Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Figurative Art


Going by the increasing number of figurative artists that are now on the contemporary art scene, it might be fair to say that figurative painting is making something of a comeback.

Academic 19th Century figuritive painting by Gerome

I know that this is a rather sweeping generalization and that conceptual art or even good old-fashioned abstract art is still demanding megabucks in the marketplace but on the nternet you can find countless young artiosts who have chosen instead to feature the human figure.

Take the work of Aleksander Balos, for example. 
Here is how he describes his own work:

Aleksander Belos 

'In my figurative paintings, drawings and sculpture I explore the depths and subtleties of human experience by creating figurative paintings that reflect the undercurrents of archetypal emotions, ideas and internal struggles, and their effects on us and our environments.'

 'I am particularly interested in portraying the dualities present in all human experience. There are no absolutes in life. Rather, each experience is comprised of conflicting opposites. Each individual additionally has her/his own unique experiences. Therefore my paintings are ambiguous and not necessarily resolvable, offering an opportunity for reflection and interpretation by each viewer.'

'The figurative paintings merely reflect a subjective understanding of the human condition, and my desires to explore that further. I attempt not to impose my own interpretations, but rather share with the viewer what it is that I am currently exploring in my art.'

'I find human figures and therefore figurative paintings to be best suited for the task of portraying and narrating my compositions. The viewer may best relate to the simple human form, and this can ease efforts to understand the depth and complexity of the situation painted, and attempts to interact with it. My hope is that the viewer s own subjective interaction with the painted canvas will bear some meaning in itself.'

You can see more of Aleksander's superb work and that of many other young contemporary Surrealists by clicking on the link below:

I have featured a number of superb figurative artists on this blog before

Jiri Anderle

Go to the Popular Post in the right hand column and select Jiri Anderl or Great Masters of Anantomy for example

Mike Healey

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