|ARC Associate Living Master ™ John Pototschnik recently won “Best of Show” in the Plein Air Southwest Salon. About the award, Pototschnik said the following:|
|“What can I say? While attending the opening reception of the Outdoor Painters Society Plein Air Southwest Salon 2013, held at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, I learned one of my paintings was selected “Best of Show”.|
|“Left Behind” actually began as a larger painting but was cut down to improve the composition. Painted in one six-hour session, on-site, few refinements were needed back in the studio. Originally titled “Beside a Fallen Giant”, the new title popped into my mind while laying in bed two nights before the show…better expressing the story I felt while creating the piece.”
The French term en plein air means “in the open air,” but it’s come to represent the art of painting outdoors on location.
To read more about the show and the award, click here.
Posted April 16th, 2013
|We thought our ARC fans would be happy to know that realist art and the art of the 19th century are continuing to make a strong come back to popularity.|
|The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who for a long time had been against the 19th century artists such as William Bouguereau and Jean Leon Gerome, have recently decided to publish their new museum guide featuring Gerome’s Black Bashi-Bazouk on the cover. This could well be a defining moment in the re-appreciation of these artists. In addition, Bouguereau’s Nymphs and Satyr is currently on loan to the MET and is prominently hung between his student Pierre Auguste Cot’s two most famous paintings, The Storm and Springtime.|
Posted April 15th, 2013
|There are only 18 days left before the unveiling of the winning and finalist works of the 2012/2013 ARC Salon. Be sure to visit ARC on April 30th to see the results.
With an approximate 2000 entries this year by over 850 artists, the competition was steeper then ever. Even with the additional category, expanding our finalist cut up to the top 600 entries, we still are only including the top 30% of works submitted. The ARC Salon Catalogue will most likely run approximately 200 pages and include 600 full color images, winners will receive full page plates. Once we announce the winners the price of the catalogue will increase.
To pre-order your copy now at the discounted rate, click here.
Posted April 12th, 2013
| The Epoch Times has recently published an article for the old but not as talked about Frick Museum. Although it is much smaller then the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it is home to many important old mater paintings that may be easily missed in the hubbub of the active city.
“If you’ve just landed in the Big Apple and want to see some of the greats of the art world, it’s a must-see. After all, how often do you get to walk into someone’s living room and see a painting by Giovanni Bellini on one side flanked by two portraits by Titian, while opposite you have an El Greco flanked by two portraits painted by Hans Holbein?”
To read the full article, click here.
Mistress and Maid by Vermeer
Posted April 11th, 2013
by William Bouguereau
|I just read your article on William Bouguereau – written many years ago, but perfectly relevant today. It affected me enough to write this email. WB played a major role in my artistic career. Like you, I heard nothing but disdain for him from art history professors during my BFA 1964-1968 programme at Concordia University in Montreal (in my time called SGWU).
Although WB did not appear in the text book History of Art by H. W. Janson he did in Mainstreams of Modern Art by J. Canaday, but only as a noted artist who appealed to the bourgeoisie.
To read the full letter, click here.
Posted April 10th, 2013
| BACAA will be teaching a special three month summer program June – August, 2013, with advanced instruction from six different instructors including ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides, ARC Living Master™ Dan Thompson, and 2010/2011 ARC Salon award recipient for Most Ambitious Work, Stephen Perkins. Classes will be held every day, 10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The course will include Long Pose Drawing, Painting, Structure, Anatomy and Ecorche.
In addition students will have the opportunity to work from museum master copies and sculptures. This program is intended for adults to advance in their skills and build an impressive portfolio. For students who cannot commit to the three month program, single month programs or ten day workshops are available.
Vitae by Stephen Perkins
2010-2011 ARC Salon
Most Ambitious Work
For more information and to register, please click here.
Posted April 9th, 2013
|ARC Living Master™ Orley Ypon will be featured with ten works in a two man show with Romulo Galicano. Both artists hail from Cebu, in the Philippines. The works showcase their talents not only in the technically demanding craft of painting, but also in the execution of conceptually challenging compositions. Orley’s work tends to be highly symbolic and many pieces use large groups of human forms poetically posed to depict themes, social issues, and the human condition.|
Prayer by Orley Ypon
Most recently he won first place figurative category in the 2011/2012 International ARC Salon.
April 11 – May 10, 2013
Opening reception with the artists
Altro Mondo – Arte Contemporanea – 3/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City, Philippines
Posted April 8th, 2013
|We wanted to share with our viewers a letter that was sent to us in response to Sotheby’s Hong Kong featuring four paintings by ARC Living Master™ Han-Wu Shen at their 20th Century Chinese Art April 6th auction. Sotheby’s included a large write up on the artist, his relationship to ARC Chairman Frederick Ross and the Art Renewal Center:|
|That’s great news about the Shen paintings in the Sotheby’s auction! I hope the bids exceed expectations and the inclusion in the auction will draw more interest to his works.
I bought one of the paintings he first did after immigrating to the US. The ARC Living Master program and Shen’s inclusion in it played a significant role in my final decision to buy a painting at such price levels.
Turn Back Time (Lot 549)
|To read the Sotheby’s catalogue notes or to view the sale, click here.
It has never been a better time to become an ARC Artist/ Living Master. Our current artists are enjoying further success in their careers from the exposure they receive from their gallery on ARC. A significant number of artists have reported receiving major commissions and invitations for prominent gallery representation as a direct result from their online exhibit at the Art Renewal Center www.artrenewal.org. ARC has become the “go-to” standard for galleries seeking the finest living artists in the world.
To apply to become and ARC Artist/Living Master™, click here.
Posted April 5th, 2013
The Last Dance by Rodney Davis
2012 Charcoal and White Pastel
36 x 26 inches
|Ani Art Academies’ The Big Gamble will open this Saturday, April 6th. The opening reception will be from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Rehs Contemporary Galleries – 5 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022
For more information on this and other exhibitions, click here.
Posted April 4th, 2013
| We have recently added 50 new old master and 19th century artist photographs thanks to another image donation by Don Kurtz.
Photographs have been added for the following artists:
|Aublet, Albert / Batoni, Pompeo Girolamo/ Berndtson, Gunnar/ Cabral, Joaquim/ Calthrop, Claude/ Catala, Luis Alvarez / Corot, Jean_Baptiste_Camille/ Falat, Julian/ Feuerbach, Anslem Friedrich/ Flatman, Thomas/ Fragonard, Jean Honore/ Friant, Emile/ Goltzius, Hendrick/ Gude, Hans Fredrik/ Herbert, Antoine Auguste Ernest/ Holiday, Henry/ Ibbetson, Julius Caesar/ Kiprensky, Orest Adamovich/ Kruseman, Cornelis/ Latour, Henri Fantin/ Leslie, Charles Robert/ Levy, Emile/ Liotard, Jean_Etienne/ Loo, Louis Michel van/ MacMonnies, Frederick William/ Makovsky, Konstantin/ Manyoki, Adam/ Marko, Karoly/ Martin, David/ Mauve, Anton/ Miller, Alfred Jacob/ Monvoisin, Raymond Auguste Quinsac/ More, Jacob/ Mosnier, Jean Laurent/ Nicholson, Francis/ Peale, Charles Willson/ Perronneau, Jean Baptiste/ Pesne, Antoine/ Philps, Thomas/ Pickersgill, Frederick Richard/ Raffalt, Ignaz/ Rethel, Alfred/ Richardson, Jonathan/ Rotar, Pietro Antonio/ Runge, Philipp Otto/ Troger, Paul/ Wassnezow, Wiktor Michajlowitsch/Zoffany, Johann||
Photograph of Emile Friant
|To view the photographs please visit the artist’s pages in the ARC Museum.|
Posted April 3rd, 2013
|Next week several ARC Masters and a faculty of over 70 instructors and speakers will converge at the Monterey, CA Conference Center for the Plein Air Convention from PleinAir magazine. ARC Masters™ include James Gurney, Erik Koeppel, and Jeremy Lipking. According to Eric Rhoads, Chairman of Streamline publishing (Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur), “Everything we do is about elevating people to the next level through education. Historically most academic painters required plein air study as an important part of the process for all painting, whether landscape or figurative. It’s still an important part of the Russian and Chinese curriculum and very much a part of many of today’s major ateliers.” The convention is primarly focused on plein air painting though there will be figurative demos from Jeremy Lipking, Tony Pro, Alexey Steele, Michelle Dunaway and Alexandria Tyng. Instructors do on stage demos with two big screens for closeups and then the entire group goes outdoors to paint on location alongside the faculty. The event is being help April 12-14 and a few seats have been held back for walk up registration.|
|ARC members can receive a special ARC discount by using the code ARC2013 at registration.
For more information, visit the Plein Air website by clicking here.
To view more on other upcoming events, click here.
Posted April 2nd, 2013
| As shown in the most recent Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine issue, Palm Avenue Fine Art is hosting American Masters 2013, an exhibition featuring several of the finest living American artists, including ARC Living Masters™ Duffy Sheridan, Max Ginsburg, and Joseph McGurl. The show closes April 5, 2013, so be sure to see the event before it closes this Friday.
Palm Avenue Fine Art – 10 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
To view more on this and other exhibitions, click here.
Posted April 1st, 2013
|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 March 28th, 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 March 26th, 2013
|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 March 25th, 2013
2012 first place winner
|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 March 22nd, 2013
| 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 March 20th, 2013
|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 March 19th, 2013
|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 March 15th, 2013
|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 email@example.com or phone at (416) 573-5169 as soon as possible to solidify your position.
To view more works by Shaun Downey, click here.
Posted March 14th, 2013