Black Figurative Paintings by Leading Artists
Black Figurative Paintings by Leading Artists

Black Figurative Paintings
by Leading Artists

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Here we highlight artworks by Black figurative painters that are represented by the world's leading galleries. Many of the artists represented here have been singled out by art institutions in group exhibitions and in some cases solo exhibitions, and many have shown both in non-profit spaces and public museums. Work by these artists has already been acquired by significant private and public collections.

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In recent years, one of the most important developments in the trajectory of art has been the emergence of a new generation of artists, who have come to be associated with the term Black figuration. These artists have not only added to the canon of figurative painting, but they have been instrumental in furthering authentic Black representation in a format previously dominated by the white male gaze.

These artists have expanded the boundaries of portraiture, and include Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, who had a major retrospective at the Tate Britain in 2020; Kerry James Marshall, who had a travelling 35-year retrospective co-organised by MCA Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MOCA Los Angeles in 2016; Jacob Lawrence, who had a major show at the Met; and Robert Colescott, who had a 2021 exhibition at the Tahrir Culture Centre in Cairo.

In addition, rising stars like Tschabalala Self enjoyed major shows at ICA Boston and the Hammer Museum, along with Toyin Ojih Odutola at the Barbican, Christina Quarles at MCA Chicago, and Jordan Casteel at the New Museum. Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley have also widely toured U.S. museums since unveiling their presidential portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C. in 2018.

Many of the artists represented have been singled out by art institutions in group exhibitions and in some cases solo exhibitions, and many have shown both in non-profit spaces and public museums. Work by these artists have already been collected acquired by and included in important significant private and public collections.


Fast Girl by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork painting
Tschabalala SelfFast Girl, 2020Fabric, thread, charmeuse, silk, velvet, paper, pigment, acrylic, and painted canvas
213.5 x 152.5 x 4 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Spat by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork painting
Tschabalala SelfSpat, 2019–2020Acrylic, dyed canvas, paper, fabric, thread, lace, and painted canvas on canvas; 2 parts
213 x 305 x 4 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Pocket Rocket by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork painting
Tschabalala SelfPocket Rocket, 2020Digital print on canvas, denim, fabric, thread, painted canvas, dyed canvas, acrylic and hand mixed pigments on dyed canvas
244 x 244 x 4 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Untitled by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting
Henry TaylorUntitled, 2021Acrylic on linen
213.3 x 152.5 x 6.2 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Portrait of my cousin GF: Dana Gallegos by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting
Henry TaylorPortrait of my cousin GF: Dana Gallegos, 2020Acrylic on canvas
121.9 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting
Henry TaylorUntitled, 2021Acrylic on linen
182.7 x 137.5 x 3.3 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting
Henry TaylorUntitled, 2021Acrylic on linen
182.7 x 122.2 x 3.4 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Henry TaylorUntitled, 2019Acrylic on cardboard box
8.9 x 6 x 1.9 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Henry TaylorUntitled, 2018Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
195.6 x 195.6 x 3.8 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Hope is the thing with feathers (The little bird) by Amy Sherald contemporary artwork painting
Amy SheraldHope is the thing with feathers (The little bird), 2020Oil on linen
137.2 x 109.2 x 6.4 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
An Ocean Away by Amy Sherald contemporary artwork painting
Amy SheraldAn Ocean Away, 2020Oil on canvas
330.2 x 274.3 x 6.4 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
As American as apple pie by Amy Sherald contemporary artwork painting
Amy SheraldAs American as apple pie, 2020Oil on canvas
312.4 x 256.5 x 6.4 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Am I enough? by Billie Zangewa contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Billie ZangewaAm I enough?, 2020Embroidered silk
114 x 49 cm
Sold
Templon
Untitled (Saint 8) by Chris Ofili contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Chris OfiliUntitled (Saint 8), 2019Watercolour and gold leaf on paper
25.8 x 19.5 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Saint Lucian Blue Two by Chris Ofili contemporary artwork painting
Chris OfiliSaint Lucian Blue Two, 2006Leather on cardboard
278 x 200 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Contact Gallery
Black Soul by Misheck Masamvu contemporary artwork painting
Misheck MasamvuBlack Soul, 2019Oil on canvas
142 x 126 cm
Sold
Goodman Gallery
Rocking Head by Misheck Masamvu contemporary artwork painting
Misheck MasamvuRocking Head, 2019Oil on canvas
203 x 173 cm
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
Herd II by Misheck Masamvu contemporary artwork works on paper
Misheck MasamvuHerd II, 2019Oil on paper
40.5 x 30 cm
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
Unstuck by Misheck Masamvu contemporary artwork works on paper
Misheck MasamvuUnstuck, 2019OIl on paper
40.5 x 30 cm
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
Accidental Arrogance by Misheck Masamvu contemporary artwork painting
Misheck MasamvuAccidental Arrogance, 2018Oil on canvas
148 x 131 cm
Sold
Goodman Gallery
The Mauve Hour II by Paul Maheke contemporary artwork painting
Paul MahekeThe Mauve Hour II, 2021UV print on transparent acrylic, diasec 3 mm and dibond
60 x 40 x 2 cm
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
As Chiron, an Orb and the Horizon by Paul Maheke contemporary artwork painting
Paul MahekeAs Chiron, an Orb and the Horizon, 2021UV print on transparent acrylic, diasec 3 mm and dibonded
53 x 80 x 2 cm
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
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