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What You See is What You Get! Representational Art For Your Collection

  • Gina Soden - Fantana, 2018 (detail)
October 24, 2019
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

After the emergence of the significant avant-garde movements that embraced abstraction, representational art has been struggling for a place at the high art table. Starting its slow resurgence in the 1960s, the new light on this genre has been shed by artists such as Lucian FreudJulian SchnabelJohn CurrinKehinde WileyGerhard Richter, and Peter Doig, among others.

Experiencing an unprecedented revival in recent years, the world of representational art is comprised of a range of artists who have interpreted and redefined this concept. We bring you ten works of contemporary representational art that you can own right now!

Featured image: Gina Soden – Fantana, 2018 (detail). All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Jim Jonson - Vitas Gerulaitas vs. Eddie Dibbs (WCT Finals, 1978)

Jim Jonson - Vitas Gerulaitas vs. Eddie Dibbs (WCT Finals, 1978)

An American painter, Jim Jonson sought to capture and display the phenomenon of motion present in a sports event. Concerned with the kinetics of sports, he responds personally to the energy and the power generated by finely conditioned athletes. By skillfully employing the multiple-image, Jonson dramatically enhances the narrative power of his paintings.

Vitas Gerulaitas vs. Eddie Dibbs (WCT Finals, 1978) captures the tennis match in the WCT Finals in 1978, adhering to the classical tenets of drawing, composition, value, and color harmony.

See more info about the work here.

  • Margaret Morrison - Chocolate Cheesecake, 2010

Margaret Morrison - Chocolate Cheesecake

The art of Margaret Morrison would satisfy any sweet tooth. Known for detailed still-life and surreal figurative paintings of desserts, the artist portrays her subject in the sumptuous color and hyperrealistic style. Remarkable in their translucency and the interplay of light and shadow, her multi-dimensional works are imbued with subtleties that are only revealed on closer and longer examination.

Executed in vivid colors with high attention to detail, Chocolate Cheesecake invites marvel for the way the artist captured textures, light, and reflection.

See more info about the work here.

  • David Yarrow - The Prize, 2012

David Yarrow - The Prize

An acclaimed art photographer, David Yarrow captures the beauty of our planet, focusing on remote landscapes, well-hidden cultures and endangered animals. Having a rare talent for style and composition, Yarrow imbues his photos with a strong artistic note that really makes them stand out.

Taken in 2012 in Kenya, The Prize is the culmination of a great deal of observation and homework. The artist recalled he “had worked with the same lion pride in Amboseli for four mornings,” and on the fourth day, “the lioness came straight towards the camera against a clean backdrop.”

See more info about the work here.

Serge Najjar - Tribute to Fontana

Proceeding like a goldsmith of cities, the photographer Serge Najjar shows their manifold geometric potential. He explores the interrelationship between painting and photography by casting his photographer’s eye on our interaction with materials and their correlation with the history of modern art and geometric abstraction.

In the present work, the artist pays tribute to Lucio Fontana and his monochromatic paintings which are reduced to canvases with carefully executed gesture cuts.

See more info about the work here.

  • Martha Cooper - Magic Hour, 2017

Martha Cooper - Magic Hour

An iconic American street photographer, Martha Cooper has been capturing the essence of street culture and art in New York City since the 1970s. Starting by shooting her closest neighborhoods, she has been capturing street art all over the world for more than forty years now.

In the work Magic Hour created in 2017, the artist captured the work of the 1UP Crew.

See more info about the work here.

  • Jaybo Monk - Untitled - Interludes

Jaybo Monk - Untitled - Interludes

Through his varied practice, Jaybo Monk explores the world and draws an emotional topography of his life, consisting of half-hidden visual fragments of memory that are revealing and timeless at the same time.

In this photograph, the artist focused on a found item. Everything that runs away from the standards or that remains lost in the cracks of a reality sneaks into the painter’s mind and comes together in his imaginative world.

See more info about the work here.

  • Cesar Santos - Nonfiction

Cesar Santos - Nonfiction

A Cuban-American painter and portrait artist, Cesar Santos reflects both classical and modern interpretations juxtaposed within one painting. He is best known for his Syncretism, a term he coined in 2011 to describe paintings where he presents two or more art tendencies in aesthetic balance. As the artist explains “the ultimate goal of his syncretic work is to establish a new painterly realm with its own defined characteristics.”

The present work evocatively combines the classical and the contemporary, featuring a character who exposes a physical trait through a visual or sensory trip to what is outside the known.

See more info about the work here.

  • Gina Soden - Fantana, 2018

Gina Soden - Fantana

Through her photography practice, the British artist Gina Soden seeks and reveals the beauty in the structures and locations that have lost it, or the others, which never possessed it in the first place. Alongside abandonment and decay, her main motifs are neglect and nostalgia.

The artist here captures Fantana, which used to be one of the most prestigious bathhouses in Romania. Armed with her camera and tripod, she snuck into the derelict space to capture the calm grandeur of the once magnificent building.

See more info about the work here.

  • Jef Aerosol - JONI MITCHELL

Jef Aérosol - Joni Mitchell

A French urban stencil artist who started working in the 1980s, Jef Aérosol is known as the main proponent of the emergence of the genre in France. Using his signature colors, black, white and gray, he created countless portraits that immortalized both famous people and the ordinary ones. His art is usually adorned with a red arrow, which became the artist’s trademark.

With this work on canvas, Aérosol made a tribute to the acclaimed musician Joni Mitchell.

See more info about the work here.

  • Andy Warhol - Polaroid Photograph of Shoes

Andy Warhol - Polaroid Photograph of Shoes

Andy Warhol had a unique approach to photography, seeing it as a way to capture all the “real things” and to keep a visual diary. Starting in the 1960s, he would carry a camera with him obsessively, documenting his personal life and the ongoings from his studio, The Factory. His polaroids often served as the basis of many of his silkscreens, drawings and paintings.

Warhol would often photograph meticulous arrays of bananas, knives, and crosses, as well as jumbled assemblages of shoes and other commercial products, as seen in the present work.

See more info about the work here.