|Part II of a II part interview has just been published, click here to read the interview.
Why, at this time in our history, is there a move away from non-objective art toward realism?
“There is a strong move towards realism because people are tired of looking at things that do not require skill. I am sure that in the beginning and even into the 1960s and 1970s, it was exciting to experiment by throwing paint or painting dots and squares, finding found objects and putting them on pedestals, but now, that type of art is just dated. It is not representative of the 21st century. I read an article not too long ago in Times Magazine that was an interview with Damien Hurst. He was talking about a series of paintings he was working on that was the largest collection of paintings of spots ever created. Furthermore he went on to say that he only painted a small portion of them and hired other people to paint the vast majority. When the reporter asked him who he found to help him with the work, he said he tried to find people with no artistic talent to show that anyone can produce this type of art. I could not help thinking, “Aren’t you embarrassed to say that you are selling paintings created by people who you admit yourself have no artistic talent?” So people can paint spots, so what. The only amazing thing about it is that people are still being duped into spending tens of thousands of dollars on things they can produce themselves in a couple hours.”
Posted January 22nd, 2014
|Kailin Zhao’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S and is part of notable public and private collections. His art works has been shown to Art News, Art & Antiques, Asia Art and other media for years. Winner of a number of awards for his works, his realist oil paintings represent all walks of life. His work is widely loved and highly regarded by art collectors and connoisseurs.
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Rong by Kailin Zhao
Posted January 21st, 2014
Official Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI
by Igor Babailov
|Igor Babailov, Hon. RAA and ARC’s Living Master, will take the ‘Extreme Drawing Team’ to Rome, Italy, March 31th – April 4, 2014 for 5 – days of intense drawing from life, en plein air, in the Eternal City This is an opportunity to team up with Igor Babailov, elected Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757), who is known for his exquisite drawings and sketches from life, as well as those of the Pope, Nelson Mandela, and many other prominent individuals. The drawing trip will offer an exciting week in Rome Italy. Space is limited and team members will be selected on a first come first serve basis.
For more information about the trip and to register online, please click here.
Posted January 20th, 2014
|Part I of a II part interview has just been published, click here to read the interview.|
|How would you summarize the ARC philosophy?
“I would say that the main core of the ARC philosophy is that the definition of art has been over expanded to the point where the word “art” has lost its integrity. When any object can be placed on a pedestal and called art, when anything is art, then nothing is art. Anytime you have a definition that expands to encompass everything, then it ceases to have meaning.
An Offering by Frank Dicksee
|The ARC philosophy does its best to define what art is. There is of course a difference between craft, decorative art, fine art, and good and bad art, and places of grey where it is perhaps hard to draw the line. This of course makes some people angry. They tend to say things like “who are you to say what is or is not art” but if not us then who? We have stepped forward with scholars and experts, to try and bring respect back to the word and create a sensible type of definition, broad as it may be. Someone had to be the first to publicly state that the “emperor has no cloths”. Shark parts in formaldehyde are not art, they are at best an educational science tool; statues of the Virgin Mary made out of cow manure is not art, they are just disgusting; putting bags of trash in the center of a museum and calling it installation art, does not make it art, they are still bags of trash. It is like trying to call an apple an orange; just because you say it is, doesn’t make it true. Art is an integral part of every culture, having the power to shape nations and civilizations; the word art is something that should be respected, not just given frivolously. We focus on realism because it is the universal language and the only form capable of expressing and communicating without words the depth of mankind’s experiences.”|
Posted January 14th, 2014
|Is open now through February 9, 2014 at The Arkell Museum – 2 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie, New York 13317|
Dinosaur Parade by James Gurney
|“Inspired by a deep and abiding interest in archaeology, lost civilizations, and the art of illustration, James Gurney invites viewers to enter a fantastical world in which dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side. His luminous paintings, beautifully crafted drawings and hand-made models, which are featured in this exhibition, explore the wonders of the distant past through the lens of the imagination.”|
Gulliver and the Lilliputians by Jehan Vibert
|The exhibition also includes Jehan Georges Vibert’s painting of Gulliver and the Lilliputians which brought $1,497,000 at Sotheby’s in 2008 setting a record price for the artists work.
For more information on this and other exhibitions, click here.
Posted January 10th, 2014
|The Representational Art Conference 2014 (TRAC2014) will focus on the aesthetic principles and values implicit in the representational art of the 21st Century. Presentations, panel discussions and studio art demonstrations will explore the direction of 21st-century representational art, which portrays recognizable people, places and objects. Their purpose is not to establish a single monolithic aesthetic for representational art, but to identify commonalities, understand the unique possibilities of representational art, and perhaps provide some illumination about future directions.|
|The upcoming TRAC2014 event will take place from March 2-5, 2014, Ventura, CA.
Keynote addresses by Roger Scruton and ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides.
ARC Living Master™ Virgil Elliott, ARC Living Master™ Jeremy Lipking, Pam Hawkes, Graydon Parrish, Stephen Perkins, Tony Pro, Alexey Steel, and Odd Nerdrum, will also be making presentations.
Mom by David Kassan
Early-bird registration by Jan. 31 is $375. Single-day passes are available.
For more information and to register visit www.trac2014.org.
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Posted January 9th, 2014
|Roger Dale Brown is avid about traveling, studying, teaching, and competing in national painting competitions. These experiences expand his knowledge of history, nature, and architecture, which inspire his oil paintings. Crediting historical master artists, such as John Carlson and Edgar Payne, Brown believes that “plein air” painting is an essential element to being a great artist.||
Against the Wall by Roger Dale Brown
|His oil paintings have been displayed in galleries throughout the United States and have won many awards which include: First Place in the Barnes and Farms National Juried Art Show, Museum Purchase Award and third place at the Easton Plein Air Competition, Best of Show at the Central South National Juried Show, as well as the Gold Medal Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association. His work has also been accepted in the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, and Salon International. Roger has been published by: International Artist Magazine, American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, and the Artist Magazine. His works are owned by private collectors across the country and include many well-known celebrities and major corporations.
To view his new gallery on ARC, click here.
Posted January 8th, 2014
|The Society of Animal Artists was formed in 1960 by Patricia Allen Bott and Guido Borghi following a successful exhibition at the Bronx Zoo titled, appropriately, ‘Animals in the Bronx Zoo’.|
Almost Home by Gary Staab
|It is the mission of the Society of Animal Artists to promote excellence in the portrayal of domesticated and wild animals in art. While the majority of their members support both humane and conservation causes with their work, the SAA is itself more dedicated to encouraging artists to strive for mastery of their art medium and educating the public to the fact that animal art can truly be considered Fine Art.|
|This mission is supported by their annual exhibition, ‘Art and the Animal’, which opens each year at a fine museum somewhere in the country…and is followed by a tour of approximately one half of the works to three additional museums during the next nine months. A full color catalog of this exhibition is produced each year and is available for purchase at all venues and through the SAA office. In addition, their opening exhibition is often complimented by demonstrations, seminars, and lectures by the members.
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Posted January 7th, 2014
|ARC Living Master™ Virgil Elliott will be teaching an upcoming figure drawing workshop in his new studio in Petaluma, California.(40 miles north of San Francisco, in Northern California’s Wine Country). He will have the same young woman as the model for all three days (no short poses) Cost is $350, which includes the model’s fee. Limited to 8 participants. If interested please call 707-664-8198 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.||
The Projectionist by Virgil Elliott
Posted January 6th, 2014
Two Lovers by Nick Alm
First Place Figurative 2012/2013 Salon
|The upcoming ARC Salon Competition is already making it’s way into newspapers.
To read the article, click here.
|“After a hundred years of suppression, traditional realism in the fine arts is returning in full force,” said ARC founder Fred Ross, explaining the importance of such a competition. “Contemporary realism is the true inheritor of the 600 years of advancement in the fine arts before it took a disastrous turn down the blind alley of modernism and post-modernism. We believe that realism is the only form of fine art which is equivalent to a universal language that cuts across all forms of the spoken and written word, and which is capable of communicating and expressing the widest range of ideas, concepts, beliefs, values, and mankind’s hopes dreams, fantasies, fears, loves and joys, as well as chronicling in this universal language what it means to be human now and throughout history.”|
Posted December 26th, 2013
|To read the full interview, click here.|
|“Taking inspiration from 19th and 20th century artists such as Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, and William Bouguereau, Lipking paints his subjects in natural settings, imbuing the images with life using loose, textured brushwork, well placed touches of contrasting color, and leaving some canvas peeking through.
Lipking is recognized by the Art Renewal Center as a Living Master, which the organization defines as one who has the ‘rare talent, experience and expertise to create great humanistic works of art that are seemingly executed with effortless perfection.’
The exhibition runs through Dec. 31 at Arcadia Contemporary.”
Sofie by Jeremy Lipking
Posted December 23rd, 2013
Girl with a pearl earring
|Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis
Open through January 19, 2014
The famous Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer and The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius are on view at the Frick Collection, neither of which have been seen by audiences in the United States in ten years.
1 East 70th Street, New York NY 10021
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Posted December 20th, 2013
|The American Society of Traditional Artists, an ARC Allied Organization™, has recently announced their Annual Juried Exhibition & Sale hosted by the Arizona Art Alliance in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The American Society of Traditional Artists’ ultimate aim is to encourage and heighten public understanding and appreciation of traditional realism art.
|The 2014 ASTA Annual Show will be held at Arizona Art Alliance, 9011 E. Indian Bend, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Phone: 602-870-7610.
The show is a six week event held from January 4th, 2014 thru February 16th, 2014. Featured events include Lectures from our Sponsors and Artists on January 18th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Meet and greet the Artists from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
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Memories by Ed Copley
38×30 inches Oil on Linen
Posted December 18th, 2013
|ARC Associate Living Master™ James Van Fossan will be having a solo exhibition of his work, December 28th, 5 – 8pm. About his work Van Fossan said the following:|
Rosibel by James Van Fossan
|“What my work to-date represents is my study of the language and craft of oil painting. Words, like paintings, are used to express our hearts to others. However, a painting can say so much more, and is understood as though it were a universal language. I paint in a realistic manner simply because I feel my primary goal is to represent truth, reality, and to tell the story. I desire to paint and to speak clearly so that the more important matter of what I am trying to say comes through. Like any great craft, the time and detail fostered into a work of realism commands attention and invites the viewer to understand, or at least to consider, the painting. To share my philosophies and thoughts with others in such a beautiful and historical art form is a privilege I am determined to honor as I continue to work with all of my heart and mind on this life-long mission.”|
|Alpen Art & Antiks – 242 East Meadow Drive, Vail Village, Vale CO 81657 (970) 476 3570
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Posted December 17th, 2013
|We are pleased to announce the Judges for the 2013/2014 International ARC Salon. They are as follows:
Fred Ross – Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co author of the recently published Catalogue Raisonné William Bouguereau: His Life and Works. Ross received his MA in art education from Columbia University. His speeches and essays are read by over 300,000 art professionals, educators, students and fans each year; and have become required reading in countless classrooms. Ross is also a well known collector of 19th century European painting and of Contemporary Realism as well.
Dr. Vern Swanson – Swanson has his Phd from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England and is the Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah, where he has served since 1980. He is a lecturer/scholar/writer and expert on 19th Century European Art and Russian Art through the 20th Century. Swanson is the leading authority on Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and John William Godward and author of the Catalogue Raisonnés for both artists. In total, the number of books Swanson has published is well into the teens.
Julie Bell – is an ARC Living Master ™ Her knowledge of anatomy has allowed her to imbue her figures of humans and animals with grace and strength. Julie’s work in the fantasy and science fiction field has appeared on hundreds of book covers, comic books, trading cards, and various collectibles. Her work can be seen worldwide in major advertising campaigns, album covers, posters, and collectibles of all kinds. More recently, Julie has turned her attention to painting wildlife, winning first place in the Animal Category in the International ARC Salon two years in a row. Julie Bell should also be singled out as winning the most awards in any one competition ARC has ever held, in the 2012/2013 Salon winning six awards and, two additional honorable mentions, and has emerged as one of the top artists of her generation.
James Hastie – is a Senior Director of Christie’s with over 24 years’ experience in the 19thCentury European Paintings and Drawings department. Appointed a Director of Christie’s London and Head of Christie’s South Kensington’s British and 19th Century European Paintings department in 2000, he was instrumental in the redevelopment and success of that sale site. In 2006, James joined the New York team as a Senior Specialist supporting all areas of the team’s business-getting activities and appointed Head of 19th Century European Art in 2009. James has also been a Christie’s sale and charity auctioneer for over 15 years.
To review the prospectus, click here.
Posted December 13th, 2013
|ARC Living Master™ Jeremy Lipking has a solo show of his work opening tonight at Arcadia Contemporary, 51 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013. The show will run from December 12 – December 31. The last solo show of his work at Arcadia was four years ago. Lipking and show were also recently featured in American Art Collector Magazine with one of Lipking’s paintings on the cover.
“I’ve always wanted to do an entire show with different paintings using the same model and I’ve painted her a lot so it seemed like a natural fit…But the difficult part about painting your own daughter is that with other models you don’t really strive to make it look exactly like the person, but with Skylar, while they are not portraits of her, I want it to look like her. She’s my daughter.”
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Dahlias by Jeremy Lipking
Posted December 12th, 2013
Spring Covering by Sergio Roffo
|Italian-born artist, Sergio Roffo, was born in 1953 and immigrated to the United States in 1961. He has been inspired by the work of such American traditional painters as George Innes and Albert Bierstadt.|
|Roffo’s paintings of coastal and rural landscapes reveal a luminous quality achieved through the technique of glazing and layering practiced by early American landscape painters. As you view his art, you discover a precise sense of value and atmospheric perspective that conveys a relaxed sense of calmness; a characteristic that defines and informs all his work. Roffo’s captivating depictions of the New England landscape have been included in a variety of museum exhibitions and have earned him numerous national awards.
To learn more about Sergio Roffo and to view his new gallery on ARC,
Posted December 10th, 2013
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Posted December 9th, 2013
|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
|“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