Plein Air Painting

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Plein Air Painting

Thank you to PleinAir Magazine and Plein Air Convention & Expo for sponsoring this category.

The Art Renewal Center is proud to present the winners and finalists of Plein Air Painting in the 15th International ARC Salon Competition. Plein Air Painting is about painting on site and creating beautiful scenes fully from life in a natural setting. Its origins started centuries ago as a way to capture color and light, and works created in this method were often used by artists as reference sketches when creating academic studio works. However, this style of painting took on a life of its own, becoming a favorite of the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, married with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel, allowed artists the freedom to paint "en plein air," which is the French expression for "in the open air". Although this category is most often associated to landscape paintings, figurative works that were also painted en plein air, are encouraged in this category. We are proud to add this important historical genera to the ARC Salon.

Winners

$2,500 Cash Award

First Place

Tim Kelly

Welcome to Manayunk

2018

Oil on canvas

45.72 × 60.96 cm | 18 × 24 in

$1,000 Cash Award

Second Place

Joshua Cunningham

Abandoned to Sunset

2020

Oil on linen

60.96 × 91.44 cm | 24 × 36 in

$500 Cash Award

Third Place

Jim McVicker

Backlit Roses

2019

Oil on linen panel

50.8 × 40.64 cm | 20 × 16 in

Honorable Mentions

Darby Vincent Alcoseba

Flowing Luck

2020

Oil on canvas

76.2 × 101.6 cm | 30 × 40 in

Neal Hughes

Mim's Creek

2019

Oil on linen

35.56 × 45.72 cm | 14 × 18 in

Tim Kelly

In Her Black Lace Dress

2019

Oil on canvas

45.72 × 60.96 cm | 18 × 24 in

Tim Kelly

Rockport in D Minor

2018

Oil on canvas

60.96 × 45.72 cm | 24 × 18 in

Jim McVicker

Begonias and Sunlight

2019

Oil on linen

101.6 × 76.2 cm | 40 × 30 in

Jim McVicker

The Artist Garden

2020

Oil on linen

101.6 × 152.4 cm | 40 × 60 in

Tibor Nagy

Nocturne

2017

Oil

60 × 60 cm | 23 1/2 × 23 1/2 in

Tibor Nagy

Silent Street

2017

Oil

40 × 30 cm | 15 1/2 × 11 3/4 in

Finalists