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Figurative Art – and how it relates to my work

Figurative art, describes artwork—particularly paintings and sculptures—that is clearly derived from real object sources, and is therefore by definition representational. “Figurative art” is often defined in contrast to abstract art:

Painting and sculpture can therefore be divided into the categories of figurative, representational and abstract. However, “abstract” is sometimes used as a synonym for non-representational art and non-objective art, i.e. art which has no derivation from figures or objects. Figurative art is not synonymous with figure painting (art that represents the human figure), although human and animal figures are frequent subjects.

The formal elements, upon which figurative art is dependent, include line, shape, color, light and dark, mass, volume, texture, and perspective,[2] although it should be pointed out that these elements of design could also play a role in creating other types of imagery — for instance abstract, or non-representational or non-objective two-dimensional artwork. The difference is that in figurative art these elements are deployed to create an impression or illusion of form and space, and, usually, to create emphasis in the narrative portrayed.

Figurative art includes, still life, architectural, floral, human form, landscape.

My point being, I put myself as a painter into a figurative category. To this point here are some example of figurative works from a historical perspective similar in nature to how I create figuratively.

Albrecht Dürer (1494)
Courtyard of Innsbruck Castle

Kathleen Carrillo
Architectural Whimsy: “Tuscan Village”

Tuscan Village

Other examples of figurative work include still life painting

Henri Matisse (1899)
Still Life with Compote, Apples and Oranges

Kathleen Carrillo
Spicy Slice of Life Collection : “Root Veggies”

Spicy Slice of Life Collection

So to be very clear, all representational art work is considered figurative. My passion is of course the female figure and my first allegiance is to create works about the empowerment of women through visuals. Here are a couple of examples of my passionate figurative work that also have some abstracted elements through collage and shapes and forms creating a composition that draws a viewer close emotionally.

Kathleen Carrillo
How Does Your Garden Grow Collection
“Addicted to her Poppy Garden”

Kathleen Carrillo
How Does Your Garden Grow Collection
“She Carries Her Own Garden of Delight With Her”

Kathleen Carrillo
Kathleen Carrillo
Kathleen has her masters degree in fine art specializing in painting and printmaking, from the University of Oklahoma. She has been painting for over thirty years, and has national and international acclaim. Her works are found in public and private collections throughout the world and she has won awards too numerous to mention. Each of her purchases are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a resume. Her original images are sought after and sold quite frequently before they are completed. She is often working on commissions, and preparing for gallery shows. You can be assured that your originals and giclee prints will have the expression that you would expect, and the highest quality works available on the market. Kathleen personally signs and numbers each hand embellished, limited edition giclee and guarantees your purchase with a certificate of authenticity.

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