Contemporary Realism

1965-2015

Definition & Description

Contemporary realism is a style of painting which came into existence during the 1960s and early 1970s and still is continuing and evolving today. The movement is generally depicted in figurative art works created in a natural yet highly objective style.


Contemporary realism is still being defined today. There isn't a specific type of artwork for this movement. Artists are still trying to discover their own ways of making this art.

The Public & Art

The public's reaction to contemporary Realism varies greatly. Most artworks are clean and realistic. These are accepted in society and not given another thought, but some artworks are harder to let pass by. In some pieces of contemporary realistic art the subject matter is what causes an outcry of the "old-fashioned" or the traditionalist. Some say that contemporary realism isn't even realism at all because some artists take a more abstract view of things.

Influences & Development

Some major influences of Contemporary realism are realism and photorealism. However, contemporary realism is drastically different from photorealism. Mostly the subject matter and the styles of art. Another reason for the development for this new art form was that artists didn't agree with some of the traditional rules of realism and other previous art forms.

Compare & Contrast

Groff and Creighton have very different artworks, yet they can still both be considered contemporary realists. Creighton has a style that shows brushstrokes and hard lines. His works still are very realistic though. Groff on the other hand has virtually undetectable lines in her works and looks as though you could reach through her paintings. Groff's artworks, however, do not contain the traditional subject matter of realism. Instead of people she does still life artworks mostly.

Mike Creighton

Mike Creighton is a multidisciplinary artist that works and lives in Portland, Oregon. He is the Technical Director and a partner at HEGA, which is a digital interactive design studio in Southeast Portland.


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Barbara Groff

Barbara is internationally known for her award-winning still life paintings and the ability to accomplish remarkable detail using the traditional pastel medium. After a successful career as a graphic designer, she turned full-time professional painter in 2002. A Connecticut native and largely self-educated fine artist, she has garnered numerous awards for her pastel paintings including the Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award in Pastel. In 2008 she was featured in the Pastel Journal magazine as one of the top five winners overall in their 9th Annual Pastel 100 competition. She is a designated Master Pastelist and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Inc.; an elected artist of the Allied Artists of America, Inc., and the Salmagundi Club, NY; a signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society and other prestigious organizations. Articles about her work have been featured in American Art Collector, Pastel Journal, and the Portfolio section of the best selling French art magazine Pratique Des Arts. She has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 2007.
Andreas Englund

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Barbara Groff

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Dan Witz

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Mike Creighton

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