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Playful Rooks
By Simon Pooley
Located in Brecon, Powys
One of a number of paintings the artist has produced featuring Rooks Oil on canvas. Excellent condition. Framed “Sometimes the impulse to paint is clearly defined and recognisable. ...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Playful Games
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stephanie Wheeler oil figure. Pale Pink, Blues and greys. Floating in Silver frame. This figurative piece will make a statement in any home! Brings joy & happiness. This painting is ...
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2010s Abstract Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

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H 56 in. W 38 in. D 1 in.
Moose Plunge (large) - tall, playful, pop art, Canadian, aluminum sculpture
By Charles Pachter
Located in Bloomfield, ON
This tragicomic depiction of a moose plummeting from a cliff merges playful, pop art inspired elements with deeply iconic Canadian imagery. The steel moose silhouette sculptures have...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Metal, Enamel

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...
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2010s Outsider Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Playful Serpent," Abstract Painting
Located in Westport, CT
This bright, colorful abstract painting by April Hammock measures 36" x 36" and is made with acrylic paint on canvas. The painting features bright lavender and teal shapes throughout...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

'Playful Feline', Berlin School
Located in London, GB
'Playful Feline', oil on board, Berlin School (circa 1960s). A thoroughly modern depiction of a colourful, willowy feline most likely inspired by Italian Futurist, Fortunato Depero (...
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1960s Futurist Animal Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Playful Painting II - landscape abstract mixed media charcoal art contemporary
By Annie King
Located in London, Chelsea
This original abstract painting by Annie King is painted on deep edge stretched canvas. It is signed, stringed and ready to be displayed. This original artwork uses a bold and exciti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Charcoal, Mixed Media, Acrylic

GERMAINE - playful and whimsical ceramic sculpture
By Keith Schneider
Located in Seattle, WA
Playful and whimsical ceramic sculpture of an animal dressed in clothes. Mouse; hobo; outsider art; children; child. In my more recent ceramic work, I have used clay “fabric” to dre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Folk Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Playful Set of Three Art Panels by Mauro Oliveira
By Mauro Oliveira
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Playful set of three art panels by Mauro Oliveira.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Decorative Art

Materials

Wood

Playful Rooks, Contemporary Oil Painting
By Simon Pooley
Located in Brecon, Powys
One of a number of paintings the artist has produced featuring Rooks Oil on canvas. Excellent condition. Framed “Sometimes the impulse to paint is clearly defined and recognisable. ...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Big Lolly & Cone, colorful, bold,candy,abstract,hard edge, playful, pop art
By Philomena Marano
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Big Lolly & Cone is a mixed media piece featuring a swirly lollypop, an icon of american amusements and escapism plus an ice-cream cone, another sweet treat. The swirly lolly is ren...
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Early 2000s Hard-Edge Mixed Media

Materials

Archival Paper, Color

“ Playful Games “ oil painting by S. Wheeler
Located in Smyrna, GA
Stephanie Wheeler abstracted figure . Pale Pink , Blues and grays . Silver Floater Frame Included . This figurative piece will make a statement in any home ! Brings joy and happin...
Category

2010s Abstract Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

Spring Break, playful pastel bug print, monotype
Located in New York, NY
Watercolor monotype and hand coloring. Unframed.
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Watercolor, Monotype

Sylvia - playful and whimsical ceramic sculpture of a rabbit
By Keith Schneider
Located in Seattle, WA
Playful and whimsical ceramic sculpture of a rabbit. Outsider art; hobo; tramp art; child; children. In my more recent ceramic work, I have used clay “fabric” to dress up my chara...
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21st Century and Contemporary Folk Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Chinese Playful Wisdom Coffer, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This gorgeous black lacquer coffer from China's Hebei province may have begun its life as part of a dowry. Dated to the mid-19th century, the coffer was likely used as both an altar ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture

Materials

Brass

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H 34 in. W 72 in. D 23.5 in.
Microcosm - contemporary abstract artwork, playful homage to Cy Twombly
Located in Hamburg, DE
"Microcosm", is a unique acrylic on canvas work by German artist Dr. Horst Güntheroth. It features playful forms and expressionistic color lines with formulas of quantum physics. It ...
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2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Cotton Canvas, Acrylic

Hildegard Knef - The Playful Dance
Located in Nümbrecht, DE
Hildegard Knef Hildegard Frieda Albertine Knef December 28, 1925 in Ulm; † 1 February 2002 in Berlin) was a German actress, voice actress, chanson singer and author. From 1948 to abo...
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1950s Modern Black and White Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Improv 1 cut paper, graphic, industrial, playful, urban, city
By Philomena Marano
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper on 2 ply archival board Using salvaged pieces of color aid paper from my "Flat Fix" series I create compositions that are at once mechanical and whimsical.
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2010s Abstract Mixed Media

Materials

Archival Paper

Ice Cream, Mid-Century Playful Oil Painting
By Frank Kleinholz
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Frank Kleinholz was a painter based in New York City whose work spanned several art movements including Expressionism and Social Realism. His early works ...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

Forest Cat - Playful Animal Sculpture in Red + Blue + Black
By Yulia Shtern
Located in Gilroy, CA
"Forest Cat" is a detailed hand painted and formed sculpture by Canadian artist Yulia Shtern. Rusty-Spotted Cat, one of the world’s two smallest wild cat species, is 14 to 19” in len...
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2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

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Adhesive, Found Objects, Mixed Media, Magazine Paper, Newsprint, Papier ...

Quantum World - contemporary abstract artwork, playful homage to Cy Twombly
Located in Hamburg, DE
"Quantum World", is a unique acrylic on canvas work by German artist Dr. Horst Güntheroth. It features playful forms and expressionistic color lines with formulas of quantum physics....
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2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Cotton Canvas, Acrylic

Hippos Support Each Other - figurative, playful, bronze sculpture
By Gillie and Marc Schattner
Located in Bloomfield, ON
In classic bronze, two hippos facing opposite directions, one suspended over the other are joined by a rope in this fun table-top sculpture by Australia’s artistic duo, Gillie and Ma...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Mod Girl, Playfully Crossing Eyes, 1958
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
Mademoiselle Model Having Fun -- An out take from a photo shoot for the June 1958 issue of Mademoiselle, Mark Shaw caught a model having fun! Image size is 16" x 16" (for 17" x 22" p...
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1950s Modern Black and White Photography

Materials

Giclée

Mod Girl, Playfully Crossing Eyes, 1958
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
Mademoiselle Model Having Fun -- An out take from a photo shoot for the June 1958 issue of Mademoiselle, Mark Shaw caught a model having fun! Image size is 10" x 10" (for 11" x 17" p...
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1950s Modern Black and White Photography

Materials

Giclée

Improv 2, cut paper, abstract, graphic, industrial, playful, urban, city
By Philomena Marano
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper on 2 ply archival board Ms. Marano says, "Using salvaged pieces of color aid paper from my "Flat Fix" series I create compositions that are at once mechanical and whimsical." ...
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2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Archival Paper

THE PRIZE - playful and whimsical ceramic sculpture of a mouse with
By Keith Schneider
Located in Seattle, WA
Playful and whimsical sculpture of a mouse in a hobo style. Outsider art; fun; children; child. In my more recent ceramic work, I have used clay “fabric” to dress up my characters ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Folk Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Mod Girl, Playfully Crossing Eyes, 1958
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
Mademoiselle Model Having Fun -- An out take from a photo shoot for the June 1958 issue of Mademoiselle, Mark Shaw caught a model having fun! Image size is 22" x 22" (for 24" x 36" p...
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1950s Modern Black and White Photography

Materials

Giclée

Bull - playful red black and yellow desktop sculpture
By Benny Katz
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Using spare forms in black with bright yellow, red and white, Israeli-based sculptor Benny Katz creates the playful essence of a bull with horns. This work is number 2 in an edition ...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Metal

"Improv 3" , abstract, urban, black & white, industrial, playful,
By Philomena Marano
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper on 2 ply archival board: Using salvaged pieces of color aid paper from her "Flat Fix" series Philomena Marano creates compositions that are at once mechanical and whimsical. A...
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2010s Abstract Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

Materials

Paper

Facetime - tall, playful, minimalist, abstract steel outdoor sculpture
By R. Clark Ellis
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Two abstracted steel stick-like figures painted in bright primary colours intersect in this playful outdoor sculpture by R. Clarke Ellis. The work integrates minimalist forms with a ...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Interloper - colourful, playful, abstracted figures, painted steel sculpture
By R. Clark Ellis
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Three abstracted figures in brightly painted steel interact in this playful outdoor sculpture by R. Clarke Ellis. The work integrates minimalist forms with a theatrical theme express...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Past Conversations - colourful, playful, abstracted figures, steel sculpture
By R. Clark Ellis
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Two abstracted figures in painted steel intersect in this playful outdoor sculpture by R. Clarke Ellis. The work integrates minimalist forms with a theatrical theme expressed through...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Shooting Gallery #2, colorful playful whimsical pattern graphic serigraph
By Philomena Marano
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Silkscreen Edition of 200 Philomena Marano has spent decades “penetrat[ing] the soul of Coney Island to reveal its twin promises of candy-colored paradise and garishly ornate nightm...
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2010s Hard-Edge Prints and Multiples

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper

Celeste - playful and whimsical ceramic sculpture of animal dressed in clothes
Located in Seattle, WA
Playful and whimsical ceramic sculpture of an animal dressed in clothes. Hobo style; outsider art; children; child In my more recent ceramic work, I have used clay “fabric” to dress...
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21st Century and Contemporary Folk Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Once Upon a Time upon a Rock- playful miniature bronze figures
By Noa Bornstein
Located in Glen Ellen, CA
"Once Upon a Time upon a Rock" relates an intimate moment when a mother reads to her child. The dimensions include the rock and each piece in the edition will vary as each rock will ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Spring Foal. Original Equestrian Horse Modern Painting.A Playful Sophistication.
By Bohuslav Barlow
Located in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset
This original oil painting by Bohuslav Barlow is presented and supplied in a sympathetic and vibrant contemporary frame to suit the vibrancy of the subject colouration (which is show...
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Late 20th Century Modern Animal Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Once Upon a Time with Bear- playful interactive bronze figures
By Noa Bornstein
Located in Glen Ellen, CA
"Once Upon a Time with Bear" is a playful interactive figurative sculpture composed of three bronze miniature sculptures on a cherry wood base. The piece is composed of a story tell...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Distressed White - tall, playful, glossy, painted, ribbon, steel, sculpture
Located in Bloomfield, ON
An industrial ribbon of steel, roughly painted in white, appears to fall and unfold in this playful sculpture by Mark Birksted. The seeming effortlessness of this movement is belied...
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Distressed Red - tall, playful, glossy, painted, ribbon, steel, sculpture
Located in Bloomfield, ON
An industrial ribbon of steel, roughly painted in red, appears to fall and unfold in this playful sculpture by Mark Birksted. The seeming effortlessness of this movement is belied b...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

French Oil Painting of Playful Cats and Kittens, Dated 1948
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
French oil painting of playful cats and kittens, dated 1948.
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Mid-20th Century French Folk Art Decorative Art

Materials

Canvas

'Playful Pulse' original oil painting signed by Alayna Rose
By Alayna Rose
Located in Milwaukee, WI
37 x 32 x 0.75 inches, canvas Signed 'Alayna' lower right Unframed (custom framing is available upon request) Alayna Rose is a painter, jewelry designer and former illustrator. Her ...
Category

Early 2000s Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Manx - Colorful & Playful Sculpture of Endangered Animal Species in Purple + Red
By Yulia Shtern
Located in Gilroy, CA
Shtern has sculpted this entire work out of up-cycled materials, reusing objects that would have otherwise been thrown into a landfill. In this series, she focused on animals that a...
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2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Adhesive, Found Objects, Mixed Media, Magazine Paper, Newsprint, Papier ...

Hope (Silver) - playful, glossy, metallic, painted, ribbon, steel, sculpture
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A ribbon of glossy, silver coated steel stretches and uncoils upward from a flat square steel base in this table top sculpture by Mark Birksted. The seeming effortlessness of this sm...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

"The Playful Journey" Acrylic on Copper Abstract Composition 1997
By Stephen Schulz
Located in Soquel, CA
Bold and dynamic abstract composition titled "The Playful Journey" by Stephen Schulz (American, b. 1948). Schulz has used various types of acrylic paint, mixed with silicon to creat...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Copper

Leonor Fini - Playful Cat - Original Handsigned Lithograph
By Leonor Fini
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Leonor Fini - Playful Cat - Original Handsigned Lithograph Les Elus de la Nuit 1986 Conditions: excellent Handsigned and Numbered Edition: 230 Dimensions: 38 x 28 cm Editions: Trinc...
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1980s Modern Nude Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Reclining Figure Orange - playful, glossy,painted, ribbon, steel, sculpture
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Ribbons of glossy, bright orange steel follow circuitous paths that unwind and intersect gracefully in this abstracted shape of a reclining figure. The seeming effortlessness of th...
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

"Page 8" Abstract Geometric Oil Painting Calder-esque Playful Grey
By Margo Margolis
Located in Wellesley, MA
"Page 8" Small Abstraction in Black, White and Gray. Flashe on Canvas, 14 x 11 Inches. This painting has a very sophisticated sensibility in that it is purely abstract and consis...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media, Vinyl

Bravado II - playful, abstracted figure, laser cut steel outdoor sculpture
By R. Clark Ellis
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A silhouette of a figure, chest puffed up in confidence, strides boldly forward in this steel sculpture by Canadian artist, R. Clarke Ellis. Constructed of laser cut steel and painte...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Zebra Reaches New Heights 1/15 - figurative, playful, bronze, tabletop sculpture
By Gillie and Marc Schattner
Located in Bloomfield, ON
The contemporary artistic duo of Gillie and Marc are passionate environmental activists who have used their sculptures, paintings and photographs to celebrate and save endangered ani...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

She loved being in love 7/30 - playful, figurative bronze sculpture
By Gillie and Marc Schattner
Located in Bloomfield, ON
The narrative of love takes many forms in this bronze Gillie and Marc sculpture. Sculpture weighs approx. 12.5 lbs. The artists' names and edition number, 12/30, are stamped into the...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

They Loved Breaking the Speed Limit - playful, figurative bronze sculpture
By Gillie and Marc Schattner
Located in Bloomfield, ON
The alter egos of Gillie and Marc Schattner dash to their next sojourn in this electric red convertible. This sculpture is bronze with red paint. Signature and edition number are sam...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Performance - abstract interior red, blue, yellow and black playful sculpture
By Benny Katz
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Embracing minimalist forms in glossy primary colors, Israeli-based sculptor Benny Katz creates the playful essence of a performer. Imbued with humor, this delightful work aligns wit...
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Playful Red, Blue, Cream, and Gold Wool Persian Kashkouli Carpet
Located in New York, NY
Hand-knotted and organically dyed, this colorful Persian Kashkouli carpet with tones of red, blue, cream, and gold measures 2’9” x 4’ and belongs to Orley Shabahang World Market Coll...
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21st Century and Contemporary Rugs

Materials

Wool

Windfall - playful, red, blue, yellow, black, painted, wood, standing sculptures
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
These bold sculptures by Shayne Dark are made of apple wood roots that are coated in the artist's signature primary colors in an ultra matte finish. Poised between abstraction and ...
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Summer Yards - Playful Abstract Print in Blue Gray Navy Mid Mod Inspired
Located in Morgan Hill, CA
"Summer Yards" is an abstract contemporary monoprint by Texas artist Roberta E. Laine. In this one-of-a-kind print, layers of mulberry papers have been run through an etching press w...
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2010s Abstract Mixed Media

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Mixed Media, Mulberry Paper, Monoprint, Monotype, Stencil

Samuel Raven Early 19th Century Playful Puppies/Dogs Playing
By Samuel Raven
Located in New York, NY
Charming Samuel Raven (1775-1847) English oil painting, depicting three English Setter Puppies playing. They are soo finely painted with lots of tight brush work details. One littl...
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Early 19th Century Realist Animal Paintings

Materials

Oil

BEACH HOUSE, hyperrealistic, portrait of crab, conch shell, playful background
By Will Wilson
Located in New York, NY
Will Wilson is an American artist known for portrait paintings, illustrations and Trompe L'Oeil works. His works have been acquired by museums, well-known corporate collections, and ...
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2010s Contemporary Animal Paintings

Materials

Oil, Panel

Clown, Early 20th Century Playful Oil Painting on Board
By Maurice Kish
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This portrait of a clown by Maurice Kish is part from a series of carnival figures, circus clowns and carousel horses and riders that he did in the 30s and 40s. The artist uses a vib...
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Early 20th Century Modern Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Mod Girl, Playfully Crossing Eyes, Close Up, 1958
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
Mod Girl Crosseyed Alternative -- Mademoiselle Model Having Fun. An out take from a photo shoot for the June 1958 issue of Mademoiselle, Mark Shaw caught a model having fun! Image si...
Category

1950s Modern Black and White Photography

Materials

Giclée

Paper Quilt #8 (Playful Contemporary Abstract Paper Wall Sculpture with Dots)
By Donise English
Located in Hudson, NY
10 x 5 x 2 inches paper, pigmented beeswax (encaustic), nylon thread Small paper wall sculptures that are hand painted with encaustic and hand stitched to form tiny boxes that piece...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Nylon, Encaustic, Archival Paper

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Playful Art For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact piece of playful art you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. In our selection of items, you can find Contemporary examples as well as a Abstract version. If you’re looking for an item from our selection of playful art from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 18th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. If you’re looking to add a choice in our collection of playful art to create new energy in an otherwise neutral space in your home, you can find a work on 1stDibs that features elements of gray, brown, beige, gold and more. Creating an object in our assortment of playful art has been a part of the legacy of many artists, but those crafted by Philomena Marano, Mark Shaw, Nancy Berlin, Benny Katz and Mark Birksted are consistently popular. These artworks were handmade with extraordinary care, with artists most often working in paint, oil paint and fabric.

How Much is a Playful Art?

The price for a piece of playful art in our collection starts at $68 and tops out at $37,500 with the average selling for $1,478.