I am a figurative painter, a color painter, a thinking painter. I see no reason why figurative painting should grind to a halt, but it has. I do not think the WORDS of contemporary art historians and museum hierarchies are a substitute for paintings with clear visual images to which people can relate.
Art has been figurative for thousands of years. Since the days of early man and cave painting. It has been an important aspect of every civilization. The human form, in its beauty and complexity and emotive power has been at the center of artistic expression. Art is aspirational, related to hopes and ideals. Art communicates, tells a story so it wants an audience. Art needs people that enjoy looking, that are moved by beauty, by color, by interesting shapes, by the endless range of what can be seen.