We are now accepting entries for the 2013/2014 International ARC Salon
This will be our 10th annual competition in which some of the best contemporary realist artists in the world compete for recognition, cash prizes, and a chance to have their work seen by some of the more than 5,000,000 annual visitors to the ARC website, as well as in other reputable venues.
This year we will have press coverage in six magazines; Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine will be publishing an article on the top winners of the 2012-2013 Salon. In addition, Plein Air Magazine will be giving out a special award to one artist to be featured in their magazine. Also, for the first year ever, American Art Collector Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine,American Fine Art Magazine, and International Artist Magazine will all be giving out awards as well. ARC Director of Operations, Kara Lysandra Ross, will write an article on the top winners for the Epoch Times, a large international newspaper that publishes in 19 languages.
The Best in Show winner of the 2013/2014 ARC Salon competition, in addition to $8,000, will be awarded with a fully produced and released video DVD produced by Streamline Art Video showing a demonstration of their technique, an interview with the artist, and a profile of the artist’s work as a key featured part of a DVD on the ARC Salon.
This year we are offering $61,450 in cash awards, though with purchase awards sometimes being well above the minimum stated, the total amount is often much higher. For example, in last year’s competition paintings valued at over $200,000 were purchased. Participants can compete and win in 7 categories.
To view the full prospectus, click here.
To enter, click here.
(To enter, you will need to login or create an account. A free membership option is available)
Entries will be received from October 1st, 2013 through January 15th, 2014.
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Posted December 9th, 2013
|Joseph McGurl Plein Air Magazine Award|
|The 2012/2013 ARC Salon Plein Air Magazine Award featuring Joseph McGurl was published in their November issue. The six page article is a full artist profile and McGurl was also given the honor of being featured on the cover.
||About his work McGurl said “I’m interested in human reality, and how to express in my paintings our relationship to what we experience. That is, I want to understand how people relate to the natural world, how we perceive reality, whether we have a spiritual response to nature, and how the physics and topography of the natural world influence them. To me, the way to express all that in a painting is by selecting the materials and techniques that will bring my pictures as close as possible to that human reality. That objective makes it essential that I paint directly from the landscape and study the physical aspects of light, geography, and topography. Other artists might have different goals and ways of conveying their understanding of reality, and there is no right or wrong about one’s approach, only a measurement of how well an artist expresses his or her ideas.”
|The Plein Air Magazine Award is being given out again in the 2013/2014 ARC Salon which we are accepting entries for now. To read the full prospectus, click here.|
||In addition, John Pence Gallery, located at 750 Post Street in San Francisco near Union Square, will open an exhibition of recent oil paintings, field studies and sketches by Joseph McGurl tonight. This will be his first show in seven years on the West Coast. This large and robust show will remain on view to the public through January 18, 2014.
Posted December 6th, 2013
|Norman Rockwell Brings $46,000,000 at Auction|
||“Sotheby’s December 4th auction of American Art was an extraordinary success, achieving nearly $84 million, the third highest sale total ever in the category.
Leading the sale was Norman Rockwell’s 1951 masterpiece Saying Grace, shown here, which sold for $46 million, more than double the high estimate of $20 million, setting a new record for an American painting at auction. All told, the seven Rockwells offered from The Stuart Family Collection realized an exceptional $59.7 million.
|A number of other works also sold well beyond their pre-sale estimates including Maxfield Parrish’s 1925 painting The Knave of Hearts: The Six Little Ingredients, which soared past its $250,000-350,000 estimate to realize $1.9 million, and Indian Hunter and His Dog by Paul Manship, which realized $1.56 million from an estimate of $300,000-500,000.”
Posted December 5th, 2013
|Last chance to see David d’Angers: Making the Modern Monument |
|Lauded by Victor Hugo as the Michelangelo of Paris, French sculptor Pierre-Jean David d’Angers produced many of the most iconic portraits and ambitious public monuments of the Romantic era.
This exhibition – the first on the artist outside of his native France – assembles forty-eight works by David on paper and in wax, terracotta, marble, bronze, and plaster, as well as rare nineteenth-century reproductions of his work in photographs and engravings.
The show closes December 8, 2013
Frick Collection – 1 East 70th Street, New York NY 10021
|To view more about this and other exhibitions, please click here.
Posted December 4th, 2013
|2013/2014 ARC Salon Catalogues and Thanksgiving Print Sale|
|The much anticipated ARC Salon Catalogues have arrived. We will begin shipping out all pre-order this coming Monday.
With an approximate 2000 entries this year by over 850 artists, the competition was steeper than ever. Even with the additional category, expanding our finalist cut up to the top 600 entries, we still are only including the top 30% of works submitted. The Salon Catalogue ran 2014 pages and includes 600 full color images, winners receiving full page plates.
To order your copy now, click here.
In addition we are currently running a 15% discount off all fine art prints for Thanksgiving, valid now through December 2nd. Use coupon code: thanks13.
To view our most popular prints click here.
To view our most popular religious prints click here.
Posted November 22nd, 2013
|New ARC Living Artist™ Victoria Radionova|
|Victoria Radionova’s first and main teacher was her father, who was an architect-designer.
From the cradle she was surrounded by reproductions of paintings by great masters from the past.
|A Little Shepherdess and a Fisherman
By Victoria Radinova
|When she was 14, Victoria began serious preparations to enter art school and focused on the method of study that existed at Tsar’s Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg during the 19th century. In this system, the focus was on perfection in drawing, composition and colour. After graduating from secondary school, she entered the Kharkiv State Academy of Arts and Design and studied interior design for a year. Then, Victoria was successfully trained at the College of Art in Simferopol (Crimea, Ukraine). After college, she entered the painting department at Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts where she studied for another year. For the next 17 years under the guidance of her father, Victoria was taught to draw and paint from a program modeled after one that existed at Tsar’s Academy of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg.
Her paintings are available in the collections in the United States, Spain, Germany, Ukraine and Russia. Also, her paintings are on view in the Ukrainian Orthodox churches in different cities in Ukraine.
To view her new gallery on ARC, click here.
Posted November 18th, 2013
|Boston International Fine Art Show Starts Next Week|
| The Seventeenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS), starts next week, Thursday – Sunday, November 21-24, 2013 at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for The Arts, 539 Tremont Street in Boston’s hip and historic South End. Both traditional and contemporary galleries from the United States, Canada and Europe will offer more than 3,000 original works of art. The show opens with the Gala Preview on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30 to 8:30pm to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston.
||Lady Sassoon by John Singer Sargent
|In addition to the works for sale, there are several educational events lined up including one of John Singer Sargent’s watercolors and his influence on today’s artists in conjunction with the exhibition opening in October at the MFA; a panel discussion on “Rediscovered masters”, with Peter Trippi as one of the panelists talking about rediscovered 19th century artists; and a program on the stained glass windows of John La Farge.
For more information on this and other events, please click here.
Posted November 13th, 2013
|Fine Art Connoisseur ARC International Salon Article|
|The much anticipated article featuring the winners of the International 2012/2013 ARC Salon has recently been released in the November/December issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. The issue features Joseph Dolderer’s Second Place Figurative Category winning work on the cover. The article titled The Art Renewal Center Salon: Better than Ever, was written by Kelly Compton and is a five page spread.
FAC Cover Featuring Fumiko by Joseph Dolderer, 2nd place Figurative Category Winner and Purchase Award
|“Fred Ross is delighted with the ‘cross-pollination of skills, methods, and ideas’ he has watched unfold over the past two decades, while his daughter Kara admires the ’21st-century feel’ of the winning works. ‘These images’, she explains, ‘cannot be confused with any other time period’, and indeed that openness to the present is one reason browsing the Salon pages of artrenewal.org is such a pleasure. It will be fascinating to see who will rise to the surface through the next Salon, the results of which will be announced in 2014 and illustrated in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine thereafter.”
To order a subscription or copy of this issue, click here.
To review the ARC Salon Prospectus, click here.
Posted November 11th, 2013
|Godward Brings $1,300,000 Hammer at Sotheby’s NY Sale|
||John William Godward’s 14 1/4 x 29 in., oil on canvas, Dolce far Niente, sold today for over $1,500,000 when including buyers premiums. The 1906 painting is a solid work for the artist, but it far exceeded the $400,000 to $600,000 estimate. The results are especially impressive considering the painting sold for $290,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers only six months ago.
|About the work Dr. Vern Swanson, Godward authority, said the following:
“Without narrative implications, the viewer is left to linger in this timeless place, rich with luminous surfaces of veined marble and garnet colored, Classically-inspired fabrics softly draped over the body of the maiden, who rests against plush textures of a leopard pelt. With her dark brown hair spilling over the pearly stone, eyes dreamily unfocused, the model is completely relaxed; the long curving lines of her upturned arm, hips, and extended legs are echoed in the tops of the Ischian isles along the horizon line, further enhancing the sensual scene.”
Posted November 8th, 2013
|Two Shows Closing November 17th|
|Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from the Glasgow Museums
Oklahoma City Museum of Art – 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
This exhibition examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art—from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century. The remarkable regional and historical breadth of the exhibition will also showcase the outstanding quality of Glasgow Museums’ collection.
|Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan
Brandywine River Museum – U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
This exhibition examines the fascination that the island of Monhegan and its residents held for both Rockwell Kent and Jamie Wyeth. Although the two artists never met, their paintings, when viewed together, depict a century’s worth of Monhegan life and landmarks from vantage points most other artists never beheld.
Toilers of the Sea by Rockwell Kent
|For more on this and other exhibitions, click here.
Posted November 7th, 2013
|Michael John Angel Lecture|
||On Oct. 30th, Michael John Angel—ARC Living Master and Director of Studies at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence — gave a lecture at the historic Tornabuoni Palace in Florence. The lecture’s title was Annigoni and the Training of the 21st-century Realist Painter. Mr Angel studied under Annigoni in the 1960s. In his lecture, Mr. Angel stressed that the training of an artist in this newly renascent Realism is arduous.
| At the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, the basic programme is a three-year one, and this is followed by one of two post-graduate options, each of a two-year duration: Pictorial Composition and Portrait Painting. Even three years is an expensive undertaking and one of the main thrusts of the lecture and presentation was to garner financial support for needy students. In the old days, Angel said, an apprenticeship in painting lasted at least seven years.
Posted November 6th, 2013
|Sotheby’s Major 19th Century European Painting Exhibition and Sale|
|Consisting of a total of 87 lots, this sale includes major works by William Bouguereau, John William Godward, Frederick Lord Leighton, Peder Monsted, Jean Beraud, Daniel Ridgway Knight, and many others.
Viewing public auction presales is one of the best ways to see important works from a given period that are in private collections and are otherwise not on public view. Most if not all of these paintings are sold back into private collections and many are never put on public view again.
|Exhibition: November 1 – 7
Sale Date: November 8, 2013
To view the full online catalogue, click here.
Dolce Far Niente by Godward
Posted October 30th, 2013
|Richard MacDonald Exhibition|
|ARC Living Master™ Richard MacDonald will be exhibiting a retrospective exploration of his figurative sculpture from November 1 – December 2, 2013.
|A life long passion for dance led Richard MacDonald to create a significant body of work inspired by dancers, performers, and mimes. Works such as Nureyev and Doves draw on his love for classical ballet, while in 2001 he began working with performers from Cirque du Soleil, and an entirely new genre was born. The excitement and energy conveyed by MacDonald’s Cirque du Soleil inspired works quickly won admirers – including Guy Laliberte, the creator of Cirque du Soleil. Their mutual admiration developed into a partnership that brings the world Richard MacDonald’s experience of the theatrical wonders of Cirque du Soleil: sculptures that reflect the unique, 21st century art form that is Cirque du Soleil.
Blind Faith by Richard MacDonald
|Dawson Cole Fine Art – 326 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Opening Reception: November 9, 2013 8-10 p.m. and November 10, 2013 Noon to 3 p.m.
Posted October 29th, 2013
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