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Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

NEO-EXPRESSIONIST STYLE

A resurgence of interest in Expressionism, Pop art, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and other movements gained steam among artists of the 1970s and ’80s, in part as a reaction to the austerity of the prevailing minimalism and Conceptual art of the era. A decadent, bold and brash art style called Neo-Expressionism saw painters returning to figural representation, creating highly textured works that were imbued with intensely personal narratives.

Neo-Expressionist paintings are sensuous in nature and highly subjective in meaning. Expressive brushwork, highly pigmented colors and layered forms and materials lent sculptural attributes to the work and were used to depict symbolic narratives from history, mythology and the artist’s personal experience. 

Prominent figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat led the Neo-Expressionist movement in the United States with paintings and prints that were raw, emotional and often violent in nature. In Germany, Die Neuen Wilden (the “New Fauves”) was the name given to a group of postwar artists that included the likes of sculptor Georg Baselitz and Gerhard Richter, a painter and photographer who explored the possibilities of both abstraction and realism, sometimes in a single piece. The work of the New Fauves — labeled as such for its return to Fauvism’s textured brushwork and use of vibrant colors — shares commonalities with Neo-Expressionism, and Baselitz was a pioneer of the movement in Europe. In addition, Willem de Kooning’s pulsating action paintings and Julian Schnabel’s experimentation with the materiality of paintings also took shape during this period.

“I was trying to make paintings different from the paintings that I saw a lot of at the time, which were mostly minimal, and they were highbrow and alienating, and I wanted to make very direct paintings that most people would feel the emotion behind when they saw them,” said Basquiat. 

Neo-Expressionism generated some polarizing opinions, with some celebrating the revival of personal subjectivity in art while others criticizing the movement for being too commercially driven and nostalgic. But most experts agree that Neo-Expressionism was a huge commercial success and culturally impactful, paving the way for the postmodern work of artists like Richter and Sigmar Polke

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Style: Neo-Expressionist
Jackie
Located in Porto, 13
Jackie, 2022 Oil on Wood Black outline bunny, yellow Frame collected by the artist
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil

"Rover" Multicolor Bunny on Ombre Diamond Dust Pink & Blue Background Framed
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a gestural figure of a multicolor bunny on an ombre Pink and Blue background with thick u...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Glass, Resin, Oil, Wood Panel

« Noah's Ark" Folk Art Oil Painting on Canvas
Located in Pasadena, CA
« Noah's Ark" is an unsigned oil painting that transcends the well-known biblical narrative into a contemporary allegory. Within this canvas, an iconic and realistic ark shelters a k...
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1960s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Morpho II" Multicolor Butterflies on Gold Background Oil on Wood with Scoring
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Butterflies. This piece depicts two delicate butterflies in ascension placed in a wonderful golden landscape with blue, red and yellow background. Slonem traces his famous crosshatch details throughout the piece, with thick use of paint and elegant accents. Inspired by nature and a genuine love for animals, Slonem's paintings encompass unique inspirations drawn from the world. While viewing this piece in person, it is as if we are surrounded by beauty and encased effortlessly in a golden seascape. This painting invites us to celebrate nature and the simplicity of flight from the elegant world of the butterfly. This painting is signed and dated by the artist on verso and it comes housed in a simple vintage frame...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Sonia" Black Bunny on Purple Background Oil Painting on Wood Panel Framed
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a gestural figure of a black bunny on a Purple Lavender background with thick use of pain...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Ocelots Managua
Located in Denver, CO
"Ocelots Managua" is an oil painting by famed Neo-Expressionist Hunt Slonem. This work is completed with a golden vintage style ornate frame and features a group of playful felines o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

DOG TOTEM
Located in CÓRDOBA, ES
PLEASE READ;; It is stretched, but if the shipment has to be made to a non-European country, it will be sent unstretched, rolled in a tube Acrylic and markers on canvas
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Acrylic, Permanent Marker

Cody's Arrival (JEM0157)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Double (EA01535)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

3 Range (JW0121)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

2 Bunnies Black Diamond (MN0197)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Hunt Slonem is a renowned painter known for producing representational imagery and abstract expressionism. Slonem was born in Kittery, York County, ME. He attended Skowhegan School o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Four Play (MN0149)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Hunt Slonem is a renowned painter known for producing representational imagery and abstract expressionism. Slonem was born in Kittery, York County, ME. He attended Skowhegan School o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Mars 2 (JEM1203)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Dallas Double (JEM0876)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Double Bunny (JEM0485)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Hombre Heart (MN0085)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Hunt Slonem is a renowned painter known for producing representational imagery and abstract expressionism. Slonem was born in Kittery, York County, ME. He attended Skowhegan School o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel, Acrylic

INNER CHILD
Located in CÓRDOBA, ES
Markers & acrylic on paper Shipped well protected, unframed I can do commissioned work of any technique, style and size, contact us without obligation i can ship several drawings t...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Acrylic, Permanent Marker

Hunt Slonem "Ocelots" Contemporary Animals Portrait Oil on Canvas Painting
Located in Baltimore, MD
"Ocelots" is an unframed oil on canvas painting by Hunt Slonem, depicting a group of ocelots with 6 blue floating balls against a red background. The artist's expressive brushstrokes...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Paint

"Ireland" Black Outline Bunny on Emerald Green Background Oil Painting Wood
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a gestural figure of a black bunny on an Emerald green background with thick use of paint...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Butterflies" Multicolor Butterflies on Brilliant Golden w Gold Antique Frame
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Butterflies. This piece depicts multicolor delicate butterflies in ascension placed in a wonderful brilliant golden l...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Margo" Black Outlined Bunny on French Blue Background Oil Painting - Oval Frame
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a gestural figure of a black bunny on French Blue background with thick use of paint. It ...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Blue Finches" Blue Birds on Silver Background Oil Painting on Canvas
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects of finches. The thick use of paint is greatly recognizable as he slathers on layer after layer of oil paint with a sil...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Morning Cloaks" Multicolor Butterflies on Periwinkle Blue w Gold Antique Frame
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Butterflies. This piece depicts multicolor delicate butterflies in ascension placed in a wonderful periwinkle blue la...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Heart Felt" Heart Shaped Diamond Dust Turquoise Bunny Oil Painting Framed
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a double bunny on a turquoise blue gradient background with thick use of paint and diamon...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Glass, Resin, Oil, Wood Panel

"Maybe" Black Bunny on Light Lavender Background Oil Painting - Oval Frame
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a gestural figure of a black bunny on Light Lavender background with thick use of paint. ...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Molucans Square Hawaii" Multicolor Cockatoos with Gold Background on Canvas
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects of Cockatoos. The thick use of paint is greatly recognizable as he slathers on layer after layer of multicolor oil pai...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Question Mark & Comma" Butterflies on Silver and Gold Oil Painting on Canvas
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Butterflies. This piece depicts delicate multicolor butterflies in ascension placed in a wonderful golden silver land...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil

Hunt Slonem, "Cody" 10x8 Bold Black and White Single Bunny Oil Painting
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
Renowned artist Hunt Slonem's "Cody" is a 10 x 8 black and white oil painting on wood board of a single contemporary abstract bunny rabbit in black against a white background. *Pai...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Board

Swimming jellyfish, fractal painting, naturalistic trompe l'oeil, water animals
Located in Carballo, ES
Black Neoexpressionist Painting. This is an original artwork realized by TUSET in 2018. We can frame it in natural wood or black on request. The dimensions of the painting are 65 x ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Ink, Handmade Paper

2 Hare Lop (JEM0864)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil

Gold East Lake (JEM0685)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil

Twilight (CX2154)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil

Guilded Age (CX1169)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Mellon" Bunny on Holland Tulip Orange Oil Painting on Wood Panel w Diamond Dust
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a gestural figure of a bunny on a Holland Tulip Orange background with thick use of paint...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel, Glass

Golden Rod (JEM0985)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil

Spring (SH1448)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil

Frog (JEM0829)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil

Minny (CSR2166)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Hunt Slonem is a renowned painter known for producing representational imagery and abstract expressionism. Slonem was born in Kittery, York County, ME. He attended Skowhegan School o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Divine 2 (CX2514)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Hunt Slonem is a renowned painter known for producing representational imagery and abstract expressionism. Slonem was born in Kittery, York County, ME. He attended Skowhegan School o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Paula (TD0649)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Hunt Slonem is a renowned painter known for producing representational imagery and abstract expressionism. Slonem was born in Kittery, York County, ME. He attended Skowhegan School o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

2 Ply (MN0168)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Hunt Slonem is a renowned painter known for producing representational imagery and abstract expressionism. Slonem was born in Kittery, York County, ME. He attended Skowhegan School o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Diamond Double (CX2740)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Hunt Slonem is a renowned painter known for producing representational imagery and abstract expressionism. Slonem was born in Kittery, York County, ME. He attended Skowhegan School o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Jean (CSR1984)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Hunt Slonem is a renowned painter known for producing representational imagery and abstract expressionism. Slonem was born in Kittery, York County, ME. He attended Skowhegan School o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Tam (CSR2468)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Hunt Slonem is a renowned painter known for producing representational imagery and abstract expressionism. Slonem was born in Kittery, York County, ME. He attended Skowhegan School o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Lime (TD0401)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Hunt Slonem is a renowned painter known for producing representational imagery and abstract expressionism. Slonem was born in Kittery, York County, ME. He attended Skowhegan School o...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Cody (JEM0253)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Oil

Harry (CX0978)
Located in Solana Beach, CA
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds,...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Lavender World" Triple Bunnies on Lavender Oil Painting in an Eastlake Frame
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts 3 gestural figures of black bunnies on a Light Lavender background with thick use of pain...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Blue Diamond Dust Castle Grounds" White Bunnies on Blue Diamond Dust Painting
Located in New York, NY
A stunning composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts gestural figures of Bunnies against an ultramarine blue diamond dust background. Slonem tr...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Canvas, Glass, Resin, Oil

"Paris Green" Multicolor Butterflies on Green -Aesthetic Movement Eastlake Frame
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Butterflies. This piece depicts multicolor delicate butterflies in ascension placed in a wonderful Paris Green landsc...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Whydahs Longtail" Bunnies, Birds & Butterflies on Gold Background Oil Painting
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies, Butterflies and Birds. This piece depicts gestural figures of 3 blue eyed Bunnies, 8 multicolor Butterflies...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Wood, Mixed Media, Oil

"Green Pastures" Black Outline Bunny on Mint Green Background Oil Painting Wood
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a gestural figure of a black bunny on a Mint green background with thick use of paint. In...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Lorries Bayou La Fouche" Colorful Cockatoos on Gold Background Oil on Canvas
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects of Cockatoos. The thick use of paint is greatly recognizable as he slathers on layer after layer of colorful oils on a...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil

"Rose of Lima Hummingbirds" Green Red on White Background Oil Painting on Wood
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects of hummingbirds. The thick use of paint is greatly recognizable as he slathers on layer after layer of oil paint with ...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Michael" Black Bunny on White Background Oil Painting on Wood Panel Framed
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a gestural figure of a black bunny on white background with thick use of paint. It is hou...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Summer Dip" White Bunny on Sapphire Blue Background Oil Painting Wood Framed
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a gestural figure of a white bunny on a Sapphire Blue background with thick use of paint....
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel, Resin

"Yellow Moon" Black Outlined Bunny on Royal Yellow Oil Painting on Wood Framed
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a gestural figure of a black bunny on a royal yellow background with thick use of paint. ...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Benson" Black Bunny on Light Lavender Background Oil Painting on Wood Panel
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful composition of one of Slonem's most iconic subjects, Bunnies. This piece depicts a gestural figure of a black bunny on a Light Lavender background with thick use of paint...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Neo-expressionist animal paintings for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Neo-Expressionist animal paintings available for sale on 1stDibs. Works in this style were very popular during the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artists have continued to produce works inspired by this movement. If you’re looking to add animal paintings created in this style to introduce contrast in an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include elements of blue, orange, purple, red and other colors. Many Pop art paintings were created by popular artists on 1stDibs, including Hunt Slonem, and Reginald K. Gee. Frequently made by artists working with Canvas, and Fabric and other materials, all of these pieces for sale are unique and have attracted attention over the years. Not every interior allows for large Neo-Expressionist animal paintings, so small editions measuring 8 inches across are also available. Prices for animal paintings made by famous or emerging artists can differ depending on medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $39 and tops out at $155,000, while the average work sells for $7,812.

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