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23 Original Paintings For Sale: What is the origin of the Pencil[...]

23 Original Paintings For Sale:

What is the origin of the Pencil technique?

A debate which animates the world of art: the colored pencil, is it about drawing or painting? You be the judge ! These scripting tools consist of a small wooden stick serving as a sheath for a colored lead of the same length. In the collective imagination, pencils are often considered to be childish material while their mastery from an artistic point of view requires a long apprenticeship and a solid technical foundation to obtain renderings of extraordinary depth, similar to those made at the oil or acrylic. The artist begins by sketching his drawing in pencil and then adds a few colors by small touches without ever letting the pencil strokes be perceived. Anne Kullberg, Marco Mazzoni, Cecile Baird, Anna Hammer ... are all artists who have given their credentials to pencil painting.

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Contemporary art is a vibrant constellation of artistic expressions. This creative universe encompasses a wide array of mediums, from paintings, sculpture, and photography to drawing, printmaking, textile art, and digital art, each medium a star shining with its own distinct radiance. Artists use diverse supports and materials to bring their visions to life, such as canvas, wood, metal, and even innovative digital canvases for the creation of virtual masterpieces

A contemporary painting, for instance, may weave its story through the masterful strokes of acrylic or oil, while a contemporary sculpture might sing its song in the language of stone, bronze, or found objects. The photographic arts capture and manipulate light to produce striking images, while printmaking employs techniques like lithography and screen-printing to produce multiples of a single, impactful image. Textile art plays with fabrics and fibers, whereas digital art pushes the boundaries of creation with innovative technology. 

The allure of contemporary art lies in its boundary-pushing nature, its relentless quest for experimentation and its constant reflection of the evolving human experience. This boundless creativity, coupled with its strong social and personal commentary, makes every piece of contemporary art a unique emblem of its time, a mirror held up to the realities and dreams of our complex world. It whispers to us, moves us, provokes thought, and kindles a deep emotional response, stirring the soul of anyone willing to listen. It is, indeed, the language of emotions and ideas, spoken in the dialect of our era.

Painting,  13x19 in
Aya Sofia Painting, 13x19 in
©2021 Noor M.A

Origins and history of contemporary art

The story of contemporary art unfolds in the mid-20th century, marked by seismic shifts in artistic expression. Post-World War II, around the 1950s and 1960s, artists began experimenting beyond traditional confines, challenging the norms of what art could be. This revolutionary epoch birthed myriad new movements and artistic forms such as abstract expressionism, pop art, and minimalism. Paintings, once confined by realism, embraced abstraction, as artists used color and form to express emotions and ideas. Notable periods like the advent of pop art in the late 1950s and early 1960s saw artworks mimicking popular culture and mass media, reflecting society’s shifting focus.

The sculptural arts, too, witnessed a metamorphosis. Sculptors started to experiment with new materials and forms, often creating artworks that interacted with the viewer and the surrounding space, fostering a sense of engagement. Drawing, a timeless practice, also evolved, with artists incorporating innovative techniques and concepts to redefine its role in contemporary art.

Photography, a relatively new medium, emerged as a powerful tool in the contemporary art landscape. Born in the 19th century, it truly came into its own in the latter half of the 20th century, blurring the lines between fine art and documentation. Printmaking, a practice dating back to ancient times, saw renewed interest and experimentation with techniques like lithography, etching, and screen printing gaining prominence.

The realm of textile art expanded dramatically, as artists began to appreciate the versatility and tactile quality of fabric and fibers. Artists began using textiles to challenge the boundaries between fine art, craft, and design. 

The dawn of digital technology in the late 20th century heralded a new age for contemporary art. Digital art emerged as artists started leveraging new technologies to create immersive, interactive experiences, often blurring the line between the virtual and the physical world.

Through these transformative periods, the essence of contemporary art has remained the same: a dynamic, evolving reflection of the times we live in, continually pushing boundaries and embracing the new, always questioning, always exploring.

Painting,  8x12 in
Ukrainian Village of Gleyuvatka Painting, 8x12 in
©2012 Bogdan Shiptenko

Evolutions of theses contemporary works in the art market

As we navigate through the 21st century, the dynamic landscape of contemporary art continues to evolve and expand, reflecting our ever-changing world. Contemporary paintings, once primarily confined to two-dimensional canvases, now embrace a multitude of forms and techniques, ranging from mixed media installations to digital creations, each piece a rich a weaving of thoughts, emotions, and narratives. Sculpture, too, has ventured far beyond traditional stone and bronze, with artists incorporating light, sound, and even motion, embodying the ephemerality and flux of the modern world.

Photography, in the hands of Contemporary Artists, has expanded its horizons, seamlessly blending with digital technology to create breathtaking imagery that challenges our perception of reality. Drawing, as well, has transcended the borders of paper, incorporating multimedia elements and exploratory techniques to redefine its role in the artistic discourse. Printmaking continues to flourish, with contemporary artists using traditional methods in innovative ways to deliver potent social and personal commentaries.

Textile art, once considered a craft, now holds a prominent place in the contemporary art world, with artists using it to explore issues of identity, tradition, and cultural heritage. Meanwhile, digital art, the newest member of the contemporary art family, has revolutionized the way we create and interact with art, presenting immersive experiences that blur the boundary between the virtual and the physical.

These diverse forms of contemporary art hold significant value in the current art market, not only due to their aesthetic appeal but also their ability to encapsulate and communicate complex ideas and emotions. Collectors, curators, and art lovers worldwide seek these works, drawn to their inherent dynamism, their innovative use of materials, and their eloquent expressions of our shared human experience. As a testimonial to our times, these contemporary artworks encapsulate the pulse of our society and the resonance of individual voices, forever etching our collective narrative into the annals of art history.

Painting,  11.8x7.9 in
SEU FETICHE Painting, 11.8x7.9 in
©2023 Juliana Cesar (JUU U)

Famous Contemporary Artists

As we delve into the vibrant realm of contemporary art, we encounter an array of artists who shape this dynamic field. Each a master in their medium - painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking, textile, or digital art - they push artistic boundaries, reflecting our era and challenging perceptions. Let’s explore these remarkable contributors and their groundbreaking works.

1. Gerhard Richter - Known for his multi-faceted approach to painting, Richter challenges the boundaries of the medium, masterfully oscillating between abstract and photorealistic styles. His works, whether featuring squeegee-pulled pigments or blurred photographic images, engage in a fascinating dialogue with perception.

2. Jeff Koons - A significant figure in contemporary sculpture, Koons crafts monumental pieces that explore themes of consumerism, taste, and popular culture. His iconic balloon animals, constructed in mirror-polished stainless steel, captivate with their playful yet profound commentary.

3. Cindy Sherman - An acclaimed photographer, Sherman uses her lens to explore identity and societal roles, particularly of women. Renowned for her conceptual self-portraits, she assumes myriad characters, pushing the boundaries of photography as a medium of artistic expression.

4. David Hockney - Hockney, with his prolific output spanning six decades, is a pivotal figure in contemporary drawing. His bold use of color and playful exploration of perspective convey an intoxicating sense of joy and an unabashed celebration of life.

5. Kiki Smith - An innovative printmaker, Smith’s work explores the human condition, particularly the female body and its social and cultural connotations. Her etchings and lithographs speak to universal experiences of life, death, and transformation.

6. El Anatsui - A master of textile art, Anatsui creates stunning tapestry-like installations from discarded bottle caps and aluminum scraps. These shimmering, flexible sculptures blend traditional African aesthetic with contemporary art sensibilities, speaking to themes of consumption, waste, and the interconnectedness of our world.

7. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - A leading figure in digital art, Lozano-Hemmer utilizes technology to create interactive installations that blend architecture and performance art. His work, often participatory in nature, explores themes of surveillance, privacy, and the relationship between people and their environments.

Painting,  39.4x47.2 in
Princess plus size Painting, 39.4x47.2 in
©2021 Andrey Simakov Artist represented by ArtEgo Gallery

Notable contemporary artworks

The contemporary art landscape is a dynamic patchwork of diverse expressions and groundbreaking ideas, each artwork a unique dialog with its audience. Here are a selection of some renowned contemporary artworks, spanning various media such as painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking, textile art, and digital art, that have profoundly influenced this vibrant movement.

  1. "Cloud Gate" by Anish Kapoor, 2006 - This monumental stainless steel sculpture, also known as "The Bean," mirrors and distorts the Chicago skyline and onlookers in its seamless, liquid-like surface, creating an interactive experience that blurs the line between the artwork and the viewer.

  2. "Marilyn Diptych" by Andy Warhol, 1962 - An iconic piece of pop art, this silkscreen painting features fifty images of Marilyn Monroe. Half brightly colored, half in black and white, it reflects the dichotomy of celebrity life and its influence on popular culture.

  3. "Rhein II" by Andreas Gursky, 1999 - This photographic artwork, a digitally-altered image of the Rhine River, is celebrated for its minimalist aesthetic. It strips the landscape to its bare essentials, invoking a sense of tranquility and vastness.

  4. "Black Square" by Kazimir Malevich, 1915 - A revolutionary painting in the realm of abstract art, this piece, featuring nothing more than a black square on a white field, challenges traditional notions of representation, symbolizing a new era in artistic expression.

  5. "Puppy" by Jeff Koons, 1992 - This giant sculpture, a West Highland Terrier blanketed in flowering plants, explores themes of innocence, consumer culture, and the interplay between high art and kitsch. It’s a delightful blend of traditional sculpture and garden craft.

  6. "Re-projection: Hoerengracht" by Ed and Nancy Kienholz, 1983-1988 - A room-sized tableau representing Amsterdam’s red-light district, this work combines elements of sculpture, painting, lighting, and found objects. It engages viewers in a stark commentary on commodification and objectification.

  7. "Untitled" (Your body is a battleground) by Barbara Kruger, 1989 - This photomontage, combining black-and-white photography with impactful text, explores issues of feminism, identity, and power. Its potent, confrontational message is a prime example of the power of text in contemporary visual art.

  8. "For the Love of God" by Damien Hirst, 2007 - This sculpture, a platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8,601 diamonds, probes themes of mortality, value, and the human fascination with luxury and decadence. It’s a compelling blend of macabre and magnificence.

  9. "Physical impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" by Damien Hirst, 1991 - This artwork, featuring a tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde, blurs the line between traditional sculpture and biological specimen. It prompts viewers to contemplate mortality and nature’s ferocity.

  10. "One and Three Chairs" by Joseph Kosuth, 1965 - A piece of conceptual art, it presents a physical chair, a photograph of a chair, and a dictionary definition of a chair, thus exploring the relationship between language, picture, and referent in art.

These pieces, in their diversity, exemplify the rich tapestry of contemporary art, each piece a unique commentary on our world and a testament to the limitless potential of creative expression.

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Painting titled "Aya Sofia" by Noor M.A, Original Artwork, Pencil
Aya Sofia - Painting, 13x19 in ©2021 by Noor M.A - Illustration, illustration-600, Architecture, Aya Sofia, beauty, building, history, architecture, illustration, sky, clouds

Noor M.A

"Aya Sofia"

Pencil on Paper | 13x19 in

Prints available
Painting titled "Princess plus size" by Andrey Simakov, Original Artwork, Pencil
Princess plus size - Painting, 39.4x47.2 in ©2021 by Andrey Simakov -

Andrey Simakov

"Princess plus size"

Pencil on Paper | 39.4x47.2 in

Painting titled "FERRARI DAYTONA 67" by Nicky Chiarello, Original Artwork, Pencil
FERRARI DAYTONA 67 - Painting, 13.8x19.7 in ©2017 by Nicky Chiarello - Hyperrealism, hyperrealism-612, Car, Ferrari, Daytona, 1967, Italia, Enzo Ferrari, 24 hs Daytona, Velocidad

Nicky Chiarello


Pencil on Paper | 13.8x19.7 in

Prints available
Painting titled "Arowana" by Simone Martina, Original Artwork, Pencil Mounted on Wood Panel
Arowana - Painting, 11.8x15.8 in ©2018 by Simone Martina - Illustration, illustration-600, Fish

Simone Martina


Pencil on Paper | 11.8x15.8 in

Painting titled "sangoku" by Monir Chakir, Original Artwork, Pencil
sangoku - Painting, 9.5x12.6 in ©1 by Monir Chakir -

Monir Chakir


Pencil on Paper | 9.5x12.6 in

Painting titled "« portraiture of Jo…" by Ppaul, Original Artwork, Pencil
« portraiture of Johanna Roerig » - Painting, 11.7x8.3 in ©2018 by Ppaul - Figurative, figurative-594


"« portraiture of Johanna Roerig »"

Pencil on Paper | 11.7x8.3 in

Prints available
Painting titled "Kiss (Série "Silenc…" by Martial Barrault, Original Artwork, Pencil
Kiss (Série "Silences") - Painting, 25.6x21.3 in ©2000 by Martial Barrault - Expressionism, expressionism-591

Martial Barrault

"Kiss (Série "Silences")"

Pencil on Canvas | 25.6x21.3 in

Painting titled "Portrait" by Abdel Ilah Ouchen, Original Artwork, Pencil
Portrait - Painting, 19.7x15.8 in ©2016 by Abdel Ilah Ouchen -

Abdel Ilah Ouchen


Pencil on Canvas | 19.7x15.8 in

Not For Sale
Painting titled "Ukrainian Village o…" by Bogdan Shiptenko, Original Artwork, Pencil
Ukrainian Village of Gleyuvatka - Painting, 8x12 in ©2012 by Bogdan Shiptenko - Hyperrealism, hyperrealism-612, Landscape, ukrainian village, pray for ukraine, ukraine village, village landscape, village painting, landscape painting, colored pencil, colored pencil art, pencil painting, ballpoint pen art, rural painting, rural landscape, rustic painting, rustic landscape

Bogdan Shiptenko

"Ukrainian Village of Gleyuvatka"

Pencil on Paper | 8x12 in

Prints available
Painting titled "Nude portrait 01/23" by Thekla Kellmann, Original Artwork, Pencil
Nude portrait 01/23 - Painting, 11.7x8.3 in ©2023 by Thekla Kellmann - Figurative, figurative-594, nude portrait, nude art, painting, drawing, women, body, girl, femme, fille, face, german, artist, woman

Thekla Kellmann

"Nude portrait 01/23"

Pencil on Paper | 11.7x8.3 in

Painting titled "Kadın" by Asiye Öztürk Kavaloğlu, Original Artwork, Pencil
Kadın - Painting, 37.8x48.4 in ©2016 by Asiye Öztürk Kavaloğlu - kadın, kız, girl, women, woman

Asiye Öztürk Kavaloğlu


Pencil on Canvas | 37.8x48.4 in

Painting titled "Le cri #3" by Guillaume Canva (.cG.), Original Artwork, Pencil Mounted on Wood Stretcher frame
Le cri #3 - Painting, 19.7x15.8 in ©2021 by Guillaume Canva (.cG.) - Figurative, figurative-594, Portrait, folie, crie, psychose, portrait

Guillaume Canva (.cG.)

"Le cri #3"

Pencil on Canvas | 19.7x15.8 in

Not For Sale
Painting titled "IKAR" by Emirat, Original Artwork, Pencil
IKAR - Painting, 11.7x16.5 in ©2019 by Emirat - Symbolism, symbolism-1020, jellyfish, mushrooms, рыбашыр, wings, stairs



Pencil on Paper | 11.7x16.5 in

Prints from $27.44
Painting titled "Marlen Dietrich dis…" by Gaia Visnevscaia, Original Artwork, Pencil
Marlen Dietrich disegno a matita - Painting, 15.8x7.9 in ©2018 by Gaia Visnevscaia -

Gaia Visnevscaia

"Marlen Dietrich disegno a matita"

Pencil on Paper | 15.8x7.9 in

Painting titled "Am Rhein ein altes…" by Diane Medus, Original Artwork, Pencil
Am Rhein ein altes Burg - Painting, 8.3x5.5 in ©2011 by Diane Medus - Figurative, figurative-594, Landscape, Paysage du bord du Rhin Lanscape near the Rhein River, Am Rhein, Le Rhin, paysage au crayon, Landschaft am Rhein, Landscape

Diane Medus

"Am Rhein ein altes Burg"

Pencil on Paper | 8.3x5.5 in

Painting titled "Transparence" by Chrysanthou, Original Artwork, Pencil
Transparence - Painting, 15.4x11.4 in ©2017 by Chrysanthou - Figurative, figurative-594



Pencil on Paper | 15.4x11.4 in

Painting titled "SEU FETICHE" by Juliana Cesar (JUU U), Original Artwork, Pencil
SEU FETICHE - Painting, 11.8x7.9 in ©2023 by Juliana Cesar (JUU U) -

Juliana Cesar (JUU U)


Pencil on Canvas | 11.8x7.9 in

Painting titled "Fried Egg" by Tzina Tsaou, Original Artwork, Pencil
Fried Egg - Painting, 9.8x9.8 in ©2020 by Tzina Tsaou - egg, food art, kitchen painting, kitchen drawing, food drawing, wall art, pencil art, paintings, kitchen art, paper artwork, gift ideas, christmas gift, realistic item, drawing, original art, handmade art, fried egg

Tzina Tsaou

"Fried Egg"

Pencil on Cardboard | 9.8x9.8 in

Prints available
Painting titled "Puppy" by São Vieira, Original Artwork, Pencil
Puppy - Painting, 8.3x11.4 in ©2020 by São Vieira - Conceptual Art, conceptual-art-579

São Vieira


Pencil on Paper | 8.3x11.4 in

Painting titled "Casinha de neve" by Mariza Tomaz  Soares, Original Artwork, Pencil
Casinha de neve - Painting, 15x18.9 in ©2020 by Mariza Tomaz Soares - Conceptual Art, conceptual-art-579

Mariza Tomaz Soares

"Casinha de neve"

Pencil on Canvas | 15x18.9 in

Not For Sale Prints from $27.44
Painting titled "Sylves'eye_memories" by Mir_86 Sojib Ahmed, Original Artwork, Pencil
Sylves'eye_memories - Painting, 4x6 in ©2015 by Mir_86 Sojib Ahmed - Expressionism, expressionism-591

Mir_86 Sojib Ahmed


Pencil on Paper | 4x6 in

Painting titled "La chioma gotica" by Domenico Branca, Original Artwork, Pencil
La chioma gotica - Painting, 13x9.1 in ©2016 by Domenico Branca - Abstract, abstract-570, Ombre e impronte, la chioma gotica, misticismo, setterari

Domenico Branca

"La chioma gotica"

Pencil on Paper | 13x9.1 in

Prints available
Painting titled "Time" by Siviwe Honobroke Mashiyi, Original Artwork, Pencil
Time - Painting, 963.8x1,285 in ©2007 by Siviwe Honobroke Mashiyi - Expressionism, expressionism-591, Time, Motion

Siviwe Honobroke Mashiyi


Pencil on Paper | 963.8x1,285 in

On Request Prints from $27.44


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