Figurative : The art that runs through ages

29 janvier 2016

Figurative art, ancien art

Since the beginning of Time and as far as the collective memory of humanity transmit memories, Man has always created, drawn, painted, shaped of molded. Just as watercolor, the oldest traces of artistic events are on the walls of prehistoric caves. From this period and until the early twentieth century, art has always been a figurative dimension, ie the image seeks to represent and to mimic what we see, whether realistically or not. Figurative means that the artist has tried to reproduce scenes of human as well as animals, nature or objects… all these daily stuff that was even puzzled or frightened him sometimes.

Renaissance, Baroque and Pop Art

Realistic figurative art styles such as Renaissance, baroque, realism or hyperrealism allowed artists to represent reality, otherwise called mimesis (a Greek term meaning “the action to reproduce or figure and imagine things”). Movements such as expressionism, symbolism, impressionism and surrealism themselves are also part of the movement of figurative art even if they are not as rigorous in their representation of reality. Finally, figurative art can represent the real world in a totally distorted manner or reinterpreted subjectively by the artist as in Cubism, for example. 

Despite the striking arrival of abstract art in the early 1900s, figurative painting continues to attract many artists. Among the various currents that was made and unmade, the American hyperrealism, and especially Pop Art, stand out clearly. This last one marks a turning point because it innovates  in a primordial way in three points: the audience, the technique and the content. With Pop Art, it no longer addresses to a small circle of “experts” but it seeks a wider audience by using acrylic, industrial representation techniques, and by exploiting the resources of the surrounding world (comics, ads posters, movies posters, etc.)

Alfredo Lopez, artist of the week

Painting and figurative art are precisely the passions of the Carré d’artistes® artist of the week. Creative and from areas of comics, illustration and multimedia (graphics, webdesign), Alfredo Lopez draws his inspiration from our western daily. The work of this 52 years old Bolivian artist is characterized by vivid colors and by the awesome place that takes the character in his artworks. Fascinated by Phil Collins, Terry  Killians and Ken Follet, he states that "the artists are like dog groomers, not essential but it takes."

Influenced by his time, he defines himself as "a normal artist, surrounded by real people", a whole humanity that inspires him and that he translates with lines and colors.