TRAC2014 – A Revolutionary Event

TRAC2014, A Full House
The Representational Art Conference that took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Ventura, CA last week was an event for the history books.

Several articles have come out post the event and more are sure to follow. “With such high profile participants as Roger Scruton, Odd Nerdrum and Juliette Aristides it was sure to be a stellar event but there were many surprises that put the entire conference over the top for those who were there, and on the map for those who were not. Over the past few decades representational painting has seen a resurgence in popularity, and quality, that has made it the most important movement in art today. As Kara Ross of the Art Renewal Center said, we are taking back humanity and communicating across borders in a universal language.”
Brandon Kralik, Huffington Post

To read the full article by Brandon Kralik click here.
To read an interview with Michael Pearce, co-founder of the TRAC event,
click here.
To read an Article by John Seed on TRAC click here.
To read an article by Vanessa Rothe in Fine Art Connoisseur click here.

Posted March 14th, 2014

Studio Incamminati 2014 Open House
March 15 – March 16, 2014

12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
See the Studio Incamminati curriculum come to life during a live painting demonstration by faculty, alumni and students. Take guided tours including the private on-site faculty studios and see the results in their artwork. Talk to a Chestnut Hill College representative and learn how you can develop vital skills while pursuing your degree with the Integrated Art Studio major. Learn about their scholarships and other financial aid, and find out about life after art school by listening to their alumni success stories.
Fumiko by Joseph Dolderer
340 North 12th St., Philadelphia, PA

For more on this and other special events and exhibitions, click here.

Posted March 13th, 2014

New ARC Living Artist™ Jiaming Wang

Master of the Mountain
by Jiaming Wang
Jiaming Wang was born in Liaoning, China in 1962. He completed his art research at Nagoya Visual Art University in 1992 in Japan. He has exhibited extensively throughout Japan, the USA, and Central America and has won many prizes at home and abroad. After traveling and painting throughout Central America, in 1995 he moved to the United States and further pursued his art research at the University of Visual Art in New York. He has created modernist art in the past but recently has turned his attention to realist based paintings with a primary focus on wildlife…
To view his new gallery on ARC, please click here.

Posted March 13th, 2014

Plein Air Convention and Expo
Join over 700 hundred painters of all levels for the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo. The program is focused around three of painting’s most popular media – oil, water-based, and pastels. The convention will also include lectures and demos and this year there are more opportunities then ever to paint along side some of the most well known realist painters including ARC Living Masters™ Daniel Gerhartz and Joseph McGurl. Attendees will take part in the expo’s first ever art exhibitions and sales. For artists, it is more than just a unique adventure, it is also a business opportunity.
April 7-11, 2014 in Monterey-Carmel at the Monterey Conference Center.

Register today for the Plein Air Convention and Expo by clicking here.

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Painting by Joseph McGurl

Posted March 11th, 2014

Marci Oleszkiewicz Solo Show

Annelle and Her Dolls
by Marci Oleszkiewicz
ARC Living Master™ Marci Oleszkiewicz will be having a solo exhibition at Gallery Russia from March 13 – 27 featuring 21 new works.

Artist’s Reception: Thur. March 13, 7-9 pm

7103 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Posted March 10th, 2014

500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum
Now – May 11, 2014

This exhibition focuses on the renowned collection of more than 1,000 Italian drawings at the Princeton University Art Museum, which includes significant works by artists Luca Cambiaso, Guercino, and Giambattista Tiepolo, as well as masterpieces by Carpaccio, Michelangelo, and Modigliani. Featuring more than 90 rarely seen highlights, this exhibition provides a fresh examination of Italian draftsmanship by mapping issues and concepts such as technique, function, and connoisseurship.

Princeton University Art Museum – Princeton, NJ 08544

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Seated Male Nude by Bernini

Posted March 7th, 2014

Gage Collector’s Gala Art Auction & Benefit
Tomorrow, March 7th, attend the annual Gage Collector’s Gala including some works by works by the Aristides Atelier! Coming in March 2014 to St. Mark’s Cathedral, the event features live music and entertainment, and, of course, original works of art from emerging talent as well as regionally and nationally celebrated artists; all proceeds benefit educational programs at Gage.

Student Piece by Walker Hall
6pm – St. Mark’s Cathedral Sanctuary – 1245 10th Avenue E, Seattle, WA

To purchase tickets, click here.

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Posted March 6th, 2014

California Art Club’s 103rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

Dobrota by Adrian Gottlieb
The California Art Club an ARC Allied Organization™ will present the 103rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition at the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles from March 30 to April 20, 2014.

It is juried by a panel of museum scholars and nationally-renowned artists to identify the highest quality of work that builds upon the rich legacy of the early California Impressionist painters that founded the organization in 1909. The upcoming Gold Medal Exhibition will feature more than 200 never-before-seen works of art, created using time-honored fine art techniques.


The Beauty of The Dance
by David Leffel
During the exhibition, the California Art Club will present events and educational programs that enable art enthusiasts to learn more about traditional art forms. These activities include the Artists’ Gala Reception on Saturday, March 29, a portrait painting demonstration on the exhibition’s opening day, and a Roaring 20s themed “Paint-Out/Sculpt-Out”.

For more information on this and other exhibitions, click here.

Posted March 3rd, 2014

TRAC 2014
The Representational Art Conference 2014 kicks off in Ventura, CA this coming Sunday. Kara Ross, ARC Director of Operations will be on a panel discussing the future of representational art on Wed 8:30-10 am. Moderated by John Seed, other panel members include F Scott Hess, Graydon Parrish, Candice Bohannon Reyes and Peter Trippi.
Empire by Julio Reyes
The event runs from March 2 – March 5th. ARC Living Master™ Virgil Elliott and ARC Living Master™ Jeremy Lipking will be giving presentations as well as ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides who will be a Keynote speaker. ARC Living Master Julio Reyes™ will be a panelist/ featured speaker. Also Peter Adams who will represent the California Arts Club, an ARC Allied Organization™, and Peter Trippi will represent Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, another ARC Allied Organization™ on today’s market for representational art.

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Posted February 28th, 2014

Elizabeth Nourse: Rites of Passage
November 23, 2013 – March 2, 2014

Guild Hall – 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937

The First Communion
by Elizbeth Nourse
This exhibition celebrates the acquisition of The First Communion, a masterpiece by Cincinnati favorite Elizabeth Nourse (1859–1938) painted in 1895 from studies she made in the Breton village of Saint Gildas. Born in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, Nourse studied at the McMicken School of Design in Cincinnati before moving to France, where she enjoyed a successful career. The First Communion explores one of her signature themes: the spiritual lives of women and their participation in religious rituals. The painting will appear in context with fourteen works by Nourse from the holdings of the Art Museum and several loans from local collections.
To view more on this and other exhibitions, click here.

Posted February 26th, 2014

Masters of the American West
The Masters of the American West show is an invitational show held every year at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, CA. It is the 17th year for this Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. It features 82 of the very highest level of contemporary representational artists & their paintings or sculptures. The show will be featuring works by ARC Living Masters™ John Buxton and Jeremy Lipking.
Open now through March 16, 2014

The Autry in Griffith Park
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

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A Brief Delay At The Wall by John Buxton

Posted February 25th, 2014

A Great Example of Art Speak
Art Speak, A way by which complex sounding words and concepts are used to create the illusion of something being more then it is as a method to create value, meaning and importance that drastically outweighs what is actually there. Sotheby’s Contemporary Department said that “Cy Twombly’s epic 1964 canvas ‘Untitled (Rome)’ is one of the highlights of our Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 12 February 2014.” But what is even more amusing is the video created about the piece for the sale. If one looks at it objectively we can see that the painting really looks like the type of doodling that many peoples’ two year old children do. At one point the video flashes to a scribble with pencil and say’s it shows the artist’s “growing confidence”. Evidently there are many in the art world who think adults scribbling like children is something people should be willing to pay big bucks for. Although the piece does look like one a child would do, this doodle sold for 12,178,500 British pounds, over 20,000,000 US dollars.
Click here to view this incredible example of art speak. Everything about it from the word choice to the British accent to the dramatic music oozes value, when really the work is nothing but scribbles.

This concept was also explored in Frederick C. Ross’s new speech, titled Why Realism? To read the speech, click here.

Posted February 21st, 2014

The Academy of Realist Art, Boston Scholarship Competition
The Academy of Realist Art, Boston announces its second annual scholarship competition for promising artists with a love for the academic style of painting and drawing.

This ARC Approved Academy helps students master their fine art skills using a curriculum modeled on those used by the great 19th-century European ateliers and academies. Award-winning instructors at ARA Boston have varied educational backgrounds including study at ARA Toronto, Angel Academy of Art, Florence Academy of Art, Boston Museum School and the New York Academy of Art. These instructors are dedicated to providing every student with an individualized, rigorous educational experience.


Portrait by Garrett Vitanza
The scholarship award is for one year of full-time tuition, (September 2014-June 2015). Deadline for submission is March 15, 2014.

For more information about the competition please visit http://academyofrealistartboston.com/scholarship-info/.

Posted February 20th, 2014

Why Realism?
ARC has just published a speech titled “Why Realism?” given by ARC Chairman, Frederick C. Ross, on February 7, 2014 at the University of Connecticut. This was given as the Keynote Address to the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists.

“Thinking about this theme, I’ve concluded that nothing could be more appropriate than to ask and answer this question: Why Realism? There are finally today many organizations that believe in the value and importance of realism, both classical and contemporary; but why Realism? Why, after a century of denigration, repression and near annihilation, when the accepted beliefs taught in nearly every high school, college and university for the last hundred years, has been that realism is unoriginal?…

My answer is direct, simple and should be self-evident: The visual fine arts of drawing, painting and sculpture are best understood first last and always as a language; a visual language. It was developed and preserved first and foremost as a means of communication very much like spoken and written languages. And like language it is successful if communication takes place and it is unsuccessful if it does not. This answer simultaneously defines the term “Fine Art.” So fine art is a way that human beings can communicate… “.

To read the full speech, click here.

Posted February 18th, 2014

New ARC Letter
Hello,

I just wanted to say I greatly appreciate your creation of this extraordinary renaissance, revival and renewal of quality in the art world. I do not have the words to describe how exceptionally positive the Art Renewal Center and your vision is. You are providing not only hope and inspiration, but a quality future for generations to the world.

Thanks for your time and best regards…you are truly a blessing to the world,
Hans

To make a donation to the ARC Renewal Center, click here.

ARC is a 501C3 Nonprofit Educational Foundation, donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Posted February 13th, 2014

Would you like to Sponsor New Artists in the ARC Museum?
Since we have limited staff and funding we can only add a certain number of images to the ARC Museum per year. If there is an artist that fits the ARC Philosophy that you would like to see added to the ARC website, we would be happy to consider them. If we agree that they should be added, for a donation of $500 you can sponsor the addition of their work to the ARC Museum. If there is an artist already on the ARC website that you would like additional images for or better quality images for posted, we are happy to accommodate this as well for a $500 donation. ARC is a 501C3 Nonprofit Educational Foundation, donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Portrait of Mrs. Alex Puleston
by John William Waterhouse
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Posted February 12th, 2014

Two-Part Lecture Series
Gary Christensen, author of Richard F. Lack Catalogue Raisonné, will present an illustrated lecture on the preliminary studies, drawings and sketches of Richard Lack, founder of The Atelier, formerly Atelier Lack and the Classical Realist Movement. The first lecture will present Lack’s early drawings, student work, and works completed at the beginning of his career from 1940 to 1961. For the second lecture, Gary will present Lack’s studies and their paintings as well as copies and other drawings from 1962 to 1993.

Saturday, Feb. 15 & Feb. 22, 10am – noon
$15 for one lecture or $25 for both lectures.

Email mail@theatelier.org or call The Atelier at 612-362-8421 to reserve your seat.

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Posted February 11th, 2014

The Ani Art Academies Exhibition and Sale
Heroes, Villains, Myths & Legends

This exhibit will be the second significant concentration of works in New York City from The Ani Art Academies’ instructors, current apprentices, alumni and associates. A broad theme was chosen to give each artist the freedom to express themselves through characters and individuals who inspire them. On view will be a variety of works celebrating The Lone Ranger, Wolverine, Atlas, Aphrodite, Mata Hari, Miss Havisham (from Great Expectations), Joan of Arc, Tron and many others; this will be an amazing exhibition and is one in which the quality of the works will shock you.


Hi Yo Silver by Anthony Waichulis
March 15 – April 11, 2014

Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc. – 5 East 57th Street, 8th Floor, New York NY 10022

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Posted February 10th, 2014

Grand Central Academy of Art Open House
Treasure by Jacob Collins The Grand Central Academy of Art will be hosting its 2nd Annual Open House on Friday, February 21st from 6 – 8 p.m. Over 100 works by students and faculty will be on display. A selection of works will be for sale. RSVP to gca.leeanna@gmail.com. The Grand Central Academy is located 20 W 44th St, 6th floor, New York, NY, 10036.

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

Posted February 6th, 2014

New Article
William Bouguereau’s “Virgin of the Lilies” versus “Madonna of the Roses” was recently published in the Epoch Times.

La Vierge Aux Lys

La Madone aux Roses
Although William Bouguereau (1825–1905), painted the Madonna and Child several times throughout his career, there are two versions that draw an interesting comparison to one another as they are similar in many ways but hold interesting symbolic differences as well. The first is “La Vierge aux Lys” painted in 1899 and the second is “La Madone aux Roses,” in 1903. Both are three quarters length and show only the mother and child with no additional figures.

To read the full article by Kara Lysandra Ross, click here.

Posted February 3rd, 2014