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Contemporary Art and Artists

Be inspired by the paintings and drawings from some of the world’s best working artists with these guest blog posts, artist interviews, exhibition news, and more.

The realist colored pencil works of Jesse Lane are meaningful, perhaps now more so than before.
After years of studying first-person sources, manuscripts, and practicing as an artist, Matthew James Collins discovered a thread connecting different eras of time. Learn what the common theme is in this article on painting life-size portraiture.
"Trompe l'oeil painting was a precursor of modern aesthetics," says Anthony Mastromatteo. Keep reading his essay on this realism sub-genre here.
Olivia Kim explains how she cross-links various art practices with anatomy, biomechanics, biokinetics, neuromuscular science, optics, and physical training to create contemporary sculpture in the style of realism.
From doorways found in distant travels to classic myths, discover what inspires the contemporary realism of Daniel Graves, and be moved.
Watch a new documentary on realist painter Daniel Sprick. Bonus: Listen to Daniel’s interview with Eric Rhoads about art techniques and more.
John and Suzie Seery-Lester share the inspirational story of how their lives came together through art. Bonus: Learn about their color choices and techniques for painting representational art.
"I have a genuine enthusiasm for the awkward, strange, and oddly interesting things I experience in life," says Kelly Houghton. "In particular, I am drawn to anything and anyone with character. Observing people offers up an endless carnival of inspiration."
Congratulations to Joshua LaRock, whose painting was recently recognized by the Portrait Society of America.
Influenced by race and religion, artist Stanley Rayfield creates art that visually and subtly portrays spiritual concepts, including hope and love.
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