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Contemporary Realism

America, Emerged in the Late 1960's/Early 1970's


Contemporary Realism is the straightforward realistic approach to representation which continues to be widely practiced in this post-abstract era. It is different from Photorealism, which is somewhat exaggerated and ironic and conceptual in its nature.

Contemporary Realists form a disparate group, but what they share is that they are literate in the concepts of Modern Art but choose to work in a more traditional form. Many Contemporary Realists actually began as abstract painters, having come through an educational system dominated by an professors and theorists dismissive of representational painting.

Among the best-known artists associated with this movement are William Bailey, Neil Welliver and Philip Pearlstein. There is an identifiable "group" of Contemporary Realists, but we have used a fairly loose definition to allow inclusion of a larger number of 20th-century realists.
        

 
 
Chronological Listing of Contemporary Realists
 
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Peter Hurd 1904-1984 American Painter 
Henriette Wyeth 1907-1997 American PainterHenriette Wyeth: Santa Fe Opera poster
Art Prints
John Koch 1909-1978 American Painter 
Sylvia Sleigh Born 1916 British/American Painter 
Andrew Wyeth 1917-2009 American PainterAndrew Wyeth: Christina's World
Art Prints
Roger Medearis 1920-2001 American Painter 
Jane Freilicher Born 1924 American Painter 
Philip Pearlstein Born 1924 American Painter 
Bernard Safran 1924-1995 American/Canadian Painter 
James Bama Born 1926 American PainterJames Bama: Lee Martin - Standing Star Ranch
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Billy Morrow Jackson Born 1926 American Painter 
Robert Vickrey Born 1926 American Painter 
Alfred Leslie Born 1927 American Painter/Filmmaker 
Colleen Browning Born 1929 Irish/American PainterGymnast
Art Prints
Neil Welliver 1929-2005 American Painter 
William Bailey Born 1930 American PainterStill Life, Ostia, 1994
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Jack Beal Born 1931 American PainterStill Life II
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Joseph Raffael Born 1933 American PainterPond with Goldfish, 2004
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Christopher Pratt Born 1935 Canadian Painter 
Mary Pratt Born 1935 Canadian Painter 
Claudio Bravo Born 1936 Chilean Painter 
Warren Criswell Born 1936 American Painter 
Sidney Goodman Born 1936 American Painter 
Janet Fish Born 1938 American Painter 
Anthony Green Born 1939 British Painter 
John Register 1939-1996 American Painter 
Ken Danby 1940-2007 Canadian PainterInternational Graphics, 1979
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Leigh Behnke Born 1946 American Painter 
Catherine Murphy Born 1946 American Painter 
Jamie Wyeth Born 1946 American PainterJamie Wyeth: Ida Proper
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Richard Thomas Davis Born 1947 American/Canadian Painter 
Randall Lake Born 1947 American PainterRandall Lake: Gondola Poles
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Eric Fischl Born 1948 American Painter/SculptorThe Bed, the Chair, the Dancer
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Scott Prior Born 1949 American PainterNanny And Rose
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Paul Otero Born 1950 American Painter 
Lynn Donoghue 1953-2003 Canadian Painter 
Bo Bartlett Born 1955 American Painter 
Vincent Desiderio Born 1955 American Painter 
Mark Innerst Born 1957 American Painter 
Bernardo Torrens Born 1957 Spanish Painter 
Elizabeth Berdann  American Painter 

 
 
 




 
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