Favarica, Les Abysses, Painting

Samuel Favarica

Les Abysses, 2017
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,868

Samuel Favarica, Rupture Sentimentale n°37-BA-3, Painting

Samuel Favarica

Rupture Sentimentale n°37-BA-3, 2006
29.9 x 22.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,051

Smape, Graffiti Angel, Painting

Smape

Graffiti Angel, 2019
45.7 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,751

Eric Liot, Angèle, Painting

Eric Liot

Angèle, 2015
59.1 x 39.4 x 3.1 inch
Painting

$18,677

Luz, L'Ange, Photography

Luz

L'Ange, 2001
39.4 x 59.1 inch
Photography

$14,008

Mathilde Oscar, Vilains, Photography

Mathilde Oscar

Vilains, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$630

Our recommendations Mat Elbé, Serial Metropolis, Painting

Mat Elbé

Serial Metropolis, 2017
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$817

Mat Elbé, Lady snake, Painting

Mat Elbé

Lady snake, 2017
13.8 x 10.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$140

Caz In The Machine, Selenite - The Ticking of the Moon, Photography

Caz In The Machine

Selenite - The Ticking of the Moon, 2010
20.9 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$689

Jacek Palucha, Investors, Painting

Jacek Palucha

Investors, 1998
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$2,451

Pilar Ortega-Musitano, Diana et le sacré : les mystères du bois, Drawing

Pilar Ortega-Musitano

Diana et le sacré : les mystères du bois, 2015
37.4 x 26 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$2,218

Pilar Ortega-Musitano, Vénus et le coeur de Vulcain, Drawing

Pilar Ortega-Musitano

Vénus et le coeur de Vulcain, 2014
37.4 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$2,218

Dariusz Klimczak, Big Fish, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Big Fish, 2012
14 x 12 inch
Photography

$467

Shin Seung-Hun, Fantasy Jejuisland - island girl story, Painting

Shin Seung-Hun

Fantasy Jejuisland - island girl story, 2016
23.8 x 28.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,342

Shin Seung-Hun, Fantasy Jejuisland - Island Girl Story, Painting

Shin Seung-Hun

Fantasy Jejuisland - Island Girl Story, 2018
23.9 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,115

Dariusz Klimczak, Empty Nest, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Empty Nest, 2013
14 x 12 inch
Photography

$584

Guilherme Licurgo, Submerged Petal, Desert Flower Greece, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

Submerged Petal, Desert Flower Greece, 2014
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$5,500

Tof Vanmarque, On est toujours mieux dehors, Painting

Tof Vanmarque

On est toujours mieux dehors, 2016
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,335

Claude Bernadette Stern, La Fata Morgana, Painting

Claude Bernadette Stern

La Fata Morgana, 1984
23.6 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$2,918

Katarzyna Orthwein, Myths / Love, Print

Katarzyna Orthwein

Myths / Love, 2007
11.8 x 16.5 inch
Print

$339

Francis Lagneau, La méthode paranoïaque critique, Painting

Francis Lagneau

La méthode paranoïaque critique, 2014
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$770

Francis Lagneau, La fille du gardien de Phare, Painting

Francis Lagneau

La fille du gardien de Phare, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$922

André Gacko, Mythologie, Sculpture

André Gacko

Mythologie, 2018
28.7 x 21.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,685

André Gacko, Duos Etalon, Sculpture

André Gacko

Duos Etalon, 2018
21.3 x 31.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,218

Rosen Yordanov, Bellérophon, Print

Rosen Yordanov

Bellérophon, 2018
23.6 x 17.7 inch
Print

$193

Rosen Yordanov, Odysseus, Print

Rosen Yordanov

Odysseus, 2018
23.6 x 17.7 inch
Print

$193

Isa Sator, Implants Bioniques, Painting

Isa Sator

Implants Bioniques, 2015
76.8 x 38.2 inch
Painting

$6,420

Isa Sator, L'arbre aux deux vies, Painting

Isa Sator

L'arbre aux deux vies, 2015
76.8 x 38.2 inch
Painting

$6,420

Our recommendations Tomaas, Angels and Demons II, Photography

Tomaas

Angels and Demons II, 2015
31.5 x 59.1 inch
Photography

$6,420

Alain Carron, La boite à musique, Painting

Alain Carron

La boite à musique, 2017
15 x 18.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,160

Nori Ushijima, Urano, Painting

Nori Ushijima

Urano, 2010
28.7 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$3,619

Damian Rucci, Thor, Painting

Damian Rucci

Thor, 2015
39.4 x 27.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$759

Giorgio Finamore, Biomechanical Circus - Siamese Twins, Print

Giorgio Finamore

Biomechanical Circus - Siamese Twins, 2012
13.4 x 13.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,541

Chamo San, Sirenas, Drawing

Chamo San

Sirenas, 2017
21.7 x 21.7 x 0 inch
Drawing

$2,218

Chamo San, Pan, Drawing

Chamo San

Pan, 2016
21.7 x 21.7 x 0 inch
Drawing

$2,218

Angélina Nové, Les jambes en l'air, Photography

Angélina Nové

Les jambes en l'air, 2015
10.8 x 9.4 inch
Photography

$467

Damian Rucci, Valkyria, Painting

Damian Rucci

Valkyria, 2012
39.4 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$759

Den 3221, Fairy of Darkness, Drawing

Den 3221

Fairy of Darkness, 2018
11.4 x 16.5 inch
Drawing

$268

Our recommendations Benjamin Carbonne, Corps 4.6.0, Painting

Benjamin Carbonne

Corps 4.6.0, 2017
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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