|We are please to announce the Judges for the 2013/2014 International ARC Salon. They are as follows:
Fred Ross – Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co author of the recently published Catalogue Raisonné William Bouguereau: His Life and Works. Ross received his MA in art education from Columbia University. His speeches and essays are read by over 300,000 art professionals, educators, students and fans each year; and have become required reading in countless classrooms. Ross is also a well known collector of 19th century European painting and of Contemporary Realism as well.
Dr. Vern Swanson – Swanson has his Phd from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England and is the Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah, where he has served since 1980. He is a lecturer/scholar/writer and expert on 19th Century European Art and Russian Art through the 20th Century. Swanson is the leading authority on Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and John William Godward and author of the Catalogue Raisonnés for both artists. In total, the number of books Swanson has published is well into the teens.
Julie Bell – is an ARC Living Master ™ Her knowledge of anatomy has allowed her to imbue her figures of humans and animals with grace and strength. Julie’s work in the fantasy and science fiction field has appeared on hundreds of book covers, comic books, trading cards, and various collectibles. Her work can be seen worldwide in major advertising campaigns, album covers, posters, and collectibles of all kinds. More recently, Julie has turned her attention to painting wildlife, winning first place in the Animal Category in the International ARC Salon two years in a row. Julie Bell should also be singled out as winning the most awards in any one competition ARC has ever held, in the 2012/2013 Salon winning six awards and, two additional honorable mentions, and has emerged as one of the top artists of her generation.
James Hastie – is a Senior Director of Christie’s with over 24 years’ experience in the 19thCentury European Paintings and Drawings department. Appointed a Director of Christie’s London and Head of Christie’s South Kensington’s British and 19th Century European Paintings department in 2000, he was instrumental in the redevelopment and success of that sale site. In 2006, James joined the New York team as a Senior Specialist supporting all areas of the team’s business-getting activities and appointed Head of 19th Century European Art in 2009. James has also been a Christie’s sale and charity auctioneer for over 15 years.
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Posted December 13th, 2013
|ARC Living Master™ Jeremy Lipking has a solo show of his work opening tonight at Arcadia Contemporary, 51 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013. The show will run from December 12 – December 31. The last solo show of his work at Arcadia was four years ago. Lipking and show were also recently featured in American Art Collector Magazine with one of Lipking’s paintings on the cover.
“I’ve always wanted to do an entire show with different paintings using the same model and I’ve painted her a lot so it seemed like a natural fit…But the difficult part about painting your own daughter is that with other models you don’t really strive to make it look exactly like the person, but with Skylar, while they are not portraits of her, I want it to look like her. She’s my daughter.”
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Dahlias by Jeremy Lipking
Posted December 12th, 2013
Spring Covering by Sergio Roffo
|Italian-born artist, Sergio Roffo, was born in 1953 and immigrated to the United States in 1961. He has been inspired by the work of such American traditional painters as George Innes and Albert Bierstadt.|
|Roffo’s paintings of coastal and rural landscapes reveal a luminous quality achieved through the technique of glazing and layering practiced by early American landscape painters. As you view his art, you discover a precise sense of value and atmospheric perspective that conveys a relaxed sense of calmness; a characteristic that defines and informs all his work. Roffo’s captivating depictions of the New England landscape have been included in a variety of museum exhibitions and have earned him numerous national awards.
To learn more about Sergio Roffo and to view his new gallery on ARC,
Posted December 10th, 2013
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Posted December 9th, 2013
|The 2012/2013 ARC Salon Plein Air Magazine Award featuring Joseph McGurl was published in their November issue. The six page article is a full artist profile and McGurl was also given the honor of being featured on the cover.|
|About his work McGurl said “I’m interested in human reality, and how to express in my paintings our relationship to what we experience. That is, I want to understand how people relate to the natural world, how we perceive reality, whether we have a spiritual response to nature, and how the physics and topography of the natural world influence them. To me, the way to express all that in a painting is by selecting the materials and techniques that will bring my pictures as close as possible to that human reality. That objective makes it essential that I paint directly from the landscape and study the physical aspects of light, geography, and topography. Other artists might have different goals and ways of conveying their understanding of reality, and there is no right or wrong about one’s approach, only a measurement of how well an artist expresses his or her ideas.”|
|The Plein Air Magazine Award is being given out again in the 2013/2014 ARC Salon which we are accepting entries for now. To read the full prospectus, click here.|
|In addition, John Pence Gallery, located at 750 Post Street in San Francisco near Union Square, will open an exhibition of recent oil paintings, field studies and sketches by Joseph McGurl tonight. This will be his first show in seven years on the West Coast. This large and robust show will remain on view to the public through January 18, 2014.|
Posted December 6th, 2013
|“Sotheby’s December 4th auction of American Art was an extraordinary success, achieving nearly $84 million, the third highest sale total ever in the category.
Leading the sale was Norman Rockwell’s 1951 masterpiece Saying Grace, shown here, which sold for $46 million, more than double the high estimate of $20 million, setting a new record for an American painting at auction. All told, the seven Rockwells offered from The Stuart Family Collection realized an exceptional $59.7 million.
|A number of other works also sold well beyond their pre-sale estimates including Maxfield Parrish’s 1925 painting The Knave of Hearts: The Six Little Ingredients, which soared past its $250,000-350,000 estimate to realize $1.9 million, and Indian Hunter and His Dog by Paul Manship, which realized $1.56 million from an estimate of $300,000-500,000.”|
Posted December 5th, 2013
|Lauded by Victor Hugo as the Michelangelo of Paris, French sculptor Pierre-Jean David d’Angers produced many of the most iconic portraits and ambitious public monuments of the Romantic era.
This exhibition – the first on the artist outside of his native France – assembles forty-eight works by David on paper and in wax, terracotta, marble, bronze, and plaster, as well as rare nineteenth-century reproductions of his work in photographs and engravings.
The show closes December 8, 2013
Frick Collection – 1 East 70th Street, New York NY 10021
|To view more about this and other exhibitions, please click here.|
Posted December 4th, 2013
|Thursday December 12th, Christie’s will be having its Victorian & British Impressionist Art sale at their King Street Location, London. The pre-sale opens the afternoon of December 8th and will remain on public view until noon on December 12th, being taken down directly before the afternoon sale. The auction consists of 104 lots and includes important works by John Atkinson Grimshaw, Edmund Blair Leighton, Arthur John Elsley, Sir Edward John Poynter, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones and others.
To view the full catalogue, click here.
|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.|
Posted December 3rd, 2013
|The much anticipated ARC Salon Catalogues have arrived. We will begin shipping out all pre-order this coming Monday.
With an approximate 2000 entries this year by over 850 artists, the competition was steeper than ever. Even with the additional category, expanding our finalist cut up to the top 600 entries, we still are only including the top 30% of works submitted. The Salon Catalogue ran 2014 pages and includes 600 full color images, winners receiving full page plates.
To order your copy now, click here.
In addition we are currently running a 15% discount off all fine art prints for Thanksgiving, valid now through December 2nd. Use coupon code: thanks13.
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Posted November 22nd, 2013
|We are pleased to inform you that the Art Renewal Center has just finished updating the John William Waterhouse section of the ARC Museum. We have included 94 images of the artist’s work with a large number in high-resolution. Waterhouse has always been an important part of our online museum, but now his work can be appreciated even more with our new and improved images.
To view the Waterhouse Gallery on ARC, click here.
Posted November 20th, 2013
|Victoria Radionova’s first and main teacher was her father, who was an architect-designer.
From the cradle she was surrounded by reproductions of paintings by great masters from the past.
By Victoria Radinova
|When she was 14, Victoria began serious preparations to enter art school and focused on the method of study that existed at Tsar’s Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg during the 19th century. In this system, the focus was on perfection in drawing, composition and colour. After graduating from secondary school, she entered the Kharkiv State Academy of Arts and Design and studied interior design for a year. Then, Victoria was successfully trained at the College of Art in Simferopol (Crimea, Ukraine). After college, she entered the painting department at Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts where she studied for another year. For the next 17 years under the guidance of her father, Victoria was taught to draw and paint from a program modeled after one that existed at Tsar’s Academy of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg.
Her paintings are available in the collections in the United States, Spain, Germany, Ukraine and Russia. Also, her paintings are on view in the Ukrainian Orthodox churches in different cities in Ukraine.
Posted November 18th, 2013
|The Dahesh Museum purchased Frederick Lord Leighton’s Star of Bethlehem on Friday, November 8, 2013, at the Sotheby’s auction of 19th-Century European art. The Museum owns three other paintings by the artist so a total of four artworks by Leighton are now owned by the collection. The subject matter fits so perfectly within the scope of the current exhibition, Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection, on view until February 16, 2014 at the Museum of Biblical Art, that the work has been added to the current exhibition and is now on view.
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Posted November 14th, 2013
|The Seventeenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS), starts next week, 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.
For more information on this and other events, please click here.
Posted November 13th, 2013
by Dario Campanile
|Born April 21, 1948 in Rome, Italy. Dario started painting in oil at age 14. He spent time concentrating on painting in classical style influenced by Caravaraggio and other great Italian Masters. He decided to experiment and continue discovering his own techniques. At age 18 he met the Italian master of metaphysical art, Giorgio de Chirico. By age 19, Dario Campanile started showing his art in a gallery in Rome called Galleria Esedera.|
|In 1973 Dario Campanile decided to move to California after being invited for a one man show at the Acosta Gallery in Beverly Hills which was very successful. He experienced great success by accepting commissions for album and book covers for distinguished artists. In 1986, he was chosen to create the 75th Anniversary logo for Paramount Studios. His beautiful design of the famous mountain scene is seen in every Paramount publication today. |
Dario continues to exhibit his art at various galleries within the United States and presently resides in Maui, Hawaii.
To view his new gallery on ARC, click here.
Posted November 12th, 2013
|The much anticipated article featuring the winners of the International 2012/2013 ARC Salon has recently been released in the November/December issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. The issue features Joseph Dolderer’s Second Place Figurative Category winning work on the cover. The article titled The Art Renewal Center Salon: Better than Ever, was written by Kelly Compton and is a five page spread.|
|“Fred Ross is delighted with the ‘cross-pollination of skills, methods, and ideas’ he has watched unfold over the past two decades, while his daughter Kara admires the ’21st-century feel’ of the winning works. ‘These images’, she explains, ‘cannot be confused with any other time period’, and indeed that openness to the present is one reason browsing the Salon pages of artrenewal.org is such a pleasure. It will be fascinating to see who will rise to the surface through the next Salon, the results of which will be announced in 2014 and illustrated in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine thereafter.”
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Posted November 11th, 2013
|John William Godward’s 14 1/4 x 29 in., oil on canvas, Dolce far Niente, sold today for over $1,500,000 when including buyers premiums. The 1906 painting is a solid work for the artist, but it far exceeded the $400,000 to $600,000 estimate. The results are especially impressive considering the painting sold for $290,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers only six months ago.|
|About the work Dr. Vern Swanson, Godward authority, said the following:
“Without narrative implications, the viewer is left to linger in this timeless place, rich with luminous surfaces of veined marble and garnet colored, Classically-inspired fabrics softly draped over the body of the maiden, who rests against plush textures of a leopard pelt. With her dark brown hair spilling over the pearly stone, eyes dreamily unfocused, the model is completely relaxed; the long curving lines of her upturned arm, hips, and extended legs are echoed in the tops of the Ischian isles along the horizon line, further enhancing the sensual scene.”
Posted November 8th, 2013
|Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from the Glasgow Museums
Oklahoma City Museum of Art – 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
This exhibition examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art—from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century. The remarkable regional and historical breadth of the exhibition will also showcase the outstanding quality of Glasgow Museums’ collection.
|Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan
Brandywine River Museum – U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
This exhibition examines the fascination that the island of Monhegan and its residents held for both Rockwell Kent and Jamie Wyeth. Although the two artists never met, their paintings, when viewed together, depict a century’s worth of Monhegan life and landmarks from vantage points most other artists never beheld.
|For more on this and other exhibitions, click here.|
Posted November 7th, 2013
|On Oct. 30th, Michael John Angel—ARC Living Master and Director of Studies at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence — gave a lecture at the historic Tornabuoni Palace in Florence. The lecture’s title was Annigoni and the Training of the 21st-century Realist Painter. Mr Angel studied under Annigoni in the 1960s. In his lecture, Mr. Angel stressed that the training of an artist in this newly renascent Realism is arduous.|
|At the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, the basic programme is a three-year one, and this is followed by one of two post-graduate options, each of a two-year duration: Pictorial Composition and Portrait Painting. Even three years is an expensive undertaking and one of the main thrusts of the lecture and presentation was to garner financial support for needy students. In the old days, Angel said, an apprenticeship in painting lasted at least seven years.|
Posted November 6th, 2013
|Due to the strong response to the special advertising section in Fine Art Connoisseur, for the upcoming November/December issue that will feature the 2012/2013 ARC Salon Winners, we would like to announce that they have agreed to award a HALF PAGE advertisement to be used any time in 2014. The award was given randomly to one of the ARC Salon Finalists! The names of all finalists were put in a hat and drawn at random.||
|Congratulations to Edward Minoff who was a finalist in both the drawing and landscape categories.|
Posted November 1st, 2013
|Consisting of a total of 87 lots, this sale includes major works by William Bouguereau, John William Godward, Frederick Lord Leighton, Peder Monsted, Jean Beraud, Daniel Ridgway Knight, and many others.
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.
|Exhibition: November 1 – 7
Sale Date: November 8, 2013
To view the full online catalogue, click here.
Posted October 30th, 2013