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Tiger Tooth- narrative embroidery on fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by my Facebook and Instagram feeds, I use embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render my own “selfies” and portraits of others. My embroidery and watercolor pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Thread, Fabric

Amazon, Pop Art, Figuration Narrative, Contemporary Art
By Gudmundur Erro
Located in Hamburg, DE
Gudmundur Gudmundsson, aka Erró (Icelandic, b. 1932) Amazon, 2001 Medium: Lithograph in colors, on wove paper Dimensions: 78 × 57 cm (30 7/10 × 22 2/5 in) Edition of 199: Hand signed...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Narrative - "Applique Lagniappe"
By Craig Alan
Located in Atlanta, GA
Original Narrative shadow box piece from Craig Alan.
Category

2010s Other Art Style Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Plexiglass, Wood, Acrylic

False Histories and Grand Narratives
Located in Detroit, US
False Histories and Grand Narratives, 2017
Category

21st Century and Contemporary More Art

Materials

Canvas

Red Sonja, Pop Art, Figuration Narrative, Contemporary Art
By Gudmundur Erro
Located in Hamburg, DE
Gudmundur Gudmundsson, aka Erró (Icelandic, b. 1932) Red Sonja, 2010 Medium: Lithograph on wove paper Dimensions: 91.5 × 53.5 cm (36 × 21 1/10 in) Edition of 199: Hand signed and num...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

The Moonwalker, Pop Art, Figuration Narrative, Contemporary Art
By Gudmundur Erro
Located in Hamburg, DE
Gudmundur Gudmundsson, aka Erró (Icelandic, b. 1932) The Moonwalker, 2001 Medium: Lithograph in colors on paper Image dimensions: 61 × 45 cm (24 × 17 7/10 in) Sheet dimensions: 76.2 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Forum Narrative II
By Jinni Thomas
Located in Santa Fe, NM
In Jinni Thomas’ work she says, " The emotion from that visual experience, that awe moment, works down into our hearts and alters the grain of our reality. All my paintings are sel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Forum Narrative II
  • Forum Narrative II
H 30 in. W 40 in. D 2 in.
Ice Cream for Mao, Pop Art, Figuration Narrative, Contemporary Art
By Gudmundur Erro
Located in Hamburg, DE
Gudmundur Gudmundsson, aka Erró (Icelandic, b. 1932) Ice Cream for Mao, 2004 Medium: Lithograph on wove paper Medium: 77.5 × 59 cm Edition of 120: Hand signed and numbered Condition:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Portrait Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Hollywood, colorful, playful, narrative, outsider,
By Stephen Basso
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oil on canvas Stephen Basso's highly original pastels and oil paintings are romantic, yet thought provoking fantasies. His whimsical works are alive with boundless imagination, w...
Category

2010s Outsider Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Les Grands Enfants de Mao, Pop Art, Figuration Narrative, Contemporary Art
By Erró
Located in Hamburg, DE
Erró (born 1932 in Iceland) Les grands enfants de Mao (The Grandchildren of Mao), 2007 Medium: Lithograph in colors Dimensions: 55 x 55 cm Edition of 125: Hans signed and numbered Co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Portrait Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Hommage à Léger, Pop Art, Figuration Narrative, Contemporary Art, 21st Century
By Erró
Located in Hamburg, DE
Erró (born 1932 in Iceland) Léger, 2005 Medium: Lithograph on paper Dimensions: 46 x 61 cm Edition of 120: Hand signed and numbered Condition: Excellent "I'd love to be considered a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

L’ultima visita di Mao a Venezia,Pop Art, Figuration Narrative, Contemporary Art
By Gudmundur Erro
Located in Hamburg, DE
Gudmundur Gudmundsson, aka Erró (Icelandic, b. 1932) L’ultima visita di Mao a Venezia, 2002 Medium: Portfolio containing 12 lithographs in color, on paper (in red cloth folder) Im...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Dealmaker, businessman character study cigar bird narrative
By Stephen Basso
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oil on canvas Stephen Basso's highly original pastels and oil paintings are romantic, yet thought provoking fantasies. His whimsical works are alive with boundless imagination, wr...
Category

2010s Post-Modern Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

Ghosting in NYC- narrative representational embroidered fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
"Inspired by my Facebook and Instagram feeds, I use embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render my own “selfies” and portraits of others. My embroidery and watercolor p...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Thread

Brooklyn Bench- narrative representational embroidery on fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
"Inspired by my Facebook and Instagram feeds, I use embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render my own “selfies” and portraits of others. My embroidery and watercolor p...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric

Take Home Food- narrative embroidery on fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
"Inspired by my Facebook and Instagram feeds, I use embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render my own “selfies” and portraits of others. My embroidery and watercolor p...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Thread

New Narrative, Painting, Oil on Canvas
By Julius Babilonia
Located in Yardley, PA
To communicate my interpretation of the shapes and movements of nature, impacted by the ongoing man made environmental changes. An interpretation of a these notions with the use of s...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Oil

Silent - large, figurative, narrative, bronze outdoor sculpture
By Marlene Hilton Moore
Located in Bloomfield, ON
As part of her ‘Listen to Hear’ series, Canadian artist Marlene Hilton-Moore has sculpted Silent, the lower half of a woman’s face, chin and closed lips set at an angle on the ground...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Crown Jewels, colorful, figurative, outsider, narrative, three women, hats
By Stephen Basso
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oil n canvas Stephen Basso's highly original pastels and oil paintings are romantic, yet thought provoking fantasies. His whimsical works are alive with boundless imagination, wr...
Category

2010s Outsider Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Let's spend our days together - narrative embroidered fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
"Inspired by my Facebook and Instagram feeds, I use embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render my own “selfies” and portraits of others. My embroidery and watercolor p...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Thread

NYC Out of Season- narrative representational embroidered fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
"Inspired by my Facebook and Instagram feeds, I use embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render my own “selfies” and portraits of others. My embroidery and watercolor p...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Thread

Rapunzel by the Sea, fairy tale narrative, colorful whimsical fantasy
By Stephen Basso
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rapunzel figure narrative, colorful *ABOUT Stephen Basso Stephen Basso's highly original pastels and oil paintings are romantic, yet thought provoking fantasies. His whimsical w...
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2010s Outsider Art Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Beacon" Figurative Narrative "Being Human" vs "Human Being"
Located in San Antonio, TX
Samuel Wilson (Born 1986) San Antonio, TX Image Size: 24 x 60 Medium: Oil "Beacon" When you see them in person you will say UNBELIEVEABLE. From his series "Being Human" vs. "Human B...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

"Deliverance" Figurative Narrative "Being Human" vs "Human Being"
Located in San Antonio, TX
Samuel Wilson (Born 1986) San Antonio, TX Image Size: 40 x 30 Medium: Oil on Linen "Deliverance" When you see them in person you will say UNBELIEVEABLE. From his series "Being Human...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

"Masquerade" Figurative Narrative "Being Human" vs. "Human Being"
Located in San Antonio, TX
Samuel Wilson (1986-Present) Texas Artist Image Size: 27 x 20 Medium: Oil "Masquerade" When you see them in person you will say UNBELIEVEABLE. From his series "Being Human" vs. "Huma...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

Stuck - 21st Century contemporary narrative portrait painting
By Gerard Schriemer
Located in Nuenen, Noord Brabant
The paintings by artist Gerard Schriemer ask for your attention for several reasons. The fine technique, the subjects and the way in which the subjects in the painting play a role ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

"Dance Partner (Study)" - Bold Narrative Illustrative Painting - Warhol
By Britt Spencer
Located in Atlanta, GA
"Dance Partner (Study)" is a small serigraph on panel featuring hues of bright yellow and orange. In order to work out ideas, color and composition for his larger works, Spencer crea...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Panel, Screen

"Transcendence" Figurative Narrative "Being Human" vs "Human Being"
Located in San Antonio, TX
Samuel Wilson (Born 1986) San Antonio, TX Image Size: 24 x 48 Medium: Oil on Canvas "Transcendence" When you see them in person you will say UNBELIEVEABLE. From his series "Being Hu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

Odyssey - abstracted, repurposed metal, narrative, figurative outdoor sculpture
By Dale Dunning
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Outdoor or indoor sculpture in polished aluminum. The figure of a face is constructed from old lead typesetting elements, welded together. A mold is then made and the face - which n...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Aluminum

#covidkiss - love narrative embroidery with a kissing couple on vintage fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the artist's Facebook and Instagram feeds, she uses embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render her own “selfies” or portraits of others, often talking abou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Thread, Fabric

Winter hunting- 21st Century Contemporary Narrative Russian Oilpainting
Located in Nuenen, Noord Brabant
This painting is made by Russian artist Nikita Mogilevtsev. Nikita Mogilevtsev, born and raised in a very artistic family in St Petersburg has a special style of his own. With his m...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

B- Story - love narrative embroidery pink thread on white vintage fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the artist's Facebook and Instagram feeds, she uses embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render her own “selfies” or portraits of others, often talking abou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Thread

Full Fathom Five - tall, narrative, figurative, bronze outdoor sculpture
By Dale Dunning
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A human figure emerges from a scaffold of waving seaweed and fish in this bronze sculpture by Dale Dunning. The title of this sculpture from 1991 is a popular catch-phrase originatin...
Category

1990s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Someone Dancing, a colorful, in many ways, fun narrative painting
By Kathryn Freeman
Located in Charleston, US
"Whenever he practiced at night and the moon was full, he thought he could hear the sound of someone dancing..." Bright and jewellike colors against a deep blue night scene show huma...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Interior Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Sleepwalking at the Olcott, mystery monochromatic narrative noir
By Tom Bennett
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Monotype on paper
Category

2010s American Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

Materials

Paper, Monotype

A World in Translation - A narrative of color, texture and pattern
By Fiona Ackerman
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Stenciled floral shapes and sprayed lines are balanced with brushed passages in this lively acrylic on canvas by Fiona Ackerman. The bold, square format composition titled "A World i...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Turbulence No 2 - large, narrative, corten steel, abstract outdoor sculpture
By Terence McGlade
Located in Bloomfield, ON
"My work explores the relationship between the tyranny of ageing and urban spaces. With influences as diverse as Brancusi and Buckminister Fuller, new synergies are crafted from simp...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Night Falls - narrative embroidered fabric with landscape, sky and mountains
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
"Inspired by my Facebook and Instagram feeds, I use embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render my own “selfies” and portraits of others. My embroidery and watercolor p...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Thread

garden variety nudes, narrative, surreal, whimsical, bright color, outsider
By Stephen Basso
Located in Brooklyn, NY
*ABOUT Stephen Basso Stephen Basso's highly original pastels and oil paintings are romantic, yet thought provoking fantasies. His whimsical works are alive with boundless imagina...
Category

2010s Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Panda Souls - 21st Century contemporary narrative oil painting
By Gerard Schriemer
Located in Nuenen, Noord Brabant
The paintings by artist Gerard Schriemer ask for your attention for several reasons. The fine technique, the subjects and the way in which the subjects in the painting play a role ar...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

I love you wildly - love narrative embroidery on vintage fabric with a woman
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the artist's Facebook and Instagram feeds, she uses embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render her own “selfies” or portraits of others, often talking abou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Thread

Head to Ear 2 - large, figurative, narrative, bronze outdoor sculpture
By Marlene Hilton Moore
Located in Bloomfield, ON
The lower half of a face in a green patinated bronze is set at an angle on the ground. It leans towards a large bronze ear next to it. Classically inspired it has a contemporary them...
Category

1990s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Pandemic dating - love narrative embroidery black thread on white vintage fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the artist's Facebook and Instagram feeds, she uses embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render her own “selfies” or portraits of others, often talking abou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Thread

Zoom wedding - love narrative embroidery with mixed couple on vintage fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the artist's Facebook and Instagram feeds, she uses embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render her own “selfies” or portraits of others, often talking abou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Thread

Dark Waters Two - handcrafted, human figurative, narrative glazed clay sculpture
By Grainne McHugh
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Two glazed ceramic heads are fused together in this dramatic sculpture by Irish artist Gráinne McHugh. The backs of the dark heads, submerged in the rust outlines of many small, jost...
Category

2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Conversing - a narrative of journey and change, mixed media, paper and vessel
By Heather Allen Hietala
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A ceramic vessel inscribed with a missive is installed next to an intimate work on paper that includes similar vessel shapes and text in this provocative artwork by Heather Allen Hie...
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Ceramic, Paper, Mixed Media

When will it be our season- narrative representational embroidery on fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
"Inspired by my Facebook and Instagram feeds, I use embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render my own “selfies” and portraits of others. My embroidery and watercolor p...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Thread

Silver - lively, narrative, overlapping botanicals, acrylic, oil on canvas
By Fiona Ackerman
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Fiona Ackerman’s Silver is a stunning abstract composition of delicate flowers—roots, bulbs and organic shapes in shimmering white. This is one of a series of acrylic pieces she crea...
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

Copper - lively, narrative, overlapping botanicals, acrylic, oil on canvas
By Fiona Ackerman
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A single large flower—its beautiful anatomy revealed in black and white is highlighted by burnished copper, green and touches of turquoise in this acrylic abstract painting by Fiona ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

Roll up your sleeves for the vaccine - narrative embroidery on vintage fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the artist's Facebook and Instagram feeds, she uses embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render her own “selfies” or portraits of others, often talking abou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Thread, Fabric

Much Happier - love narrative embroidery black thread on white vintage fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the artist's Facebook and Instagram feeds, she uses embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render her own “selfies” or portraits of others, often talking abou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Thread, Fabric

Carmine - lively, narrative, overlapping botanicals, acrylic, oil on canvas
By Fiona Ackerman
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Carmine is one of a new series of stunning acrylic abstract paintings by Vancouver-based artist Fiona Ackerman. Inspired by 17th century botanical illustrations by women naturalists,...
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

Whisper - bright, dynamic, narrative, painted stainless steel outdoor sculpture
By Marlene Hilton Moore
Located in Bloomfield, ON
In this series of outdoor ‘singing’ bowl sculptures, Marlene Hilton Moore continues to explore the theme of ‘listening.’ This stainless-steel bowl is laser cut with the word “Whisper...
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Stainless Steel

Monarch - lively, narrative, overlapping botanicals, acrylic, oil on canvas
By Fiona Ackerman
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Three large vibrant poppies float across the canvas in this dream-like abstract painting by Fiona Ackerman. Set against a mauve-coloured backdrop and highlighted with a gestural line...
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Canvas, Oil

"We the People" Figurative Narrative "Being Human" vs "Human Being"
Located in San Antonio, TX
Samuel Wilson (Born 1986) San Antonio, TX Image Size: 30 x 24 Medium: Oil on Board "WE THE PEOPLE" When you see them in person you will say UNBELIEVEABLE. From his series "Being Hum...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

Kiss with masks - love narrative embroidery black thread on white vintage fabric
By Iviva Olenick
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the artist's Facebook and Instagram feeds, she uses embroidery, watercolor, and fabric manipulation to render her own “selfies” or portraits of others, often talking abou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Fabric, Thread

Chant - bright, dynamic, narrative, painted stainless steel outdoor sculpture
By Marlene Hilton Moore
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Canadian sculptor Marlene Hilton Moore continues the theme of listening in a series of outdoor singing bowl sculptures -- this bowl is laser cut with the word "Chant" in a stencil fo...
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Stainless Steel

Sing - bright, dynamic, narrative, painted stainless steel outdoor sculpture
By Marlene Hilton Moore
Located in Bloomfield, ON
In this series of outdoor ‘singing’ bowl sculptures, Marlene Hilton Moore continues to explore the theme of ‘listening.’ This stainless-steel bowl is laser cut with the word “Sing” i...
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Stainless Steel

Day 22 - illustration, black and white, narrative, digital print, contemporary
Located in Berlin, DE
The illustrator Olga Bankova currently studies Animation at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg. Bankova works in a wide range of media. Both her analogue and digital illustrations are in...
Category

2010s Other Art Style Figurative Prints

Materials

Paper, Digital

Arab Spring - large, dynamic, narrative, surrealist abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Gregor Hiltner
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Inspired by drawings made by children, Hiltner has created a chaotic narrative of surreal figures and animals drawn in red acrylic across an expanse of raw canvas in this over 6 feet...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

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Narrative Art For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact piece of narrative art you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. In our selection of items, you can find Contemporary examples as well as a Abstract version. Making the right choice when shopping for an item from our selection of narrative art may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 18th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century. When looking for the right choice in our collection of narrative art for your space, you can search on 1stDibs by color — popular works were created in bold and neutral palettes with elements of black, gray, beige and white. Creating an object in our assortment of narrative art has been a part of the legacy of many artists, but those crafted by Iviva Olenick, Tom Bennett, Stephen Basso, Fiona Ackerman and Heather Allen Hietala are consistently popular. Artworks like these — often created in fabric, paint and cord — can elevate any room of your home.

How Much is a Narrative Art?

The average selling price for a piece of narrative art we offer is $800, while they’re typically $300 on the low end and $35,000 for the highest priced.