Archive for October, 2009

A Shot in the Arm

Your site is AWESOME! Such a shot in the arm for those of us who are excited to see the resurgence of Classical Realism.


Joan Landes

Posted Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

ARC Salon™ Catalogues Available as a Set

ARC Salon Competition

All four ARC Salon™ Catalogues are now available as a set.
Click here to take advantage of this opportunity to purchase these beautiful full-color exhibition books of all the Winners and Finalists from the 2008-09, 2007, 2006 and 2005 International ARC Salon™ Competitions.

Posted Monday, October 19th, 2009

New Article by ARC Master Stephen Gjertson: Classical Realism
ARC Living Master™ Stephen Gjertson defines the term and origins of Classical Realism, a movement which continues today.

Click Here to read the article:
Classical Realism

by Stephen Gjertson

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the Richard Lack biography by Stephen Gjertson
Posted Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Richard Lack Public Memorial

Public Tribute, Memorial Service and Exhibition:

Sunday, November 1, 2009
2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, Minnesota 55318

"Richard F. Lack is one of the most significant artists of the second half of the 20th century. While the non-traditional artistic endeavors of his contemporaries drew attention from the artistic and public press, Lack passionately pursued his career within the great tradition of Western art. His work exhibits to a high degree those qualities that characterize notable works of the past: sensitive rendering of the phenomena of the visible world, balanced and harmonious composition and skillful craftsmanship. Lack spent his lifetime endeavoring to achieve these qualities in his work. In the process he created an art of immense richness and beauty.

Richard Lack was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 26, 1928…"
Click here to read the rest of this tribute to Richard F. Lack by Stephen Gjertson, author of: Richard F. Lack: An American Master.

Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

ARC Living Masters Ted Seth Jacobs and Dan Thompson at BACAA

Ted Seth Jacobs at BACAA
Danae by Ted Seth Jacobs
Restructured Realism with ARC Living Master™ Ted Seth Jacobs
ARC Approved™ Atelier: BAACA 30 minutes south of San Francisco
November 9–December 18, 2009   January 4-Feb 12. 2010
Click here to sign up for: Two Six week or One 3 Month program.
ARC Living Master™Dan Thompson Figure Drawing Workshop
October 26 – October30, 2009   Click here to sign up.

Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Max Ginsburg Workshop at Salmagundi Club
Max Ginsburg, a finalist and winner of the Chairman’s Choice award in the 2008-09 ARC Salon for his Tire Swing will be holding a workshop at the Salmagundi Club this month.
"Painting a Head From Life" Workshop with Max Ginsburg
October 24-25     9:30 – 4:00
Salmagundi Club  47 5th Avenue  NYC
Max Ginsburg
Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Technical Column by ARC Master™ Virgil Elliott
ARC Master Virgil Elliot has updated his Technical Column on ARC.
" Since I wrote my previous technical column, several important discoveries have been made that serious oil painters should know about. "
Click here for this new information.

Virgil Elliott is author of:
Traditional Oil Painting
Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present

Traditional Oil Painting by Virgil Elliot
"Traditional Oil Painting"
by Virgil Elliot
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Posted Monday, October 5th, 2009

Richard F. Lack Has Passed Away

Thoughts on Richard Lack

I’m so very sad to hear this.

Richard more than any other single artist and teacher picked up the torch when Ives Gammell passed away in 1981.

I know the entire community of traditional and classically trained artists will mourn his passing.

It's so ironic that only a few days before Richard Lack passed away, (Lack was Ives Gammell's most influential student), I just discovered the letter Ives Gammell sent to me in 1981 in which he demonstrated his support for the programs and projects we were working on that lead to the Art Renewal Center®.
- ARC Chairman, Fred Ross

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness regarding the legacy of Richard Lack. Lack along with R H Ives Gammell gave themselves so totally to the cause of reestablishing the very high standards of painting that today we are seeing the results of this huge undertaking. They trained only a handfull of students at a time for several years and began from the very beginning with the study of antique casts to figure drawing and still life, never to rush ahead, until each were mastered sufficiently. They never compromised in the wake of contemporary critics with modernist viewpoints where discipline or standards mattered little.

His leadership cannot be overstated. Even as students would leave and move along in their own careers Lack once again took up the challenge of organizing the artists into a cohesive body
and eventually coigned the tag ‘Classical Realism’. His personal charm and dedication molded the group for years to follow, bringing together talented people of many other areas to organize museum and gallery shows and publish written material in newsletters and books. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his many students and the mutual respect of the artists that today enjoy the benefits of his labors.

Lastly, along with these important efforts by Richard Lack and R H Ives Gammell, it took the business savvy of Fred Ross and his own tireless efforts, as a collector and champion of bringing back
recognition of academic painting, to help reshape a renewed interest in these high standards of painting. His own personal interest in making sure art of such great painters like Bouguereau, Gerome, Lefebvre and many others of the 19th century never go unnoticed again. To this end Fred Ross has given much needed support and encouragement through ARC. where several of Richard Lack’s former pupils shine as artists within a legacy.

Richard Lack will be greatly missed. His legacy and example will be an inspiration for all of us.


(ARC Living Master, Allan Banks)

About Richard Lack:

Richard Lack was a man of courage willing to stand up and be counted during the height of academic and critical pressures condemning realism. He created the name Classical Realism. This name has been gratefully taken up and proudly carried forth by those of us trying to keep the flame of realism ever brighter. Richard Lack gathered up almost dying embers so that we had access to blowing our creativity upon them and nurturing them back into accessible brilliance. Thank you, Richard Lack.

David Hardy

(ARC Living Master)

Posted Monday, October 5th, 2009

Richard Lack Biography by Stephen Gjertson

Richard F. Lack passed away on September 22, 2009. The Art Renewal Center® has decided to make the Richard Lack biography by ARC Master Stephen Gjertson available through the ARC Store for those who would like to know more about this highly influencial artist/teacher.

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Posted Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Lost Ives Gammell Letter Found

“It’s so ironic that only a few days before Richard Lack passed away, (Lack was Ives Gammell’s most influential student), I just discovered the letter Ives Gammell sent to me in 1981 in which he demonstrated his support for the programs and projects we were working on that lead to the Art Renewal center.”

–Fred Ross from his article about the rediscovery of the lost letter from Ives Gammell

Click here to read the rest of the article and see the letter.

Posted Thursday, October 1st, 2009