Jeremy Lipking

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Jeremy Lipking

ARC Living Master TM

American 21st Century Realist artist

Born 1975

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In a remarkably short period of time, Jeremy Lipking has emerged as one of the country's premier realist artists. His talent, which rivals that of the late nineteenth century painterly realists such as John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and Anders Zorn, is outstanding for a painter of any age. Like these great painters of the past, Lipking is a virtuoso artist. His canvases convey the magical aura of convincing imagery emerging out of a field of paint.

Realism has been misunderstood through most of the twentieth century as an art of imitation. In truth, when practiced by a painter like Jeremy Lipking, realist painting is a powerful creative force. Many viewers are drawn to his art thinking that it looks just like a photograph. Actually Lipking's vision is the opposite of what a camera does. A photograph tends to flatten an image, reducing all relationships of color and shade to a stiff mechanical pattern. Lipking's skill lies in his ability to probe in and around his subject. With a highly sensitive eye, he sees nuances of value and hue that the camera and most people can never see. More incredibly, he is able to translate his highly nuanced vision into a painted image. Lipking's true subject is his pictorial fluency. Seeing one of his paintings involves entering into the pictorial world he has created. Like all great realists, he has the ability to generate powerful fictions.

I have had the pleasure to watch Lipking paint on a number of occasions. The experience is both exhilarating and baffling. Lipking begins his paintings in a surprisingly loose, painterly manner-something I never would have expected. He makes initial marks to find the scale and proportions of his subject. Then he applies a broad underpainting of color to capture the desired hue and value. At this stage his paintings look almost abstract, consisting of a pattern of large color shapes.

Lipking's characteristic brushwork or gesture is what I like to call the "open touch." What I mean by this phrase is that Lipking applies paint in broad, loose facets, often leaving areas of bare canvas in between. In subsequent additions the open areas are gradually filled in, creating a breathing lattice-like structure of paint. In a curious way, the method is somewhat like Cezanne's manner. But whereas Cezanne emphasized the discontinuity of his touches, Lipking works with close values, so that the result is a seamless veil of color.

The magic occurs in the finish. As he progresses, he gradually refines each area, adjusting relationships of color and adding deft touches to define select elements. He brings certain forms to a razor sharp level of finish. Other passages are left vague and undefined. In this interplay of sharp and loose, the painting literally opens up and breathes. This is what makes his art seem so lifelike. Instead of resting as static images, his canvases pulse with the subtle energy of a living thing.

Michael Zakian


Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

Pepperdine University

11 March 2017 to 02 April 2017

Jeremy Lipking Solo Exhibition

9428 Washington Blvd, 9428 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

ARC Living Master Jeremy Lipking is holding a solo exhibition for the first time in four years.

09 June 2017 to 06 August 2017

Prix de West Exhibition and Sale

1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111

This year marks the Museum’s 45th Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale. This annual premier art exhibition event features more than 300 works by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. Works ranging from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art will be featured. Landscapes, wildlife art, and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. Prix de West Opening Weekend Events include seminars, receptions, awards, fixed-price draw for art, and live auction. Works remain on display through August 6. The exhibition galleries open to the public at 10:00 a.m. on June 9.

07 November 2017 to 31 December 2017


10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

For nearly 40,000 years mankind has been contributing to a vast visual record of the human condition. Weaving creativity with convention, each generation of mark-makers would pass along to the next an evolving visual vocabulary that would eventually overcome barriers of time, distance, language, and culture. Today, art educators prepare new generations of creatives to contribute new chapters to this unique, ongoing epic. Legacy is a celebration of these educators.

10 January 2018 to 14 January 2018

The LA Art Show

1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

ARC Living Masters Julio Reyes, Shaun Downey, and Jeremy Lipking are among the many talented artists exhibiting with the Arcadia Contemporary Gallery at the LA Art Show.