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Top Ten Figurative Art Galleries (USA 2017 Edition)

With this list, I tried to highlight galleries which have group exhibitions throughout the year and I also took nominations from the PoetsArtists community which includes several art collectors. I also monitor Artsy for solo and group exhibitions throughout the year as well as other submission calls posted on social media. Many of these galleries accept submissions and have open calls throughout the year. This list is comprised of galleries in the USA and yes they are in the order of most proactive to the Figurative Arts Community.

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1. Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Illinois


1029 W 35th St

Chicago, IL 60609

The Zhou B Art Center actually houses several galleries within what used to be the Spiegel Catalog Building. Since 2013, PoetsArtists has been exhibiting group shows on various floors of the building primarily the second level which has 10,000 square feet gallery space. The purpose of the Zhou B Art Center is to nurture the creativity and growth of its nearly 50 resident artists while providing groundbreaking exhibitions open to the public. The also recently built a Center in Beijing. The first floor primarily exhibits the works of the Internationally acclaimed artists, the Zhou Brothers. This warehouse turned art center was recently highlighted in The New York Times.

Exhibition of Note: Woman as Warrior

2. Bernarducci Gallery Chelsea, New York, New York


529 West 20th Street

6th Floor

New York, New York 10011

Frank Bernarducci, a longtime 57th street art dealer and champion of realist painters, is pleased to announce his new project space in Chelsea. Bernarducci Gallery will exhibit the leading realist painters of a new movement, New Precisionism. The Gallery will represent many of the established painters with whom Mr. Bernarducci has had a long relationship as well as a selection of emerging artists. The premier exhibition at the project space will include works by John Baeder, Antonio Cazorla, Emily Copeland, Ester Curini, Hubert DeLartigue, Max Ferguson, William Fisk, Gus Heinze, Park Hyung Jin, Cheryl Kelley, Neil MacCormick, Daniel Massad, Sharon Moody, Adam Normandin, Lee Price, Tjalf Sparnaay, and Nathan Walsh, along with photographs by Sally Davies, Marcus Leatherdale and Eric Meola.

Exhibitions of Note: New Precisionism and FORMATION

3. Gallery Victor Armendariz, Chicago, Illinois




Victor brings 20 years of experience creating relationships with artists, collectors and institutions and builds on a reputation for promoting thought-provoking figurative art, museum quality works of Realism and Studio Furniture of exacting detail. The work of renowned steel furniture maker Jim Rose is always on view. The Gallery also provides outreach to the community in the form of educational and social events designed to further the relationship between artist and audience. A section of the gallery called “The Studio” is dedicated to the creative process featuring an artist’s formative works and drawings, as well as the work of emerging artists. Accessibly priced work is presented to encourage the formation of an art collection or for those who wish to expand their collection.

Exhibition of Note: Figure 8 | Sideshow: Lazy Daze & Disco Nights

4. Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado


1412 Wazee Street

Denver, Colorado 80202

Abend Gallery presents the finest in contemporary and traditional representation, with concentrations in contemporary depictions of the figure and accomplished, traditional landscape works. The artists shown range from local, to national and international.

Exhibition of Note: Palette Painting 2017

5. Sirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, Florida


600 Silks Run, #1240

Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Sirona Fine Art showcases representational artists who both blur and embrace distinctions between the contemporary and the classic in sculpture and painting.

Artist of Note: Hollis Dunlap

6. Arcadia Contemporary, Culver City, California

John Seed standing next to a painting by Bo Bartlett during the PoetsArtists Group Exhibition, December 2, 2017. / Via


Town Plaza

9428 Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232

Arcadia was founded in 2001 with a mission to exhibit highly skilled, representational artists. Originally located in the center of Manhattan’s creative, Soho District, the gallery attained international renown for featuring works that revealed their creators’ ability to paint and draw well in concert with unique, signature styles. In 2016 Arcadia Contemporary relocated to the bustling Town Plaza area of Downtown Culver City, the epicenter of the Culver City Arts District and motion picture industry. Arcadia Contemporary remains impervious to the varying conceptual and stylistic shifts often occurring in the contemporary art world and maintain its vision to present virtuoso, realist painting, drawing and sculpture by artists who are creating genuinely unique and timeless works.

This year Arcadia Contemporary hosted a PoetsArtists group exhibition curated by John Seed. The exhibition included Figurative artworks by some of today's biggest talents including Bo Bartlett, Aleah Chapin, Lee Price, F. Scott Hess, Victoria Selbach, Erin Anderson, David Jon Kassan, Jason John, Susannah Martin, Daniel Maidman, Carl Dobsky, and Conor Walton among many others.

Fair of Note: Art Market San Francisco

7. RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York


2385 Main Street | PO BOX 1658

Bridgehampton, New York 11932

Exhibiting drawing, painting and sculpture, our emerging artists and American Master Painters from our RJD Private Collection, present a contemporary vision of our world.

Exhibition of Note: Women Painting Women: A Voice With Vision

8. Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, New York


542 West 24th Street

New York, NY 10011

Lyons Wier Gallery aims to champion contemporary artists who bring a fresh and interpretative spirit to their chosen genre. The gallery specializes in what we call "Conceptual Realism." For us, "Conceptual Realism" far exceeds the pictorial aspect of representational painting. Our artists' deftness of hand is buttressed by their integral use of color, content, and iconography bringing about a broader conceptual aspect to their representational compositions.

Exhibition of Note: Summer Wrap Up

9. Flowers Gallery, New York and London


NEW YORK Chelsea

529 West 20th Street

New York NY 10011

Angela Flowers established her first gallery in 1970 on Lisle Street in London's West End. In the 1980s, the gallery was one of the first to open in London's East End, in a former laundry/fur storage facility in Hackney, and the space became known as Flowers East. Matthew Flowers, Angela's son, took over day to day operations in 1989. In 1997, the gallery expanded further with a Los Angeles space, at Bergamot Station.

There are now two gallery spaces in London: a West End premises on Cork Street opened in 2000 and in 2002 the gallery moved from Hackney into a 12,000 sq foot industrial space in Shoreditch, East London. The US business relocated in 2003 from LA to New York on Madison Avenue, and then in 2009 moved to West 20th street in Chelsea.

Flowers Gallery participates regularly in art fairs internationally. The programme in both the UK and US comprises all media by established and emerging artists. The gallery is an active publisher of prints and multiples with an established department in contemporary international photography.

Artist of Note: Aleah Chapin

10. Simard Bilodeau Contemporary, Los Angeles, California


1923 S. Santa Fe ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Since 2011, French-Canadian art collectors-turned-gallery proprietors Guy Simard and Eve-Marie Bilodeau personally manage the company as we invest ourselves in each project and with each client to offer the most committed VIP service. We also aim to help those in need by participating in charity projects in USA, Canada, China and Vietnam. It is our way to give back to society. We are proud to cater to a returning and faithful network of clients from all parts of the world including North and Central America, Europe, Middle East and all parts of Asia. We are guided by our passion and dedication for art, artists and the genuine encounter with the collectors.

Artist of Note: Harmonia Rosales

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