Contemporary realism figurative art -
Marc Duqette, "Soup at the Bar," 2020, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in.

The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art is ready to present the latest edition of its annual “Painting the Figure Now” exhibition. On view will be images of people in every possible mode — in action or repose, at play or work — all reminding us that the human form is a subject with inexhaustible potential for artists. Curators David Hummer and Didi Menendez have developed the project with guest curator F. Scott Hess, a distinguished figure painter in his own right.

Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau, Wisconsin
Through December 12, 2020

Contemporary realism figurative art -
Cesar Santos, “Catharsis,” oil on gessoed paper
Contemporary realism figurative art -
O’Neil Scott, “Born to be Different,” 2019, oil on canvas, 36 x 60 in.

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Contemporary realism figurative art -
Sam Woodfin, “Leaving the Island,” 2020, oil on canvas, 35 x 67 in.
Contemporary realism figurative art -
Madelyn Sneed Grays, “Nadine Robbins Salvador Dali Impression,” 2020, oil, 24 x 30 in.
Contemporary realism figurative art -
Shawn Michael Warren, “The Portrait of Darius Carter”

Hess notes, “There was a time when finding well painted figurative works was difficult. There just wasn’t that much of it around. But that has changed. It seems there is an overabundance of well painted works at this time, as one sees them too often on Instagram and other social media platforms.

Contemporary realism figurative art -
Junyi Liu, “Salome,” 2020, oil on linen, 16 x 12 in.

“In curating this show I looked for works that were not only technically excellent, but also captured my attention in a different way, and made me think beyond the represented figure. This might be political/social commentary, or it might be visually poetic, or intrigue with narrative or humor, or relate to painting’s grand history, or deliver a strong sense of what it is to be human. I wanted paintings that delivered a view of existence in today’s world. We are living in very difficult times, and I expect artists to be saying more about our experience during this period than just reproducing a pretty face or a nice body.”


Contemporary realism figurative art -
Alicia Brown, “Princess in Seattle,” 2020, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in.


Contemporary realism figurative art -
Anna Wypych, “Steel Eyes,” 2015, oil on panel, 16 x 20 in.

View the contemporary art exhibition “Painting the Figure Now” online here.

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