Excited to be a part of this exhibition!

Show opens April 5th, 2019

12th Annual Contemporary Figurative Art Show

Press Release
For Immediate Release

Show opens April 5th, 2019
opening reception is 6-9pm
Hilliard Gallery 1820 McGee St
Kansas City, Mo 64108
Gallery Hours: Tues-Friday 10-5, Sat 12-4
and by appointment
Show runs through May 31st
CONTACT: Bob Swearengin
In Recent years there has been an increase in the creation and acceptance of figurative art and that includes, promisingly, the acceptance of such work in the high-end market. Throughout time the human figure has always been a common subject of the visual arts. The earliest depictions of the human body have been dated to be from 25,000 to 12,000 years ago.  Over the centuries, artists have drawn, painted and formed, the image of the human figure since these ancient times.  Artists from different cultures and time periods throughout history have depicted the human figure in many diverse ways.  But why do we think and like the figurative form? Art is a means of communicating human experiences, therefore the human figure is naturally depicted. The figurative form can be used as the ideal medium to convey a spectrum of ideas with which the viewer can resonate. The human figure has always been a common subject of visual art, “it forces the viewer to engage the artwork and enables the artist to express an entire range of ideas from the subtle to the intense”. In the history of art the human figure bears, in different ways and through different periods in time, a huge significance, being the most direct means by which art can address the human condition.
The art on display in the Hilliard Gallery’s 12th annual contemporary figurative art show has been selected and grouped together, by artists working in today’s climate of society.  The artwork in this show consists of enormous diversity in materials, techniques, beliefs, and notions of beauty. The artists that created these objects have used a variety of techniques and mediums.  Some appear realistic in execution and others stylized or abstract. Comparing objects that have been made by different artists of the same culture can reveal how figurative art often reflects cultural influences.
The human body has always been an inspiration. It has become one of the highest forms of fine art to be made, studied, remade and restudied. The human form is “unceasingly beautiful”, complex in form and shape, and undeniably remarkable. It is one of the very few things that all of us have in common.


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