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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
No. 178 (contemporary portrait painting)
Located in Paris, FR
No.178, painting by Paris-based Chinese contemporary artist ZHANG Hongyu from the “Portrait” series. Indian ink and charcoal on kraft paper mounted on canvas, 100 x 65 cm. Artwork s...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media

Zanzibar 1, Tanzania series
Located in Paris, FR
Zanzibar 1 is a figurative painting by Calo Carratalá from the "Tanzania" series. Looking for new subjects Calo Carratalá explores Tanzania. The artist takes great pleasure to be con...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Wood Panel, Oil

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

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Bonds
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.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic, Magazine Paper

Girl With A Pearl Earring
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.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic, Magazine Paper

Audrey Hepburn x2 Icon
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed acrylic painting on canvas by American artist Jack Graves III (1988-) titled "Audrey Hepburn x2 Icon", 2023. Hand signed by Graves lower left. It is also signed, t...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Paint, Acrylic

Ratzinger Chocolat by Christophe Dupety - portrait painting, pope
Located in Paris, FR
Ratzinger Chocolat (2010) by French contemporary artist Christophe Dupety. Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm. This is a portrait of Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, better known as Benedict XVI. T...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Oh No! - Portrait of a Woman in Shock, Original Oil Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
This painting is part of a series of portraits by Richard Gibbons in which the subject displays shock, dismay, anger or ambivalence in response to an unknown outside event. The portr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

This Too Shall Pass - Portrait of a Man Covering Face, Original Oil Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
This painting is part of a series of portraits by Richard Gibbons in which the subject displays shock, dismay, anger or ambivalence in response to an unknown outside event. The portr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

Clint Eastwood Icon III (Blondie)
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed acrylic painting on canvas by American artist Jack Graves III (1988-) titled "Clint Eastwood Icon III (Blondie)", 2023. Hand signed by Graves lower right. It is al...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Acrylic

No. 196 (contemporary portrait painting)
Located in Paris, FR
No.196, painting by Paris-based Chinese contemporary artist ZHANG Hongyu from the “Portrait” series. Mixed technique on canvas. Zhang’s painting takes root in calligraphy and Chines...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media

Clark - Portrait of a Man in Glasses and a Suit, Original Oil Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
This painting is part of a series of portraits by Richard Gibbons in which the subject displays shock, dismay, anger or ambivalence in response to an unknown outside event. The portr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Tribute to Michelangelo III (contemporary painting)
Located in Paris, FR
Tribute to Michelangelo III is a painting by Paris-based Chinese contemporary artist ZHANG Hongyu which represents the famous David by Michelangelo, exhibited at the Galleria dell’Ac...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Pastel, Ink, Acrylic, Cardboard, Engraving

No. 171 (contemporary portrait painting)
Located in Paris, FR
No.171 is a painting by Paris-based Chinese contemporary artist ZHANG Hongyu from the “Portrait” series. Indian ink, charcoal, acrylic and pastel on canvas. This artwork is signed, ...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Charcoal, Ink, Acrylic, Pastel

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

Materials

Mixed Media

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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Marilyn Monroe Icon XII
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed acrylic painting on canvas by American artist Jack Graves III (1988-) titled "Marilyn Monroe Icon XII", 2023. Hand signed by Graves lower right. It is also signed,...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Acrylic

Valentin by Christophe Dupety - portrait painting, young man, yellow and purple
Located in Paris, FR
Valentin (2011) by French contemporary artist Christophe Dupety. Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm. In this series of portraits, the subject is placed in the centre of the composition, the e...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

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

Materials

Canvas, Oil

WAIT! - Portrait of a Woman, Hand on Head in Shock, Original Oil Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
This painting is part of a series of portraits by Richard Gibbons in which the subject displays shock, dismay, anger or ambivalence in response to an unknown outside event. The portr...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

Nude on Armchair original by Paula Craioveanu FRAMED
Located in Forest Hills, NY
Nude on Armchair. Beauty of the female nude, in a warm environment. Original painting. Framed in minimalist black frame, real wood. Signed. Unframed size 20x20in / 51x51cm . Framed ...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

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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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

The Armour II (Contemporary portrait painting)
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

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

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

Materials

Canvas, Oil

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

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Icon V
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed acrylic painting on canvas by American artist Jack Graves III (1988-) titled "Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Icon V", 2022. Hand signed by Graves lower left. It is also...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Acrylic

Coco Chanel Icon III
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed acrylic painting on canvas by American artist Jack Graves III (1988-) titled "Coco Chanel Icon III", 2022. Hand signed by Graves lower left. It is also signed, tit...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Acrylic

No. 120 (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

Materials

Canvas, Pastel, Ink, Acrylic

Querelle - Man with Piercing Blue Eyes, Smoking, Original Oil Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
His piercing gaze brings the viewer in for a closer look. His look is one of disdain yet the portal behind his head floats halo-like, sainting the mysterious man. The title of this p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil, Board

The Samaritan (contemporary religious themed painting)
Located in Paris, FR
The Samaritan (2015), by contemporary artist Joachim van der Vlugt. Oil on canvas, 170 x 140 cm. Sold unframed. This work is inspired by another painting: The Good Samaritan (1880) b...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, 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

Materials

Mixed Media

The Melani Goodness
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Painting Ship in a well-protected box The painting is already stretched 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

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Norah (contemporary portrait painting)
Located in Paris, FR
Oil on canvas, 160 x 130 cm.
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Sad Girls 2, Contemporary Figurative Painting, Mixed Media on Canvas
Located in Austin, TX
Jasmine Zelaya is a multi- disciplinary first generation Honduran- American artist based in Houston, Texas. The daughter of parents who immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1970’s, mu...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Latex, Spray Paint, Acrylic, Gouache, Panel

Hopeful
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Hope for our African child 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

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Purpose of Existence 8
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
People believe money is power in my society - because the leaders steal money to oppress and suffer the poor. But I realize the opposite of this is the purpose of living. We are al...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Brushing Her Hair - Portrait of a Young Woman with Various Objects and Window
Located in Chicago, IL
Early American Portraiture gained a foothold with the middle class, who could now capture personal moments for their private use. This is the basis of Rick Beerhorst’s portrait simp...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Panel

"The Flight of Time I" Mixed media Painting 71" x 31" inch by Karim Abd Elmalak
Located in Culver City, CA
"The Flight of Time I" Mixed media Painting 71" x 31" inch by Karim Abd Elmalak Karim Abdel Malak's layered multi-media works are influenced by the old masters. Abdel Malak texture...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Oil

"The Flight of Time II" Mixed media Painting 71" x 31" inch by Karim Abd Elmalak
Located in Culver City, CA
"The Flight of Time II" Mixed media Painting 71" x 31" inch by Karim Abd Elmalak Karim Abdel Malak's layered multi-media works are influenced by the old masters. Abdel Malak textur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Oil

Crowd - People Portrait, Contemporary Expressive Figurative Oil Painting, XL
Located in Salzburg, AT
Large Format Oil painting Bartosz Kolata was born in Torun, Poland in 1979. In 2006 he graduated in Art Conservation and Restoration from Nicolas Copernicus University UMK, securing...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Prada puffy coats
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Prada puffy coats by Manuel Santelices Ink and watercolor on paper Image size: 15" H x 11" W inches. Unframed 2023 Manuel Santelices explores the world of fashion, society, and p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Archival Paper, Ink, Watercolor

J.W. Anderson fall 23
Located in Miami Beach, FL
J.W. Anderson fall 23, by Manuel Santelices Ink and watercolor on paper Image size: 15" H x 11" W inches. Unframed 2023 Manuel Santelices explores the world of fashion, society, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Ink, Watercolor, Archival Paper

Bucket Hat with Ankara
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

Materials

Fabric, Oil

Come As You Are
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
For we've come this far To be whatever we plan to be From the lessons we've learned And all the reasons that keep us going, though the journey is far and rough but we will never for...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Charcoal, Acrylic

Bros time out
Located in Odenton, MD
Adesiyan Oluwasanmi Bros time out., 2021 Ball pen on paper 23 3/5 × 19 7/10 in | 60 × 50 cm Unique work Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Handmade Paper, Ballpoint Pen

What If
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Love they say is unconditional, real, strong; an intense feeling or deep affection which ought to be good, expressive, long, and lasting if truly real oh how beautiful could it have ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Culturally Endowed
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
An African woman with a head tie and a beautiful dress painted on canvas and collaged with African wax print. Ankara represents a strong and confident woman who is proud of her cult...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Fabric, Oil, Canvas

The Joy in togetherness
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
As predicted in the Bible, when understanding of the human condition finally arrives humans will change and become like little children ❤️ Painting Ships in a well-protected tube fr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Charcoal, Acrylic

Criminal #23
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed acrylic painting on canvas board by American artist Dan May (1955-) titled "Criminal #23", 2018. Hand signed by May lower left and dated lower right. It is also si...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Acrylic, Board

Cowboy
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed acrylic painting on board by American artist Dan May (1955-) titled "Cowboy", c. 2020. Hand signed by May upper right. This work is comprised of two wooden boards:...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Paint, Acrylic, Wood Panel, Board

Contemporary Whimsical Abstract Portrait of a Male Figure Against Blue
Located in Houston, TX
Colorful whimsical abstract contemporary figurative painting by Houston, TX artist Moisés Villafuerte. The work features a man in a collared shirt set against a blue background. Sign...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Panel, Acrylic

Contemporary Abstract Pink & Yellow Portrait of a Male Figure Against Blue
Located in Houston, TX
Colorful whimsical abstract contemporary figurative painting by Houston, TX artist Moisés Villafuerte. The work features a male figure with pink hair in a yellow shirt set against a ...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Zandaka - 21st Century, Contemporary, Figurative, Portrait Painting, Oil
Located in Barcelona, Catalonia
The Dutch multidisciplinary artist, Ger Doornink, specialises in painting, illustration and photography. Time spent living in Tokyo, Milan and currently Amsterdam, has heavily influe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

Kanojo - 21st Century, Contemporary, Figurative, Portrait Painting, Oil
Located in Barcelona, Catalonia
The Dutch multidisciplinary artist, Ger Doornink, specialises in painting, illustration and photography. Time spent living in Tokyo, Milan and currently Amsterdam, has heavily influe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

Oil on Board Abstract Expressive Portrait "Man with Hat"
Located in Cape Town, ZA
This is a unique, gesturally abstracted oil painting on board by South African artist Johan van Vuuren. His portraits are expressive and evocative, with beautiful colour combinations...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Board, Oil

Teri Garcia, Next Wave
Located in Agoura Hills, CA
Teri Garcia: Humans have been drawing pictures even before learning to write. Drawing is the basis of all visual arts. Garcia's drawings are not pre-cursors to paintings but rather o...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Paper, Graphite

Acrylic on Canvas -- Woman with Horse
Located in Troy, NY
This small acrylic painting shows a woman with a white horse along a beach. It is a smaller painting in which the artist Stoja shows an incredible skill in the rendering of details ....
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Covered In Florals - Original Sally K Figurative Artwork
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gazing at Lebanese American artist Sally K's floral portrait is consuming and empowering. Inspired by strong, feminine women, she creates pop-realistic paintings that speak to the en...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media, Acrylic, Board, Canvas

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