Figurative Artists

Figurative Artists

The figure never went away ... Nor did painting die.
20-15 years ago ... We were “subversive”
What are we now?
This is not a trend.
— Matthew Cherry

It's all over the internet in case you haven't heard. Figurative Art is back in. Articles are being written about it all over the place such as at Artsy, W Magazine, Art News, etc. Well this was never news to PoetsArtists. We have been publishing figurative artists since day one. Check out our very first issue.

Back in 2008 I thought it would be cool to call a magazine filled with only poetry and art, Oranges and Sardines after a Frank O'Hara poem Why I'm Not A Painter even though the painting in Frank's poem is an abstract. The publication was to be about painting and somehow we ended up publishing mostly figurative artists. At the time to me a painting was a painting and is a painting. It turns out that the artwork I liked (since the publication is based on my aesthetics) was figurative and even more so (gasp) realism. 

I didn't realize I was not publishing anything other than stellar work even if it was not in fashion. Somehow the work I was publishing reached out to a silent exodus of figurative artists whom I found through reading other magazines such as American Art Collector, New American Paintings and the web, eventually turning Facebook into my virtual office.

Here are some of the artists we have published who have been creating only figurative art from the beginning without any concern if what they were doing was popular, cool or fashionable and in some cases without the expectation to make a sale. Okay so maybe they were hoping to make a sale but the sale never came or came later than what they thought. These artists are driven to create and if the muse says "paint a nude", "paint a barbie floating in a pool", "paint a beauty contestant pointing a finger",  "paint a portrait of another artist", "paint a modern day virgin Mary", "paint your neighbors in Brooklyn", they do it. They do it because this is their voice.

 

F. Scott Hess
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._Scott_Hess

F. Scott Hess (born July 12, 1955) is an American painter and conceptual artist. He has described himself as a" reluctant realist" whose work is nevertheless grounded in Old Master craft and the representation of observed detail. Art critic Donald Kuspit suggests, "Hess uses profane realism to represent the sacred moments of life, for he knows we live in a profane world with little or no sense of the sacred, let alone of the sacredness of art".

F. Scott Hess (born July 12, 1955) is an American painter and conceptual artist. He has described himself as a" reluctant realist" whose work is nevertheless grounded in Old Master craft and the representation of observed detail. Art critic Donald Kuspit suggests, "Hess uses profane realism to represent the sacred moments of life, for he knows we live in a profane world with little or no sense of the sacred, let alone of the sacredness of art".

F. Scott Hess | Light | oil on canvas

F. Scott Hess | Light | oil on canvas

Tim Okamura investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of story-telling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs. Born in Edmonton, Canada, painter Tim Okamura earned a B.F.A. with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts in 1991.  After graduating with an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Journalism, Okamura moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he continues to live and work. Okamura – a recipient of the 2004 Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts – has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the world, including the U.S., Canada, Italy, Japan, Ecuador and Turkey, and has been selected nine times to appear in the prestigious BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. In 2006, Okamura was short-listed by the Royal Surveyor of the Queen’s Picture Collection for a commissioned portrait of the Queen of England. In 2013, the University of North Carolina hosted a retrospective exhibition of Okamura’s work that focused on nearly a decade of production. Tim Okamura’s art is on display in the permanent collections of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Toronto Congress Center, the Hotel Arts in Calgary, Canada, and Standard Chartered Bank in London, England. Celebrity collectors include Uma Thurman, musicians John Mellencamp, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Roots), director Ben Younger, as well as actors Bryan Greenberg, Vanessa Marcil, Annabella Sciorra, and Ethan Hawke.

Tim Okamura investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of story-telling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs.

Born in Edmonton, Canada, painter Tim Okamura earned a B.F.A. with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts in 1991.  After graduating with an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Journalism, Okamura moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he continues to live and work.

Okamura – a recipient of the 2004 Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts – has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the world, including the U.S., Canada, Italy, Japan, Ecuador and Turkey, and has been selected nine times to appear in the prestigious BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.

In 2006, Okamura was short-listed by the Royal Surveyor of the Queen’s Picture Collection for a commissioned portrait of the Queen of England.

In 2013, the University of North Carolina hosted a retrospective exhibition of Okamura’s work that focused on nearly a decade of production.

Tim Okamura’s art is on display in the permanent collections of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Toronto Congress Center, the Hotel Arts in Calgary, Canada, and Standard Chartered Bank in London, England. Celebrity collectors include Uma Thurman, musicians John Mellencamp, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Roots), director Ben Younger, as well as actors Bryan Greenberg, Vanessa Marcil, Annabella Sciorra, and Ethan Hawke.

Tim Okamura | Trust Your Dopeness | oil & mixed media on canvas | 100x62 inches | 2015

Tim Okamura | Trust Your Dopeness | oil & mixed media on canvas | 100x62 inches | 2015

Feminist painter Daena Title's colorist, expressionist work centers on her obsession with the seductive force of modern female icons.  Her work explores the on-going love/hate relationship between women, societal standards, and self-esteem as well as Title's fascination with the line between beauty and distortion, both in formal and narrative terms. Raised on Long Island, Daena Title received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theatre Studies from Wellesley College, and then lived in Manhattan until 1991 where she worked as an actress and a writer. Title then returned to painting as the best avenue with which to control her artistic message, mine her ongoing fascination/obsession with the relationship between women and society, and indulge her love of color and design. Title currently resides and works in Los Angeles. Her work, which focuses on the powerfully seductive force of modern female icons, has been shown in gallery and museum spaces since 1998, including recent group exhibitions at the Carnegie Art Museum, the Long Beach Art Museum, The Oceanside Museum, the Riverside Musem, the Torrance Art Museum and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Title has received critical praise for past solo exhibitions from the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, and Huffington Post among other publications and is proud that her work is part of the Brooklyn Museum Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Online Feminist Art base and the Tullman Collection. 

Feminist painter Daena Title's colorist, expressionist work centers on her obsession with the seductive force of modern female icons.  Her work explores the on-going love/hate relationship between women, societal standards, and self-esteem as well as Title's fascination with the line between beauty and distortion, both in formal and narrative terms.

Raised on Long Island, Daena Title received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theatre Studies from Wellesley College, and then lived in Manhattan until 1991 where she worked as an actress and a writer. Title then returned to painting as the best avenue with which to control her artistic message, mine her ongoing fascination/obsession with the relationship between women and society, and indulge her love of color and design. Title currently resides and works in Los Angeles. Her work, which focuses on the powerfully seductive force of modern female icons, has been shown in gallery and museum spaces since 1998, including recent group exhibitions at the Carnegie Art Museum, the Long Beach Art Museum, The Oceanside Museum, the Riverside Musem, the Torrance Art Museum and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Title has received critical praise for past solo exhibitions from the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, and Huffington Post among other publications and is proud that her work is part of the Brooklyn Museum Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Online Feminist Art base and the Tullman Collection. 

Daena Title | BigDoll | Oil On Canvas | 66x66 inches | 2008

Daena Title | Its All A Blur | Mixed Media on Canvas | 36X48 inches | 2016

Nadine Robbins is realist painter, who specializes in portraits, nudes and oyster still life paintings. Her work has been published in the Huf ngton Post, American Art Collector, Crain’s Chicago Business, Fine Art Connoisseur, PoetsArtists and Artsy and can be found in national and international collections, most notably the Howard A. & Judith Tullman Collection in Chicago. 

Nadine Robbins is realist painter, who specializes in portraits, nudes and oyster still life paintings. Her work has been published in the Huf ngton Post, American Art Collector, Crain’s Chicago Business, Fine Art Connoisseur, PoetsArtists and Artsy and can be found in national and international collections, most notably the Howard A. & Judith Tullman Collection in Chicago. 

Nadine Robbins | Sativa Sunrise | oil on linen

Nadine Robbins | Sativa Sunrise | oil on linen

Nadine Robbins | Davida | oil on linen | 68x40, framed.

Nadine Robbins | Davida | oil on linen | 68x40, framed.

Stephen Wright
stephenwrightart.com

Stephen Wright is a California native. His work is in various private and public collections. Recently he was featured in New American Paintings and various issues of PoetsArtists

Stephen Wright | Hero | 24 x 18 inches | oil on canvas

Stephen Wright | Nude in a Basket 6 | 36 x 48 inches | oil on canvas

Stephen Wright | Tootsie | 24 x 24 inches | oil on canvas

Daniel Maidman
www.danielmaidman.com

Daniel Maidman is a painter whose imagery occupies a spectrum from high rendering to almost total abstraction. His art has been shown in group and solo shows in Manhattan, and in juried exhibitions nationwide. It was selected by the Saatchi Gallery to be displayed at Gallery Mess in London, and has been exhibited at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. His art and writing on art have been featured in ARTnews,Juxtapoz, Hyperallergic, American Art Collector, International Artist, Poets/Artists, MAKE, Manifest, and The Artist’s Magazine. He blogs for The Huffington Post. His paintings range from the figure and portraiture, to still lives and landscapes, to investigations of machinery, architecture, and microflaura. His representational work has been identified with the emerging Post Contemporary movement, an identification which he welcomes. He has produced paintings in collaboration with best-selling novelist China Miéville, award-winning poet Kathleen Rooney, legendary actor Martin Donovan, and noted installation artist Erika Johnson. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Long Beach Museum of Art, as well as numerous private collections, among them those of New York Magazine senior art critic Jerry Saltz, Chicago collector Howard Tullman, Disney senior vice president Jackson George, and Gemini-winning screenwriter Jeremy Boxen. He is represented by Dacia Gallery in New York. 

Daniel Maidman is a painter whose imagery occupies a spectrum from high rendering to almost total abstraction.

His art has been shown in group and solo shows in Manhattan, and in juried exhibitions nationwide. It was selected by the Saatchi Gallery to be displayed at Gallery Mess in London, and has been exhibited at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. His art and writing on art have been featured in ARTnews,JuxtapozHyperallergicAmerican Art CollectorInternational ArtistPoets/ArtistsMAKEManifest, and The Artist’s Magazine. He blogs for The Huffington Post.

His paintings range from the figure and portraiture, to still lives and landscapes, to investigations of machinery, architecture, and microflaura. His representational work has been identified with the emerging Post Contemporary movement, an identification which he welcomes. He has produced paintings in collaboration with best-selling novelist China Miéville, award-winning poet Kathleen Rooney, legendary actor Martin Donovan, and noted installation artist Erika Johnson.

His work is included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Long Beach Museum of Art, as well as numerous private collections, among them those of New York Magazine senior art critic Jerry Saltz, Chicago collector Howard Tullman, Disney senior vice president Jackson George, and Gemini-winning screenwriter Jeremy Boxen. He is represented by Dacia Gallery in New York. 

Golden Portrait of Dea | oil on canvas | 60 x 36 inches | 2015

Victoria Selbach
www.victoriaselbach.com

Victoria Selbach is a contemporary New York painter best known for her powerful life-size nude depictions of women caught at the intersection of light and shadow. Selbach’s gaze is directed through a deep connection to the women who  bring their complex identity into the moment, and carry their unique strength and presence into the painting. The complexity of light surrounding and emanating from the subject is investigated through a unique approach to seeing and painting – one that involves breaking down the light into layers of color and restructuring them, one pigment at a time, in multiple layers, to create her signature luminous glow and pools of rich shadow.

Victoria Selbach is a contemporary New York painter best known for her powerful life-size nude depictions of women caught at the intersection of light and shadow. Selbach’s gaze is directed through a deep connection to the women who  bring their complex identity into the moment, and carry their unique strength and presence into the painting.

The complexity of light surrounding and emanating from the subject is investigated through a unique approach to seeing and painting – one that involves breaking down the light into layers of color and restructuring them, one pigment at a time, in multiple layers, to create her signature luminous glow and pools of rich shadow.

 Victoria Selbach | Mary 3 | acrylic on canvas | 58 x40 inches | 2011

 Victoria Selbach | Mary 3 | acrylic on canvas | 58 x40 inches | 2011

 Victoria Selbach | Mary At Mille Fleurs | acrylic on linen, 48 x30 inches | 2012

 Victoria Selbach | Mary At Mille Fleurs | acrylic on linen, 48 x30 inches | 2012

Matthew Cherry
matthewivancherry.com

Matthew Cherry is a Boston-based representational painter. He received his BFA from Northern Arizona University and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he attended with the Presidential Fellowship. He is currently the Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, a faculty member, and the Chair of Fine Arts and Foundations at Lesley University College of At and Design, in Cambridge, MA where he has served for six years. 

Matthew Cherry is a Boston-based representational painter. He received his BFA from Northern Arizona University and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he attended with the Presidential Fellowship. He is currently the

Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, a faculty member, and the Chair of Fine Arts and Foundations at Lesley University College of At and Design, in Cambridge, MA where he has served for six years. 

Matthew Cherry  | Love to Love You Baby | 84x64 inches | oil on canvas | 2016

Nick Ward is figurative painter and printmaker who attempts to find innovative new ways to use portraiture. Originally from a small town outside Portland Oregon, Nick currently resides in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, MA. His work has twice earned him the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant for painting.

Nick Ward is figurative painter and printmaker who attempts to find innovative new ways to use portraiture. Originally from a small town outside Portland Oregon, Nick currently resides in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, MA. His work has twice earned him the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant for painting.

Nick Ward | Christine #3 | 72 x 36 inches | oil on board

Marco Gallotta: OBAMA PORTRAIT

Marco Gallotta: OBAMA PORTRAIT

Martin Easely: The Fear Of Rain

Martin Easely: The Fear Of Rain

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