Archive for August, 2012

ARC Technical Articles

by William McGregor Paxton
For those artists out their who are looking to improve their technical skills but can not afford to attend one of our ARC Approved schools, you may want to visit our Technical Articles section which is free to the public by clicking here.

In addition to this you may want to purchase one of the books or DVDs from our Artist Self Help Section at the following link. These books/DVDs have all been reviewed and have good, sound content.

Posted Friday, August 31st, 2012

New ARC Associate Living Master™
We would like to Welcome a new Associate Living Master™, Jon Bøe Paulsen, to the ARC Artist and Living Master’s Gallery.
This Norwegian artist has exhibited in many locations from Norway to England to France to the USA and has been a finalist in more then one ARC Salon. His subject mater varies from portraiture to imaginative realism.

To view his gallery on ARC click here.

Posted Thursday, August 30th, 2012

PleinAir Magazine presents the second annual “Plein Air Salon.”


The distinguished art dealer John Pence is judging the competition and the deadline is August 31, 2012. Merchandise and promotional opportunities will be awarded in September, and semi-finalists will become eligible for the $20,000 in cash awards given during the Plein Air Convention & Expo in April 2013.

For more information visit

Posted Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Berlin Museum’s Plan to Replace Old Masters Raises Uproar
The plan would display modern art and store old masters paintings for years.

Half of the Gemäldegalerie’s entire collection of old masters paintings, one of Europe’s greatest, will be going into storage. A donated collection of 20th-century art will replace the 3,000 heritage works, a decision that is angering art historians and art lovers around the world.

Please call or write in your complaints to the museum.

To read the full article click here.

The above image is Raffael (1483 – 1520), “Maria mit dem Kind, Johannes d.T. und einem Hl. Knaben (Madonna Terranuova)”, and is a part of the Gemäldegalerie’s old master collection.

Posted Friday, August 24th, 2012

International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition

Image by Duffy Sheridan
ARC Director of Operations, Kara Lysandra Ross, will be a guest judge at the International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition, in Carmel, CA. The Exhibition will run from September 7 – September 30, 2012 and the reception will be Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 5 – 8pm. IGOR, an ARC Allied Organization, currently represents around 280 artists hailing from 35 countries around the world. Their mission is to advance realism in fine art through museum exhibitions, art gallery shows, workshops, education programs, marketing support and Internet exposure.

For more information visit the hosting galleries website by clicking here.

To learn more about other art exhibitions, visit our upcoming and current events page by click here.

Posted Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Arc Approved™ Studio Incamminati News
Studio Incamminati, founded and directed by world renowned artist Nelson Shanks, is currently accepting applications for full and part-time study. They are also offering there own scholarships to students who are qualified and need assistance.

For more information, click here.

Posted Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Imaginative Realism at IlluXcon 2012

Procession by Michael C. Hayes
The annual IlluXCon symposium, founded in 2008, now draws artists and attendees from all over the world. This year the symposium will take place in Altoona, PA on November 8-11, 2012. The 2012 show will feature nearly 60 artists in the main exhibition, with many more included in the IlluXCon Showcase. 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.
This year they were able to give out 5 scholarships to pay for students to attend the event.

To view their official trailer, click here.

To register and purchase tickets to attend the show, click here.

Posted Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

2012/2013 ARC Salon Prospectus
The prospectus for the Art Renewal Center 2012/2013 International Salon Competition is now available for review. Entries will be accepted from September 1st – December 31st, 2012. The 5 judges will be selected and announced by mid October, winners will be announced in the late spring.

Click here to review the prospectus.

Posted Monday, August 20th, 2012

New Article
Learn more about the winners of the 2011/2012 ARC Salon and their award winning works:

Excerpt below is about the Bouguereau Award Winner, David Gluck’s, The Trapper.

This work mixes a Rembrandtesque color pallet and intense gaze with a sensitive suspense that is unique. The viewer has stumbled across a hunter who is sneaking about to set a trap for his intended prey.

The shotgun shells sticking out of his breast pocket and a trap in hand give the work a sinister feel. Yet the sinister quality is softened by a gentle touch, most likely communicated through the delicate choice in hand positioning, which instills this hardened man with a poetic flare.

Speaking of the inspiration for the painting, Gluck said: “When I knew him [the model], he didn’t have a job or a real home of his own, but he kept himself extremely busy collecting scrap metal. He was a modern-day forager.

At this time, too, I was rediscovering the Russian schools, and my new love for this type of art and my new acquaintance combined to create this painting. Here Brian is depicted as an early settler-trapper, a grizzled breed of man that lived with few material comforts and braved the harsh winters to seek a living from the woods.”

To read the full 3,100 word article click here.
Posted Friday, August 17th, 2012

Upcoming Exhibition
ARC Approved Atelier™, The Academy of Realist Art, will be having a show at the French Cultural Center of Boston.

Beaux – Arts and the New “Bohemians”
French Cultural Center of Boston
53 Marlborough Street, Boston
Sept. 1 – Oct. 1, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 5th from 6:30 – 8:30

For more on this and other exhibitions visit our Upcoming and Current Exhibition page by clicking here.

Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2012

New Allied Organization – TRAC2012
There has been a neglect of critical appreciation of representational art well out of proportion to its quality and significance; it is that neglect that this conference seeks to address. By its nature, 21st century representational art is not to be thought of as simply a return to 19th century realism, but as an open-ended exploration. The conference is planned as a focused but non-doctrinaire event, of serious academic standards. What is the role of representational art in the twenty-first century? What are its sources and directions? How might it shape the art world?

Reclining in White by Jeremy Lipking
Keynote addresses by: Jed Perl
John Nava
Featured Presenters: Virgil Elliot
Vern G. Swanson
Panelists: David Kassan, Richard T. Scott, Sadie Valeri, Ruth Weisberg
Demonstration Artists: Béla Bacsí, Jeremy Lipking, Tony Pro, Alexey Steele, Mia Tavonatti
To register visit

To view their section on ARC, visit our Allied Organization page.

Posted Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

We are almost sold out!
There are less then 80 copies of the William Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonne left out of the original 2,000 copies printed. We are now taking the book off sale. For those who are interested in still buying the book, we will be selling the next 15 copies at the original list price of $350. As supplies become more limited, we will be increasing the sale price again.

To order a copy of this monumental work, with information on all 827 known paintings, images of over 600 unique works, and many full page plates, click here.

Posted Monday, August 13th, 2012

31 new 19th century Brazilian Artists
We have just finished adding 31 new 19th century Brazilian artists to the ARC website. This wonderful addition was donated by Marcelo Jorge, along with a detailed article on that period of painting in Brazil.

To view the article, click here.

You can find all the newly added images by visiting our Recent Additions section, or clicking on the artist names from the article.

Posted Friday, August 10th, 2012

New ARC Approved Atelier in Chicago, IL
Ravenswood Atelier was established in 2008 by two Florence Academy alumni and former instructors, Matthew and Magdalena Almy. The school offers a four-year apprenticeship program centered around the principles of academic training developed in the late 19th c., according to the teaching passed down to its founders in a direct master-to-student lineage dating back to the atelier of Jean-Léon Gérôme. Teachers paint alongside the students from the same model daily.

To view more, visit their new page on ARC by clicking here.

Posted Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Salon Catalogue Pre-Order
We would like to announce that in addition to all the winners and finalists, this year’s Salon Catalogue will contain a reprinting of the introduction to the William Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonne, complete with several full page plates by Wiliam Bouguereau, as well as an article by Kara Lysandra Ross on some of the major winners from this year’s Salon.

To pre-order your copy of the Salon Catalogue click here.

Posted Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

James Gurney Books with Original Sketches
Classic books with original sketch by James Gurney are now available, including the all famous Dinotopia books!

To view the books and one of a kind sketches that are currently available, please click on the titles below.

Dinotopia: Signed 20th Anniversary Edition with Original Sketch
Journey to Chandara: Signed with Original Sketch
Color and Light: Signed with Original Sketch
Imaginative Realism: Signed with Original Sketch
Posted Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Job Opportunity: Art Instructor Wanted
The Swedish Academy of Realist Art – Atelier Stockholm (SARA) is looking for an instructor. They can offer 8 to 16 hours of work every week and a private studio in the school. Employment can start as soon as September 3, 2012.
They need a professional, working painter with high skills in the representational/realistic painting style, who also feels passionate about teaching and who would like to be a part of a dynamic and developing organization such as SARA for a shorter or longer period.
Take a look at their web page,, and if the position seems interesting to you, please send them a CV, personal letter and images of at least 8 of your drawings and paintings created from life.
Posted Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Young Caravaggio Works Found, Italian Researchers Say
An interesting article was recently published in the Epoch Times on a possible discovery of 100 early works, mainly drawings and some paintings, now thought to be by Caravaggio (1571-1610). The research has caused a commotion in the art world and was met with caution by experts and scholars, who have shown interest, while expressing the need to verify the contents of the study.

To read the full article click here.

       Detail – Judith Beheading
      Holofernes by Caravaggio
Posted Wednesday, August 1st, 2012