Figurative art is the art of realistic representation and has been the goal of art-making since ancient times. Traditionally, figurative artists strove to create works that were derived from real object sources and often depicted human figures. It is regarded as what contrasts abstract art - art that does not employ recognizable motifs - also known as non-representational art. From its evolution to art-making today, we notice that figurative works still have a stronghold in our contemporary sphere. Like many others in the contemporary art world, figurative art has teamed up with other genres such as abstract, cubist and even minimalist art whilst still withholding a strong sense of figuration.

Figurative art is not synonymous with figure painting (art that represents the human figure), although human and animal figures are frequent subjects.

At the crux of it, Figurative art is any work that depicts real-life imagery clearly, most often recognizable depictions of the human or animal form. There are a range of subcategories which fall under the umbrella of Figurative artwork, including Renaissance, Baroque, Realism, Surrealism, and many more.

Owing to this, the variations of work within this movement differ greatly between each artist. Some take on a style which may not make the figuration immediately clear, yet still we recognize them as Figurative pieces. Others adopt a hyper realistic approach in which every microscopic detail of the subject is highlighted meticulously.

Of course, there are also many other examples which fall within various stages of this scale.

For example the artwork of Mark Spain - Flamenco, 1962

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