Christie’s NY Major Sale
Christie’s NY will be holding their important 19th century painting sale on April 28. The preview will be open to the public starting on April 25th. The sale will include works by Jean-François Millet, William Bouguereau, Jean Béraud, Jehan Georges Vibert, Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Rudolph Ernst, and others. The auction will consist of 72 lots. 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.

20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York.

Women at the Fountain
by Frederick Arthur Bridgman
To view the online catalogue, click here.

Posted April 21st, 2014

Richard MacDonald Exhibition at the MEAM

Sculpture by Richard MacDonald
ARC Living Master™ Richard MacDonald, specializing in sculptures of ballerinas and acrobats and closely linked to the Cirque du Soleil and the Royal Ballet of London, will visit Barcelona this spring invited by the MEAM (European museum of Modern Art). It will be the first time he has exhibited his work in Spain. This anthological show, which will cover his 25 year career, can be seen on the first floor and in the courtyard of the MEAM. The exhibit will include a wide-ranging vision of this master’s work, considered a reference of figurative sculpture internationally.
April 30 – June 15, 2014, Museu Europeu d’Art Modern – Barra de Ferro, 5, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.

The MEAM is an ARC Allied Organization™. To learn more about our Allied Organizations, click here.

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

Posted April 18th, 2014

GCA Scholarship Competitions
In addition to the ARC Scholarship Competition for which we will accept entries throughout the month of May, ARC Approved ™ Grand Central Academy is also hosting a competition.

This New York school is offering four scholarship opportunities for their 20 day drawing intensive workshop. Scholarship winners will receive 50% off their tuition.

The application deadline is noon next Wednesday, the 23rd. Winners will be notified by April 29th.

E-mail to apply.

Untitled Drawing by Anthony Baus

Posted April 17th, 2014

Article on the TRAC2014 Conference

Last Train Home by Tony Pro
A new article on The Representational Art Conference by ARC Chief Operating Officer Kara Lysandra Ross was just published in the Epoch Times. The TRAC conferences are the first venue in which a large gathering of like minded individuals from many different organizations physically came together for open discussion.
“The Contemporary Realist Movement has hit a critical mass and is growing now exponentially. There are many modernist thinkers and collectors who will feel threatened by this growing change in the art world. They will try to suppress it as they have for the last 100 years in order to protect their investments, both tangible and intangible. The CLU is at the forefront of universities bringing into being what will surely become the art of the 21st century by hosting the incredible physical manifestation of the work so many have done for so many years.”

To read the full article, click here.

Posted April 16th, 2014

Han Wu Shen sells for $190,000 at Sotheby’s
Two paintings by ARC Living Master ™ Han Wu Shen (Shen Hanwu) came up for sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 6th, 2014.
The first, Cooking Dinner, sold near the high estimate at 475,000 HKD (61,239 USD) and the second work, Descendants of the Dragon, soared over the high estimate of 250,000 – 350,000 HKD and sold for 1,480,000 HKD (190,810 USD). This is almost 2 1/2 times the highest price paid for one of his works at auction, the previous record being 600,000 HKD (77,273 USD) for his painting of On the Way, which sold in April of last year.
Cooking Dinner by Han Wu Shen

Descendants of the Dragon by Han Wu Shen
When On the Way came up for sale, Sotheby’s included a large write up on the artist, his relationship to ARC Chairman Frederick Ross and the Art Renewal Center in their auction catalogue. Shen’s prices continue to rise steadily and they are likely to continue to do so as his work bears strong resemblance to his peer, Wang Yidong in subject, color palette, composition and technical execution. Yidong, who is five years younger than Shen regularly has his paintings sell between 1,000,000 and 3,000,000 US dollars for a single work at auction. We believe Shen’s prices at auction will continue to climb until they achieve a comparable price level.

Posted April 15th, 2014

New Summer Teen Workshop

Bargue Drawing by Andrew Boatright
The Texas Academy of Figurative Art is pleased to present their first Summer Teen Workshop, July 7-18. Their program and curriculum has great appeal to aspiring young artists. Many young students have never been exposed to the principles of realist art and their classically-based curriculum offers High School students the opportunity to anchor their drawing and painting skills in classical methodology as well as enhance their portfolio preparations.

To learn more about this workshop and to sign up, click here.

Posted April 14th, 2014

Juliette Aristides Painting Demo
April 16, 2014

Join the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists for a painting demo with ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This event is free for PSGNA members and costs $10 for non-members.

Capital Cider – 818 East Pike Street Seattle, Washington 98122

For more information on this and other exhibitions click here.

Nature Tamed by Juliette Aristides

Posted April 11th, 2014

New ARC Living Artist™ Clark Gussin

Sabbath by Clark Gussin
Influenced by many contemporary artists, Clark felt a special affinity to Andrew Wyeth and to a lesser degree James Bama, and Norman Rockwell. The rural countryside and the people Wyeth painted were reminiscent of the farm where Clark spent much of his time as a boy. It was a common setting in the rural South during the 50′s and 60′s when Clark was a young man; to live on a small tobacco farm in Southeast North Carolina, Clark’s family roots for over two hundred years. Looking back Clark realized how much the people, the landscape, and the life on a rural family farm influenced his life and art. His curiosity and attention to detail in the rugged and worn hands of a field worker, to the faceted, bleached boards on the side of a pack house, to the juxtaposition of his natural surroundings, and the plowed furrows on the land before planting are depicted in Gussin’s work.
To view his new gallery on ARC, please click here.

Posted April 10th, 2014

ARC 2014 Scholarship Competition
The prospectus for the 2014 ARC Scholarship Competition is now live on the ARC website.

We will be giving out yet another $30,000 in scholarship funds to students attending ARC Approved ™ Atelier and Academy Schools.

Entries will be received throughout the month of May, from May 1 – May 31.

To view the prospectus, click here.

By 2013 3rd place scholarship winner,
Rachel Personett

Posted April 7th, 2014

ARC Salon Finalists Announced
With an approximate 2,200 entries this year by over 1,000 artists, the competition was steeper then ever. This year we have expanded once again to include a total of 685 finalist works. These works represent the top 31% of works submitted. We have not revealed what category or what works the below individuals are finalists in, in order to keep the suspense high for the actual announcement of the winners. We are planning on announcing the winners in early May, an exact date will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

To view the names of the finalists, click here.

All the finalists will be included in the 2013/2014 ARC Salon catalogue. You can pre-order now through our ARC store at our special pre-order price by clicking here. The price will increase once winners are announced.

Posted April 4th, 2014

Max Ginsburg Solo Exhibition

Unemployed On Line by Max Ginsburg
ARC Living Master™ Max Ginsburg will be having a solo exhibition of his work at Artrage Gallery – 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY from April 12 – May 24, 2014. In addition, Ginsburg will be giving two presentations. The first is a discussion about the 14 paintings on Exhibit which will be given on April 14th from 7 – 8 p.m. and the second is a painting demonstration on April 16th, from 7 – 9 p.m.

To view more on this and other exhibition, click here.

Posted April 3rd, 2014

David Bowers Solo Show

Finding the Gold by David Bowers
ARC Living Master™ David Bowers is being featured in a solo show that opens April 11, 2014

Palm Avenue Fine Art – 10 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236

To view more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted April 2nd, 2014

Shane Wolf Solo Exhibition
Shane Wolf, former ARC Scholarship Winner will be featured in a solo show of over 60 framed drawings. All of the works showcased have been drawn completely from live models.

The show will run from April 4th – 20th at Galerie L’Oeil du Prince, 7 rue de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris

Rodion by Shane Wolf

Posted April 1st, 2014

ARC Approved™ Videos Now on the ARC Website

Los Dos Pintores by Jose Jimenez y Aranda
In order to better assist our viewers, ARC has put together a collection of the most helpful and informative videos by ARC Living Masters and Artists™, ARC Approved Schools™, and ARC Allied Organizations™. These videos consist of artist demonstrations and artist interviews. We have also begun revamping our podcast page and will be including new video and audio podcasts in the near future.
To view our new landing page and to start exploring these videos, click here.

Posted March 31st, 2014

BACAA Workshops
The Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier will be hosting a number of exciting workshops this spring and summer. Ted Seth Jacobs will be teaching an exclusive workshop in France, June 2nd – July 3rd for which there are only two spots left. Other workshops being offered in the spring and summer include: Stephen Early Figure Painting Workshop, July 7 – July 18, Graydon Parrish Workshop on Form Painting and Color Theory, July 21 – August 1, Michael Grimaldi and Dan Thompson Workshop on Advanced Artistic Anatomy, August 4 – 8, and Juliette Aristides will be teaching a Figure Painting Workshop from August 11 – 22.
Susana by Graydon Parrish
To view more information and to sign up for courses, click here.

Posted March 27th, 2014

New Item in ARC Store
Anthony Waichulis and his artists of ARC Approved Ani Art Academy Waichulis have just released their new Language of Painting 4 disc DVD series.

This is their sequel to the Language of Drawing 3 disk DVD Series that they released last year. The system is designed to develop fundamental representational painting skills through a very carefully calibrated sequence of exercises.

To order now, click here.

Posted March 25th, 2014

New ARC Letter
Read a recently added letter about whether or not the use of photography in art is a tool, a hindrance, or a cheat.

“Photography is probably the most controversial subject among realist painters today and one that should be open to debate and discussion.”

To read the letter and the response, click here.

Posted March 24th, 2014

Epoch Times Reports on Ani Academy Exhibition and Sale
“Art Students Tackle Heroes, Villains, Myths, and Legends.

Poseidon meets Mr. Potatohead in Rehs collaboration with Ani Art Academies.
Inspired by the top-grossing films of the past five years, Howard and Alyssa Rehs, father-and-daughter co-directors of Rehs Contemporary Galleries, announced the theme of their second annual show in conjunction with Ani Art Academies, which offers free board and fine arts education to a select few budding artists.”

Read the full article by Christine Lin by clicking here.

The Eye of the Day by Elena Green

Posted March 21st, 2014

Julio Reyes and Candice Bohannon Featured in FAC

Vessels by Julio Reyes
The latest issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine features an article on ARC Living Master™ Julio Reyes and his wife Candice Bohannon. About the talented artist couple, Vanessa Rothe reports:
“Reyes and Bohannon adhere to highly defined philosophies and aesthetics. Both believe that traditional training is necessary, that the skills, styles, and theories learned in school are important building blocks, but must then be assembled uniquely to make one’s own individual statement, from within the artist. This is easier said then done, of course. Reyes observes, with hearty agreement from Bohannon, “For the whisper of an idea to germinate in the mind, take hold in the heart, and then inspire the act of creation, is incredible! The sheer persistence of creative energy, and the birth of each artwork I’ve made against all odds, is so improbable that is has to be a miracle – like the miracle or life itself.”

Bed of Gold by Candice Bohannon
To order a copy of this issue, click here.

Posted March 20th, 2014

New Technical Article published
Originally published in the Angel Academy’s blog, written by Michael John Angel himself, Angel explores color composition based on the Holbein Scheme and the Two-tone Silhouette.

To view this new article on ARC, click here.

Portrait of Duke Antony the Good of Lorraine by Hans Holbein

Posted March 19th, 2014