“Figurative” painting is clearly derived from real object sources, and is therefore by definition representational. Within the realm of figurative art we find a variety of styles, including photo-realist, classical, expressionist, impressionist. The variety of subjects for figurative painting is endless, but some of the most common can be categorized as landscapes or portraits.
In abstract painting shape, color, form, and line combine to create a composition that doesn’t draw its inspiration from visual references in the world. As with figurative art, abstract painting can be divided into as many sub-categories as there are abstract artists. The most popular and well known are probably fauvism, cubism and modernism.
In Artspan’s selection of paintings you’ll find a huge variety of techniques, media, and subjects. Our artists work in traditional methods of oil, watercolor, and acrylic, of course, but you’ll also find digital paintings, gouache, encaustic, enamel, and even wine! Choose from a selection of originals you can buy directly from the artist using our safe and fully-integrated shopping cart, or browse fine art prints available in a choice of archival papers or canvas.