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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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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

"Clam Shells and Their Shadows" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Emma Hirst (US based) "Clam Shells and Their Shadows" is an oil painting that depicts an interior still life with six clam shells laid out on a white surface with their long cast sha...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Panel

Oil Painting of Classic 1950's Rolls Royce Bentley in the English Countryside
Located in Preston, GB
Oil Painting of Classic 1950's Rolls Royce Bentley in the English Countryside by British Artist, Glynn Williams. Signed, Oil on Board. Art measures 16 x 12 inches Frame measures 21...
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1980s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

A kite - 21st century, Young art, Figurative painting, Photorealism, A cat
Located in Warsaw, PL
KAMIL LISEK (born in 1980) Studied under the guidance of prof. Maciej Świeszewski at the faculty of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. He graduated with distinction obta...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

“Serie Saguas 5“, Canvas, Painting
Located in San Jose, CR
Argentine artist Viviana Zargón shows us these empty, uninhabited spaces. Their enormous skeletons put into sharp relief the economic and social collapse of the modernist dream. From...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

"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

"2 Bucks", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Judith Dickinson's (US based) "2 Bucks" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a crumpled two dollar bill on a gray background. About the Artist: Judith considers her l...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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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

Lowell Nesbitt, "Five Anemones," Oil on Canvas, 1988
Located in Long Island City, NY
This painting was created by American artist Lowell Blair Nesbitt. His most well known series, and perhaps his most beautiful and poetic, are the more than four hundred works he crea...
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1980s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Half Dozen" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Half Dozen" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts an open pastry box that has been rifled through and the six donuts remain. Gregory was bo...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil

The Emotional Reunion - Contemporary, Dream, Blue, Black, Hug, Affection
Located in Berlin, DE
The Emotional Reunion, 2019 Oil on canvas 120 H x 140 W cm 47 1/4 H x 55 1/8 W in The artwork was part of the solo show ONIRIX. ONIRIX is a project about how we remember and inte...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Joseph Campbell in Yellow," Mixed Media Drawing
Located in Denver, CO
Traci Wright Martin's "Joseph Campbell in Yellow" is an original, handmade mixed media drawing that depicts a black and white cat with a yellow orange background.
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Charcoal, Pastel, Wood 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

"Raindrops", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Dianne L. Massey Dunbar's (US based) "Raindrops" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a cascading pattern of ripples in a puddle from a heavy rainfall. About the art...
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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 Yousra Hafad is a teacher at the Faculty of Art Education in her native Luxor. Her paintings reflect in soothing minimalist re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Light Reflections on the River Landscape Painting by British Photorealist Artist
Located in Preston, GB
Light Reflections on the River Landscape Painting by British Photorealist Artist, Nicholas Smith. Art measures 16 x 16 inches Frame measures 21 x 21 inches Born December 1960, t...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

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

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Americana" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Michael Miller's "Americana" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a wide open field with rural farm architecture on the distance horizon.
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Israel - Contemporary Art, Figurative Painting, Flag, 2010, Beige, Pale Color
Located in Berlin, DE
Israel, 2010 Oil on canvas (Signed, front right middle) 14.96 H x 18.11 W in. 38 H x 46 W cm. The contemporary society is seen as an "extra-wrapped" society by the artist Mihai Flor...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Mysterious" Oil painting 47"x35"in. by Yousra Hafad
Located in Culver City, CA
"Mysterious" Oil painting 47"x35"in. by Yousra Hafad
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait of a Native American Girl
Located in Soquel, CA
Delicate and detailed portrait of a Native American girl by John Pace (American, 1930-2006). Signed "John Pace" in the lower right corner. Presented in a wood slat frame with the edg...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

“Scompte”, 12 pieces, Canvas, Painting
Located in San Jose, CR
Argentine artist Viviana Zargón shows us these empty, uninhabited spaces. Their enormous skeletons put into sharp relief the economic and social collapse of the modernist dream. From...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

"1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Fleetline Sportsman Sedan," Acrylic painting
Located in Denver, CO
Blue 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Fleetline Sportsman Sedan with warm hued background
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

"Marine Blue" Oil painting 55" x 39" inch by Yousra Hafad
Located in Culver City, CA
"Marine Blue" Oil painting 55" x 39" inch by Yousra Hafad Yousra Hafad is an Egyptian artist, born in March 1980. She graduated from Faculty of Art Education in 2001. Her sumptuo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, 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

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

20th Italian Oil Painting trompe l'oeil Studio Interior Palm Tree Realist Museum
By Andrea Vizzini
Located in Buffalo, NY
An original late 20th Century realist interior scene by Italian artist Andrea Vizzini. This important work was exhibited at The Anderson Gallery and comes housed in an attractive wo...
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1980s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Plywood, Oil

"Notorious" HAND PAINTED
Located in New York, NY
Javier has hand painted his favorite UFC fighters after one of their brutal fights where they are bloodied but not beaten. When the viewer is close up they just see lines and smears...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Serie Las Saguas, Canvas, Painting
Located in San Jose, CR
Argentine artist Viviana Zargón shows us these empty, uninhabited spaces. Their enormous skeletons put into sharp relief the economic and social collapse of the modernist dream. From...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

Homage to Dali - Hyperrealism Ink Drawing
Located in New York, NY
This hyper realist drawing by Olilet is part of her new hyper realist series of still life pieces. It is done by ink on 300 gr. Arches paper. It is a Homage to one of her greatest in...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Ink

Kiss - Contemporary Figurative Oil Painting, Love, Joyful, Realism, Minimalism
Located in Salzburg, AT
Artodyssey: "Julita Malinowska's paintings belong to those, which once seen - are never forgotten. The open spaces, sometimes cool and bright, at other times heavily saturated with c...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Family - Very Large Format, Contemporary Oil Figurative Painting, Realism, Beach
Located in Salzburg, AT
Artodyssey: "Julita Malinowska's paintings belong to those, which once seen - are never forgotten. The open spaces, sometimes cool and bright, at other times heavily saturated with c...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"A Little Longer," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Karen Offutt's "A Little Longer" is an original, handmade painting that depicts a feminine figure, in sequined green clothing, wearing a black face mask as she stands in front of a m...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Tightness - Large Format Painting, Realistic Oil Painting, Female Portrait
Located in Salzburg, AT
The main themes of Sylwester Stabryla’s creations are private scenes that create determined series, for example: “From the history of a submarine”, “Big boys”, “Kitchen stories”, ”Be...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Weightless, Timeless: Oil Painting of Two Women Swimming in Pool
Located in Hudson, NY
Horizontal figurative photo-realist painting of women swimming in an aqua blue pool "Weightless, Timeless," painted by Hudson Valley artist, Samantha French, is 2019 oil on canvas, ...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Warm Embrace
By Iban Navarro
Located in Atlanta, GA
This is an original watercolor on paper in excellent condition. It has only been shown in a gallery setting. The son of master hyperrealist artist Jesus Navarro, it was precisely ...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Egg Tempera, Watercolor, Archival Paper

Bright Side: Photorealist Figurative Painting of Young Man in Aqua Blue Pool
Located in Hudson, NY
Square figurative photo-realist painting of an underwater view of a young man swimming in an aqua blue pool "Bright Side", painted by Hudson Valley artist, Samantha French, is 2020 o...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Seated Elder by John Pace
Located in Soquel, CA
Seated Native American man by John Pace (American, 1930-2006). Signed "John Pace" on right edge. Presented in a wood slat frame with the edges painted black. Canvas size: 28"H x 22"W...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Daffodil Fields English Landscape Painting by Contemporary Photorealist Artist
Located in Preston, GB
Daffodil Fields English Landscape Painting by Contemporary Photorealist Artist, Nicholas Smith. Art measures 8.5 x 3.5 inches Frame measures 11.5 x 6.5 inches Born December 1960...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Dozen Matter" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Dozen Matter" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts an open pastry box that has twelve donuts. Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missouri, i...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil

"Mini Minnie" Oil on Canvas, new realism 2020
Located in Southampton, NY
When viewing a painting by Matthew Grabelsky you can immediately see the great technical skill required, the sense of humor and the concept of the painting that this gifted artist br...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"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

Pool No.11
Located in London, Chelsea
This original artwork by Jean-Pierre Kunkel depicts the human form of a swimmer in pool water in contemporary realism. Rendered in precise photo realism, the artist enhances what can...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Marilyn Monroe, III
Located in London, Chelsea
This original contemporary piece by Jean-Pierre Kunkel features internationally revered model and actress Marilyn Monroe, envisioned in a fantastical mixed media composition which ac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Digital

"Dirty Dozen," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Dirty Dozen" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a tall stack of twelve glazed donuts, with toppings and sprinkles, all piled on top of eac...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil

Steve McQueen, VII
Located in London, Chelsea
This original contemporary artwork by Jean-Pierre Kunkel frames renowned American actor and “King of Cool” Steve McQueen, composed in an appealing mixed media arrangement. The 1960s ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Mixed Media, Acrylic, Digital, Canvas

At the Airport
Located in Miami, FL
Before there was Photorealism, there was Austin Briggs. Done in 1951, this work has all the hallmarks of the 1970's fine art movement and more. Briggs is using photographs as a ref...
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1950s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil

"Stack One (Parlor)," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Stack One (Parlor)" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a tall stack of five glazed donuts, with toppings, piled on top of each other. A...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil

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

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Oil, Panel

"Nefertiti", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Adrienne Stein's "Nefertiti" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a Black woman moving her dark tresses from her face with an orange background. About the artist: Ad...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Linen

"Empyrean," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Alexandra Manukyan's "Empyrean" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a dark haired woman adorned with a jewel laden headdress and a collar of white puffy tulle. About...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Linen, Oil

She Was Born In A Silver Spoon - Large Format Painting, Realistic Oil Painting
Located in Salzburg, AT
The main themes of Sylwester Stabryla’s creations are private scenes that create determined series, for example: “From the history of a submarine”, “Big boys”, “Kitchen stories”, ”Be...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Arie Azene Israeli Photo Realist Oil Painting Manhattan New York Street Scene
By Arie Azene
Located in Bal Harbour, 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

"Timeless," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Brian O'Neill's (US based) "Awakening" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts pink and white Rose flowers blooming into the darkness. About the Artist: O’Neill’...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil

"Cosmic," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Karen Offutt's "Cosmic" is an original, handmade painting that depicts a Black man, with a halo of dark black dreadlocks, wearing a fur collared jacket and band t-shirt. About the ...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Panel

"May Showers" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Michael Miller's "May Showers" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a rain soaked field.
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Common Iridescence", Oil painting
Located in Denver, CO
Lindsey Kustusch’s (US based) "Common Iridescence" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a common pigeon, perched on a ledge, with colorful feathers of purple and red mi...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Panel, 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

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic