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.