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November 10, 2010

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Stanka Kordic

Hello Eric! I came across this blog researching Garcia, and have just seen the interview on APVM. A magnificent interview!

Garcia has SO much to teach our young realists coming up. He is advocating more than technique..technique being merely "the vehicle for the substance of your spirit". IMHO, there is such a huge focus on technique alone these days. The development of our own individual language is often lost in modern realist work. Hence, the plethora of copycat work that exists in galleries today.

It is one thing to carry the traditions of our masters forward, I am all for that. The challenge becomes, how do we make it our own? How do we take it to the future infused with the individual spirit it deserves? How do we touch the hearts of our viewers, personally?

I'll end it with another quote from Mr. Garcia:

"the good language is your own, the one that is important to you..and you have to learn it as you go."

SIncerely,
Stanka Kordic

Eric Rhoads

Stan:

Though I may favor realism I also love a many forms of art. Though I admit I find some things a turn off, others I find stimulating and interesting. I know one thing for sure and that is NOTHING is gained by tearing down others.

Garin Baker

Thank you Eric for your informative article and the launching of Fine Art Connoisseur/APVM and hoping that this unique platform will embrace all the varied languages and approaches of contemporary realism.
For I've experienced many of the prejudices and narrow perceptions of what is Realism is for many years from many angles.
Being quite fortunate to have studied at early age with great aritists like Dinnerstein, Silverman, Laffel, Ginsburgh. Greenberg , Ted Seth Jacobs, then on to college in the early 80's at Pratt only to find myself in the fine arts department painting from live models alone until other students asked "who's class was this", for which I had no answer other to say "welcome". My sincere hope is that this new platform and collaboration will be open to a diversity of contemporary realism and art that's truly inviting and interested in expressing ideas and approaches beyond the usual comfortable subjects, internal and external. Again,Thank you and I plan on signing up immediately!

Mona Youssef

Thank Eric for the lively article, I have enjoyed reading it as always. It is about the time to educate the majority of the importance and the value of realism. This does not mean belittling any other style. Rather, to put realism in the right frame and proportions for it has been criticized negatively over the many years for personal gains. I am a realist artist and will never change my style even if my sale is not as much as I wish. It is the style that I have chosen for myself since childhood and will always stand for it. Although, I have been international art jury and had to jury artwork of all kinds of styles and appreciate them all, but my first love is for realism. I knew within my heart that the time would come for realism to relive. What is more beautiful, sophisticated and challenging than nature itself! Simplifying / subtracting what we see in nature is taking out portions of its beauty, perfection and dynamic energy. In realism, whether we are capable of capturing what we see and fell or we do not. It takes much to paint in realism and is not simply by copying a photograph as some may think!

In addition, realism records history, cultures and carry civilizations. Realism in endless process of learning and will never die.

Mona Youssef

Thank Eric for the lively article, I have enjoyed reading it as always. It is about the time to educate the majority of the importance and the value of realism. This does not mean belittling any other style. Rather, to put realism in the right frame and proportions for it has been criticized negatively over the many years for personal gains. I am a realist artist and will never change my style even if my sale is not as much as I wish. It is the style that I have chosen for myself since childhood and will always stand for it. Although, I have been international art jury and had to jury artwork of all kinds of styles and appreciate them all, but my first love is for realism. I knew within my heart that the time would come for realism to relive. What is more beautiful, sophisticated and challenging than nature itself! Simplifying / subtracting what we see in nature is taking out portions of its beauty, perfection and dynamic energy. In realism, whether we are capable of capturing what we see and fell or we do not. It takes much to paint in realism and is not simply by copying a photograph as some may think!

In addition, realism records history, cultures and carry civilizations. Realism in endless process of learning and will never die.

Mack Brislawn

Indeed, we should embrace all art. But it is sad that in years past representational art was not accepted, but continually denigrated by the modernist critics.

There are now quite a number of great young artists who are following the realist tradition.

Judith Baker

I love that you think that the new wave towards realism is on the way. Over the past several years I've been painting in a classical style. I get lots of favorable comments but almost no sales! I hope I can survive til the wave breaks!

J

Stan Sperlak

Hello Eric, Great article as always, so helpful and informative and generous. But, always remember there is room for all art and artists in this great world, and while i too favor realism, and know how helpful the education from a great teacher can be, please stay open minded that realism is not better than other art, and too often that is the mindset that eventually destroys the joy the world feels as they digest art. People start to feel if they like abstract, but nobody else is talking about it then they are wrong. Or as 20 years ago, people had not re-embraced ateliers and life drawing and "realism" but they shouldn't have felt odd. Or coming across teachers and galleries who take such strong positions as to what is real and worth looking at, buying or doing. Lets just embrace all art, and know we all have individual preference about what is attractive to us.

Elizabeth Gallery

The first link in your email did not work and there was no APVM button in the second link. I do not do Facebook, so could not access the sample video.

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