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Contemporary Portrait Paintings

CONTEMPORARY STYLE

Used to refer to a time rather than an aesthetic, Contemporary art generally describes pieces created after 1970 or being made by living artists anywhere in the world. This immediacy means it encompasses art responding to the present moment through diverse subjects, media and themes. Contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, performance, digital art, video and more frequently includes work that is attempting to reshape current ideas about what art can be, from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s use of candy to memorialize a lover he lost to AIDS-related complications to Jenny Holzer’s ongoing “Truisms,” a Conceptual series that sees provocative messages printed on billboards, T-shirts, benches and other public places that exist outside of formal exhibitions and the conventional “white cube” of galleries.

Contemporary art has been pushing the boundaries of creative expression for years. Its disruption of the traditional concepts of art are often aiming to engage viewers in complex questions about identity, society and culture. In the latter part of the 20th century, contemporary movements included Land art, in which artists like Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer create large-scale, site-specific sculptures, installations and other works in soil and bodies of water; Sound art, with artists such as Christian Marclay and Susan Philipsz centering art on sonic experiences; and New Media art, in which mass media and digital culture inform the work of artists such as Nam June Paik and Rafaël Rozendaal.

The first decades of the 21st century have seen the growth of Contemporary African art, the revival of figurative painting, the emergence of street art and the rise of NFTs, unique digital artworks that are powered by blockchain technology.

Major Contemporary artists practicing now include Ai Weiwei, Cecily Brown, David Hockney, Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and Kara Walker.

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Style: Contemporary
Wet Hair, Florence, Italy, 2021
Located in New York, NY
This price includes that the painting is stretched and framed. ABOUT Born in 1967, Piussi was raised in Florence where he studied at the Istituto d’arte, majoring in sculpture and ...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Girl With Harpoon - Florence, Italy, 2020
Located in New York, NY
ABOUT Born in 1967, Piussi was raised in Florence where he studied at the Istituto d’arte, majoring in sculpture and painting and completing his artistic education at Milano’s Brera Art Academy. He lives in Florence, pursuing painting, bas-reliefs in terracotta and in bronze, and bronze sculpture. Piussi presents an ideal, almost childlike world which can be found below everyday events, a step outside the flow of time, yet still a part of contemporary life, with a nod to Alex Katz and David Hockney. The drama, or lack thereof, is played out in simplified, almost abstract spaces. Pure in intent, Piussi’s oeuvre are inspired by the Early Renaissance. Snapshot images of a world reduced to its essence, the apparently comic-book style has echoes of Giotto, Paolo Uccello, of medieval illuminations. Rather than mimicking the appearance of nature, Piussi reaches for its essence, without distracting details. Women stand on the shore of quintessentially peaceful seas, self-contained, at ease, unwitting replicas of classical goddesses - a proud diver echoes Neptune holding a trident. “Queen Kong...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Untitled #8
Located in Dallas, TX
David Pryor Adickes born January 1927, Huntsville, Texas) is a modernist sculptor and painter. His most famous work is the 67-foot tall A Tribute ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Plaster

The Anguish of Being and the Nothingness of the Universe - Large Tondo Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
Marcos Raya The Anguish of Being and the Nothingness of the Universe, 2000 acrylic on canvas 72h x 72w in 182.88h x 182.88w cm MSR093 Marcos Raya's work is heavily influenced by Mex...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

Frame I - Contemporary Figurative Portrait Painting, Abstract, Woman Face, Blue
Located in Salzburg, AT
Beata Cedrzyńska graduated with a diploma from the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts Department of Painting and Graphics in 1999. The advisor of her diploma was professor Teresa Miszkin. S...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Lady in red coat
Located in Spetses, GR
Dive into the world of Sotos, where the extraordinary meets the everyday. In this captivating painting, a lady dons a unique red coat, striking a pose while seated in a vintage armch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Cardboard

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 is signed, sold unframed and ...
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2010s 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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2010s 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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Charcoal, India Ink, Canvas

No. 171 by Zhang Hongyu - Contemporary portrait painting, abstract, orange
Located in Paris, FR
No. 171 is a unique painting by contemporary artist Hongyu Zhang. The painting is made with India ink, charcoal, acrylic and pastel on canvas, dimensions ...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Charcoal, Pastel, Ink, Acrylic

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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Ink, Pastel, Acrylic, Cardboard, Engraving

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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

No. 200 by Zhang Hongyu - contemporary portrait painting, mixed media
Located in Paris, FR
No. 200, painting by Paris-based Chinese contemporary artist ZHANG Hongyu from the “Portrait” series. Indian ink, charcoal, pastels and acrylic on canvas. Dimensions: 59 in. x 39.3...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Mixed Media

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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Pastel, Ink, Acrylic

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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Pastel, Ink, Cardboard, Engraving, Acrylic, 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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Picasso Face Icon IV (Françoise Gilot) /// Contemporary Pop Painting Portrait
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
Artist: Jack Graves III (American, 1988-) Title: "Picasso Face Icon IV (Françoise Gilot)" Series: Icon *Signed by Graves lower left. It is also signed, titled, and dated on verso Yea...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Paint, Canvas

Taylor Swift Icon /// Contemporary Street Pop Art Musician Singer Portrait
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
Artist: Jack Graves III (American, 1988-) Title: "Taylor Swift Icon" Series: Icon *Signed by Graves lower left. It is also signed, dated, and titled on verso Year: 2023 Medium: Origi...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Paint, Canvas

Hold Me Close In This Difficult Time
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Art is a powerful medium for conveying emotions, and Olaosun Oluwapelumi's artwork "Hold Me Close in This Difficult Time" is a prime example of thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

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

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Oil, Canvas

Untitled
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Painting 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 Authenticity.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Acrylic, Canvas

Kaduna Boy
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Painting 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 Authenticity.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

"Flight of Stares" Painting 39" x 39" inch by Karim Abd Elmalak
Located in Culver City, CA
"Flight of Stares" Painting 39" x 39" inch by Karim Abd Elmalak Karim Abdel Malak's layered multi-media works are influenced by the old masters. Ab...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil

No. 209 by ZHANG Hongyu - contemporary portrait painting, mixed media
Located in Paris, FR
No. 209, painting by Paris-based Chinese contemporary artist ZHANG Hongyu from the “Portrait” series. India ink, acrylic, charcoal and pastel on canvas, 140 x 100 cm. Artwork sold u...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Mixed Media

No. 206 by ZHANG Hongyu - contemporary portrait painting, mixed media
Located in Paris, FR
No. 206, painting by Paris-based Chinese contemporary artist ZHANG Hongyu from the “Portrait” series. Indian ink and charcoal on kraft paper mounted on canvas, 120 x 60 cm. Artwork ...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Mixed Media

Hopeful
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Hopeful is an original painting by Ifebunmi Emmanuel Anaiye. Ifebunmi Emmanuel Anaiye created "Hopeful" with Acrylic on a 48W by 48H inches Canvas. The artwork titled "Hopeful" is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

The Melani Goodness
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
The Melani Goodness is an original painting by Dagunduro Adeniyi. Adeniy created "The Melani Goodness" with Acrylic on a 48W by 36H inches Canvas. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Mirror on the Wall
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Painting 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 Authenticity.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Royal Couple (Drawing from the back)
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Taju Mayakiri is the son of the Well know Nigeria Old Master and Postwar artist - Tijani Mayakiri ( 1937 - 1992), he invented a style of Painting that has the sketch at the back and...
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1970s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Archival Paper, Color Pencil

Meeting of Elders (Drawing from the back)
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Taju Mayakiri is the son of the Well know Nigeria Old Master and Postwar artist - Tijani Mayakiri ( 1937 - 1992), he invented a style of Painting that has the sketch at the back and...
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1970s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Archival Paper, Color Pencil

Royal Twins (Drawing from the back)
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Taju Mayakiri is the son of the Well know Nigeria Old Master and Postwar artist - Tijani Mayakiri ( 1937 - 1992), he invented a style of Painting that has the sketch at the back and...
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1970s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Archival Paper, Color Pencil

Mick Jagger Icon II /// Contemporary Street Pop Art Rolling Stones Rock Painting
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
Artist: Jack Graves III (American, 1988-) Title: "Mick Jagger Icon II" Series: Icon *Signed by Graves lower right. It is also signed, titled, and dated on verso Year: 2022 Medium: O...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas, Paint

Contemporary Portrait Painting, Modern Art: To Write Graffiti on her Back
Located in Delaware , OH
Contemporary Portrait Painting, Modern Art-To Write Graffiti on her Back A B O U T T H I S P I E C E : "To Write Graffiti on Her Back " is a custom mixed ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Mixed Media, Canvas, Acrylic

"La Femme en Gris" Painting in Glass Frame 25"x25"in by Katherine Bakhoum Tisné
Located in Culver City, CA
"La Femme en Gris" Painting in Glass Frame 25"x25"in by Katherine Bakhoum Tisné Techniques Bakhoum often paints on canvases that have been prepared with various materials. She gene...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Glass, Pastel, Mixed Media

Tribute to Rodin 5 by Zhang Hongyu - mixed media, framed
Located in Paris, FR
Tribute to Rodin 5 (Salut Rodin 5) is a painting by Paris-based Chinese contemporary artist ZHANG Hongyu which represents one of "The Three Shades" by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, ...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Pastel, Ink, Acrylic, Cardboard, Engraving

In a fight by Sean Durkin, man, contemporary art, fighting
Located in Deddington, GB
Original paiting of "In a fight" by Sean Durkin. Sean uses very toned down colours but draws the attention to the men fighting on a lighter background. Additional information: Acryl...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Sisterhood, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
Five women gather together, each striking a unique pose in their continuous yellow scalloped skirt. Pompom-like shapes dangle from below their hair, complementi...

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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Carina - Original Abstract Expressionist Figurative Portrait Painting
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Erin Hammond is a contemporary abstract expressionist artist whose free-form paintings capture the essence of her inner, subjective realities. With a vibrant palette and dynamic mark...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Canvas, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Contemporary Vignette of a Brittany Spaniel Pointing at Pheasants in Flight
Located in Charleston, US
Renowned sporting artist, Sandra Oppegard's charming vignette a Brittany Spaniel pointing at pheasants in flight captures the essence of bird hunting. In this captivating hunting v...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Watercolor

Woman`s head etude
Located in Sempach, LU
The etude of the woman's head with deep shadows Edges are painted, painting is ready to hang. ABOUT ARTIST Olha Vlasova is a Ukrainian artist who has been passionate about painti...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Contemporary Vignette of a Hunter and his Brittany Spaniel's Day in the Field
Located in Charleston, US
Renowned sporting artist, Sandra Oppegard's charming vignette of a hunter and his Brittany Spaniel's active day in the field captures the essence of the sport of bird hunting. In t...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Watercolor

“Girl with Cat”
Located in Southampton, NY
Evocative original oil on canvas painting by the Welsh artist, John Bowen. Signed lower left. Condition is very good. Circa 1970. The artist uses the light to capture the beauty o...
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1970s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

2-5-17 21st Century, Contemporary, Portrait Painting, Oil on Canvas
Located in Barcelona, Catalonia
“I paint the human figure and explore further till I reach the Beauty of Being, the Soul.. the part of Human Being where everything is in total Serenity, Goodness and Harmony, where ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil

FIGURATIVE painting magical "Study for magenta spirit" textured mixed in rose
Located in Bogotá, Bogotá
The one who is absent Painting 20" x 21" inch by Ion Xiua. Mixed technique. Oil on canvas made with professional Winsor & Newton colors protected with gloss varnish with UV protecti...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Together Through the Wood
Located in Denver, CO
My work deals with the complex experience of girlhood, exploring adolescent anxiety, feminine identity, and belonging. These themes are tackled within scenes of play, group interacti...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Wood Panel, Oil

Three Roses- 21st Century Contemporary Painting, of three roses in a vase
Located in Nuenen, Noord Brabant
Mitzy Renooy Three Roses 80 x 60 cm Frame included in price, size with frame: 90 x 70 cm Dutch artist Mitzy Renooy, a former camera woman for national television, did follow art aca...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Wood

Lady on a walk by Sean Durkin, woman, contemporary art, walking
Located in Deddington, GB
original paiting of Lady on a walk by Sean Drukin. Sean uses very toned colours but draws attention to her red scarf and red skirt. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Acrylic paint on Canvas 3...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Greenbergs - Figurative Art by Marc Zimmerman
Located in Carmel, CA
A floral, but instead of a vase it finds itself in a jungle setting. Rich reds weave amongst the large green leaves and white flowers creating fullness for this tropical jungle Thi...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Set Alight
Located in Denver, CO
My work deals with the complex experience of girlhood, exploring adolescent anxiety, feminine identity, and belonging. These themes are tackled within scenes of play, group interacti...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Circle
Located in Denver, CO
My work deals with the complex experience of girlhood, exploring adolescent anxiety, feminine identity, and belonging. These themes are tackled within scenes of play, group interacti...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Embrace
Located in Denver, CO
My work deals with the complex experience of girlhood, exploring adolescent anxiety, feminine identity, and belonging. These themes are tackled within scenes of play, group interacti...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Wood Panel, Oil

Birds of a Feather
Located in Denver, CO
My work deals with the complex experience of girlhood, exploring adolescent anxiety, feminine identity, and belonging. These themes are tackled within scenes of play, group interacti...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Playhouse
Located in Denver, CO
My work deals with the complex experience of girlhood, exploring adolescent anxiety, feminine identity, and belonging. These themes are tackled within scenes of play, group interacti...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

Contemporary portrait paintings for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Contemporary portrait paintings available for sale on 1stDibs. Works in this style were very popular during the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artists have continued to produce works inspired by this movement. If you’re looking to add portrait paintings created in this style to introduce contrast in an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include elements of blue, orange, purple, pink and other colors. Many Pop art paintings were created by popular artists on 1stDibs, including Nemo Jantzen, America Martin, Jack Graves III, and Timothy Archer. Frequently made by artists working with Paint, and Fabric and other materials, all of these pieces for sale are unique and have attracted attention over the years. Not every interior allows for large Contemporary portrait paintings, so small editions measuring 2 inches across are also available. Prices for portrait paintings made by famous or emerging artists can differ depending on medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $88 and tops out at $430,743, while the average work sells for $4,000.

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