Queensland Figurative

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What is figurative art?

Artworks that adeptly capture the beauty, meaningfulness and aesthetic qualities of real-life subjects exemplifies the passion of keen figurative artists. The finest examples reveal the artist’s skillful use of line, colour, texture and light to provide the observer something of a narrative of the subject’s time, place and state of mind.

Queensland Biennial

Undoubtedly the best way to understand figurative art is to have a look at some up close.

Beginning in 2014, the Queensland Figurative is a free exhibition of paintings and drawings presented at the Royal Queensland Art Society’s Petrie Terrace Gallery. Artworks are submitted by devoted practitioners of fine art from across the State.


The Queensland Figurative is an open competition offering Queensland artists an excellent exhibition platform in the heart of Brisbane. Visitors to the exhibition of Queensland Figurative works can expect anything from the serene to the sublime. The wildly successful launch of the competition offered up some quirky glimpses of the human condition; outrageous characters, seductive poses, and moments of reflection, solitude and sorrow.

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