Archive for March, 2013

ARC Living Master™ Han-Wu Shen at Sotheby’s
Sotheby’s Hong Kong will be featuring four paintings by ARC Living Master™ Han-Wu Shen at their 20th Century Chinese Art April 6th auction. They have included a large write up on the artist, his relationship to ARC Chairman Frederick Ross and the Art Renewal Center. Shen has had a full and successful career in China before coming to the United States, and his work bears strong resemblance to the famous work of Chinese artist Wang Yidong in subject, color pallet, composition and technical execution. Yidong, who is five year’s younger then Shen, regularly has his paintings bring over $1,000,000 US dollars for a single work at auction. It seems that it is only due to lack of knowledge of Shen’s work that his pieces are not bringing similar prices.
To read the Sotheby’s catalogue notes or to view the sale, click here.

To read more about Han-Wu Shen on ARC, click here.

Posted Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Paul DeLorenzo (1947-2013)
Artist Paul DeLorenzo passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at his home in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1947. He graduated from preparatory school in Massachusetts and then entered art school in Boston. Like other talented students at the time, he was dissatisfied with the modernist indoctrination which had replaced the teaching of drawing and painting in these institutions. Desperate for knowledge, he left art school to copy old masters at the museums in Boston in an attempt to teach himself. While copying a painting by Velásquez in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, he met R. H. Ives Gammell. The following day Gammell invited him to join his studio school. DeLorenzo subsequently continued his studies in Minneapolis with Richard Lack, the first full-time student in Atelier Lack’s inaugural group.
To read the rest of an obituary for Paul DeLorenzo, an important 20th century painter by his friend and ARC Living Master™ Stephen Gjertson click here.

We have also republished an interview with Paul DeLorenzo conducted by Peter Bougie which first appeared in the Classical Realism Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, winter 2000. The interview was published with the obituary and can be read by clicking on the above link.

Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

IGOR’s 8th Annual International Juried Exhibition
The International Guild of Realism (IGOR) has just announced a “call for entries” with a deadline of May 20, 2013 for their member’s to submit work for the upcoming 8th Annual IGOR Exhibition at the grand Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona, which will be held from October 4 through November 30 , 2013.
Photograph of Tempe Center
for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona

The center itself has a spacious museum style gallery which will host the IGOR exhibition, plus two theaters, a gift store, a lounge and much more. The Tempe Center for the Arts is located on the shore of the Tempe town lake in the heart of the city of Tempe and close to the Arizona State University campus. It is also a few miles south of the historic arts district of Scottsdale and a few miles east of downtown Phoenix. The Realism Guild is planning to have several seminars for artist attendees, painting demonstrations plus a private opening for VIPs and art collectors on Friday October 4 and then an additional public opening on Saturday October 5.

To learn more about IGOR or our other ARC Allied Organizations, click here.

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2013

2013 ARC Scholarship Competition

2012 first place winner
Kresten Smedemark
We will be accepting applications for the 2013 ARC Scholarship Competition starting May 1st, with a deadline of May 31st, 2013.

We will be awarding $30,000 in scholarship funds this year to support talented students study at ARC Approved Atelier and Academy Schools™.

To view the application, click here.

Posted Friday, March 22nd, 2013

ARC Living Master™ Joel Carson Jones Solo Exhibition
The Art of Trompe L’oeil at Cavalier Gallery will be a solo show featuring the Trompe L’oeil works of ARC Living Master™ Joel Carson Jones. Jones won best Trompe L’oeil in the Art Renewal Center’s 2011/2012 International Salon with his painting More Than You Can Chew. This painting will also be featured at the show. The exhibition will run from March 29th through April 7th.

The Gallery will be holding an opening reception on March 29th from 6 to 8pm. 405 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830.

For more information on this and other exhibitions, click here.
Posted Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Dahesh Museum Exhibits at Christie’s NY
Encountering the Orient: Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art will run from March 27 to April 15, 2013.

This exhibition re-examines 19th-century European Orientalism to give a fuller understanding of Orientalism and the artists who practiced it. Drawn from the Dahesh Museum of Art’s collection, it features 30 paintings, sculptures, and illustrated books by well-known artists, such as Rudolf Ernst, Ludwig Deutsch, Gustav Bauernfeind and Frederick Arthur Bridgman, and lesser known masters such as José Tapiró y Baró. Themes include: Western fascination with ancient Egypt, Islamic architecture and design, ethnography, biblical history, and scenes, daily life, real and imagined, including the harem.

Christie’s New York – 200 Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

For more on this and other exhibitions, click here.

The Ruins of the Temple at Luxor
by Joseph Farquharson

Cleopatra on the Terraces of Philae
by Frederick Arthur Bridgman
Posted Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Letter about ARC Philosophy and Chairman’s Response
We have added two new letters to the ARChives section of the website pertaining to photography and whether or not it can hold up to painting or sculpture as an art form.

“Congratulations on your website. I have just discovered the ARC and read through the philosophy and Q & A section on philosophy. At last someone who agrees with me that much of the modern art is junk! Thank you for assuring me that I’m not crazy. I am an aspiring artist and have strong opinions. Even at that, I found only one minor point with which I would disagree.”

To read the full letter and Fred Ross’s response, click here.

Posted Friday, March 15th, 2013

Opportunity to study with ARC Living Master™
Shaun Downey
After several recent requests, ARC Living Master™ Shaun Downey, has decided to host a series of portrait drawing workshops in his studio in Toronto. There will be two different sessions available. The workshops will take place over each weekend in April. The workshops are available for $350 for one weekend, or $500 if you decide to participate in both sessions.

There are limited spaces available, so it is best to contact him directly via email at or phone at (416) 573-5169 as soon as possible to solidify your position.

To view more works by Shaun Downey, click here.

Posted Thursday, March 14th, 2013

New Allied Organization: MEAM
The European Museum of Modern Art – MEAM, Barcelona, Spain exhibits some of the finest Contemporary Figurative Art. It is owned by The Foundation of Arts and Artists and the purpose is to promote and diffuse figurative art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Foundation of Arts and Artists, organizes each year the Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Awards, and with the website Figurativas en Red ( opens a window with the artworks of the contemporary figurative artists. The MEAM is different from other contemporary art museums because it houses living artists who created figurative art. These artworks are hardly seen in other museums, to whom the word contemporary is identified by experiment and abstraction.

The Fallen Angel
by Arantzazu Martinez
To learn more about the MEAM, or the Foundation of Arts and Artists, visit our ARC Allied Organization™ page by clicking here.
Posted Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

A Special Thank you to Shane Wolf
Shane Wolf has kindly donated five of his drawing to the Art Renewal Center. Wolf was a winner in the Art Renewal Center’s annual Scholarship Competition™ in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and the drawings were given as a thank you for enabling him to finish his studies. Shane Wolf has since graduated and is now a successful professional artist. He recently had a solo show of his work at The Gallery L’Oeil du Prince, Paris, France, and was a finalist in the 2011/2012 International ARC Salon™.
Posted Friday, March 8th, 2013

Ani Art Academies, Anguilla, Open House
Ani Art Academies Anguilla will hold an open house Thursday, March 28th, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30PM for prospective students and the local community. The event, which will be held at the school, will have opportunities for future students to meet with head instructor and artist Timothy Jahn about how to turn an art education into a career path. During the event, students will learn about the Ani Art Academies program and scholarship opportunities. In addition, current apprentices’ work will be on display for those who attend. Appetizers and drinks will be served for guests.
For more information about this event, please contact Timothy Jahn, Head Instructor at Ani Art Academies Anguilla at (264) 584-8898.

The Ani Art Academies will be opening with their first significant concentration of works in the New York area. The Big Gamble will be held at Rehs Contemporary Galleries April 6 – May 3, 2013. The exhibition is also to be featured in the April issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, an ARC Allied Organization™.

To view more about our ARC Allied Organizations, click here.

To read more about this and other exhibitions, click here.

Elegant Morning
by Timothy Jahn
Second Place
Drawing Category
2009/2010 ARC Salon
Posted Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

New Allied Organization
The Foundation of the Art and the Artists is based out of Spain and it’s main purpose is the promotion and dissemination of realist art at all levels. They focus on the figurative, and very specifically the art of the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century, what is known as Contemporary Realist Art, the art of the modern day. The ‘Foundation of the Art and the Artists’ enhance the activity in defense of art and modern culture with specific projects that have clearly predetermined, specific goals.

To view more on the Foundation of the Art and the Artists, visit the ARC Allied Organization™ page by clicking here.

They also hold a yearly art competition for realist artists, for which in this upcoming year ARC Living Master Jacob Collins™ will be a judge. For more info on the competition, click here.
Posted Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Atelier Dualis Live Model Intensive Workshops
Atelier Dualis, located in Bethlehem, PA, has posted the first of their 2013 Workshop Series. Workshop instructor and atelier head, Erin Anderson, will lead the sessions providing techniques and tools for accurate rendering when working from life. Included are Figure Drawing with Charcoal, Drawing the Portrait, and Portrait Painting. All workshops will include working from a live model and are scheduled in Saturday and Sunday groupings to make it easy for working individuals to attend.
Dates are as follows: April 20-21, May 11-12, June 1-2, June 29-30, July 20-21

Spots are limited.

Please email or call 484-626-1303 to sign up or for more details.

Posted Monday, March 4th, 2013

Gustave Jean Jacquet by Kara Lysandra Ross
ARC Director of Operations, Kara Lysandra Ross, has just had her most recent article Gustave Jean Jacquet: Validating his Rightful Place in Art History published in the Epoch Times. “Gustave Jean Jacquet (1846–1909), is known among scholars as one of William Bouguereau’s top students. Although Jacquet’s subject matter was not of peasant girls or mythological scenes like Bouguereau himself or many of his other students, Jacquet quickly gained fame and notoriety for his technical virtuoso, his paintings of women, both strong and delicate, as well as historical genre scenes of women and soldiers in 16th, 17th, and 18th century costume.”

To read the full article, click here.

Posted Friday, March 1st, 2013