Contemporary Figurative Painting

Contemporary Figurative Painting

Contemporary figurative painting is art from the late 20th to the 21st century that portrays recognisable forms or figures from the real world.

Figurative painting made a strong comeback in the 1980s through artists like Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Since then, it has continued to evolve with various experimental styles and subjects, such as art-historical portraits, blurred memories, and reduced figuration.

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.