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Period: 21st Century and Contemporary
Unchained Soul
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
This painting captures the strength and beauty of a black African girl who gazes directly at the viewer with a thought of total liberation. The use of oil on canvas creates a vibrant...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Fabric, Canvas, Oil

Vague
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
No room for doubt come out to the light, flee from that past that keeps hunting you down. You don’t need to hide anymore, you’re a precious jewel. Painting Ships in a well-protected...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Charcoal, Acrylic

Beyond Beauty
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Shipping Procedure FREE Shipping Worldwide Ships in a well-protected tube from Nigeria This work is unique, this is not a print or other type of copy. Accompanied by a Certificate of...
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Conceptual 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Untitled 1
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Painting Ships in a well-protected tube from Nigeria This work is unique, this is not a print or other type of copy. Signed on the front side and accompanied by a Certificate of Auth...
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Neo-Expressionist 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Focus
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Painting Ships in a well-protected tube from Nigeria This work is unique, this is not a print or other type of copy. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity (Issued by the Gallery)
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Ojulari III
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
"Ojulari" is a series of three (3) paintings which does have a similarity of a big eyeball. Ojulari simply means "Exterior Appearance" of a person. There is one Yoruba adage that s...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Urianium Oil Painting on Panel Pareidolia Surrealism Still Life In Stock
Located in Utrecht, NL
Urianium Oil Painting on Panel Pareidolia Surrealism Still Life In Stock Daniel Douglas (Dedemsvaart, the Netherlands, 1984) Growing up on the countryside of the Netherlands, Dani...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Panel

Elegant Young Lady in a Blue Dress, Seated at a Parisian Café
Located in West Sussex, GB
Konstantin Razumov (Born 1974) Russian Elegant Young Lady in a Blue Dress at a Parisian Cafe Oil on canvas: 20 x 14inches. Frame: 27 x 21 inches. Konstantin Razumov's work has b...
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Impressionist 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Nothing But Human
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Shipping Procedure FREE Shipping Worldwide Ships in a well-protected tube from Nigeria This work is unique, not a print or other type of copy. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authent...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Contemporary hand painted acrylic on canvas pop art mickey mouse red blue
Located in New York, NY
Hand painted acrylic on canvas - lives and works out of Brooklyn NY and is represented by Krause Gallery in Manhattan NY. signed on edge of canvas Painter and illustrator Wizard Sk...
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Pop Art 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Colorful Contemporary figurative painting "Untitled II"
Located in East Quogue, NY
Brightly colored contemporary figurative painting by Moroccan artist Khalid Nadif. The painting is offered in a simple wood frame. Size: 40 x 32.5 inches (framed) Signed on the ...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil

Colorful Contemporary Figurative Painting "Untitled I"
Located in East Quogue, NY
Brightly colored contemporary figurative painting by Moroccan artist Khalid Nadif. The painting is offered in a simple wood frame. Size: 40 x 32.5 inches. Signed on the back by...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil

Contemporary hand painted acrylic on canvas pop art Homer simpsons blue
Located in New York, NY
Hand painted acrylic on canvas - lives and works out of Brooklyn NY and is represented by Krause Gallery in Manhattan NY. signed on edge of canvas Painter and illustrator Wizard Sk...
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Pop Art 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

"Unexpected Links" by Ale Casanova, Original Oil Painting, Portrait
Located in Denver, CO
Ale Casanova's "Unexpected Links" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a nude model holding a skull with a mouse perched on top. Alejandro Casanova was born in Valen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Linen, Oil

Dark Acrylic Figurative Portrait by Cuban Artist Hector Frank
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Dark Acrylic Figurative Portrait by Cuban Artist Hector Frank. Neutral Portrait - Large Format Slate Gray. Figurative Contemporary Cuban Art. Despite international acclaim as one C...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"THE NEW YORK SESSIONS - NATALIE" Oil Painting 49" x 31" in by Charles Malinsky
Located in Culver City, CA
"THE NEW YORK SESSIONS - NATALIE" Oil Painting 49" x 31" in by Charles Malinsky Full name: "THE BLACK COAT PROJECT - THE NEW YORK SESSIONS - NATALIE" Artwork ships rolled in a tube...
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Abstract Impressionist 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Going for a Swim" Oil on Canvas Figurative Painting
Located in Lisboa, PT
"Going for a Swim" Oil on Canvas Figurative Painting 2023 Artwork on supported wooden frame. Ready to hang. "A quiet moment for introspection and disconnection. The elongated limbs...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Three Figures in the Locker Room (Figurative Painting of Male Athletes)
Located in Hudson, NY
Academic style figurative painting on canvas of three young male athletes in a locker room "Three Figures in the Locker Room", By Mark Beard as Bruce Sargeant (pseudonym in homage to...
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Academic 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

"Maya Devi" Oil Painting 47" x 39" inch by Dmitriy Krestniy
Located in Culver City, CA
"Maya Devi" Oil Painting 47" x 39" inch by Dmitriy Krestniy ATTENTION: Painting ships rolled in a tube. A look through Dmitriy’s designs reveals a glamorous, feminine, provocative ...
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Realist 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Lost paradises #5 Haude Bernabe Contemporary art Africa man in nature landscape
Located in Paris, FR
Mixed media on paper (oil paint and collage on paper) Unique work Haude Bernabé “The road maps” “During a stay in Togo in 2019, I was hiking in the bush and I discovered the dyein...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Paper, Oil

Tribute to Artists 18 by Zhang Hongyu - Contemporary portrait painting, blue
Located in Paris, FR
Tribute to Artists 18 is a unique painting by contemporary artist Hongyu Zhang. The painting is made with Indian ink, acrylic, charcoal, pastel and engraving on gray cardboard mounte...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, India Ink, Charcoal, Canvas, Pastel, Cardboard, Engraving

No. 209 by Hongyu Zhang - Contemporary portrait painting, mixed media, orange
Located in Paris, FR
No. 209 is a unique painting by contemporary artist Hongyu Zhang. The painting is made with India ink, acrylic, charcoal and pastel on canvas, dimensions are 140 × 100 cm (55.1 × 39....
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Mixed Media, Canvas, Charcoal, Pastel, India Ink, Acrylic

No. 207 by Hongyu Zhang - Contemporary portrait painting, mixed media, orange
Located in Paris, FR
No. 207 is a unique painting by contemporary artist Hongyu Zhang. The painting is made with India ink, pastel and acrylic on canvas, dimensions are 120 × 60 cm (47.2 × 23.6 in). The...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Pastel, India Ink, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Contemporary Portrait On Wooden Coin. Brasilian Migrant. Cyan. "Currency #207"
Located in FISTERRA, ES
This piece belongs to the "Exchange Currency Series" created by Natasha Lelenco in 2024, starting from the concept of the "face" on coins. This is a circular wooden acrylic painting ...
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Street Art 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Wood, Spray Paint, Acrylic

No. 206 by Hongyu Zhang - Contemporary portrait painting, mixed media, orange
Located in Paris, FR
No. 206 is a unique painting by contemporary artist Hongyu Zhang. The painting is made with India ink, charcoal, pastel and acrylic on kraft paper mounted on canvas, dimensions are 1...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Paper, Charcoal, Pastel, India Ink, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Collectible Pop Surrealist Portrait on Coin. Czech. Blue and Red "Currency #214"
Located in FISTERRA, ES
This sculptural painting by Natasha Lelenco, created on a wooden circle with a thickness of two centimeters and a diameter of 26 centimeters, is one of the recent works from the Curr...
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Pop Art 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Metal

Badinter by Christophe Dupety - Portrait painting, politician, vivid background
Located in Paris, FR
Badinter is a unique oil on canvas painting by contemporary artist Christophe Dupety, dimensions are 100 × 100 cm (39.4 × 39.4 in). The artwork is signed, sold unframed and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This painting features Robert Badinter, a well-known person best recognized for his opposition to the death penalty...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Figurative/Female/Portrait/Floral_A Way To Escape (Diptych)_Anna Kincaide, 2024
Located in 326 N Coast Hwy. | Laguna Beach, CA
ANNA KINCAIDE "A Way To Escape (Diptych)" Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas 72 x 36 inches Communicating emotion and narrative with limited assistance from her figure’s facial expressions...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Paper, Oil

"Iv" Painting 35" x 28" inch by Vladislav Chenchik
Located in Culver City, CA
"Iv" Painting 35" x 28" inch by Vladislav Chenchik Vladislav Chenchik is a contemporary artist from Ukraine. His artwork combines abstract and realistic styles, with a focus on port...
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Abstract Expressionist 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

"BAD MAN WITH A PRETTY FACE" Painting 40" x 30" inch by Isaac Pelayo
Located in Culver City, CA
"BAD MAN WITH A PRETTY FACE" Painting 40" x 30" inch by Isaac Pelayo Medium: OIl and aerosol on wood "The Modern Renaissance" series Historically, the art world has been an exclusi...
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Baroque 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Wood, Oil, Spray Paint

Tribute to Rodin 5 by Zhang Hongyu - Contemporary portrait painting, dark tones
Located in Paris, FR
Tribute to Rodin 5 is a unique painting by contemporary artist Hongyu Zhang. The painting is made with Indian ink, pastel, acrylic, engraving and collage on cardboard mounted on canv...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Pastel, Ink, Acrylic, Cardboard, Engraving

No. 200 by Hongyu Zhang - Contemporary portrait painting, mixed media, orange
Located in Paris, FR
No. 200 is a unique painting by contemporary artist Hongyu Zhang. The painting is made with Indian ink, charcoal, pastels and acrylic on canvas, dimensions are 150 × 100 cm (59.1 × 3...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Mixed Media, Canvas, Charcoal, Pastel, India Ink, Acrylic

The Samaritan by Joachim van der Vlugt - Contemporary religious themed painting
Located in Paris, FR
The Samaritan is a unique oil on canvas painting by contemporary artist Joachim van der Vlugt, dimensions are 170 × 140 cm (66.9 × 55.1 in). The artwork ...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Valentin by Christophe Dupety - Portrait painting, young man, yellow and purple
Located in Paris, FR
Valentin is a unique oil on canvas painting by contemporary artist Christophe Dupety, dimensions are 80 × 80 cm (31.5 × 31.5 in). The artwork is signed, sold unframed and comes with...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

No. 196 by Hongyu Zhang - Contemporary portrait painting, blue, abstract
Located in Paris, FR
No. 196 is a unique painting by contemporary artist Hongyu Zhang. The painting is made with mixed technique on canvas, dimensions are 90 cm × 70 cm (35.4 × 27.6 in). The artwork is ...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Mixed Media

No.215 by Zhang Hongyu - Contemporary portrait painting, abstract, face
Located in Paris, FR
No. 215 is a unique painting by contemporary artist Hongyu Zhang. The painting is made with Indian ink and charcoal on paper mounted on canvas, dimensions...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Charcoal, India Ink, Canvas

Dogon by Christophe Dupety - Female Nude Painting, Contemporary
Located in Paris, FR
Dogon (2018) by French contemporary artist Christophe Dupety. Oil on canvas, 55 x 46 cm. In his Human Figures series, Christophe Dupety shows us some bodies which aspect reminds more...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Ratzinger Chocolat by Christophe Dupety - Portrait painting, pope, abstract
Located in Paris, FR
Ratzinger Chocolat is a unique oil on canvas painting by contemporary artist Christophe Dupety, dimensions are 80 × 80 cm (31.5 × 31.5 in). The artwork is signed, sold unframed and c...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Another Dress Rehearsal" Oil on Canvas Fantasy Surreal celebrated London artist
Located in Southampton, NY
In continuing with representing fine artists that are connected to the music industry we are please to announce that we are the only gallery in the United States representing the oil on canvas paintings of acclaimed British artist George Underwood. That is great news for collectors based in the United States. They do not have to pay any import fees or international shipping costs or any international tariffs which are costly. So this is a great opportunity to purchase a work of art by this acclaimed British artist. His paintings have been described as Magical with a touch of Fantasy. When David Bowie, a life long friend of George Underwood, was asked about the paintings of George Underwood, Bowie said "George has, over the years, refined his work to the point where I would put him among the top figurative painters coming out of the UK.... There's a sublime isolation surrounding his subjects that really touches the viewer, the figures being both heroic and vulnerable simultaneously". George Underwood and David Bowie were in early bands together and Underwood created the classic cover artwork for David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" album and also for David's "Hunky Dory" album. A fun fact is that David and George were both in the same art class taught by Peter Frampton's Dad when they were youngsters and they remained great friends throughout David's life. I have included some images of Bowie and George Underwood over the years in this listing to show the close relationship they had since they were young lads. This oil painting by George Underwood is titled "Another Dress Rehearsal...
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Surrealist 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Tribute to Michelangelo III by Zhang Hongyu - Contemporary portrait painting
Located in Paris, FR
Tribute to Michelangelo III is a unique painting by contemporary artist Hongyu Zhang. The painting is made with Indian ink, pastel, acrylic, engraving and...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Ink, Pastel, Acrylic, Cardboard, Engraving

"Elvis", Denied Andy Warhol Silver & Black Pop Art Painting by Charles Lutz
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elvis, Metallic Silver and Black Full Length Silkscreen Painting by Charles Lutz Silkscreen and silver enamel painted on vintage 1960's era linen with Artist's Denied stamp of the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board. 82" x 40" inches 2010 Lutz's 2007 ''Warhol Denied'' series gained international attention by calling into question the importance of originality or lack thereof in the work of Andy Warhol. The authentication/denial process of the [[Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board]] was used to create value by submitting recreations of Warhol works for judgment with the full intention for the works to be formally marked "DENIED". The final product of the conceptual project being "officially denied" "Warhol" paintings authored by Lutz. Based on the full-length Elvis Presley paintings by Pop Artist Andy Warhol in 1964, this is likely one of his most iconic images, next to Campbell's Soup Cans and portraits of Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, and Marlon Brando. This is the rarest of the Elvis works from the series, as Lutz sourced a vintage roll of 1960's primed artist linen which was used for this one Elvis. The silkscreen, like Warhol's embraced imperfections, like the slight double image printing of the Elvis image. Lutz received his BFA in Painting and Art History from Pratt Institute and studied Human Dissection and Anatomy at Columbia University, New York. Lutz's work deals with perceptions and value structures, specifically the idea of the transference of values. Lutz's most recently presented an installation of new sculptures dealing with consumerism at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater House in 2022. Lutz's 2007 Warhol Denied series received international attention calling into question the importance of originality in a work of art. The valuation process (authentication or denial) of the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board was used by the artist to create value by submitting recreations of Warhol works for judgment, with the full intention for the works to be formally marked "DENIED" of their authenticity. The final product of this conceptual project is "Officially DENIED" "Warhol" paintings authored by Lutz. Later in 2013, Lutz went on to do one of his largest public installations to date. At the 100th Anniversary of Marcel Duchamp's groundbreaking and controversial Armory Show, Lutz was asked by the curator of Armory Focus: USA and former Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, Eric Shiner to create a site-specific installation representing the US. The installation "Babel" (based on Pieter Bruegel's famous painting) consisted of 1500 cardboard replicas of Warhol's Brillo Box (Stockholm Type) stacked 20 ft tall. All 1500 boxes were then given to the public freely, debasing the Brillo Box as an art commodity by removing its value, in addition to debasing its willing consumers. Elvis was "the greatest cultural force in the Twentieth Century. He introduced the beat to everything, and he changed everything - music, language, clothes, it's a whole new social revolution." Leonard Bernstein in: Exh. Cat., Boston, The Institute of Contemporary Art and traveling, Elvis + Marilyn 2 x Immortal, 1994-97, p. 9. Andy Warhol "quite simply changed how we all see the world around us." Kynaston McShine in: Exh. Cat., New York, Museum of Modern Art (and traveling), Andy Warhol: Retrospective, 1996, p. 13. In the summer of 1963 Elvis Presley was just twenty-eight years old but already a legend of his time. During the preceding seven years - since Heartbreak Hotel became the biggest-selling record of 1956 - he had recorded seventeen number-one singles and seven number-one albums; starred in eleven films, countless national TV appearances, tours, and live performances; earned tens of millions of dollars; and was instantly recognized across the globe. The undisputed King of Rock and Roll, Elvis was the biggest star alive: a cultural phenomenon of mythic proportions apparently no longer confined to the man alone. As the eminent composer Leonard Bernstein put it, Elvis was "the greatest cultural force in the Twentieth Century. He introduced the beat to everything, and he changed everything - music, language, clothes, it's a whole new social revolution." (Exh. Cat., Boston, The Institute of Contemporary Art (and traveling), Elvis + Marilyn 2 x Immortal, 1994, p. 9). In the summer of 1963 Andy Warhol was thirty-four years old and transforming the parameters of visual culture in America. The focus of his signature silkscreen was leveled at subjects he brilliantly perceived as the most important concerns of day to day contemporary life. By appropriating the visual vernacular of consumer culture and multiplying readymade images gleaned from newspapers, magazines and advertising, he turned a mirror onto the contradictions behind quotidian existence. Above all else he was obsessed with themes of celebrity and death, executing intensely multifaceted and complex works in series that continue to resound with universal relevance. His unprecedented practice re-presented how society viewed itself, simultaneously reinforcing and radically undermining the collective psychology of popular culture. He epitomized the tide of change that swept through the 1960s and, as Kynaston McShine has concisely stated, "He quite simply changed how we all see the world around us." (Exh. Cat., New York, Museum of Modern Art (and traveling), Andy Warhol: Retrospective, 1996, p. 13). Thus in the summer of 1963 there could not have been a more perfect alignment of artist and subject than Warhol and Elvis. Perhaps the most famous depiction of the biggest superstar by the original superstar artist, Double Elvis is a historic paradigm of Pop Art from a breath-taking moment in Art History. With devastating immediacy and efficiency, Warhol's canvas seduces our view with a stunning aesthetic and confronts our experience with a sophisticated array of thematic content. Not only is there all of Elvis, man and legend, but we are also presented with the specter of death, staring at us down the barrel of a gun; and the lone cowboy, confronting the great frontier and the American dream. The spray painted silver screen denotes the glamour and glory of cinema, the artificiality of fantasy, and the idea of a mirror that reveals our own reality back to us. At the same time, Warhol's replication of Elvis' image as a double stands as metaphor for the means and effects of mass-media and its inherent potential to manipulate and condition. These thematic strata function in simultaneous concert to deliver a work of phenomenal conceptual brilliance. The portrait of a man, the portrait of a country, and the portrait of a time, Double Elvis is an indisputable icon for our age. The source image was a publicity still for the movie Flaming Star, starring Presley as the character Pacer Burton and directed by Don Siegel in 1960. The film was originally intended as a vehicle for Marlon Brando and produced by David Weisbart, who had made James Dean's Rebel Without a Cause in 1955. It was the first of two Twentieth Century Fox productions Presley was contracted to by his manager Colonel Tom Parker, determined to make the singer a movie star. For the compulsive movie-fan Warhol, the sheer power of Elvis wielding a revolver as the reluctant gunslinger presented the zenith of subject matter: ultimate celebrity invested with the ultimate power to issue death. Warhol's Elvis is physically larger than life and wears the expression that catapulted him into a million hearts: inexplicably and all at once fearful and resolute; vulnerable and predatory; innocent and explicit. It is the look of David Halberstam's observation that "Elvis Presley was an American original, the rebel as mother's boy, alternately sweet and sullen, ready on demand to be either respectable or rebellious." (Exh. Cat., Boston, Op. Cit.). Indeed, amidst Warhol's art there is only one other subject whose character so ethereally defies categorization and who so acutely conflated total fame with the inevitability of mortality. In Warhol's work, only Elvis and Marilyn harness a pictorial magnetism of mythic proportions. With Marilyn Monroe, whom Warhol depicted immediately after her premature death in August 1962, he discovered a memento mori to unite the obsessions driving his career: glamour, beauty, fame, and death. As a star of the silver screen and the definitive international sex symbol, Marilyn epitomized the unattainable essence of superstardom that Warhol craved. Just as there was no question in 1963, there remains still none today that the male equivalent to Marilyn is Elvis. However, despite his famous 1968 adage, "If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings" Warhol's fascination held purpose far beyond mere idolization. As Rainer Crone explained in 1970, Warhol was interested in movie stars above all else because they were "people who could justifiably be seen as the nearest thing to representatives of mass culture." (Rainer Crone, Andy Warhol, New York, 1970, p. 22). Warhol was singularly drawn to the idols of Elvis and Marilyn, as he was to Marlon Brando and Liz Taylor, because he implicitly understood the concurrence between the projection of their image and the projection of their brand. Some years after the present work he wrote, "In the early days of film, fans used to idolize a whole star - they would take one star and love everything about that star...So you should always have a product that's not just 'you.' An actress should count up her plays and movies and a model should count up her photographs and a writer should count up his words and an artist should count up his pictures so you always know exactly what you're worth, and you don't get stuck thinking your product is you and your fame, and your aura." (Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), San Diego, New York and London, 1977, p. 86). The film stars of the late 1950s and early 1960s that most obsessed Warhol embodied tectonic shifts in wider cultural and societal values. In 1971 John Coplans argued that Warhol was transfixed by the subject of Elvis, and to a lesser degree by Marlon Brando and James Dean, because they were "authentically creative, and not merely products of Hollywood's fantasy or commercialism. All three had originative lives, and therefore are strong personalities; all three raised - at one level or another - important questions as to the quality of life in America and the nature of its freedoms. Implicit in their attitude is a condemnation of society and its ways; they project an image of the necessity for the individual to search for his own future, not passively, but aggressively, with commitment and passion." (John Coplans, "Andy Warhol and Elvis Presley," Studio International, vol. 181, no. 930, February 1971, pp. 51-52). However, while Warhol unquestionably adored these idols as transformative heralds, the suggestion that his paintings of Elvis are uncritical of a generated public image issued for mass consumption fails to appreciate the acuity of his specific re-presentation of the King. As with Marilyn, Liz and Marlon, Warhol instinctively understood the Elvis brand as an industrialized construct, designed for mass consumption like a Coca-Cola bottle or Campbell's Soup Can, and radically revealed it as a precisely composed non-reality. Of course Elvis offered Warhol the biggest brand of all, and he accentuates this by choosing a manifestly contrived version of Elvis-the-film-star, rather than the raw genius of Elvis as performing Rock n' Roll pioneer. A few months prior to the present work he had silkscreened Elvis' brooding visage in a small cycle of works based on a simple headshot, including Red Elvis, but the absence of context in these works minimizes the critical potency that is so present in Double Elvis. With Double Elvis we are confronted by a figure so familiar to us, yet playing a role relating to violence and death that is entirely at odds with the associations entrenched with the singer's renowned love songs. Although we may think this version of Elvis makes sense, it is the overwhelming power of the totemic cipher of the Elvis legend that means we might not even question why he is pointing a gun rather than a guitar. Thus Warhol interrogates the limits of the popular visual vernacular, posing vital questions of collective perception and cognition in contemporary society. The notion that this self-determinedly iconic painting shows an artificial paradigm is compounded by Warhol's enlistment of a reflective metallic surface, a treatment he reserved for his most important portraits of Elvis, Marilyn, Marlon and Liz. Here the synthetic chemical silver paint becomes allegory for the manufacture of the Elvis product, and directly anticipates the artist's 1968 statement: "Everything is sort of artificial. I don't know where the artificial stops and the real starts. The artificial fascinates me, the bright and shiny..." (Artist quoted in Exh. Cat., Stockholm, Moderna Museet and traveling, Andy Warhol, 1968, n.p.). At the same time, the shiny silver paint of Double Elvis unquestionably denotes the glamour of the silver screen and the attractive fantasies of cinema. At exactly this time in the summer of 1963 Warhol bought his first movie camera and produced his first films such as Sleep, Kiss and Tarzan and Jane Regained. Although the absence of plot or narrative convention in these movies was a purposely anti-Hollywood gesture, the unattainability of classic movie stardom still held profound allure and resonance for Warhol. He remained a celebrity and film fanatic, and it was exactly this addiction that so qualifies his sensational critique of the industry machinations behind the stars he adored. Double Elvis was executed less than eighteen months after he had created 32 Campbell's Soup Cans for his immortal show at the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles in July and August 1962, and which is famously housed in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In the intervening period he had produced the series Dollar Bills, Coca-Cola Bottles, Suicides, Disasters, and Silver Electric Chairs, all in addition to the portrait cycles of Marilyn and Liz. This explosive outpouring of astonishing artistic invention stands as definitive testament to Warhol's aptitude to seize the most potent images of his time. He recognized that not only the product itself, but also the means of consumption - in this case society's abandoned deification of Elvis - was symptomatic of a new mode of existence. As Heiner Bastian has precisely summated: "the aura of utterly affirmative idolization already stands as a stereotype of a 'consumer-goods style' expression of an American way of life and of the mass-media culture of a nation." (Exh. Cat., Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie (and traveling), Andy Warhol: Retrospective, 2001, p. 28). For Warhol, the act of image replication and multiplication anaesthetized the effect of the subject, and while he had undermined the potency of wealth in 200 One Dollar Bills, and cheated the terror of death by electric chair in Silver Disaster # 6, the proliferation of Elvis here emasculates a prefabricated version of character authenticity. Here the cinematic quality of variety within unity is apparent in the degrees to which Presley's arm and gun become less visible to the left of the canvas. The sense of movement is further enhanced by a sense of receding depth as the viewer is presented with the ghost like repetition of the figure in the left of the canvas, a 'jump effect' in the screening process that would be replicated in the multiple Elvis paintings. The seriality of the image heightens the sense of a moving image, displayed for us like the unwinding of a reel of film. Elvis was central to Warhol's legendary solo exhibition organized by Irving Blum at the Ferus Gallery in the Fall of 1963 - the show having been conceived around the Elvis paintings since at least May of that year. A well-known installation photograph shows the present work prominently presented among the constant reel of canvases, designed to fill the space as a filmic diorama. While the Elvis canvases...
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Pop Art 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Enamel

In The Sun by Christophe Dupety - Male Nude Painting, Contemporary
Located in Paris, FR
In the Sun (2018) by French contemporary artist Christophe Dupety. Oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm. In his Human Figures series, Christophe Dupety shows us some bodies which aspect remind...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

“Comme Avant, As Before" Abstract Colorful Portrait Street Art Pop Art on Canvas
Located in New York, NY
This particular piece depicts an anonymous portrait of a beautiful woman. Inspired by the every day, JM Robert strives to create paintings that mimic the fla...
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Street Art 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Ink, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Norah by Guy Oberson - Contemporary figurative painting, portrait, woman
Located in Paris, FR
Norah is a unique oil on canvas painting by contemporary artist Guy Oberson, dimensions are 160 cm × 130 cm (63 × 51.2 in). The artwork is signed, sold unframed and comes with a cer...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Popeye" Painting (FRAMED) 20" x 20" inch by Antonio Pelayo
Located in Culver City, CA
"Popeye" Painting 20" x 20" inch by Antonio Pelayo Medium: Acrylic Ink & Paint on Animation Acetate Image size: 13" x 13" inch Size framed: 20" x 20" inch Artist Antonio Pelayo, born in Glendale, California, and yet raised for most of his childhood in the Mexican countryside, has never had his own country. Moving from an American suburb to a tiny village has kept his world unstable, yet that very instability has made him an artist. Antonio was born in 1973 in a comfortable, quintessentially American suburb: close neighbors, picket fences, movie theatres, malls, and English all around. At nine, his family sent him back to his father’s village in Mexico, where the environment radically changed: old broken down adobe churches replaced galleries and the trappings of suburbia. Some adjustments were difficult, like dealing with outdoor plumbing and the transition to a Spanish-speaking environment. Teased and ostracized by other kids, and unable to communicate with the adults, Antonio looked elsewhere for, if not companionship, at least solace. He found it with a pencil and in the pews. He snuck into the village church and stared up at the murals of martyrdom. He hid in the dark corners and sketched the artwork that covered the walls and altars. Antonio sought out the work of other Mexican artists, making them his mentors; his friends. Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Orozco, all revealed to Antonio the depth of Mexican art and its movement from the shadows of the Catholic Church into the modern world. He learned Spanish. He strove to master it, hoping to communicate with the folks of the village. Still, there was a gap; the language barrier between poor farmers and the middle class kept him from meeting people on an intimate level. Nevertheless, he now had three languages: English, Spanish, and his drawings. Years later his family brought him back to Glendale, which he now saw through the lens of Mexico. It looked unreal; it did not look like home. Nothing looked like home anymore; not Mexico, not Southern California. The one home he had was his art. Though his mastery of pencil and paper began in the nave of an old country church in Mexico...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Ink, Acrylic

The Armour II by J. van der Vlugt - portrait painting, masked figure
Located in Paris, FR
The Amour II is a painting by contemporary artist Joachim van der Vlugt. Oil on wood, 110 x 110 cm. This work is signed, sold unframed. This portrait represents a man wearing a gas ...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

Wild by Christophe Dupety - Male nude painting, oil on canvas, contemporary
Located in Paris, FR
Wild (2015) by French contemporary artist Christophe Dupety. Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. In this series simply entitled "Nus" (nudes), the artist is superimposing and juxtaposing tw...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

No. 120 by ZHANG Hongyu - Contemporary Portrait Painting
Located in Paris, FR
No.120 (2010) is a painting by Paris-based Chinese contemporary artist ZHANG Hongyu from the “Portrait” series. India ink, acrylic and pastel on canvas, 116 x 81 cm. Signed, sold fr...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Pastel, Ink, Acrylic

Unleashed by Christophe Dupety - Male Nude Painting, Contemporary
Located in Paris, FR
Unleashed (2018) by French contemporary artist Christophe Dupety. Oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm. In his Human Figures series, Christophe Dupety shows us some bodies which aspect reminds...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Tribute to Michelangelo IV by Zhang Hongyu - mixed media and engraving, blue
Located in Paris, FR
Tribute to Michelangelo IV is a painting by Paris-based Chinese contemporary artist ZHANG Hongyu which represents the famous David by Michelangelo, exhibited at the Galleria dell’Academia of Firenze in Italy. Fascinated by this sculpture, Hongyu Zhang...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Pastel, Ink, Acrylic, Cardboard, Engraving, Charcoal

Jaipur by Christophe Dupety - Contemporary painting, India
Located in Paris, FR
Jaipur (2004) by French contemporary artist Christophe Dupety. Oil on canvas, H 51.2 x W 76.8 in (130 x 195 cm). Unique work sold unframed with a certificate of authenticity. The art...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

"The Hourglass" Abstract Painting 39" x 27.5" inch by Karim Abd Elmalak
Located in Culver City, CA
"The Hourglass" Abstract Painting 39" x 27.5" inch by Karim Abd Elmalak Karim Abdel Malak's layered multi-media works are influenced by the old masters. Abdel Malak textured oils are a celebration of the female identity in every sense of the word. His beautiful faces and suave figures grace the canvases together embracing our Egyptian architectural monuments creating a powerful dialogue between women’s identity, her rights, her suffering and our heritage and what it holds in its historical meanings and the deteriorating state. Graduate from the faculty of Fine Arts, Minia University, Graphic Design Department. Illustrator for Sabah El Kheir & Rosalyoussef, Egyptian local magazines. Practice Sculpture. Participant in the 1st Child’s Biennale workshop “Fantasia 1”, Cairo 2003. Won the silver medal in the International Competition of “SHANKERS World Association”, India 1993. Exhibitions: Private Art Works Exhibition at Cairo Gallery, 2001. Public Exhibition at Ahmed Shawky Museum, Cairo 2001. Public Exhibition at Mahmoud Said...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media, Oil, Canvas

"Toy Seller" Oil Painting 35" x 45" inch by Andrey Remnev
Located in Culver City, CA
"Toy Seller" Oil Painting 35" x 45" inch by Andrey Remnev ARTIST BIO: "My birth place is Yakhroma town, in the vicinity of Moscow. It is situated on high hills, from where broad Bruegelian vistas are open. The uneven terrain with significant differences of high and low; a canal between the Moskva river and the Volga; small rivers, woods and villages; a nearby ancient town of Dmitrov, which is equal to Moscow in age; ships cruising the canal and trains outdistancing them – all this I saw from my window since my early years. It was a view that embraced all the diversity of the world. This is why I can say that the impressions of my childhood and youth – beautiful nature and remarkable people – are the most important ones. In the museum of Moscow's St. Andronic Monastery I copied the best examples of the old Russian painting...
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Expressionist 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

"Fume" Acrylic on canvas 39" x 39" inch painting by Tom Barnabi
Located in Culver City, CA
"Fume" Acrylic on canvas 39" x 39" inch painting by Tom Barnabi Tom Barnabi is a part of the modern generation of artists, who managed to absorb several c...
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Realist 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Paper

"Shooting the Rapids", contemporary, figure, blues, collage, acrylic painting
Located in Natick, MA
John Baker’s “Shooting the Rapids” is an acrylic painting on canvas with collage 48.5 x 36 inches in rich blues with auburn and red counterpoints and highlights. The young woman’s mood of contemplative reverie contrasts with the pleased and excited feelings of the helmeted crew. Obviously relieved, they float in their white water raft...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Mixed Media, 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 * Due to the Ministry of Culture policy + COVID situation, handling time (paperwork) may ta...
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Photorealist 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

The Master of Things, Oil on canvas, mysterious and whimsical pop art master
Located in Dallas, TX
MICHELE MIKESELL b. 1973, Alabama, USA In 2002, Michele Mikesell earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in graphic design from Texas Women's University in Denton, TX. Mikesel...
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Contemporary 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Cotton Canvas

"Mysterious" Oil painting 47"x35"in. by Yousra Hafad
Located in Culver City, CA
"Mysterious" Oil painting 47"x35"in. by Yousra Hafad * Due to the Ministry of Culture policy + COVID situation, handling time (paperwork) may take up to...
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Photorealist 21st Century and Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

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