Twenty Figurative Painters to Follow on Instagram
The following list is not based on how many followers an artist already has on Instagram. It is based on our publisher's insights and aesthetic preferences. These are all figurative painters. Some are famous. Some are obscure. Some are professors. Some are emerging. Some are decadent. Some inspire musical videos. Some are notorious. Some are about to become rock stars in the art world.
Patrick Earl Hammie
Was awesome meeting so many great people last weekend at the "About Face" artist talk at #CreativeAlliance in #Baltimore including talented up-and-coming artist @letartreign! Thank you to everyone who came out to join us! Thanks Jeremy! @asherald @ebonygpatterson #rozeal @creativealliancebaltimore #artisttalk #art #artist #youngartist #portraitart #portraitartist #portraitpainter #painters #painting
Serge Gay JR.
interview with @spoke_art part1: Lived in Haiti, New York, Miami, Detroit and now San Francisco, do you feel that your work changes with your location or that you build upon each geographic influence as you grow? "Yes, they change all the time and also changes with age and experience. I let myself have as much unique experiences and a different outlook in life, in order to make myself grow as an artist. I never want to be the same person I was yesterday. Always looking to change as a person for the better, so that's why my art is always changing and evolving, hopefully for the better. I like to take risk. Never liked being safe and staying the same. So change is good, in my opinion." Narrative threads and rich symbolism figure prominently in your work. Do you have any favorite storytellers or iconography that influence your paintings either visually, narratively or psychologically? "Don’t really have any favorite storytellers. Not a “favorites” kind of person. Think, I am my own storyteller; I love to tell stories, my own personal stories, and the stories inspired by others. Always been this way since I was a child. I'm telling stories about my life, as well as to start an open dialogue and deep conversation about eye opening subject matters. I watch tons of random movies and music videos and I want to work in a big budget film one day. So maybe that's why I'm so invested in telling the story than just a pretty picture. " Your work is primarily figurative, what fascinates you about or draws you to painting people? "I'm completely intrigued with people and human behavior. I found it to be like a study. The way a person behave, looks, talk, act.. everything. I think that's my way of understanding someone who's different from me and in finding that common relationship. I see it as a form of accepting and not being judgmental of somebody and their way of life.To me is all about connection. Connecting with someone who's different from you in every way, in order to grow as a better person. Painting people helps me understand orI try to make the viewer understand that person’s world. Which you may not be familiar with.