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Tom (Wrapped), Mixed media on canvas
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Gesso, Canvas, Paint, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel, Pastel, ...

Jake II (Red coat), Mixed media on Pergameneta parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Freya (Sitting, legs folded inwards), Mixed media on parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Nobu (Whites, Y3), Mixed media on canvas
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Gesso, Canvas, Paint, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel, Pastel, ...

Sweet Peas (Bunched), Mixed media on Pergameneta parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Oleg (Kimono), Mixed media on ochre parchment paper
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Tom (Sitting, flowers, through Zoom), Mixed media on Pergameneta parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Francesco (Stretching), Mixed media on Pergameneta parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Richard M. (Lying - Sunlight), Mixed media on Pergameneta parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel, Pastel, Oil, Arch...

Giorgio (Sunflowers, rainbow, mask), Mixed media on Pergameneta parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Tom & Richard (Stripes, through Zoom), Mixed media on ochre parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Giorgio (Two figures, pink & blue), Mixed media on Pergameneta parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Poppies & Tulips, Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Adeline de M. (Sitting), Mixed media on ochre paper
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Elodie (Sitting, Looking Down), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Oscar (Sitting, Half Figure), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Lee Roach (Sitting), Mixed media on grey parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Nobu (Looking Down), Mixed Media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Magnus (Sitting, Up and Down), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Chalk, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil ...

Katya (Lying Down), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Chalk, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil ...

Flowers (A Bunch), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Matthew (Two Figures, Overlapping), Mixed media on ochre parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Philip Ellis (Standing - Stripe Top), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Flowers (Helichrysum), Mixed media on ochre parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Chalk, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel, Pastel, W...

Wes Gordon (Lying Down), Mixed media on grey board
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Gesso, Paint, Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel, Pastel, W...

Ruslan (Swedish Boy), Mixed media on ochre parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Chalk, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil ...

Eton Boy (Sitting), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Craig (Nude), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Nude Paintings

Materials

Archival Paper, Handmade Paper, Vellum, Pen, Pencil, Carbon Pencil, Gess...

Sarah & Asad (Hands to Face), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil Pastel, Pastel, Wax Crayon, Emulsion, Ink, Archival Ink, India Ink, ...

Jake W. (Before Paris II), Mixed media on Fabriano paper
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Felt Pen, Pencil, Carbon Pencil, Color Pencil, Graphite, Gesso, Pigment,...

Andrew (Sitting), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

India Ink, Mixed Media, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache, Archival Pape...

Freya (Seated Backwards), Mixed media on grey board
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Other Medium, Archival Paper, Handmade Paper, Pen, Felt Pen, Permanent M...

Francesco (Sitting, Profile - Nude), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Nude Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Andrew (Sitting, Hands on Thighs), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Watercolor, Gouache, Handmade Paper, Vellum, Pencil, Carbon Pencil, Colo...

Maria Nishio (Profile - Browns), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Other Medium, Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Chalk, Charcoal, Crayon, Oi...

Eton Boy (Sitting), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Handmade Paper, Vellum, Pen, Pencil, Carbon Pencil, Color Pencil, Graphi...

Craig (Nude on Green), Mixed media on grey parchment paper
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Pencil, Carbon Pencil, Color Pencil, Graphite, Other Medium, Paint, Pape...

Flower Circle (Anemones), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Francesco (Blue Trousers), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil Pastel, Pastel, Wax Crayon, Mixed Media, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, G...

Anji (Sitting, Profile - Green Jacket), Mixed media on ochre paper
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Other Medium, Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayo...

Flowers (Stems), Mixed media on cream paper
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

1990s Contemporary Still-life Paintings

Materials

Color Pencil, Paper, Pencil, Handmade Paper, Watercolor, Oil, Mixed Medi...

Emma (Seated - Dior Couture, Pink & Yellow), Mixed media on Pergamenata paper
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Lee Hurst (3/4 Figure, Hands Together), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Josephine S. (Lying Down - Blues), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Oscar (Sitting, Head on Chair), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Chalk, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil ...

Moira C. (Sitting - Long Red Hair), Mixed media on grey parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Andrew (Sitting, 3/4 Figure - Blue Shorts), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

George (Sitting - Black, White and Grey), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Elodie (Standing - Galliano, Paris), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Nobu (Lying Down, on side), Mixed media on Rives paper
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Chalk, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil ...

Sarah B. (Reclining, Hands on Thighs), Mixed media on Rives paper
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Chalk, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil ...

Nobu (Sitting, Arms on Pillow), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Chalk, Charcoal, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel, ...

Oscar (Lying Back, Hand Behind Head, 3/4 Figure), Mixed media on ochre parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel,...

Nobu (Hands on Legs - Blue & White), Mixed media on ochre parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel, Pastel,...

Oscar (Lying Back - Blue Stripe Shirt), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil Pastel, Pastel, W...

Tom Cawson (Sitting - Hand on Head), Mixed media on grey cardboard
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Other Medium, Paint, Graphite, Color Pencil, Carbon Pencil, Pencil, Pen,...

Ben Waters (Seated, Hand Holding), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Gesso, Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil ...

Anji (Seated, Hands in Lap, Looking Away), Mixed media on ochre paper
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Chalk, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil ...

Craig (Richard's Friend - Sitting - Blue Jacket), Mixed media on grey parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Chalk, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayon, Oil ...

Andrew (Lying Down, Hand Behind Head), Mixed media on Pergamenata parchment
By Howard Tangye
Located in London, GB
Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paste, Gesso, Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Crayo...

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Howard Tangye (b.1948, Australia) has been an influential force in fashion for decades. Lecturing at London’s Central Saint Martins for 35 years, including 16 years as head of BA Womenswear. There, he tutored many contemporary greats, including John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane, Wes Gordon, Zac Posen and Hussein Chalayan. Examples of Tangye’s portraits are held in many important collections, both public and private, including the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Harvard University and London’s National Portrait Gallery. Throughout his teaching career Tangye quietly developed a particularly idiosyncratic art practice. By employing a decisive line with bold applications of richly layered materials, Tangye explores the nuances of the human form in an effort to expose his subjects’ true essence and energy.

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 paintings for You

Painting is an art form that has spanned innumerable cultures, with artists using the medium to tell stories, explore and communicate ideas and express themselves. To bring abstract, landscape and still-life paintings into your home is to celebrate and share in the long tradition of this discipline.

When we look at paintings, particularly those that originated in the past, we learn about history, other cultures and countries of the world. Like every other work of art, paintings — whether they are contemporary creations or works that were made during the 19th century — can often help us clearly see and understand the world around us in a meaningful and interesting way.

Cave walls were the canvases for what were arguably the world’s first landscape paintings, which depict natural scenery through art. Portrait paintings and drawings, which, along with sculpture, were how someone’s appearance was recorded prior to the advent of photography, are at least as old as Ancient Egypt. In the Netherlands, landscapes were a major theme for painters as early as the 1500s. Later, artists in Greece, Rome and elsewhere created vast wall paintings to decorate stately homes, churches and tombs. Today, creating a wall of art is a wonderful way to enhance your space, showcase beautiful pieces and tie an interior design together.

No matter your preference, whether you favor Post-Impressionist paintings, animal paintings, Surrealism, Pop art or another movement or specific period, arranging art on a blank wall allows you to evoke emotions in a room while also showing off your tastes and interests. A symmetrical wall arrangement may comprise a grid of four to six pieces or, for an odd number of works, a horizontal row. Asymmetrical arrangements, which may be small clusters of art or large, salon-style gallery walls, have a more collected and eclectic feel. Download the 1stDibs app, which includes a handy “View on Wall” feature that allows you to see how a particular artwork will look on a particular wall, and read about how to arrange wall art. And if you’re searching for the perfect palette for your interior design project, what better place to turn than to the art world’s masters of color?

On 1stDibs, you’ll find an expansive collection of paintings and other fine art for your home or office. Browse abstract paintings, portrait paintings, paintings by popular artists and more today.