You will want to read this major new addition to the ARC Philosophy which proves the decisive importance and value of traditional Realism. In “Why Realism”, Mr. Ross supplies the expanding Realist movement with the strongest rationale yet, why Realist images are the only way possible to achieve the primary reason that fine art exists…. which is to communicate with poetic beauty the ideas and passions of our shared humanity. ARC for many years has focused the debate about Realism vs. Modernism whose definition is characterized by celebrating the destruction of realism. ARC Chairman Fred Ross in his speech delivered at University of Connecticut, February 7, “knocks it out of the park.”
To read the full s p eec h, click here.
We are no longer accepting entries
for the 2013/2014 Interna tional ARC Salon:
Finalists will be announced hopefully by the end of March and Winners by the end of April.
This is our 10th annual competition in which some of the best contemporary realist artists in the world compete for recognition, over $60,000 in cash prizes, and a chance to have their work seen by some of the more than 5,000,000 annual visitors to the ARC website. Other participating publications include: Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, American Fine Art Magazine, International Artist Magazine and the Epoch Times. The Best in Show winner of the 2013/2014 ARC Salon competition, in addition to $8,000, will be awarded with a fully produced and released video DVD produced by Streamline Art Video showing a demonstration of their technique, an interview with the artist, and a profile of the artist’s work as a key featured part of a DVD on the ARC Salon.
|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 October 17th, 2013
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 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 October 15th, 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 October 9th, 2013
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 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 October 4th, 2013
|International 2013/2014 ARC Salon Prospectus is Live|
|We are happy to announce the Art Renewal Center’s 2013-2014 Salon. This will be our 10th annual competition in which some of the best contemporary realist artists in the world compete for recognition, cash prizes, and a chance to have their work seen by some of the more than 5,000,000 annual visitors to the ARC website, as well as in other reputable venues.
|This year we will have press coverage in six magazines; Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine will be publishing an article on the top winners of the 2012-2013 Salon. In addition, Plein Air Magazine will be giving out a special award to one artist to be featured in their magazine. Also, for the first year ever, American Art Collector Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, American Fine Art Magazine, and International Artist Magazine will all be giving out awards as well. ARC Director of Operations, Kara Lysandra Ross, will write an article on the top winners for the Epoch Times, a large international newspaper that publishes in 19 languages.
|The Best in Show winner of the 2013/2014 ARC Salon competition, in addition to $8,000, will be awarded with a fully produced and released video DVD produced by Streamline Art Video showing a demonstration of their technique, an interview with the artist, and a profile of the artist’s work as a key featured part of a DVD on the ARC Salon.
This year we are offering $61,450 in cash awards, though with purchase awards sometimes being well above the minimum stated below, the total amount is often much higher. For example, in last year’s competition paintings valued at over $200,000 were purchased. Participants can compete and win in 7 categories.
To view the full prospectus, click here.
Posted September 27th, 2013
|Epoch Times, a multi-national newspaper headquartered in New York, has extended its publication to five days a week, Monday through Friday, taking its place among the top daily broadsheets in New York. The newspaper can be found in yellow news boxes throughout Manhattan. Subscriptions are available through http://subscribe.theepochtimes.com/.
||The Epoch Times is a strong supporter of the Contemporary Realist movement in America and abroad and often report on ARC Approved Atelier Schools as well as artists and events that are featured on the ARC Website.
This expansion marks an important step in the Epoch Times‘s journey. Freedom of the press and humanity are the foundation of the Epoch Times; their beginnings hailed from a great need to provide uncensored news to a people immersed in propaganda and censorship in China. You can read more about the beginnings of the Epoch Times by clicking here.
Posted September 26th, 2013
|John Buxton enters the Eiteljorg Museum’s Permanent Collection|
|John Buxton was recently awarded the The Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award, which is the addition of an artist’s work into the museum’s permanent collection. The award is given out once a year during the annual Quest For The West invitational show & sale, and this year it went to Buxton for his painting titled, A Secret Cache.
|About the award, Buxton said the following:
“It is certainly the greatest of honor to have your work forever exhibited beside the greats of western art in the museum collection. Truly a proud moment for this old painter! The germ for this painting has been hanging around since I took a trip to Kentucky in 1989. Walking along the Cumberland River with several locals, we came upon a secluded small waterfall among the vegetation. I took several photos, but was told that another artist had plans to paint the scene. The slides of that scene sparked my interest every time I leafed through my binder from the Cumberland trip.
I respected that other artist, and did not develop my idea for a painting…until early this year. I cannot remember who the other artist was and I don’t recall seeing any painting of the waterfall. It was time!
A Secret Cache by John Buxton
30 x 20 inches oil on linen
|Just to be safe, I decided it would not be a waterfall in my painting, but a cave in which plunder might be secreted away. So, I developed how a few Native Americans may have tossed down things…working out my composition, slight light source and color values. As a waterfall, it may have been a nice composition…with a strong vertical. I chose to develop a zig-zag composition and use the vertical only for my figures.
I believe that I achieved my goal of producing a painting unlike any that I have seen before.”
Posted September 25th, 2013
|Nine New Books Offered In ARC Store|
|ARC has recently added nine new fine art books to the ARC store. All published by the Antique Collectors Club. The titles include:|
Arthur Hughes A Catalogue Raisonné, Courts and Courtly Arts in Renaissance Italy Arts, Culture and Politics, 1395-1530, Dog Painting A History of the Dog in Art, Gaston La Touche A Painter of Belle Époque Dreams, Frederick Sandys 1829-1904 – A Catalogue Raisonné, History and Dictionary of British Flower Painters 1650-1950, Pre-Raphaelite Marriage The Lives of Marie Spartali Stillman and William Stillman, Suffolk Artists Of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Victorian Painters Vol. 1: The Text, and Victorian Painters Vol. 2. Historical Survey and Plates
To learn more about these impressive volumes or to order, click on the names above or visit the book section of the ARC store by clicking here.
Posted September 20th, 2013
|Ron Cheek and the ARC Approved™ Texas Academy of Figurative Art featured in Post-Modern Times|
|The below is a quote from the article titled Perhaps it is Time to Make Really Wonderful Paintings Again, by Dick Davison
“It is very satisfying, therefore, to realize that throughout [the recent history of contemporary art], there have been artists who were never the servants of “hot” trends in the art world, who never relinquished their desire to make powerful, meaningful images despite very little mainstream attention, and who continued to pursue their very specific visions of reality. Texan Ron Cheek is one such artist…Ron Cheek has been involved in teaching since his student days…he founded the Texas Academy of Figurative Art (TAFA) in 2007. This is a bold move for an individual artist in a world of five-digit population universities, accreditation bureaus, and online degrees.
Lazarus’ Dream by Ron Cheek
48 x 40 inches oil on canvas
Cheek’s academy, situated in the old downtown area of Fort Worth, is the quintessential art school. The students are a remarkable mix of practicing professionals, disenchanted university students, and lay people who want to learn more about art. All are serious about being at Cheek’s school, and all are willing to work within the rigorous curriculum that is essential in developing a viable visual acuity. A visit to TAFA is indeed inspiring, and in this writer’s opinion it is this kind of learning culture that produces the most vibrant art.”
Posted September 19th, 2013
|Studio Incamminati – A Group Exhibition|
Loni by Nelson Shanks
More than 40 pieces of art from the instructors, fellows and alumni of Studio Incamminati will be making a collective national debut, when the prestigious SR Brennen Galleries presents an exhibition of their work at the gallery’s newest site in “The Palace” in Santa Fe, NM.
October 4 – December 4, 2013
Champagne Opening Reception, October 4th, 6:30 – 8pm.
S.R. Brennen Galleries- 124 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM, 87501
| To view more on this and other exhibitions, please click here.
Posted September 18th, 2013
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