Archive for October, 2013

Sotheby’s Major 19th Century European Painting Exhibition and Sale

Blessures D’Amour
by Bouguereau
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 Wednesday, 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 Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Igor Babailov Paints The Duke of York

HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York
by Igor Babailov
SSMAC Club of New York honored HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York with his portrait painted by ARC Living Master™ and ARC Approved Atelier™ head, Igor Babailov, Hon. RAA. The portrait was officially unveiled at the 17th Annual Military Ball at the Hotel Pierre, in New York City.

To view more works by Igor Babailov, click here.

Posted Monday, October 28th, 2013

Congratulations to Mary Jane Q Cross
ARC Associate Living Master™, Mary Jane Q Cross, has recently won Best in Show in the IGOR Annual Exhibition for her painting titled “Gently Letting Go”.

Accompanying the 48 x 36 inch oil painting Cross wrote the following poem which was part of the experience in the enjoyment of the work:

What stone in this life can you not hold
Visions self serving as we grow old
Leaving us drained of meaningfulness
Hollowed out with emptiness

Soften, yield then gently let go
The troubling pebbles from which we sow
Burdensome presumption of ours alone
That weights the heart as heaviest stone

Give to God the open hand
Laying down encumbrances, to solemnly stand
He pours through your fingers, to full overflow
Fulfilling desires that you did not know

Until you let go of what you perceive
From Him the best you cannot receive
So…soften, yield then gently let go
That His perfect gifts may into your life flow

Gently Letting Go by Mary Jane Q Cross
Like ARC, IGOR was founded with promoting contemporary artists who paint realistically using traditional painting techniques.

To learn more about the International Guild of Realism and our Other ARC Allied Organizations™, click here.

To learn more about Mary Jane Q Cross, visit her gallery on ARC by clicking here.

Posted Friday, October 25th, 2013

Christie’s NY 19th Century European Painting Auction and Pre-sale

A Call To Arms by Edmund Blair Leighton
The 19th Century European Art sale comprises 93 lots from several schools, including a strong selection of Victorian works. Highlights include James Jacques Joseph Tissot’s In the Conservatory (Rivals), property from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a very important example of this important artist’s work . Another Victorian sale highlight is Edmund Blair Leighton’s A Call to Arms (To Arms!), which is one of his best known works depicting a pair of newlyweds being separated to go to war just after just leaving the church. The painting is a statement on the travesty of war. Additional highlights include a superb mix of Orientalist, Barbizon, and Academic paintings by artists such as Corot, Boldini, Sorolla, Ernst and Béraud.
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.

Pre-sale open now through October 27th. The actual auction is on the 28th.

To view the auction catalogue, click here.
Posted Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

New Works: Peter Fiore, Dean Larson, Tim Yankosky
October 23 – November 23, 2013
Art Essex Gallery – Art Essex Gallery, 10 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426

ARC Living Master™ Peter Fiore will be showing his new works.

Sunlit Grass, February by Peter Fiore
“I am interested in making the simple profound, so my own backyard can be inspirational. I just walk out my door and it’s all there. By painting simply, magic happens.” – Peter Fiore

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 26th from 4 – 7 pm

Posted Monday, October 21st, 2013

Volume One Now Sold Separately For $99
The retail of this book is $125, but ARC is offering a special pre-order price of $99. This is the lowest price offered anywhere, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble, for this stunning volume.
Originally published as part of the two-volume set, now available for the first time as a single volume, this edition includes an additional chapter entitled ‘William Bouguereau’s Nymph and Satyr’. It is a detailed discussion of the painting, one of his most significant works, and is written by Kara Lysandra Ross. The book also includes the full biography of the artist.

To pre-order your copy today, please click here.

Posted Friday, October 18th, 2013

New ARC Letter
My name is Abigail Camden and I am a senior in high school with a passion for fine art. I am currently on a search for schools to attend next year and I’m feeling a bit discouraged. Coming across your website gave me some hope! So thank you!

To read more letters to ARC, please click here.

Posted Thursday, October 17th, 2013

IGOR Show in Full Swing

The Waiting Game by Ed Copley
Oil on Linen 24 x 18 inches
This is the International Guild of Realism’s annual art show, which is a combination museum exhibition and selling event. This time it is held at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ. Of the 350 entries submitted by IGOR members, 104 paintings from 91 award winning artists from around the world were selected. The show is scheduled for October 4th – November 30th and includes works by ARC Living Master™ Vala Ola and Duffy Sheridan, and ARC Associate Living Master’s Donald Clapper, James Van Fossan, Ed Copley, and Jon Boe Paulsen.

IGOR is an ARC Allied Organization™.

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Mario Robinson: Citizens of America
There is still time to see Mario Robinson featured at the Marquis Gallery -
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003

The show, Citizens of America, will be open now through October 20th, 2013.

ARC Living Master™ Mario Robinson’ finished works bear a close affinity to the masters of the realist tradition, Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Eakins. Containing few references to modern life, his work has a timeless and universal quality, and exhibits a distinct 21st century stylistic aesthetic.

In addition to being an ARC Living Master™, Mario Andres Robinson is an Exhibiting Artist Member (EAM) of The National Arts Club, and a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America. His work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal, American Art Collector, and on the cover of American Artist.

Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Fine Art Connoisseur gives special award to ARC Finalist
Due to the strong response to the special advertising section in Fine Art Connoisseur, for the upcoming November/December issue that will feature the ARC Salon, we would like to announce that they have agreed to award a HALF PAGE advertisement to be used any time in 2014. The award will be given randomly to one of the ARC Salon Finalists! The names of all finalists will be put in a hat and drawn at random.

The winner will be announced November 1, 2013.

Posted Friday, October 11th, 2013

IlluXCon is Now Accepting Entries for their 2014 Fall Exhibition

Dante on the Banks of the River Styx by Marc Fishman
The entry period starts today, October 9th, and the submission period will end at midnight EST on October 31st, with the judges’ results being reported on November 15th. There will be six judges for the 2014 IlluXCon symposium who will select artists for both the Main Show and the Weekend Salon. This year’s judges are Dr. Vern Swanson, Jeffery Watts, Dr. Gregory Hedberg, Jane Frank, Howard Frank, and Guillermo del Toro. The annual IlluXCon symposium, founded in 2008, now draws artists and attendees from all over the world. The event takes place at the Allentown Art Museum in PA, an AAM accredited institution with over 100,000 annual visitors. IlluXCon features an average display of over 1000 original works of art, and is filled with workshops, lectures and painting demonstrations by the foremost artists in the school as well as providing the field’s leading opportunity for collectors to view and purchase original works.

For more information and to enter, click here.

IlluXCon is brought to us by the Association of Fantastic Art, an ARC Allied Organization ™ . To learn more about our Allied Organizations, click here.

Posted Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Han Wu Shen at Sotheby’s

Innocent World by Han Wu Shen
Two Shen paintings recently came to auction at the major October 6, 2013 Sotheby’s Hong Kong Contemporary Chinese Art Sale.

Both paintings sold well. The first, titled Innocent World, brought the high-estimate at 350,000 HKD (45,134 USD) and the second, titled Golden Age, well exceeded the 180,000 – 250,000 HKD estimate and sold for 375,000 HKD (48,358 USD).

Golden Age by Han Wu Shen
Shen’s prices appear to be on a steady move upwards as these paintings now hold the second and third spots for highest prices his works have brought at auction, being surpassed only by one of his paintings at the April 6, 2013 Sale bringing almost 80,000 USD.

We will keep you updated as more Shen’s come to auction in the months to follow.

Posted Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Annual Boston International Fine Art Show
Co-Producers Tony Fusco and Robert Four are pleased to announce the Seventeenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS), to take place 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.
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.
The Battle Window – 1881 by John La Farge
Posted Friday, October 4th, 2013

The New Watts Atelier Online Program

Teasha by Jeffrey Watts
The Watts Atelier released their new online program and already have more than 320 students signed up from every corner of the world. They started by releasing over 250 hours of content on August 31st. The structure of the program is video based, but follows closely the curriculum they have developed over the past 22 years. They offer various critiquing options ranging from their advanced Watts Atelier trained artists as well as their instructors. Students will have access to a live IChat, Skype or the equivalent one or two times a month as well depending on the critiquing options they choose. Although only some of the curriculum is available now, they will work towards going live with their full curriculum within the next 5 years. Each year they are planning on releasing another 200-250 hours of content, laying down about 750 hours of the fundamentals of Figure, Still Life, Landscape and Portrait painting as well as drawing.

More information on this new program to follow.

Posted Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

ARC Scholarship Winners Featured in Epoch Times
Hear from the Judges and top winners by clicking here.
The Epiphany of Shawn Oates
by Roger Long
Posted Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013