Fan­tas­tic fig­ures

From dream-born bod­ies to ex­pres­sive line art cap­tur­ing the essence of a fig­ure, Beren Neale selects great art by great fig­ure artists work­ing to­day…

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Sim­ply a col­lec­tion of great art by great fig­ure artists work­ing to­day: from dream-born bod­ies, to ex­pres­sive line art.

Art has been dom­i­nated for cen­turies by fig­ure paint­ing, from cave draw­ings to ArtS­ta­tion’s home page. Whether it’s an ex­pres­sion­ist take, or a hy­per­real de­pic­tion that fools the eye, fan­tas­tic fig­ures have univer­sal ap­peal. For the viewer, there’s recog­ni­tion, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, a will­ing­ness to con­nect with the hu­man por­trayal in front of you. Each artist brings a dif­fer­ent en­ergy, a unique pal­ette and per­sonal in­ter­ests. There are many in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the hu­man fig­ure, but one thing is cer­tain: we’re not get­ting tired of fig­ure art any time soon. Here we look at six of our favourite artists who’ve made a name for them­selves with strik­ing fig­ure art. The anatom­i­cally re­al­ist art of Boris and Julie, the sur­real dream-like paint­ings of Tran Nguyen, the darker fig­ures of Bastien Le­couffe De­harme, and oth­ers. But all are united with po­si­tion­ing the hu­man fig­ure at the heart of their art.

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