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Keynote Address delivered at The Realist Art Conference - November 3, 2015 Ventura CA. by Fred Ross 2016-03-03
Keynote Address from the 2015 TRAC conference by ARC Chairman Fred Ross. What exactly is fine art and why an accurate understanding of the meaning and purpose of fine art leads to the conclusion that only Realism, images based on the real world in which we live, play and work, are capable of meeting the definition of fine art and able to meet the highest and most advanced goals to which fine art aspires.
A Huge Success: The Joint Exhibition of the ARC International Salon and the Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain: "This exhibition is a major historical event between Europe and the United States, the first collaboration of Contemporary Realist Art to be had between the continents and the largest exhibition of its kind taken from the best of nearly 5,000 entries in the two competitions," said the ARC Chairman, Fred Ross, in his address at the start of the awards ceremony.
The 2015 Representational Art Conference, which was held this past November 1st through the 4th, is one of the most important events for the visual arts in our culture to come into existence. In only three years, its depth, scope and reach have grown with meaningful acceleration. It is because of its very "depth" that it is such a successful conference. It is a place to discover new ideas and new friends, a place to debate and enjoy the power of representational art. It is both an intellectual experience and a place of comradery. Not every artist who paints in the representational tradition agrees on everything, but at TRAC we are all there to support the ascendance of representational art. TRAC is about layers of meaning and the direction of culture itself...art's purpose, art's soul.
During his lifetime, Caravaggio was accused by his enemies of being unable to draw. He worked from live models, used lenses and mirrors, and employed a two-tone value scheme to attain unprecedented realism.
February 7, 2014 Artists Keynote Address to Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists by Fred Ross 2014-02-18
Why Realism? There are finally today many organizations that believe in the value and importance of realism, both classical and contemporary; but why Realism? Why, after a century of denigration, repression and near annihilation, when the accepted beliefs taught in nearly every high school, college and university for the last hundred years, has been that realism is unoriginal? After all, all realists do is just copy from nature. Realism they say is unsophisticated. Most people can tell what is going on in realistic painting or sculpture. It's so easy to understand. It's uncreative; only creating forms and ideas not found in nature show real originality. So the question of the day for society, and for realist artists, the question for the month, year, and really for the rest of their lives, is: Why Realism?
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