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 Self Fast Girl, 2020 Fabric, thread, charmeuse, silk, velvet, paper, pigment, acrylic, and painted canvas
213.5 x 152.5 x 4 cm
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Spat by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork painting
Tschabalala Self Spat, 2019–2020 Acrylic, dyed canvas, paper, fabric, thread, lace, and painted canvas on canvas; 2 parts
213 x 305 x 4 cm
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Pocket Rocket by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork painting
Tschabalala Self Pocket Rocket, 2020 Digital print on canvas, denim, fabric, thread, painted canvas, dyed canvas, acrylic and hand mixed pigments on dyed canvas
244 x 244 x 4 cm
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Untitled by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting
Henry Taylor Untitled, 2021 Acrylic on linen
213.3 x 152.5 x 6.2 cm
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Portrait of my cousin GF: Dana Gallegos by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting
Henry Taylor Portrait of my cousin GF: Dana Gallegos, 2020 Acrylic on canvas
121.9 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
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Untitled by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting
Henry Taylor Untitled, 2021 Acrylic on linen
182.7 x 137.5 x 3.3 cm
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Untitled by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting
Henry Taylor Untitled, 2021 Acrylic on linen
182.7 x 122.2 x 3.4 cm
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Untitled by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Henry Taylor Untitled, 2019 Acrylic on cardboard box
8.9 x 6 x 1.9 cm
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Untitled by Henry Taylor contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Henry Taylor Untitled, 2018 Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
195.6 x 195.6 x 3.8 cm
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An Ocean Away by Amy Sherald contemporary artwork painting
Amy Sherald An Ocean Away, 2020 Oil on canvas
330.2 x 274.3 x 6.4 cm
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As American as apple pie by Amy Sherald contemporary artwork painting
Amy Sherald As American as apple pie, 2020 Oil on canvas
312.4 x 256.5 x 6.4 cm
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Black Soul by Misheck Masamvu contemporary artwork painting
Misheck Masamvu Black Soul, 2019 Oil on canvas
142 x 126 cm
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Rocking Head by Misheck Masamvu contemporary artwork painting
Misheck Masamvu Rocking Head, 2019 Oil on canvas
203 x 173 cm
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Herd II by Misheck Masamvu contemporary artwork works on paper
Misheck Masamvu Herd II, 2019 Oil on paper
40.5 x 30 cm
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Unstuck by Misheck Masamvu contemporary artwork works on paper
Misheck Masamvu Unstuck, 2019 OIl on paper
40.5 x 30 cm
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Accidental Arrogance by Misheck Masamvu contemporary artwork painting
Misheck Masamvu Accidental Arrogance, 2018 Oil on canvas
148 x 131 cm
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The Mauve Hour II by Paul Maheke contemporary artwork painting
Paul Maheke The Mauve Hour II, 2021 UV print on transparent acrylic, diasec 3 mm and dibond
60 x 40 x 2 cm
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As Chiron, an Orb and the Horizon by Paul Maheke contemporary artwork painting
Paul Maheke As Chiron, an Orb and the Horizon, 2021 UV print on transparent acrylic, diasec 3 mm and dibonded
53 x 80 x 2 cm
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Self Portrait (animal with hat, ref #33.2) by Dumile Feni contemporary artwork works on paper
Dumile Feni Self Portrait (animal with hat, ref #33.2), c. 1979
67 x 108 cm
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Goodman Gallery
Panthea 05 by Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum Panthea 05, 2016 Pencil, ink, watercolour, carbon paper transfer on paper
220 x 150 cm
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Goodman Gallery
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