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Photorealist Figurative Paintings

PHOTOREALISM

A direct challenge to Abstract Expressionism’s subjectivity and gestural vigor, Photorealism was informed by the Pop predilection for representational imagery, popular iconography and tools, like projectors and airbrushes, borrowed from the worlds of commercial art and design.

Whether gritty or gleaming, the subject matter favored by Photorealists is instantly, if vaguely, familiar. It’s the stuff of yellowing snapshots and fugitive memories. The bland and the garish alike flicker between crystal-clear reality and dreamy illusion, inviting the viewer to contemplate a single moment rather than igniting a story.

The virtues of the “photo” in Photorealist art — infused as they are with dazzling qualities that are easily blurred in reproduction — are as elusive as they are allusive. “Much Photorealist painting has the vacuity of proportion and intent of an idiot-savant, long on look and short on personal timbre,” John Arthur wrote (rather admiringly) in the catalogue essay for Realism/Photorealism, a 1980 exhibition at the Philbrook Museum of Art, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At its best, Photorealism is a perpetually paused tug-of-war between the sacred and the profane, the general and the specific, the record and the object.

Robert Bechtle invented Photorealism, in 1963,” says veteran art dealer Louis Meisel. “He took a picture of himself in the mirror with the car outside and then painted it. That was the first one.”

The meaning of the term, which began for Meisel as “a superficial way of defining and promoting a group of painters,” evolved with time, and the core group of Photorealists slowly expanded to include younger artists who traded Rolleiflexes for 60-megapixel cameras, using advanced digital technology to create paintings that transcend the detail of conventional photographs.

On 1stDibs, the collection of Photorealist art includes work by Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Charles Bell and others.

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Style: Photorealist
"Baker's Dozen", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Dianne L. Massey Dunbar's (US based) "Baker's Dozen" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts twelve glazed donuts in a white pastry box. About the artist: When Dianne M...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Covered - hyper-realism face close up finger eye lashes detail oil painting
Located in London, GB
Anne Moses is a British artist living and working in the UK. Since leaving the University of Manchester with a B.A Honours Degree in Fine Art she has been developing and producing wo...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Diptych Hand Painting
Located in Washington, DC
Exceptional pair of paintings by Washington DC artist Manon Cleary (1942-1911). Paintings are oil on canvas. Dated 1980 and signed in the front lower right corner and on reverse. Ma...
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1980s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Effigy" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Effigy" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts an American hundred dollar bill burning from a flame. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missou...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Loopy" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Loopy" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts an open box of pastries filled with multi-colored donuts with decadent toppings. Gregory was b...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Green Sprinkle" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Green Sprinkle" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a donut covered with green glaze and rainbow sprinkles. Gregory was born in Kansas Ci...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

Oystering at First Light
Located in Greenwich, CT
Michael Harrell was born in Florida in 1964. He began painting nautical scenes at a young age and created his first published work at age 7. After receiving his BFA from the Universi...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Arco del Triunfo Barcelona", Jesus Navarro, Realism, 24x39, Original Oil Canvas
Located in Dallas, TX
"Arco del Triunfo Barcelona" by Jesus Navarro is an original hyperrealism cityscape measuring 24x39 in. A lady in a white blouse is browsing her phone as she rides the trolly pass Th...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"King's Highway Deep", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Heather Neill's (US based) "King's Highway Deep" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a dirt trail leading into the forest where fall has sprung and colorful autumn lea...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil

"Last Night" Oil Painting 43"x39" inch by Yousra Hafad
Located in Culver City, CA
"Last Night" Oil Painting 43"x39" inch by Yousra Hafad * Due to the Ministry of Culture policy + COVID situation, handling time (paperwork) may take up to 1-3 month. Yousra Hafad...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

"Metus (Fear)," Acrylic on Canvas Board signed by Yonder Castillo
By Yonder Castillo
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Metus (Fear)" is an original acrylic painting by Yonder Castillo. The artist initialed and dated the piece in the lower right. This painting depicts two women ensnared in a web wher...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic, Board

"Notre Dame at Sunset", Jesus Navarro, Realism, 28x39 in., Original Oil Canvas
Located in Dallas, TX
"Notre Dame at Sunset" by Jesus Navarro is an original hyperrealism cityscape measuring 28x39 in. This painting is filled with purples and blues and features people walking along the...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Awakening," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Brian O'Neill's (US based) "Awakening" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts purple and yellow Iris flowers blooming from their green stems into the darkness. About th...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Keeping Floating", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Pegah Samaie's (CA based) "Keeping Floating" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts two pink and fuchsia colored origami boats floating in a blue body of water. About t...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Panel

"Sky 61" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
James Van Fossan's "Sky 61" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a skyscape of grey and white clouds arching through a blue sky and the sunlight dances through it.
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Panel

"Awaken," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Brian O'Neill's (US based) "Awaken" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a cloud filled sky in pink and purple hues as it shimmers over a pink ocean crashing to shore. ...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

1980s Vintage American Street Scene Painting, Landscape with Taxi Cabs
By Val Lewton
Located in Surfside, FL
Val Edwin Lewton (May 23, 1937 – April 24, 2015) was a painter and museum exhibition designer. As an artist, he created Realist acrylic paintings and watercolors of urban and suburba...
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1980s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Archival Paper

"Yin," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Yin" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts an open box of white donuts with colorful toppings. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missouri, i...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Board, Oil

"The Last," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Victoria Novak's "The Last" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a still life of tangerines or mandarin oranges peeled and unpeeled with leaves. About the Artist: Rea...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Locked," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Karen Offutt's "Locked" is an original, handmade painting that depicts a close up view of a feminine face at three quarters view, her brown hair frames her porcelain face. About th...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Large Still Life Photorealism Acrylic Painting Candy Canes in Vase Photo Realist
Located in Surfside, FL
Charles Wildbank (American, b. 1948) Photorealist Still Life Painting "Candy Sticks", Acrylic on canvas Signed in bottom right corner recto Charles Bourke Wildbank, native New Yor...
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20th Century Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"2016 Yas Marina BMW M3," Acrylic painting
Located in Denver, CO
Shan Fannin's (US based) "2016 Yas Marina BMW M3" is an acrylic painting that depicts the closeup view of the taillights of a bright blue 2016 Yas Marina BMW M3 Born 1969 in Califor...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Board

Times Square Splash - original cityscape landscape realism contemporary artwork
Located in London, Chelsea
Contemporary realist painter Michael Steinbrick captures a showery perspective of a street scene. Delicately and precisely rendered droplets are illuminated with neon pastel hues whi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Kentucky Horse Rider
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Kathleen Keifer is a California-based internationally collected artist. She is a leading force of the New California Realism. Keifer brings a fresh perspective to her hyperrealistic ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Poetry in Motion" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Sheri Farabaugh's "Poetry in Motion" is a handmade, original oil painting that hyper realistically depicts the flowing water of a current streaming over river rock. Artist Statemen...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Board, Oil

"Morning Tide," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Brian O'Neill's (US based) "Morning Tide" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a cloud filled sky in orange hues as it shimmers over a dark green ocean. About the Art...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Panel

"Liquid Silver" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Sheri Farabaugh's "Liquid Silver" is a handmade, original oil painting that hyper realistically depicts ocean waves crashing on the coast of a rocky shore. Artist Statement and Bio...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Mono-Poli III - Realism, Photorealistic Oil Painting, Colorful, Hyperrealism
Located in Salzburg, AT
„He is a declared painter with full awareness of his conceptual past. His works, near to photo-realism, show objects in a garish intense coloristic. It is the process of painting, th...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Contemporary Surrealist Hyperrealist Large Figures Super Hero Wonder Woman Women
Located in Buffalo, NY
An original painting by American contemporary conceptual painter Bruce Adams from the artist's new Untitled series. The “Untitled,” series draws from a variety of visual and histori...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Linen, Oil

Mono-Poli VI - Realism, Photorealistic Oil Painting, Colorful, Hyperrealism
Located in Salzburg, AT
„He is a declared painter with full awareness of his conceptual past. His works, near to photo-realism, show objects in a garish intense coloristic. It is the process of painting, th...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Umbria," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Victoria Novak's "Umbria" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a still life of figs on a stone column. About the Artist: Realist painter Victoria Novak began her arti...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Hard Winter's Journey
Located in Soquel, CA
Somber depiction of Native Americans in winter by John Pace (American, 1930-2006). Signed "John Pace" in the lower right corner. Presented in a wood slat frame with the edges painted...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Kelli Vance, Our Inner World Is Close But We Never Go There, 2017, portrait
Located in Houston, TX
This painting is an oil of canvas from 2018 titled "Our Inner World Is Close But We Never Go There," by the photorealist painter Kelli Vance. Vance's photorealistic portraits often e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Broken Hearts," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Victoria Novak's "Broken Hearts" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a still life of three pomegranates peeled and unpeeled. About the Artist: Realist painter Victor...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Mask Modern Oil Painting
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Mask Two Figures, hyperrealist oil painting on board. Canadian artist born 1955, in Montreal Canada. JIM FARLEY Artist statement I am self-taught. I have been drawing and painting s...
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1980s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Masonite, Oil

Arie Azene Israeli Photo Realist Oil Painting Manhattan New York Street Scene
By Arie Azene
Located in Surfside, FL
Arie Azene, Israeli painter, born in Germany, 1934 Arie (Eisman) Azene was born in Hamburg, Germany. He immigrated to the Land of Israel with his parents soon after birth. In 1958, ...
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1990s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Ruffles", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Adrienne Stein's "Ruffles" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a vase of purple orchids with green fabric in the background. About the artist: Adrienne Stein (b. 1...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil, Panel

Pastel Splash - original cityscape realism modern urban oil painting new york
Located in London, Chelsea
Contemporary realist painter Michael Steinbrick captures a showery perspective of a street scene. Delicately and precisely rendered droplets are illuminated with neon pastel hues whi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Seeing Red" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Seeing Red" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts wrappers and loose Skittles candy. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1986 and...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Box Set" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Box Set" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts an open box of pastries filled with multi-colored donuts. Gregory was born in Kansas City, M...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Powdered Jelly" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Powdered Jelly" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a powdered donut with a white background. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missouri, ...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Glazed" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Glazed" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a glazed donut with its cast shadow on a white surface. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Miss...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Muse Box," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Muse Box" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts an open box of multi-colored donuts with colorful toppings Gregory was born in Kansas City,...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Cookie Monster" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Cookie Monster" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a pastry decorated with blue icing to look like cookie monster's face. Gregory was bo...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Cipher Stack" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Cipher Stack" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a pile of donuts stacked one on top of each other. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Mis...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Fruity Pebbles" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Fruity Pebbles" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a neon pink glazed donut with Fruity Pebbles cereal topping. Gregory was born in Kans...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Mermaid" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Mermaid" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a donut topped with a candy mermaid tail and shells. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missou...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Powdered Sugar" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Powdered Sugar" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a powdered donut with a white background. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missouri, ...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"2015 Lamborghini Giallo Evros Aventador," Acrylic painting
Located in Denver, CO
Shan Fannin's (US based) "2015 Lamborghini Giallo Evros Aventador" is an acrylic painting that depicts a banana yellow angles and form of a Lamborghini Giallo Evros Aventador Born ...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Apple Fritter" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Apple Fritter" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a pastry with a white background. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1986 a...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Burning II" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Burning II" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a dollar bill in flames. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1986 and moved to ...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Double Chocolate" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Double Chocolate" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a chocolate donut with a glazed chocolate topping. Gregory was born in Kansas City,...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Oh Captain, My Captain" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Oh Captain, My Captain" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a donut topped with Captain Crunch cereal. Gregory was born in Kansas City, ...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Red Velvet" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Red Velvet" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a red velvet donut dusted with a red topping. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missouri, ...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Ring of Fire" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Ring of Fire" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a chocolate donut with a red topping in the center. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Mi...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Yellow Sprinkle," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Yellow Sprinkle" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a yellow glazed donut with rainbow sprinkles. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Misso...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Cherry Time" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Cherry Time" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a chocolate and red glazed donut topped with a cherry. Gregory was born in Kansas City, ...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Burning I" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Burning I" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a dollar bill in flames. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1986 and moved to C...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

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