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Branche Coverdale

"Third Wheel" City scene/ figurative illustration, acrylic gouache on rag paper
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This piece titled "Third Wheel" is an original piece by Branche Coverdale and is made from acrylic
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Gouache, Rag Paper

"Finger Wave" Nightlife, Cityscape, acrylic gouache on Stonehenge rag paper
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This piece titled "Finger Wave" is an original piece by Branche Coverdale and is made from acrylic
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Gouache, Rag Paper

"Peek A Boo" Cityscape, acrylic gouache on Stonehenge rag paper
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This piece titled "Peek A Boo" is an original piece by Branche Coverdale and is made from acrylic
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Gouache, Rag Paper

"Iridescent Fluorescent" Nightlife, cityscape, acrylic gouache on rag paper
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This piece titled "Finger Wave" is an original piece by Branche Coverdale and is made from acrylic
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Gouache, Rag Paper

"Street Bike" Street scene, acrylic gouache on wood panel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This piece titled "Street Bike" is an original piece by Branche Coverdale and is made from acrylic
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Gouache, Wood Panel

"Double Hooded" City scene, brightly colored, acrylic gouache on panel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This piece titled "Double Hooded" is an original piece by Branche Coverdale and is made from
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Gouache, Panel

"Fuzzy Slippers" Cityscape, Nostalgia, Urban scene, Acrylic on Panel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This piece titled "Fuzzy Slippers" is an original piece by Branche Coverdale and is made from
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Gouache, Wood Panel

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Outsider Folk Art Modernist Painting Dated 1959 by Peter Paul Sakowski
Located in Peabody, MA
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20th Century Outsider Art Portrait of an American Soldier
Located in Van Nuys, CA
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Australian Aboriginal Painting on Hollow Log
Located in Atlanta, GA
Yalatai hollow log. Artist: Binguur Wirrpanda. Year of birth: 1973. Nationality: Australian. Region: East Arnhem Land. Medium: Ochres on hollow log. Measurement: 135cm (55 inch).
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"Howard Finster Puts Micky Mouse in a Kid's World" - Color Art Poster
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Located in East Quogue, NY
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Vintage 1980s American Folk Art Posters

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Perforated Unlacquered Brass Lin Table Lamp by Muhly Studio
By Muhly
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Muhly's Lin Lighting Collection was inspired by environmental artist Maya Lin's 2001 work, Ecliptic, in which the locations of stars were envisioned as points of light embedded in a ...
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2010s American Modern Table Lamps

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Aboriginal Painting on Hollow Log
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Located in Atlanta, GA
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Aboriginal Painting on Hollow Log
Aboriginal Painting on Hollow Log
H 42.4 in W 12 in D 12 in
Blue Eyed Couple with Eye Glasses, Photo-Realistic 20th Century Oil Painting
Located in Van Nuys, CA
This representational double portrait of a couple is signed with initials "MN" in the lower left corner, by an unidentified artist. It is a flat, washed out image, perhaps painted by...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Whimsical Outsider, Folk Art Oil Painting by William R. Straly
By William R. Straly
Located in Buffalo, NY
Whimsical outsider, Folk Art oil painting by William R. Straly, excellent use of color. Texture and space.
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20th Century American Folk Art Paintings

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Untitled, Soviet Refusnik, Judaica Painting
Located in Surfside, FL
Rabbi In Violet, Sensitive Jewish image. in an Outsider Folk Art style. signed in Hebrew bold script.
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20th Century Outsider Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Outsider Art Painting titled Spielunkers, 3/10/09 RRD
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Outsider art painting using paper cutouts on masonite board titled Spielunkers, 3/10/09 RRD. Assemblage measures 25" wide, 2.25" deep and 8.5" high. We had the painting professiona...
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Early 2000s American Folk Art Paintings

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Outsider Art Santa Claus, Acrylic On Paper.
Located in Chicago, IL
Just in time for the season, an outsider art child like Santa Claus painting done in acrylic on brown paper. Framed in a red lacquered wood and glass. Origin, Montreal Canada signed,...
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Outsider Art Painting titled The Pink Spider, 7-27-09 RRD
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Outsider art painting using paper cutouts on masonite board titled The Pink Spider, 7-27-09 RRD. Assemblage measures 33.5" wide, 2.25" deep and 13.25" high. We had the painting profe...
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Early 1990s Painting on Paper by the Group Artfux
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A wonderful graphic painting done by the group of six collaborative artists who organized this group in 1990. They worked with quite a few graffiti artists including Ron English. A b...
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Late 20th Century American Outsider and Self Taught Art

Large American Romantic Surrealism Oil Painting by Francis W. Cowell, circa 1949
Located in Buffalo, NY
Large surrealist outsider oil painting executed by Francis W Cowell, circa 1949. Titled "THE UNCIVILIZED". Buffalo Society of Artist, 54th annual exhibition. Interesting subject, ama...
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Materials

Canvas

Edward Dabrowski Abstract Mixed Media Work On Wood Board - Figure with Guitar
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Eddie Dabrowski was an American contemporary graphic street artist, self-taught, taking the concepts of street art to another level. Dabrowski’s works hang in private collections and...
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Wood, Paint, Paper

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"Big Dog Night" Nightlife, cityscape, acrylic gouache on wood panel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This piece titled "Big Dog Night" is an original piece by Branche Coverdale and is made from
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Landscape Paintings

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Acrylic, Gouache, Wood Panel

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A Close Look at contemporary Art

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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Finding the Right figurative-paintings for You

Figurative art, as opposed to abstract art, retains features from the observable world in its representational depictions of subject matter. Most commonly, figurative paintings reference and explore the human body, but they can also include landscapes, architecture, plants and animals — all portrayed with realism.

While the oldest figurative art dates back tens of thousands of years to cave wall paintings, figurative works made from observation became especially prominent in the early Renaissance. Artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and other Renaissance masters created naturalistic representations of their subjects.

Pablo Picasso is lauded for laying the foundation for modern figurative art in the 1920s. Although abstracted, this work held a strong connection to representing people and other subjects. Other famous figurative artists include Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Figurative art in the 20th century would span such diverse genres as Expressionism, Pop art and Surrealism.

Today, a number of figural artists — such as Sedrick Huckaby, Daisy Patton and Eileen Cooper — are making art that uses the human body as its subject.

Because figurative art represents subjects from the real world, natural colors are common in these paintings. A piece of figurative art can be an exciting starting point for setting a tone and creating a color palette in a room.

Browse an extensive collection of figurative paintings on 1stDibs.