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Contemporary Artists Who Paint on Canvases

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The sheer volume of global creative talent is impressive, as evidenced within the Pinterest board People Still Paint. Despite trimming, it displays nearly 2K pins enjoyed by over 23K followers. Apparently there is great interest in the traditional art medium.

Artists that master hyperrealism render detail throughout the image. Expressionist painters generally capture strong emotions in a rather loose representative style. Impressionist painters adopt an unorthodox rendering technique.

Contemporary Artist Biographies

Listed below are the various styles of some favorite artists in alpha­beti­cal order. Any who do not wish to be included will be removed upon request. Desktop computer users, hover cursor over bands beneath art descriptions to view cropped sample image. They should auto­matically collapse. They may either be fully visible or require a tap on some mobile devices. Click respec­tive names to visit full image on Pinterest:

  1. Rick Berry (American, b. 1953), rickberrystudio.com
    Berry is a mixed-media abstract figurative expressionist oil painter, which all sounds like somewhat of a contradiction. Exploiting textures, Berry manages to draw viewers into his images as they explore the complexity of layers.

  2. Margaret Bowland (American, b. 1953), margaretbowland.com
    Despite being caucasian, Bowland frequently revisits the theme of an African-American girl assimilating herself in a white world (“white face”) with beautiful realistic pastel or oil paintings.

  3. Michele Del Campo (Italian, b. 1976), micheledelcampo.com
    Impressionist paintings by Campo often depict college-age youths outdoors in bright sunlight. This produces strong shadows that sculpt his figures.

  4. Lu Cong (Chinese, b. 1978), lucong.com
    A comparison of Cong loose figure sketches with realistic oil paintings might suggests two different gifted artists. The paintings typically are large-eyed females gazing at the viewer in a muted pastel environment.

  5. Kohshin Finley (American, b. 1989), kohshinfinley.com
    You can’t help but be impressed with the casual manner in which Finley paints realistic portraits interrupted by abstract brush strokes.

  6. Michael Fitzpatrick (French, b. 1960), michaelfitzpatrickpainter.com
    With a career stretching back to the 1960s, Fitzpatrick strives to infuse randomness within his beautiful figurative impressionist paintings.

  7. Michael Foulkrod (American, b. 1975), michaelfoulkrod.blogspot.com
    A fellow Los Angeles artist, most of Foulkrod subjects are proud and accomplished women wearing some type of intricate headdress. He also enjoys painting tornadoes from personal experience chasing them.

  8. Michael (Mikhail) and Inessa Garmash, garmash-artist.com
    This husband-and-wife dynamic duo paints beautiful figures often reposed or surrounded by floral gardens with an impressionist heavy brush technique.

  9. Daniel F. Gerhartz (b. 1965), danielgerhartz.com
    Gerhartz has a warm and tender figurative impressionist painting style with subjects embracing, standing outdoors, or staring at the viewer.

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This compilation is a follow-up to our prior list of contemporary portrait artists. As before, we offer the disclaimer that ClinicalPosters derives no financial compensa­tion from such non-exhaustive editorial lists.

Artist contact information is provided on their respective websites to address acquisition inquiries. Let me know in the comment section below if you would like to see additional featured artists. There are many more to explore on Pinterest.

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