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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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Patricia Govezensky- Original Painting on Cutout Steel "HOPE (Mini Series)"
Mar 07, 10:00 AM PST
Patricia Govezensky- Original Painting on Cutout Steel "HOPE (Mini Series)"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $2,800- $3,500
$5001 Bid
Stefan Müller (German, b. 1971) Juke Box, 2003
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
Stefan Müller (German, b. 1971) Juke Box, 2003
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Patricia Govezensky- Original Painting on Cutout Steel "Hommage to Takashi (Mini Series)"
Mar 07, 10:00 AM PST
Patricia Govezensky- Original Painting on Cutout Steel "Hommage to Takashi (Mini Series)"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $2,520- $3,150
$4500 Bids
Igal Preslor- Original one of a kind acrylic painting on 3D wood sculpture "Love"
Mar 07, 10:00 AM PST
Igal Preslor- Original one of a kind acrylic painting on 3D wood sculpture "Love"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $3,600- $4,500
$2,6000 Bids
Contemporary LOVE Painting
Mar 12, 9:00 PM EDT
Contemporary LOVE Painting
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $600- $900
$2900 Bids
Patricia Govezensky- Original Painting on Cutout Steel "LOVE"
Mar 07, 10:00 AM PST
Patricia Govezensky- Original Painting on Cutout Steel "LOVE"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,960- $2,450
$3500 Bids
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SEEN (né en 1961)
Mar 10, 7:30 PM CET
SEEN (né en 1961)
by Absolute Auction
Est: €800- €1,000
€5000 Bids
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SEEN (né en 1961)
Mar 10, 7:30 PM CET
SEEN (né en 1961)
by Absolute Auction
Est: €800- €1,000
€5000 Bids
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SEEN (né en 1961)
Mar 10, 7:30 PM CET
SEEN (né en 1961)
by Absolute Auction
Est: €800- €1,000
€5000 Bids
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SEEN (né en 1961)
Mar 10, 7:30 PM CET
SEEN (né en 1961)
by Absolute Auction
Est: €800- €1,000
€5000 Bids
Patricia Govezensky- Original Painting on Cutout Steel "Contemporary Love (Mini Series)"
Mar 14, 10:00 AM PDT
Patricia Govezensky- Original Painting on Cutout Steel "Contemporary Love (Mini Series)"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $2,800- $3,500
$5000 Bids
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Rover Thomas Joolama - Cyclone Tracy - Lightening Bolt, 1995
Mar 05, 7:00 PM AEDT
Rover Thomas Joolama - Cyclone Tracy - Lightening Bolt, 1995
by Cooee Art
Est: AUD20,000- AUD25,000
AUD10,0000 Bids
ROGER KEMP (1908-1987) Untitled synthetic polymer paint on paper mounted on linen 143 x 291.5cm
Mar 19, 6:00 PM AEDT
ROGER KEMP (1908-1987) Untitled synthetic polymer paint on paper mounted on linen 143 x 291.5cm
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD40,000- AUD50,000
AUD36,0000 Bids
MAX MILAN - Kakadu Billabong, 2022 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 130 x 10 x 2 cm
Mar 10, 8:00 PM AEDT
MAX MILAN - Kakadu Billabong, 2022 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 130 x 10 x 2 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD4000 Bids
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Brett Charles Seiler; Zimbabwean 1994-; I Would Like to Say Thank You to All My Past Lovers
Mar 19, 7:00 PM SAST
Brett Charles Seiler; Zimbabwean 1994-; I Would Like to Say Thank You to All My Past Lovers
by Strauss & Co
Est: R100,000- R150,000
R90,0000 Bids
Michael Buthe
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Michael Buthe
by Doyle New York
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Contemporary Paintings


Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel

Robinhood Auctions

Robinhood Auctions

Absolute Auction

Absolute Auction

Doyle New York

Doyle New York