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Contemporary Paintings

Contemporary painters draw on the full range of historic art movements, including pop art, conceptual art, minimalism, impressionism, color field painting, and abstraction. Art collectors and art advisors scour the globe for new talent. Artists painting in conceptual- and abstract-influenced methods are in high demand.

Contemporary artists often work across an assortment of media, from video, installation, and sculpture, to painting, printmaking, and collage. These multimedia artists create paintings derived from or in conversation with their larger body of work.

Philips, a London-based auction house with a major location on Madison Avenue in New York, is known for its sales including young, living artists. The Christie’s “First Open” sales in London and New York are also very lively venues.

Gerard Richter, Christopher Wool, Spencer Finch, and Luc Tuymans are four innovative contemporary painters. Artists such as Kehinde Wiley, Zhang Xiaogang, and John Currin have breathed fresh life into figuration and portraiture. Amy Sillman, Josh Smith, and Katy Moran are three driving forces in abstraction.


Quick Facts

  • Many collectors, especially Americans who work in finance, make a game of prospecting on forthcoming “hot” artists
  • Joe Bradley's "Double runner (in 7 parts)," 2006, sold for £79,250 at Christie's London on October 14, 2011
  • A similar work by Bradley, Police Painting 2, 2008, sold for $1,200,000 at Phillips New York on May 4, 2015

Recommended Items at Auction

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PAUL JENKINS, American (1923-2012), Untitled, watercolor on Arches paper, 41 1/2 x 30 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
PAUL JENKINS, American (1923-2012), Untitled, watercolor on Arches paper, 41 1/2 x 30 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$7,50011 Bids
TANYA PRICE NANGALA "Wild Bush Honey"
Oct 24, 12:00 PM AEDT
TANYA PRICE NANGALA "Wild Bush Honey"
by Ozbid Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
Kim Douglas Wiggins (American, b. 1960) Wild Horses in the High Country, 2012
Nov 04, 10:00 AM MDT
Kim Douglas Wiggins (American, b. 1960) Wild Horses in the High Country, 2012
by Hindman
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$5,0001 Bid
JAMALI, Pakistani (b. 1947), "Life Energy", pigment on cork, 55 x 96 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
JAMALI, Pakistani (b. 1947), "Life Energy", pigment on cork, 55 x 96 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,0001 Bid
GEROME KAMROWSKI, American (1914-2004), "Flottant", enamel on canvasboard, 24 x 18 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
GEROME KAMROWSKI, American (1914-2004), "Flottant", enamel on canvasboard, 24 x 18 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0000 Bids
PAUL SHARITS, American (b. 1943), "Pasalo VB", acrylic on canvas, 38 x 50 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
PAUL SHARITS, American (b. 1943), "Pasalo VB", acrylic on canvas, 38 x 50 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
PAUL SHARITS, American (b. 1943), "For Peach II", acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
PAUL SHARITS, American (b. 1943), "For Peach II", acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
SERGE POLIAKOFF, Russian (1906-1969), "Peinture," 1946, oil on canvas, 28 x 35 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
SERGE POLIAKOFF, Russian (1906-1969), "Peinture," 1946, oil on canvas, 28 x 35 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $40,000- $60,000
$20,0000 Bids
ROBERTO MATTA, Chilean (1911-2002), Untitled, 1965, oil on canvas, 78 x 149 1/4 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
ROBERTO MATTA, Chilean (1911-2002), Untitled, 1965, oil on canvas, 78 x 149 1/4 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $150,000- $250,000
$75,0000 Bids
Polly Ngale "Bush Plum' 2021
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEDT
Polly Ngale "Bush Plum' 2021
by Kim's Auction
Est: AUD5,000- AUD7,000
AUD3,6000 Bids
Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi "Grandmothers Country" 2021
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEDT
Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi "Grandmothers Country" 2021
by Kim's Auction
Est: AUD6,000- AUD8,000
AUD4,5000 Bids
Yannima Tommy Watson "KULPITJARRA' 2015
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEDT
Yannima Tommy Watson "KULPITJARRA' 2015
by Kim's Auction
Est: AUD30,000- AUD40,000
AUD20,0000 Bids
NIKOLAY NIKOLAEVITCH ZAITSEV 1956 Berlin - Moscow 2016
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
NIKOLAY NIKOLAEVITCH ZAITSEV 1956 Berlin - Moscow 2016
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2,0000 Bids
PATRICK HUGHES PALIO PERSPECTIVE, 2001, OIL ON BOARD
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
PATRICK HUGHES PALIO PERSPECTIVE, 2001, OIL ON BOARD
by Luxury Fine Arts
Est: $30,000- $40,000
$25,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Contemporary Paintings


Grogan & Company

Grogan & Company

Shannon's

Shannon's

Hindman

Hindman