Portraits

Portraits

A portrait is an artwork or image, typically a painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving, that focuses on a person's face or head and shoulders.

Portraiture is an ancient art form dating back over 5,000 years to ancient Egypt. Before photography, people relied on paintings, sculptures, or drawings to capture someone's appearance.

However, portraits have always been more than just records. They were used to display the sitter's qualities like power, beauty, or wealth, often in a flattering way. Artists who didn't flatter, like William Hogarth, often had their work rejected. An exception was Francisco Goya, known for his seemingly honest portraits of the Spanish royal family.

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Mickalene Thomas

American artist Mickalene Thomas set out to change the face of art history back in the early 2000s – and that’s exactly what she’s done. We take a look at Mickalene’s humble beginnings and her artistic legacy as the contemporary art powerhouse she is today.

Mickalene Thomas
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Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman is a hallmark of 20th-century art. Since the 1970s ​​she’s taken pictures of herself as different ‘types’ of people from American culture and beyond. In this Artist’s Artist, we look at how the representation of women in popular culture shaped her history-making career.

Cindy Sherman
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Marlene Dumas

The influential South African painter Marlene Dumas is famous for her portraits, but interestingly, she doesn’t see them as portraits at all.

Marlene Dumas
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Zhang Xiaogang

After growing up during the Cultural Revolution in China, Zhang Xiaogang became internationally revered for his intimate portraits of Chinese history.

Zhang Xiaogang
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JR

French artist JR takes public art to the next level. For nearly two decades, he’s made huge black-and-white photo installations in collaboration with local communities across the world. In this Artist’s Artist, we take a look at the backstory.

JR
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How CryptoPunks NFTs changed the face of digital art

Created in 2017 by Matt Hall and John Watkinson, CryptoPunks were one of the first NFTs minted on the Ethereum blockchain. CryptoPunks quickly penetrated the mainstream, captivating not only crypto enthusiasts but also artists, celebrities and the general public. Today the 24x24 avatars are a divisive status symbol living up to their Punk name.

How CryptoPunks NFTs changed the face of digital art
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Framing Inspiration

So you found the perfect artwork. Now what? From classic to creative framing, with room for magic comes room for mistakes. We took five prints to a framing studio in East London to explore the possibilities on offer for the contemporary collector. Here's what we found out.

Framing Inspiration
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What is silkscreen printing?

A printmaker takes a break from crafting world class editions at Make-Ready to guide us through the fundamentals, foibles and speculative future of screen printing and serigraphy.

What is silkscreen printing?
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What is an edition?

At Avant Arte, limited edition artworks are our bread and butter. As with many good things, they come wrapped in jargon. Read on for a quick fix summary of everything you need to know to start collecting.

What is an edition?
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JR: Miniature Giants

Installations by JR are some of the most viewed artworks in the world. Ahead of our first collaboration, we visited the legendary photographer in Paris to talk about scale, scaffolding, the ever-growing ambition of his public projects and why he wants to stay naïve forever.

JR: Miniature Giants
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Laura El

Laura El (she/her) was born in Vilnius, Lithuania and lived in Ireland through early adulthood. Now, she lives and works in New York City.

Laura El
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NKSIN

NKSIN (he/him) was born in 1994 in Fukushima, Japan, where he continues to live and work.

NKSIN
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Tahnee Lonsdale

Tahnee Lonsdale (she/her) was born 1982 in the United Kingdom and now lives and works in Los Angeles.

Tahnee Lonsdale
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Katie Hector

Katie Hector (she/her) was born in 1992 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and now lives near Los Angeles, California.

Katie Hector
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Brian Calvin

Brian Calvin was born in 1969 in Visalia, California. He now lives and works in Ojai, California.

Brian Calvin
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Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown (she/her) was born in Pasadena, California in 1955. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Deborah Brown
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Bony Ramirez

Bony Ramirez (he/him) was born in 1996 in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 13, he moved with his family to New Jersey, United States, where he continues to live and work.

Bony Ramirez
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Baldur Helgason

Baldur Helgason (he/him) was born in Iceland, 1984. He currently lives and works in Chicago in the United States.

Baldur Helgason
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Jang Koal

Jang Koal (she/her) was born in 1989 in Ulsan, South Korea. She now lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.

Jang Koal
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Bäst

Michael “Bäst” Polimeni (he/him) was born in Coney Island, New York in 1970. He lived in Brooklyn until his death in 2021, and spent many years working at nearby JFK Airport.

Bäst
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Dada Khanyisa

Dada Khanyisa (they/them) was born in 1991 in Umzimkhulu, South Africa. They were raised in Johannesburg and currently work and live in Cape Town.

Dada Khanyisa
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Dennis Osadebe

Dennis Osadebe (he/him) was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1991, where he continues to live and work.

Dennis Osadebe
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JR

JR (he/him) was born in 1983 in Paris, France. Paris is still his base, but he travels around the world collaborating with different communities and institutions to create his art.

JR
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Rooo Lou

Rooo Lou was born in Osaka, Japan in 1988. He lives and works in Tokyo.

Rooo Lou
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Marcela Flórido

Marcela Flórido (she/her) was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1988. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Marcela Flórido
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Lin Yen-Liang

Lin Yen-Liang (he/him) is a Tawianiese artist born in 1987. Today, he lives and works in Taiwan.

Lin Yen-Liang
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Antony Micallef

Antony Micallef (he/him) was born in 1975 in Swindon, England, and now lives and works in London.

Antony Micallef
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Kudzanai-Violet Hwami

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami (she/her) was born in 1993 in Gutu, Zimbabwe, and now lives and works in London, UK.

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami
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Tschabalala Self

Tschabalala Self (she/her) was born in 1990 and raised in Harlem, New York. She now lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut.

Tschabalala Self
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Koichi Sato

Koichi Sato (he/him) was born in 1974 in Tokyo, Japan, and now lives and works in New York City, United States.

Koichi Sato
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Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel (he/him) was born 1951 in Brooklyn, New York. He now lives and works between his New York City home Palazzo Chupi and Montauk, Long Island.

Julian Schnabel
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Rafa Macarrón

Rafa Macarrón (he him) was born in 1981 in Madrid, Spain where he continues to live and work.

Rafa Macarrón
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Ryol

Ryo Laksamana (he/him), aka Ryol, was born in 1993 in Banyuwangi, Indonesia, and is currently based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Ryol
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Amir H. Fallah

Amir H. Fallah (he/him) was born in 1979 in Tehran, Iran, and now lives and works in Los Angeles.

Amir H. Fallah
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Kwesi Botchway

Kwesi Botchway (he/him) was born in 1994 in Accra, Ghana. He lives and works in Accra and Brussels, Belgium.

Kwesi Botchway
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Aubrey Levinthal

Aubrey Levinthal was born in 1986 in Philadelphia, USA, where she continues to live and work.

Aubrey Levinthal
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Shaina McCoy

Shaina McCoy (she/her) was born in 1993 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she continues to live and work.

Shaina McCoy
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Hideaki Kawashima

Hideaki Kawashima (he/him) was born in 1969 in Aichi, Japan, and now lives and works in Tokyo.

Hideaki Kawashima
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Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas (she/her) was born in 1971 in New Jersey, United States and is now based in Brooklyn.

Mickalene Thomas
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Patrick Quarm

Patrick Quarm (he/him) was born in 1988 in Sekondi, Ghana, and now lives and works in Takoradi, Ghana.

Patrick Quarm
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Shannon Bono

Shannon Bono was born in 1995 in the UK. She now lives and works in London as both a practicing artist and associate lecturer at UAL.

Shannon Bono
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Kenturah Davis

Kenturah Davis was born in California in 1984. She now works between Los Angeles and Accra, Ghana.

Kenturah Davis
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Gisela McDaniel

Gisela McDaniel (she/her) was born in 1995 in Bellevue, Nebraska, and is currently based in Detroit, Michigan.

Gisela McDaniel
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Mike Lee

American visual artist Mike Lee was born in 1983 in Placentia, California, and now lives and works in New York.

Mike Lee
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Adriana Oliver

Spanish artist Adriana Oliver, born 1990, currently lives and works a short distance from Barcelona.

Adriana Oliver
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Alexis Ralaivao

Alexis Ralaivao was born in Rennes, France, in 1991, where he continues to live and work.

Alexis Ralaivao
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Hassan Hajjaj

Hassan Hajjaj was born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco, and now lives and works in London, UK.

Hassan Hajjaj
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Scott Kahn

American artist Scott Kahn was born in 1946 in Springfield, Massachusetts and now resides in upstate New York.

Scott Kahn
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Isshaq Ismail

Isshaq Ismail was born in 1989 in Accra, Ghana. He uses his art as a tool to make polemic statements, working in a style he describes as infantile semi-abstraction.

Isshaq Ismail

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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.