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Oct 26 14

Antonio López García show in Vicenza starting 24 December

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

“Il silenzio della realtà. La realtà del silenzio”
December 24 to March 8, 2015
Palazzo Chiericati
Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 37/39 – Vicenza

The exhibition in Vicenza will occupy five rooms on the ground floor of Chiericati Palace, seat of the Civic Museum, and will include paintings and sculptures by the artist. The show will start outside the city walls, with two monumental bronze sculptures, “Carmen Asleep” and “Carmen Awake,” which will be placed at the end of Corso Palladi, as if to announce the exhibition’s theme of night and waking.

for more information about the exhibition click on the following link: http://www.museicivicivicenza.it/it/mcp/notizie.php/109784

TRANSPORTATION:

You can get there by train in 2 hours from Florence. Prices by train starting from 28 euros round trip.  You can find more information in www.trenitalia.com or here https://www.lefrecce.it/B2CWeb/search.do?parameter=searchOutputViewer&cFID=dSL8bX0PRawx

OPENING HOURS:

Pinacoteca di Palazzo Chiericati 

Piazza Matteotti 37/39

ORARIO INVERNALE

Da lunedì 8 settembre 2014 a domenica 5 luglio 2015:
da martedì a domenica, dalle 9 alle 17
Chiusura settimanale: lunedì.
ORARIO ESTIVO
Da martedì 8 luglio 2014 a domenica 7 settembre 2014:
da martedì a domenica, dalle 10 alle 18
Chiusura settimanale: lunedì.

Uffici:

Levà degli Angeli, 11
tel +39 0444/222811 – fax +39 0444/222155
e-mail: museocivico@comune.vicenza.it

 

 

Oct 4 14

Welcome Pizza Party. FAA new students!

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

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Sep 30 14

Don´t miss the opportunity to visit it. The show continues through October 8th by appointment only. FAA Alumni show New York City

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

The exhibition will be open  from 5:00 – 9:00 PM  until October 8th. Don’t miss the opportunity! .

INFO:

601 West 26th Street, Suite 1385
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212-352-1000

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Jun 28 14

60 Exceptional works of FAA students. Spring 2014

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulation to the students for your great work. Have a great summer!

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS. CASINE

Cesare Giuffredi pencil drawing study 1

Cesare Giuffredi pencil drawing study 1

Cesare Giuffredi pencil drawing study 2

Cesare Giuffredi pencil drawing study 2

Daniel Zuberi

Daniel Zuberi. Cast drawing

Devin Nelson long pose

Devin Nelson. Long pose drawing

Devin Nelson pencil study 1

Devin Nelson. Pencil study 1

Devin Nelson pencil study 2

Devin Nelson. Pencil study 2

Devin Nelson pencil study 3

Devin Nelson. Pencil study 3

Deyang Li Cast

Deyang Li. Cast drawing

Diana Nechifor

Diana Nechifor. Cast drawing

Elena Gual Baquera cast

Elena Gual Baquera. Cast drawing

Elena Gual Baquera long pose

Elena Gual Baquera. Long pose

Elena Gual Baquera pencil drawing study 1

Elena Gual Baquera. Pencil drawing study 1

Elena Gual Baquera pencil drawing study 2

Elena Gual Baquera. Pencil drawing study 2

Felipe Riesco Diaz cast

Felipe Riesco Diaz. Cast drawing

Felipe Riesco Diaz long pose 2

Felipe Riesco Diaz. Long pose male

Felipe Riesco Diaz long pose

Felipe Riesco Diaz. Long pose female

Fiona Corsini cast

Fiona Corsini. Cast drawing

Fiona Corsini long pose

Fiona Corsini. Long pose female

Fiona Corsini pencil drawing study 2

Fiona Corsini. Pencil drawing study

Iona Hutley cast

Iona Hutley. Cast drawing

Iona Hutley long pose

Iona Hutley. Long pose female

Jessica Galvin long pose

Jessica Galvin. Long pose female

Kate Dunn cast

Kate Dunn. Cast drawing

Kate Dunn long pose

Kate Dunn. Long pose female

Kate Dunn pencil drawing study 1

Kate Dunn. Pencil drawing study 1

Kate Dunn pencil drawing study 2

Kate Dunn. Pencil drawing study

Railey Cooley long pose

Railey Cooley. Long pose female

Santiago Herrera long pose

Santiago Herrera. Long pose female

 

 

SECOND YEAR STUDENTS. BANDIERA

 

Anton Dymtchenkov cast drawing in tone paper

Anton Dymtchenkov. Cast drawing in tone paper

Anton Dymtchenkov cast painting

Anton Dymtchenkov. Cast painting

Catherine Eldrige still life painting

Catherine Eldrige. Still life painting

David Masson San Gabriel long pose painting 2

David Masson San Gabriel. Long pose painting 2

David Masson San Gabriel portrait

David Masson San Gabriel. Portrait

Dylan Gillespie cast on tone paper

Dylan Gillespie. Cast on tone paper

Emma Ferrer cast painting

Emma Ferrer. Cast painting

Emmalyn Tringali cast drawing in toned paper

Emmalyn Tringali. Cast drawing in toned paper

Dylan Gillespie. Transfer drawing

Dylan Gillespie. Transfer drawing

Gerard Castellvi cast painting

Gerard Castellvi. Cast painting

Megan Euell cast painting

Megan Euell. Cast painting

Megan Euell long pose

Megan Euell. Long pose

Megan Euell transfer drawing

Megan Euell. Transfer drawing

Rachel Personett portrait drawing

Rachel Personett. Portrait drawing

Robert Kelly cast painting

Robert Kelly. Cast painting

Robert Kelly long pose

Robert Kelly. Long pose

Sara Chong cast painting

Sara Chong. Cast painting

Sara Chong long pose

Sara Chong. Long pose

Toby Neve cast painting

Toby Neve. Cast painting

Toby Neve long pose

Toby Neve. Long pose

 

THIRD YEARD STUDENTS. PORTA ROMANA

 

Baptiste Hebuterne Mariotte  still life

Baptiste Hebuterne Mariotte. Portrait

Jamie Coreth portrait 2

Jamie Coreth. Portrait

Joe Bottomly still life

Joe Bottomly. Still life

Johan O. Cimmeria final project

Johan O. Cimmeria. Final project

Kevin Boylan charcoal drawing

Kevin Boylan. Charcoal drawing

Lynn Guo final project

Lynn Guo. Final project

Lynn Guo long pose

Lynn Guo. Long pose

Maximiliano Vatovac still life painting

Maximiliano Vatovac. Still life painting

Mitch Price still life

Mitch Price. Still life

Nicolas Chen

Nicolas Chen. Final Project

Raffaella Freyre still life

Raffaella Freyre. Still life

Xavier Denia Valls final project

Xavier Denia Valls. Final project

 

 

SCULPTURE PROGRAM. PALAZZO BRUCIATO

Amanda Granberg. Pencil and white chalk on toned paper

 

Amanda Granberg. Pencil and white chalk on toned paper

Amanda Granberg. Pencil and white chalk on toned paper

 

Maudie Brady. Long pose. 1st year studen

Maudie Brady. Long pose. 1st year studen

Shani Shemesh. Long pose. 1st year student

Shani Shemesh. Long pose. 1st year student

 

Melissa Kennedy. Cast drawing. 1st year student

Melissa Kennedy. Cast drawing. 1st year student

 

Melissa Kennedy. Long pose. 1st year student

Melissa Kennedy. Long pose. 1st year student

 

Shani Shemesh. Long pose. 1st year student

Shani Shemesh. Long pose. 1st year student

4TH YEAR PRICE PROGRAM

 

Sarah-Margaret Gibson

Sarah-Margaret Gibson. Baco

Tatyana Kulida

Tatyana Kulida

Vladimir Jovicevic

Vladimir Jovicevic

 

 

May 27 14

Congratulations to all the Florence Academy winners of the 2013-14 Art Renewal Center Salon

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

This year has been a good year for Alumni at the ARC awards! 22 paintings and one sculpture…Well done!

Here is the list and work of the winner by categories

William Bouguereau Award

$3,000 Prize
Nick Alm
Bacchanal

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Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award and Imaginative Realism Category Winners $2,250 First Place Prize
Stephen Bauman
When I was Young
Oil on Canvas
45 x 60 inches
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Chairman’s Choice Awards

$350 Chairman’s Prize
Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund
Two Sides of a Coin
Oil on Canvas
48 x 36 inches
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Purchase Awards
 
$14,000 Purchase Prize
Teresa Oaxaca
Clamor Of The Unconscious
Oil On Canvas
55 x 44 inches
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ARC Staff Awards
 
$100 ARC Staff Prize
Teresa Oaxaca
Late Hour
Oil On Canvas
54 x 38 inches
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Figurative 
Nick Alm
Rifiutato
Oil on Canvas
35,4 x 23,6 inches
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Vitaliy Shtanko
Merchant
Oil on Canvas
43.3 x 57.1 inches
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Vitaliy Shtanko
Portrait of a girl in a poppy wreath
Oil on Canvas
24 x 33.9 inches
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Carla Paine
‘I Died for Beauty”
Oil on Linen
22 x 30 inches
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Teresa Oaxaca
Night Scene
Oil On Canvas
40 x 30 inches
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Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund
An Uneven Struggle
Oil on Canvas
32 x 44 inches
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Cornelia Hernes
Midsummer Night
Oil on Canvas
24 x 35 inches
12
Michael DeVore
The Burden of Knowledge
Oil on Linen
36 x 32 inches
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Adrian Gottlieb
Flight
Oil on Canvas
43 x 25 inches
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William Neukomm
Perhaps
Oil
30×32 inches
15
Imaginative
Jennifer Gennari
In the Deep
Oil on Panel
15 x 63 inches
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Gala Gilan
The Quest
Oil on Canvas
35.4 x 51 inches
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Teresa Oaxaca
Lillith, The Putto (Tasting Cake)
Oil On Canvas
24 x 24 inches
17
Maureen Hyde
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Oil on Canvas
22 x 30 inches
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Maureen Hyde
Thicker than Blood
Oil on Canvas
20 x 28 inches
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Justin Hess
Endless Possibilities
Oil on Linen
32 x 76 inches
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May 14 14

How You Can Learn the Ancient Techniques of Master Painters of the Past with Daniel Graves

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

A Note From B. Eric Rhoads, 
Publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur and PleinAir

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I have to admit, I’m jealous. I know I’m not supposed to be, yet after almost two decades of painting, I simply cannot paint like many of today’s young masters. Further, I cannot paint like the Old Masters I so dearly love. I have been searching, and my endless journey still has me struggling to produce paintings with that Old Masters quality, yet in my own contemporary voice. Am I making progress? Maybe, but I cannot figure out how they get the form, the skin tones, the light and shadow, and how their paintings seem to leap off the canvas.

I think, however, my journey may have led me to a solution at last. It started with a trip to a distant land.

I was a painter before I ever launched PleinAir magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur, but I am a business owner first, and the time it takes to run a business has meant my painting has had to be relegated to nights and weekends. I know that years of brush time and momentum as a painter is necessary for me to improve. I’ve studied with many painters and taken many workshops, but I still struggle. I hate to think I won’t master it until I retire (if I ever do).

I know many painters who feel the same way. Some are working and trying to get better, others are working full-time on painting but still have not found the solution to mastering this Old Masters look.

Since I started painting and producing these magazines, I’ve been on a lifetime quest to better my own painting and that of others. It starts with showcasing the best of the best in the magazines, so we can all learn what quality really is. It has continued with events like the Plein Air Convention, and with the production of DVDs. I had no idea I’d someday be in the art education business, but I take that role very seriously. And unlike so many big corporations that own art magazines and don’t really live art, I live it every day. I do it because of my passion, my concern for others who want to grow as painters or collectors.

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For decades now I’ve heard about the Florence Academy in Italy and the great work they have been doing to train young artists. They were doing it when few others were and are very much responsible for the contemporary realism movement today. That school was started by master artist Daniel Graves, who has found mentors in the lineage of great painters of the past. I met Daniel for the first time about eight years ago, when Peter Trippi and I had dinner with Daniel Graves and Jacob Collins. We have been friends ever since.

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Since then Daniel has told me to come and study at the Florence Academy. He said a visit would open my eyes. So two years ago, on our Italian Art Cruise, our group visited. He was right. Since that moment I’ve craved a chance to attend the Florence Academy, either for a summer program or for a few years. But reality sinks in. I have a life, a family, a business, and no time to spend studying. So what would be the next best thing? Bring the academy to me.

I contacted Daniel and suggested I bring a video crew to Florence, to capture the essence of the academy and of the Florence art scene and have him teach the techniques that have been passed down to him from the great masters. He agreed, so last fall I went to Florence for a week, and we shot lots and lots of video.

Daniel Graves took us through all the steps of his process, starting with prepping the canvas and the colors. He gets such pure color by grinding his own, so I got that on video. He is also known for his process for cleaning oils so his paintings don’t yellow. I got that on video. We then went through the creation of sight-size drawing, sketching, blocking in, the process of creating form, and then on to the finishing elements of the portrait.

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I then interviewed Daniel, and we had some very special moments (I think we both teared up at one point). He truly is a special guy with a passion for art. And as it happens, there was a 25th-anniversary exhibition of Pietro Anagoni’s work when I was in Florence. A magical moment happened when Daniel Graves, John Michael Angel, and Charles Cecil were all together for the first time since they started out together as young students more than 25 years ago. We caught that meeting on video. I also got a chance to meet Mrs. Anagoni, and I met a women who modeled for one of the artist’s portraits at age 19. She is now in her late 70s, and it was beautiful to see this woman standing next to her portrait. We caught that on video. It was magical.

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This video is the first in our Florence Academy Series, and we expect it to be a giant seller because most of us desire time at the Florence Academy with Daniel Graves, but only a few ever get that privilege. This video is on DVD, and you can watch it over and again (as I have) in your own home. I’m already seeing my painting change because of it.

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PRE-RELEASE SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER

The video will be released in just a few weeks. We are putting the final editing touches on it this week and next and then we’ll send it out for duplication. You can get it at a special pre-release price if you’re willing to wait three or maybe four weeks (it might be sooner).

This two-DVD set will normally sell for $127. But we’re offering it to you for $107. It’s a chance to save $20 on something you’ll most likely want to buy anyway.

I’m really proud to be able to produce video of this quality for the art world. My goal was to make videos as beautiful as the art itself. I think we’ve come very close, and this DVD is our best yet. I hope you’ll consider it, but there is a deadline to get the pre-release price.

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If you order within the next 24 hours, we will throw in the shipping at no charge, to anywhere in the world. That offer expires on Wednesday, May 14 at midnight Pacific Time.

The pre-release discount expires on Tuesday, May 27. Just two weeks from today.

To order call 561-655-8778 or visit streamlineartvideo.com/graves

Eric Rhoads

PS: I suspect this DVD will go into two or three printings. It’s very likely we could sell out the first printing in the next 24 hours — it will be that huge. If you get your order in within 24 hours, you get free shipping and areguaranteed to get the first release of the first printing. You can save $20 on this $127 DVD, for a price of $107. Price expires on Tuesday, May 27. Order now.

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Daniel Graves: Old World Portraiture™

 

Old World Portraiture 
with Daniel Graves™

Florence Academy Series

Available now on a special PRE-RELEASE discount price, which expires on May 27, 2014

 

To order visit www.streamlineartvideo. com/graves

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Old World Portraiture with Daniel Graves, Florence Academy Series

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May 11 14

Alicia Ponzio Continues her Recent Success in Figurative Sculpture at The Portrait Society of America

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
The Portrait Society of America’s prestigious International Portrait Competition has designated this year’s award winners, who will now be considered at the forefront of contemporary portraiture.

At the annual Art of the Portrait Conference, the Portrait Society of America announced the winners of its 2014 International Portrait Competition from a list of 21 finalists. Alicia Ponzio continued her recent success in figurative sculpture, winning First Place Sculpture with her bronze “In Recent Days — A Self-Portrait.”

For more information click here
Congratulations Alicia!
 Alicia Ponzio. In Recent Days.A Self-Portrait
Apr 26 14

Guest lecturer at the Florence Academy. Sculptor Jason Arkles – The development of clay and wax modeling in Renaissance Florence

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

We had the opportunity to hear a good lecture with Jason Louis Arkles.

Jason was born in Washington, DC, one of five children of a woodworker and a quilter. In 1996, he traveled to Florence, Italy.

In June of 2000, the National Sculpture Society awarded him the George Gach Prize, for his entry in the National Sculpture Competition, and the Gloria Medal for his ‘meritorious body of work’. Since then Jason has taken part in national and regional exhibitions too numerous to list, from New York to Washington, DC to Chapel Hill.

Even with his essentially 19th century training, Jason has no desire to ‘turn back the clock’ and ignore or discredit abstraction and mannerism in art of the past century. He firmly believes that the art of the twenty-first century will be a continuation of the theoretical and psychological progress of Modern art, synthesized with a much-needed return to Nature as the source of stimulus and motive in creative work.

To know more about Jason´s work click here

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Getting things ready!

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Jason Arkles, Daniel Graves and Jamie Coreth

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Rob Bodem, Jason Arkles and Daniel Graves

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See you again in June 6th Jason! Looking forward to hear next lecture

Apr 23 14

The Florence Academy of Art summer scholarship contest. Deadline. May 23, 2014!

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

THE FLORENCE ACADEMY OF ART SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

and creativity in Florence, Italy!
Drawing – Painting – Sculpture
June 30 – July 25, 2014
Prize
Workshop of the winner’s choice and accommodations in a furnished apartment
Choose From Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Portraiture, Still Life, Landscape & Sculpture

 

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Your email must include:

- Full Name, Date of Birth, Mailing address, Phone number (with country codes)

- 3 low resolution jpeg images (maximum 72 dpi) of your recent drawings, paintings, or sculptures. Include your name and a title in the JPG file title.

- Maximum 250 words about yourself.

Deadline. May 23, 2014, at midnight. Our 10 Finalists will be announced on our Facebook page daily from May 28th and the winner will be announced June 5, 2014, on The Florence Academy of Art Facebook and Twitter pages.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for competition updates.

For a complete description of our summer workshops in Florence, go to Summer Florence on our Homepage or click here.

If you want to read the complete information go to our website here

Good Luck!

 

Apr 9 14

Alumna’s success in major international portrait exhibition. Congratulations Tatyana!

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
Work by Tatyana Kulida Shelley, has been selected from over 1,000 entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading portrait artists. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters hold an annual open submission exhibition in central London each year.
Graced by portraits of royalty, celebrities, academics, mothers, daughters, fathers and sons, the exhibition is a feature of the social calendar. This year about half of the work will be by eminent Members of the Society and half by emerging artists selected through the open submission. With some 200 portraits on show this is one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of recent portraits in Europe.
This year’s exhibition will be on display at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square between 8 and 23 May 2014. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters have many prizes and awards available to exhibitors, including the £10,000 Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture and the £3,000 de Laszlo Foundation Award.
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Apr 6 14

38 new works of students at The Florence Academy of Art. Winter trimester

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to students and teachers!

Matthew McDonald IMG_7102 Toby Neve_cast on tone paper Tobe Neve_Portrait on tone paper Sarah Chong_cast paiting Sarah Chong_cast on tone paper Robert Kelly_Anatomy Cast Drawing Rachel Personett_cast on tone paper Olivia Crane_cast on tone paper Oliver Chennells_long pose Niko Lauhkonen_cast painting Catherine EldrigeMegan Evell_cast on tone paper Lee Craigmile_long pose Dylan Gillespie_long pose Dylan Gillespie_Cast on tone paper David Mason_long pose David Mason_long pose_painting David Mason_cast_painting Rachel Personett_cast on tone paper Benjamin Arnold_cast painting Nicholas Chen_portrait painting in oil Lynn Guo_oil portrait painting Joshua Granberg_still life Joshua Granberg_long pose Johan Sjoholm_still life Johan Sjoholm_long pose Jamie Coreth_portrait_painting Jamie Coreth_long pose_painting Jamie Coreth_life_size_figure_painting_detail Jamie Coreth_life_size_figure_painting_ Anne Elisabeth Sanddal Koldso_still life_02 Anne Elisabeth Sanddal Koldso_still life_01 Anne Elisabeth Sanddal Koldso_portrait_01 08 Tony Pecoraro 07 Silvia Juez 06 Amanda Granberg Olsson 05 Amanda Granberg Olsson 04 Mathias Bader long pose 03 Maudie Brady

Apr 2 14

Grzegorz Gwiazda and Max Ginsburg will be guest lecturers at The Florence Academy of Art this coming May

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

As we mentioned before on our Facebook page, Grzegorz Gwiazda will be with FAA students and FAA alumni, this coming May 10th. Grzegorz Gwiazda was born in 1984 in Lidzbark Warmiński. He studied at Poznań and Warsaw Schools of Fine Arts, and then at the Accademia di Belle Arte di Brera in Milan, Italy, having been granted a scholarship. In 2009 he graduated with honours from Academy of Art in Warsaw (ASP), where he had studied sculpture under Professor Adam Myjak. In January 2014 he was awarded his doctorate. Since 2009 he has been working as Assistant to Professor Maciej Zychowicz in the Graphics and Sculpture Department at the Institute of Art Education at the School of Special Education (IEA ASP) in Warsaw…(read more about here)

Here is some of his work

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On May 23, 24 and 25 we will  host Max Ginsburg,  an American Painter born in Paris, France, in 1931. He will present his work from 1956-2014 and speak about the development of his recent large multifigure paintings, from concept through finish. Then follow with a demo-workshop on May 24 & 25.

Max Ginsburg lives in New York. He explores human life situation related with war, social depressions, while explores also other fields related with fiction, romance and youthful life. As New Yorker recognizes a profound connection with the diversity of this city as source of inspiration. At the same time he also looks for inspiration in classical artists such as Caravaggio, Goya, Kollwitz and Picasso among others. 

FAA students and alumni cannot wait for Max’s lecture and demo! (More info about Max here)

It seems we are going to have a busy May at the FAA…!

 

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Homage To Rembrandt

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if you are around New York don’t miss his exhibition in ArtRage Gallery. Details in the flier bellow

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Mar 29 14

Read this interesting article about Angel Ramiro Sanchez, director of advance painting program in FAA

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

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Honoring Dan’s Papers Cover Artist: Ramiro Sanchez

While this week’s cover by Ramiro Sanchez, “Maria! Maria!” resembles a portrait, it has some similarities with the artist’s striking landscapes. In fact, many of his portraits and figurative pieces have seemed like metaphors for fields, the sky and all manner of natural surroundings. Sanchez’s work, whether images of people or crashing waves, is emotional, evoking psychological states of mind.

keep reading here….

Mar 23 14

Apply now to The Alpine Fellowship 2014 Artists in Residence

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
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From August 24th – 27th the Alpine Fellowship will take over Aldourie Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, Scotland. This year it will be a closed gathering to discuss ‘Representation in the 21st Century’.
Speakers include:
Professor Roger Scruton (Oxford University, St Andrews)
Professor Taylor Carman (Columbia University)
Professor Wolfgang Ulrich (Academy for design, Karlsruhe)
Professor Graham Locke (Oxford University)
Peter Trippi (ed Fine Art Connoisseur)
There will also be a number of postgraduate papers delivered, an award winning poet in residence Deryn Rees Jones, and evening recitals by virtuoso cellist Moray Walsh.
There are a small number of places available for artists in residence.
Applicants should send 5jpg images, a brief bio, and a 500 word essay outlining their artistic interests. Thoughts and opinions on ‘representation’  from a painterly perspective are particularly welcome.
email:
website:
Deadline: May 1st
 
Mar 1 14

Open House FAA Florence 2014. Second year students

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

 

Great afternoon with friends and students at Fratelli Bandiera, where we had the opportunity to see their works.

Well done! Here some pics of the afternoon

Daniel Graves with Tom Richards

Daniel Graves with Tom Richards

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Last moments before opening

Last retouches

Last retouches

Getting food ready

Getting food ready

Let's begin the partyDavid Masson

David Masson

Benjamin Arnold

Benjamin Arnold

David Masson's drawing

David Masson’s drawing

Francis Waplinger,Stella Lamikhov, Megan Euell, Maureen Hyde

Francis Waplinger,Stella Lamikhov, Megan Euell, Maureen Hyde

Catherine Eldridge and Erin McCarthy

Catherine Eldridge and Erin McCarthy

Chapman Hamborg,Sarah-Margaret Gibson and Lee Craigmile

Chapman Hamborg,Sarah-Margaret Gibson and Lee Craigmile

Daniella and Gerard

Daniella and Gerard

Some visitor

Some visitor from England

The Catalans

The Catalans

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David Masson and Per Elof

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Vanessa Paladino, Rony Cadavid, Anna Rosa Paladino

Vanessa Paladino, Rony Cadavid, Anna Rosa Paladino

Feb 16 14

FAA teachers and staff visiting The Duomo and The Baptistery of St. John in Florence

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
Daniel Graves and Richard Great House

Daniel Graves and Richard Great HouseDuomo's facade. Florence Giotto's Bell Tower. Photo from Duomo's lanternWith the turist guide on the top on Duomo lanternOn top of the Duomo! photo from the Duomo's lantern Tatyana Kulida, Josefin Eriksson, Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund and Lynn Guo Teachers and staff in front Duomo Last stop!The Baptistery of St. John. Florence___

 

 

Feb 10 14

Basilio De San Juan Guerrero wins first place at YICCA 2013 for his painting, Augury

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

YICCA, Young International Contest of Contemporary Art

Basilio De San Juan Guererro wins first place at YICCA 2013 for his painting, Augury, http://yicca.org/en/view/winners2013

“YICCA” is an ambitious project regarding transparency, comparison and research of new artistic talents. Nowadays it is becoming more and more difficult to comply with the requirements of art market, in particular – facing the challenge of competing with the constantly increasing number of newly arising artists in the contemporary art field.YICCA was founded in 2009. The decision of its foundation was taken under the great influence of new ways of making and thinking art that recently have discovered many surprising and unusual forms of art.This general confusion and rapid change of offers is without any doubt challenging and extremely exciting. The main goal of YICCA is to understand and to improve new talents that in this “beautiful chaos” are able to interpret better the upcoming art.”

 

Feb 6 14

Chinese Artists Community at The Florence Academy of Art

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
During the evenings in Via Luna, The Florence Academy of Art hosts a group of students from China in a special class called Chinese Artists in Florence Community. The group was started by Lynn Guo from our painting program and Shi Yu. They recently had a special guest artist talk to the group, Professor ZhiQiang Yang of LuoYang University Fine Art Department. Prof. Yang was assigned to study in Russia, at the V. Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute by the Chinese government 10 years ago. Today he is a very well established sculptor and a fine arts professor in China. Last Tuesday evening, the class held a ’Q & A ‘ session with him for its students. Lynn says, “there were so many great questions that have been answered, including techniques, fine art trends,  how to approach the galleries & how to apply for a teaching position in Chinese schools & universities etc.”
Here is information on the Chinese Community in Florence:
Chinese Artists in Florence Community was founded on July 28th, 2013, in Florence, Italy. A non-profit organisation, its two co-founders are both third year students at The Florence Academy of Art, Lynn Guo (Painting Program and student teacher for first year students) & Liu Shi Yu (Sculpture Program). The community is mainly formed by a group of painters and sculptors, as well as a few filmmakers and musicians.  Chinese Artists in Florence Community aims to carry on the spirit of classical art and aesthetics, while embracing modern themes and contemporary culture; it promotes exchange opportunities between Chinese and western artists. The current workshops provide study/training opportunities to young Chinese art students, introducing them to classical drawing/painting/sculpturing techniques, and create work opportunities to teachers and models.
Dec 12 13

Guest Lecturer: Mark Coreth; Wild sculpting

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

A very interesting lecture at The Florence Academy of Art with Mark Coreth. He also did a demo during the lecture.

The final piece from memory

He also spoke to us about the ice bear project. What´s The Ice Bear Project?

The Ice Bear Project is a not-for-profit arts organisation. The inspiration behind it has come from animal sculptor, Mark Coreth. He witnessed the effects of climate change when he first travelled to Baffin Island during November 2007. Mark knew that few will ever experience the Arctic, but realised that he could bring the Arctic to everyone in the form of an Ice Bear sculptural event.

The Ice Bear Project is non-political. We simply believe that great art alone can speak for itself and has a significant role to play in connecting us all to the natural world.

Three plaques are placed in the ice below the Ice Bear. The text for them was written by Professor Peter Wadhams (Head of Ocean Physics at the University of Cambridge), Clive Desiré-Tesar (Head of Communications for WWF-International Arctic Programme ) and Pen Hadow (Director and Head of Surveying for the Catlin Arctic Survey).

Click in the image bellow for more information about the Project

Click in the image bellow for more information about the Film

Nov 5 13

Alicia Ponzio video interview at digiQualia.com

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Enchanting interview with former FAA student Alicia Ponzio. Alicia went onto teach at the Academy for a further 3 years before returning to California where she is currently based.

watch the interview for free here

Oct 2 13

An online library of tutorials, lectures and interviews. digiQualia it’s now live!

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

digiQualia is now live!. digiQualia is an online library of tutorials, lectures and interviews, available to everyone who seeks to further their artistic understanding, be they novice or experienced.

Although digiQualia is undoubtably a very international education center, it was born in Florence, Italy, home of the Renaissance and delicious gelato. Our current headquarters are still placed in Florence, a location that gives us easy access not only to great art collections and the surrounding architecture that goes with it, but the students, teachers and artists that pilgrimage here.

Naturally, the city offers some of the best schools in regards to fine arts, like The Florence Academy of Art and the Charles H. Cecil Studios, at the same time as providing more contemporary stimulance, like at the Accademia D’Arte and Polimoda.

With such an exceptional work environment, we have the luxuary of being contantly stimulated by the work of the old masters as we keep discovering new, exciting talent. A major part of digiQualia might be dedicated to academic art, but the material is fresh.
See more at http://digiqualia.com/

Sep 13 13

FAA WORKSHOPS 2013-2014

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Click here for more details on

One-week Figure, Portrait, Still Life and Landscape Workshops
and our three new courses

Six-week Intensive Course: Drawing, Painting and Art History

Self Portrait Painting

Limited Palette Landscape Painting

    

    

Six-week Intensive Course: Drawing, Painting and Art History

Self Portrait Painting

Limited Palette Landscape Painting

Six-week Intensive Course: Drawing, Painting and Art History

Academic Figure Painting and Portrait Painting

Academic Figure Painting and the Self Portrait

Academic Figure Painting and the Still life

Still life Painting

Limited Palette Landscape Painting

Sunset Painting

Art History

Click here for more details

Sep 8 13

Congratulations FAA students who got scholarships ARC 2013

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

A big congratulations to our students: Mitch Shea, Tatyana Kulida Shelley, Sarah Margaret Gibson, Rachel Parsonett, Joshua Granberg and Thor Larsen

Sarah Margaret Gibson

Tatyana Kulida Shelley

Rachel Personett

Joshua Granberg

Mitch Shea

Thor Larsen

Jun 22 13

End of Year Graduation´s Students Awards 2012 – 2013

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

CASINE STUDIO

 

Rachel Personett, Best Begining Cast

Gerard Castellvi Gasco,Best Begining Figure Drawing

Niko Lauhkonen, Honorable Mention Beginning Figure Drawing

 

BANDIERA STUDIO

 

Anne Koldso Best Cast

Jennifer Keltos, Best Figure Drawing

Lynn Guo, Figure Painting

 

PORTA ROMANA STUDIO

 

Vladimir Jovicevic, Best Painting

Ione Hunter Gordon, Best Figure Painting

Jordi Díaz Alamá, Honorable Mention Painting

 

ECORCHE CLASS

 

Anna Maria Fusari, Best Ecorche

ANATOMY CLASS

Stella Lamikhov wins the award for best Anatomy student 2012-13

 

SCULPTURE STUDIOS

 

Shi Yu Liu, Best Drawing in Sculpture

Brian Sheridan,Honorable Mention Drawing in Sculpture

Mitch Shea, Best Sculpture

Jun 12 13

The FAA Graduation Ceremony Pictures 2013

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

The graduating class of 2013, faculty and administration (left to right) first row: Max Vatovac, Tanvi Pathare, Ramiro Sanchez, Alex Morris, Simone Moritz, October Butler, Richard Greathouse; second row: Suzy Fiddy, Rafael Belfort, Rosemary Galli, Johanna Schwaiger, Laura Thompson, Anna-Brith Arnsten, Tatyana Kulida, Daniela Astone, Raffaella Freyre, Anna Maria Fusari, Sarah Margaret Gibson, Luigi Lanotte, Simona Dolci, Leonardo d’Este; third row: Jordi Diaz Alamà, Hege Haugen, Derrick Maddox, Steve Bettman, Frank Rekrut, Steffen Schubert, Sarah Pearn, Susan Tintori, Janne Jaaskelainen, Marc Vinciguerra, Ulrich Suberg; fourth row: Joakim Ericsson, Charles Weed, Daniel Graves, Maureen Hyde; fifth row: Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund, Jordan Sokol, Eran Webber, Robert Bodem, Vladimir Jovicevic

View all the pictures!


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Jun 7 13

International 2012.13 ARC Salon

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to Nick Alm for winning the First Place Prize for Two Lovers, and to all our other graduates for their success in this year’s International Art Renewal Center Salon:

 

First Place Prize

Nick Alm,
Two Lovers

 

Finalists in the Figurative Category

Maureen Hyde,
Winter

Stephen Bauman,
Daydreamer

Stephen Bauman,
Alone Together

Cecilia Thorell,
The Smoker

Tanvi Pathare,
Lone

Andreas Birath
Transfiguration

Jennifer Gennari,
Something Borrowed

 

Finalists in the Imaginative Realism Category

Teresa Oaxaca,
The Dream of Pierrot

Gustav Sundin,
Transcending

Ron A. Cheek,
Beautiful Feet

 

Finalists in the Still Life Category

Carla Paine,
Susan’s Shoes

Michael DeVore,
Copper Kettle with Peppers and Shallots

 

Chairman’s Prize

Frøydis Aarseth,
The Journey

 

Best Social Commentary Runner Up

Teresa Oaxaca,
La Vie En Rose

 

Finalists in the Sculpture Category

Cody Swanson,
Corpus of St. Joseph Cathedral

Cody Swanson,
Angel Playing a Lyre

Alicia Ponzio,
Claudia Regina Del Fiume

Lori Shorin,
Lady Lotus

 

Honorable Mention in Imaginative Realism Category

Joakim Ericsson,
Alone in the Wasteland – Sacrifice of the Innocents

Matthew Almy,
House of Mirth

 

Honorable Mention in the Sculpture

Alicia Ponzio,
Irving

Sara Stenlund,
“Go to the ant” 6-6-11

Cody Swanson,
Saint Emygdius Baptizing Polisia

May 25 13

Porta Romana Open House, May 31th

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Scan the image bellow with your smart phone to view the studio’s address on a map

 

 

 

May 25 13

The Florence Academy of Art earns Accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

During its 22-year history, The Florence Academy of Art, led by Daniel Graves, has served its mission to train students to become highly skilled realist painters and sculptors. Success has been so far measured by the quality of the artwork produced by its students and graduates. Today, the academy accepts with pride its recognition by NASAD. It looks forward to continuing to provide students with fundamental skills to produce great art with enhanced academic status.

Accreditation allows students to earn university credits while obtaining the skills offered by the Florence Academy. Executive Director, Susan Tintori, says, “This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the classical curriculum of the atelier enters the mainstream. It will no doubt increase awareness among art students looking for sound techniques and training.” The diploma issued by The Florence Academy of Art upon completion of the three year course in Painting or Sculpture is a university level Certificate. A certificate may be used by an undergraduate as credit towards a terminal degree, or by a graduate as added proof of expertise.

Writes Florence Academy supporter, Sean Mcardle, “We live in a pivotal century, when a part of Western history, culture and techniques was almost lost. I am ecstatic the National Association of Schools of Art and Design recognized the FAA. It is truly epic, and it is thanks to your values and commitment!”

National Association of Schools of Art and Design, founded in 1944, is an organization of 322 schools, colleges, and universities that establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and non-degree programs credentials.

THE POWER OF WISDOM AND BEAUTY
Oil on linen
60×80 cm
2013

May 21 13

Justin Hess is featured in American Art Collector.

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Apr 29 13

Principal Painting Instructor, Daniela Astone, has been accepted into the 2013 National Gallery BP Portrait Competition

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to one of our Principal Painting Instructors and Resident artist, Daniela Astone, for her acceptance into the 2013 National Gallery BP portrait competition with her recent painting entitled, “Self Portrait”. The opening reception will take place on June 19th at London’s National Gallery and the exhibition will run through September 15. For more information click here

Apr 27 13

Tatyana Kulida has been awarded the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship.

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Tatyana Kulida, third year student in Advanced Painting, has been awarded the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship. Tatyana says, “I am delighted and encouraged as I am now transitioning into creating more personal work.”

Apr 18 13

WORKSHOP OPEN TO FAA STUDENTS with Steven Assael

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Artist, Steven Assael, will conduct a two-day workshop – demo for Florence Academy students June 1 & 2, 2013 – Via Ugo Foscolo, 6. Porta Romana studio- 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Apr 6 13

Alicia Ponzio’s portrait of Irving is a finalist in three competitions

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Alicia Ponzio’s portrait of Irving is a finalist in three competitions: the Portrait Society of America, the Society of Portrait Sculptors (London) and the Art Renewal Center International Salon.  The PSoA finalists are all posted on the Underpaintings blog: http://underpaintings.blogspot.com/

Apr 4 13

Student Artwork, Advanced Painting Program – Winter 2013

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Apr 4 13

Student Artwork, Advanced Drawing – Beginning Painting Program – Winter 2013

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

 

 

Apr 1 13

THE FLORENCE ACADEMY OF ART SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
Win a summer of inspiration
and creativity in Florence, Italy!

 

Drawing – Painting – Sculpture
July 1 – 26

Prize
Workshop of the winner’s choice and accommodations in a furnished apartment
Choose From Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Portraiture, Still Life, Perspective, Landscape & Sculpture

 

About. The Florence Academy of Art is excited to offer a talented entrant the chance to study in Florence this July, with expert instruction from the academy’s faculty, as well as guided tours to the city’s historic galleries and museums (the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery housing Michelangelo’s David, the Bargello Sculpture Museum and the Pitti Palace).

The winner will be given the chance to attend the workshop (Drawing, Painting or Sculpture – Figure, Still Life or Landscape) of his or her choice (space permitting).

Submission: Simply send us 3 good quality images of your works, produced in the last 2 years. Please note the quality of the imagery may affect judgment.

Eligibility. This competition is open to people of all ages and backgrounds. If you have a passion for figurative art we would like to see your work! For full details of terms and conditions, please click here.

Judges. The Florence Academy’s founder and director, Daniel Graves, along with several members of the Florence teaching staff, will select the winner from the examples of personal artwork submitted. The judges will be looking for an interest in figurative realism, an attempt to work from life or copy an old master, and artistic strength.

Apply. Applications will be accepted by email only.  Please send the following information to:

Your email must include:

- Full Name, Date of Birth, Mailing address, Phone number (with country codes)

- 3 low resolution jpeg images (maximum 72 dpi) of your recent drawings, paintings, or sculptures. Include your name and a title in the JPG file title.

- Maximum 250 words about yourself.

Deadline. May 1, 2013. Our 10 Finalists will be announced on our Facebook page daily fromMay 6th and the winner will be announced May 17, 2013, on The Florence Academy of ArtFacebook and Twitter pages.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for competition updates.

For a complete description of our summer workshops in Florence, go to Summer Florence on our Homepage or click here.

Mar 3 13

Drawing of the Week

by Judson Monroe

Portrait of actress Eleonora Duse. Charcoal on canvas. 108 × 139 cm.
The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. copy

Feb 26 13

The Alpine Fellowship. A residential prize for classical painters

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

The Alpine Fellowship is a residential programme that brings together students of classical painting with philosophers and professional painters. The aim is to foster a community with clear values, a reconnection with nature, and an ongoing dialogue with aesthetics.​

The aim of the fellowship is to: reconnect and study nature, improve craft and skills in painting, foster a dialogue in philosophy and aesthetics.​

General information

The prize is aimed at intermediate to advanced students of classical painting and aims to assist and improve their technical skills; broaden their cultural and aesthetic vision; reconnect with nature and study the natural world; foster a new community of painters with a clear purpose and vision. Prize winners will be invited to reside in the Swiss Alps for the month of September.

Prize Specifics

Up to 4 places (two of which will be chosen from the Florence Academy of Art second year student body)
Three weeks (1.09.13 – 21.09.13) free accommodation (not including meals) and studio space
Weekly readings
Weekly seminar/painting tutorial with AJ Lawson
Visiting speakers and guest painters

for more information please click here

Feb 24 13

Drawing of the Week

by Judson Monroe

Adolph von Menzel, Young boy with a water glass

Feb 20 13

Daniel Graves exhibits at Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York. March 14 – April 20

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Feb 20 13

Open Studio at FAA Sweden. March 16th

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Feb 11 13

Drawing of the Week

by Judson Monroe


John Singer Sargent

Feb 4 13

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero


by Dagnon Bouveret

Jan 27 13

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

by Valentin Serov

Jan 20 13

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

by Alphonse Mucha

Jan 15 13

Alan Lawson wins 3rd merit in the Portrait of America, Still Life Catergory

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to alumnus, Alan Lawson, for being awarded 3rd merit by the Portrait Society of America in the still life category for his work, The Emptiness of things, the Fullness of Love, 40 x 40 cm, oil on linen.

Alan, who originates from the UK, studied at The Florence Academy of Art from 2008-2011.

Jan 13 13

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

The sculptor Roberts Stigells by Albert Edefelt

Jan 4 13

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Portrait of writer Alexander Zhirkevich 1894

by Illya Repin, Charcoal

 

Jan 4 13

Tanvi Pathare wins the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Portrait of Lone
Oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm
2012

Portrait of Stephanie
Oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm
2012

Self Portrait
Oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm
2012

Jan 3 13

¨Figuratively Speaking¨. An exhibition featuring sculptures by Sara Stenlund

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Figuratively speaking is a group show
featuring sculptures by Sara Stenlund
and figurative oil paintings by some of
Sweden’s top realist painters.

at JÄGER JANSSON Galleri
Opening Saturday 12/1 at 12-17

OPENING HOURS: Wed – Fri 12 – 18, Sat – Sun 12 – 16

St Gråbrödersgatan 13, 222 22 LUND, 046-276 00 55, 0709-30 75 86
Website: www.jagerjansson.se , email: jagerjansson@pbhome.se

Dec 28 12

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Bashi Bazouk 1882 by Jean Leon Gerome. Pencil on paper

Dec 19 12

Student Artwork, Advanced Drawing – Beginning Painting Program – Fall 2012

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

 

 

 

Dec 11 12

Lori Shorn featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Artists Making their Mark

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

To read the full article Click Here

Nov 16 12

Spring Landscape Workshop with Marc Dalessio at the Alpine Atelier

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Saturday 23rd March – Saturday 30th

This is an intensive landscape painting workshop with master painter Marc Dalessio. Marc is renowned as one of the world’s best landscape painters. His works hang in galleries and private collections round the world. This course will be based out of a typical swiss chalet.  The surrounding area is replete withwaterfalls,meadows with cows, and snowy peaks.  1500chf everything included (painting materials, food, accommodation, local transportation)

Nov 16 12

Alan Lawson is interviewed for the blog, Drawn in Black

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

To read more click in the following link http://www.drawninblack.com/category/interviews/

Nov 14 12

CONVERGE. WHERE CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ART COLLIDE. 25CPW Gallery New York

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

FAA Alumni Jordan Sokol, Peter Van Dyck, Carolyn Pyfrom, Leo Mancini-Hresko and Ben Fenske are part of the group exhibition, CONVERGE

25CPW GALLERY
November 15-27, 2012
Opening Reception, November 15
25 Central Park West at 62nd St.
New York
www.25cpw.org

 

Nov 9 12

PUBLIC OPENING new SCULPTURE STUDIO.

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

PUBLIC OPENING new SCULPTURE STUDIO on Via Palazzo Bruciato 2r – Florence.

NOVEMBER 23rd. Join Us!

 

Nov 7 12

Florence Academy Students win top awards from the 12th Annual Art Renewal Center Scholarship competition

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Bayasgalan Batmagnai, First Place, $ 3,500.00
Tanvi Pathare, Second Place, $ 1,800.00
Ione Hunter Gordon, Third Place, $ 1,000.00
Kresten Smedemark, First Place, $ 3,500.00 (won while attending another atelier, but Kresten is now at the FAA in Sculpture!)

For full details, click here (http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/scholarship.php?contest=2012%20Scholarship)

Bayasgalan Batmagnai

Tanvi Pathare

Ione Hunter Gordon

Oct 24 12

Spring Workshops 2013 .This Spring, study Oil Painting, Sculpture, Perspective & Art History in Florence

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Spring Workshops 2013

Academic Figure Painting and Portrait Painting
- with Jura Bedic
The Portrait In-Depth, Painting and Sculpting the Portrait from Life
- with Jordan Sokol and Eran Webber
Perspective for the Artist: A Practical Approach
- with Richard Payne
Art History – Various Destinations in Florence
- with Prof. Joan Reifsnyder

for details on SPRING WORKSHOPS 2013 click here
for Printable Application Form Spring Workshop 2013 click here

Jun 26 12

Spring 2012 Student Work

by admin3

          

 

Jun 5 12

Léon Bonnat

by kai halmesvaara

Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat (1833–1922) was a French painter. A teacher of Sargent, Stanhope Forbes, P.S. Krøyer, Thomas Eakins, Charles Sprague Pearce and many other notable 19th century painters.

Wikipedia article

Artcyclopedia page

 

read more…

May 11 12

Sixth Alumni Exhibition Prize Winners

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Best in Show – First Prize – $ 5,000.00
Eran Webber, Synopsis


Second Prize – $ 3,000.00
Stephen Bauman, The Violinist

Third Prize – $ 2,000.00
Tanvi Pathare, Portrait of Stephanie

Honorable Mention

Hywel Pratley, The Paraphanalia of Unseen Change

Carla Paine, My Father’s Hat

Toby Wright, Rooftops

Alumni Choice

Zacariah Kramer, Sower

Hege Haugen, Moist

Matthew Almy, The House of Mirth

President’s Prize


Richard Greathouse, Anne-Marie

 

Apr 30 12

Dagnan-Bouveret

by kai halmesvaara

Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (1852-1929) was a french painter known for hes naturalistis style. He studied under Jean-Leon Gerome.

Wikipedia article

Artcyclopedia page

Closeups from the painting “Blessing of the Young Copule Before Marriage”. Photographs are taken by Jordan Sokol

read more…

Apr 18 12

Naturalism pt. 3

by kai halmesvaara

read more…

Apr 11 12

Academic Paintings

by kai halmesvaara

Academic paintings mostly from 19th century french Ecole dex Beaux Arts school or artist graduated from that school.

 
read more…

Apr 9 12

Paul Richer as an anatomist and sculptor

by kai halmesvaara

Paul Marie Louis Pierre Richer (1849-1933) was a French anatomist, physiologist and a sculptor. He had a imporatant role in the 19th art scene as a teacher of many notable 19th century painters, who studied in Ecole des Beaux Arts Paris. The Images of this post include many of hes works as a sculptor and illustrator for the anatomy books that he published

Wikipedia article

Downloadable E-books:

Nouvelle anatomie artistique du corps humain (volume 2), La Femme

Physiologie artistique de l’homme en mouvement (1896)


read more…

Apr 7 12

Website for art books

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Check out this website for art books on russian painters and materials: www.4-art.org

Apr 5 12

Välkommen till öppet hus – 14 april 11.00-14.00

by admin2

Lördagen den 14:e April öppnar vi våra lokaler för dig som
funderar på att söka till vår treåriga yrkesutbildning i klassisk realistisk
teckning och måleri.

Detta är ett utmärkt tillfälle att skapa sig en tydligare
bild av hur det är att studera vid The Florence Academy of Art.

- Elever och lärare finns på plats för att svara på frågor
om utbildningen.
- Personal ur skolans administration rätar ut frågetecken
kring CSN-stöd, boende och andra praktiska detaljer
- Rundvandring i skolans lokaler, genomgång av utbildningens
moment.
- Elever och lärare utför demonstrationer

Under dagen finns möjlighet att lämna in ansökan för ht
2012. Ansökningsformulär finns att hämta på:
http://florenceacademyofart.com/application.php

Götaforsliden 17, Mölndal
+46 (0)31 – 70 60 860
gothenburg@florenceacademyofart.com

 

Välkommen

 


On Saturday, April 14, we open our facilities for future applicants to our three-year painting program. This is an excellent opportunity to gain a clearer picture of what it is like to study at The Florence Academy of Art.

- Students and teachers are available for questions about the program.
- Staff from the school administration answer questions about CSN support, housing and other practical details.
- Guided tour around the school premises, with a brief introduction of the program.
- Demonstrations.

During the day it is possible to submit the application for Fall Trimester 2012
Application forms are available at: http://florenceacademyofart.com/application.php

Götaforsliden 17, Mölndal, Sweden
+46 (0) 31-70 60 860
gothenburg@florenceacademyofart.com

Welcome

 

Mar 28 12

Winter 2011-12 Student Work

by admin3

          

Mar 1 12

Process, by Sarah Margaret Gibson

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Second year student, Sarah Margaret Gibson, published an article entitled, Process, in the online magazine, Composite Arts, http://compositearts.com/. Click on the featured photo (No. 6 Process) to download the magazine as a PDF file.

Mar 1 12

New work by Alicia Ponzio, The Lingering Shadows

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

 

Mar 1 12

Under Construction

by admin

test

Feb 29 12

Work in progress in Sculpture

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Feb 27 12

Sculpture Student, Chippie Kennedy, wins National Sculpture Society recognition.

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Chippie Kennedy’s sculpture, Daphne, (here shown in clay) was one of 8 selected by the National Sculpture Society (NSS) for an outdoor exhibition to be held this summer in Newburgh NY. The ‘Sculpture For a New Century’ competition was sponsored by the NSS and State University of New York – Orange.

Jan 21 12

Fall 2011 Student work

by admin3

Phoebe Cripps Phoebe Cripps

Leonardo D'Este

Sarah Gibson Sarah Gibson

Ione Gordon Ione Gordon

Ione Gordon Ione Gordon

Vladimir Jovicevic Vladimir Jovicevic

Alan Lawson

Tanvi Pathare Tanvi Pathare

Tanvi Pathare Tanvi Pathare

Tanvi Pathare Tanvi Pathare

Scott Payan Sarah Pearn

Taylor Powell

Steffen Schubert

Johan Sjoholm Johan Sjoholm

Ulrich Sulberg Ulrich Sulberg

William Zwick William Zwick

Jan 19 12

The Florence Academy of Art in Sweden approved for study assistance (CSN)

by admin2

Thursday morning brought happy news as The Florence Academy of Art in Sweden was officially ackredited as a KU-education for study assistance by the Swedish state.

- The Florence Academy of Art is an alternative to the already existing art schools of Scandinavia. Students who study here do so because they acknowledge that tradition-based training in drawing and painting is a fundamental part of their artistic endeavor. FAA students now enjoy the same rights as students enrolled in colleges and universities in northern Europe – I think this is only fair, says Andreas Birath, Executive Director of FAA/Sweden.

The decison allows for Swedish students to apply for study assistance from the Swedish state (through CSN) to fund their studies at The Florence Academy of Art in Sweden. This study assistance consists of a loan and a grant.

- I am really happy for our students. They have shown such dedication. The training itself is highly demanding, add to that the insecurity of economic issues – it has been a great challenge for them. This decision now puts all of our students in a place where they can fully focus on their artistic training, says Joakim Ericsson, Academic Director of FAA/Sweden.

Starting with Fall trimester 2012, students at FAA/Sweden have the option of applying for study assistance. Deadlines for application are February 1, for early acceptance, and May 1.

For more information, please contact Birgitta Holmström, Office Manager at FAA/Sweden: gothenburg@florenceacademyofart.com

Dec 19 11

Florence Academy Students win top awards from the 11th Annual Art Renewal Center Scholarship competition

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

  

  

Richard Greathouse, First Place, $ 4,000.00
Terra Chapman and Dana Zaltzman, Second Place, $ 2,400.00 respectively
Tanvi Pathare and Sarah Gibson, Third Place, $ 1,400.00

For full details, click here

Dec 16 11

Roland Muntoiu, show

by admin2

Graduate Roland Muntoiu will show some work, mostly projects from his time at the FAA, at Sveaplan 29, Gothenburg Saturday December 17.

Dec 15 11

Epic Muse Cycle by James Henry Zukin

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Click here to read an epic poem by contemporary poet, James Henry Zukin, kindly reproduced with consent of author, © Copyright 2011

Dec 14 11

Controlling the Creative Process: A painter’s guide by Justin Hess

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Book Description:

“Controlling the Creative Process” is a painter’s guide that offers step by step photographic demonstrations and instruction on the preparation of oil paint, canvases, and frames using traditional methods and materials.
At 130 pages, with more than 200 color photos illustrating every stage of the process, this book is one to have by your side, in the studio, or at home in your private collection.
A 100% natural cotton hard cover, with dust jacket, protects the highest quality archival ProLine uncoated photographic paper, that will be sure to keep your paintings company as they stand the test of time together.
Controlling the Creative Process is also available as an ebook for iBooks app on the iPad, iPhone & iPod touch for busy painters on the go.

Virtual Preview:

Dec 1 11

Toby Wright, solo show in Monaco

by admin3

Monaco’s Oceanography Museum marks its 100 year anniversary with a solo exhibition of paintings by Toby Wright, Portraits Du Temple de la Mer, on view through January 2, 2012:

More information at http://www.oceano.org/fr/actualites/expositions/portraits-du-temple-de-la-mer-par-toby-wright/1/

Portraits du Temple de la Mer

Nov 4 11

Leigh Kaplan wins the A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship

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Australia’s premier awards for realism and figurative art, the A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prizes, were awarded last night to the artists who have excelled in traditional styles. Leigh Kaplan was announced as the winner of the prestigious A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship, valued at $50,000. Kaplan, said she was thrilled to be given the opportunity to combine art and travel. “It’s invaluable for traditional artists to be exposed to both the old masters and also contemporary works. For Australian artists, travel is essential in our early careers – it fuels our curiosity and inspires new ideas,” said Ms Kaplan. The Scholarship is a sought-after prize for emerging artists keen to build their career. Ms Kaplan plans to use the A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship to tour Europe, Russia and America over an extended period, to place herself in the best position for a future career as a painter.

“With travel from Australia often a lengthy and costly exercise, it’s difficult for emerging young artists to develop their skills abroad and learn from other artists. The scholarship allows the winner to travel and experience what the rest of the artistic world has to offer – a unique and exciting opportunity for any artist,” said Perpetual’s General Manager Philanthropy, Andrew Thomas. According to Mr Thomas, Alice Bale’s contribution to the arts through her charitable trust has made a lasting impact on the lives of many young Australian artists. “Alice Bale was an established artist who was known as one of Australia’s pre-eminent flower and still life painters of the early 20th century. Her legacy has continued for more than fifty years now through her charitable trust, supporting many artists in that time,” he said.

See more about the prize at www.gleneira.vic.gov.au

Portrait by Leigh Kaplan

Oct 25 11

A poem for the FAA

by admin3

I most enjoyed
receiving your splendid
Art eye candied delights.
A chinese plum; take just one?

Decidedly most effusive
Provider of undeserved praise
Sparked from ignition
so sparse as my larks of words

Visceral phenomenon
indelible if inedible
Secret recipe of
FloAcadArtica

bark of mangrove
+ eye of viper
+ piss of rhino
+ yellow dust of bee

Will the paint harden
providing color
To meaning and
meaning to color?

Poetry you say;
I say let there be words
Reflected off juggling balls
of magic or

Effortlessly emerging
from Pandora’s secret place.
I am your poet; how will the
Academy use verbal imagery?

- By James Henry Zukin

Oct 13 11

Farewell to Leo Mancini-Hresko

by admin3

by Alan Lawson

With over a decade of outstanding service to The Florence Academy of Art, Leo Mancini-Hresko, director of drawing in the sculpture department and head of materials, leaves us for Boston.

As Leo moves on to focus on his flourishing painting career it is with sadness but also admiration that the FAA family bid him farewell. As I planned this brief tribute I spoke to some of his colleagues and students and amongst the comments were, ‘Leo the charismatic teacher, Leo the voracious and pioneering painter, Leo the bon viveur, the funny guy, and the man with time for anyone and everyone.’

I met Leo shortly after moving to Florence and I was struck by his bold painting, his unique style, his love of colour, and his willingness to share his knowledge. It would not be hyperbole to say that you can call Leo at any time to ask him about painting materials or techniques, and needless to say generations of FAA students have profited from his generosity and knowledge.

It’s impossible to do justice to someone’s past, present and important future career in such a short space, so I won’t attempt it. However I will give you one quote of Leo’s that offers something of an insight into his artistic vision. When I asked him about his paintings he said this:

‘Many of the painters I like are for that ‘illusion’ quality…impastos and glazes, using the paint itself, not just trying to paint an image, sculpting with the paint, dragging the brush back into it. Not slavishly painted detail but ‘suggestion’, ‘impression’. Tony Bennett had a good one, he told me, “You have to respect your audience. If you explain everything to them, if you don’t trust them to figure it out, that’s not respecting the viewer”’

It is with great respect that everyone at the FAA wishes Leo, and his fiancée Elpida, not adieu but a very fond au revoir.

To see more of Leo’s work, click on the link below:

Alumni Gallery in Florence Academy website

Painting by Leo Mancini-Hresko

Portrait of Guido, Oil on canvas, 2011

Snowy Landscape, Oil on canvas, 2011

Oct 11 11

Jordan Sokol Video interview

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Insane Productions video interview, of Jordan Sokol is now available in American Painting Video Magazine in the new summer issue!. Click in here to go the web site. Here is  the trailer.

JORDAN INTERVIEW for APVM TRAILER.iPhone

Jul 24 11

Alicia Ponzio and Teresa Oaxaca featured in American Art Collector Magazine

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Check out the August issue of American Art Collector Magazine! The article, titled ‘Beyond a Likeness’, features alumnae and former instructors Alicia Ponzio and Teresa Oaxaca, who were both honored at this years Portrait Society of America’s portrait competition. The artists speak about what qualities they strive to create in a portrait! Click on the images to read the article

Jun 29 11

Jordan Sokol exhibits at Arcadia Gallery

by admin3

Jordan Sokol exhibits at Arcadia Fine Arts as part of the New Faces of Realism show through July 3. Check out the gallery’s website here and blog here.

Jun 8 11

Alicia Ponzio and Valentina Zlatarova, have been selected by the prestigious ‘Society for Portrait Sculptors’

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to two of our alumnae, Alicia Ponzio and Valentina Zlatarova, who have been selected by the prestigious ‘Society for Portrait Sculptors’, in London, to participate in their annual juried competition, called ‘FACES 2011′.

The Open Exhibition is the only forum for contemporary portrait sculpture and consists of about 70 sculptures of which approximately one third are chosen from open submission from non-members. It is held each year in May at The Gallery in Cork Street, London.

Valentina Zlatarova received the Tiranti prize for the second time. The Tiranti Prize is awarded to the best work from a young portrait sculptor of 30 years old or under. Here is the sculpture that were selected. Valentina previously won the prize in 2008.

Here are the two sculptures by Alicia Ponzio that were selected for participation,

This is the website of the Society for Portrait Sculptors.
http://www.portrait-sculpture.org/index.php


May 25 11

Angel Ramiro Sanchez ‘Realtà di Due Mondi’ (Reality of Two Worlds)

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Angel Ramiro Sanchez, our painting program Director, will be having a one-man exhibition at ‘the pretigious Fondazione Stelline’ in Milan, from June 10-July 2, 2011.
The show, which will be Ramiro’s most important solo show in Italy to date, will include 31 works that chronicle his career with particular attention to his more recent work from the last year.
This exhibition of paintings by Angel Ramiro Sanchez has been organized by the Fondazione Stelline, the Embassy of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Holy See and Consulate General of Venezuela in Milan, with the patronage of the Comune di Milano and the Concilio Europeo dell’Arte in recognition of this young master’s unique perspective on two worlds: his
native Venezuela, and the land where he lives and works, Italy.

“As this fascinating show reveals, the two worlds of Ramiro: Realtà di due mondi are the lands of his origins and formation, Venezuela and Italy. But they are also the pictorial worlds of visual reality, rendered by the brush as few other painters can, and the invisible reality of the spirit. Whatever theme he chooses, Ramiro is an artist who never ceases to look inside himself and indeed look reality in the face.”
John T. Spike
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia 8 May 2011

After many smaller exhibitions, this present show at the Fondazione Stelline is the first important monographic exhibition of his work in Italy. Some thirty paintings and drawings from all phases of his career are included with an emphasis on his most recent work of 2010 and 2011.

May 18 11

Melissa Franklin ‘On the Terrace Loved by Picasso and Rodin’

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

FAA Alumn, Melissa Franklin, exhibits 20 paintings in Venice at ‘Il Paradiso’, an exhibition space on the terrace of the restaurant, ‘Paradiso’, made famous by artists such as Klimt, Rodin, Picasso and Warhol. The show will run until May 20, 2011.

May 7 11

Portrait Society of America, ‘International Portrait Competition’ 2011

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

FAA alumni shine at this years Portrait Society of America, ‘International Portrait Competition’.
The PSoA recently held their Art of the Portrait conference where they announced the winners for their annual International Portrait Competition. We’re very proud to have several FAA alumni among the winners.

Congratulations to all!

Graduate and former drawing instructor, Jesus Villarreal won the Draper Grand Prize with his painting, ‘The Mirror’.

Click here to see more of Jesus’s work.

Graduate and former drawing instructor, Teresa Oaxaca won second place with her painting, ‘Father Time’.

Click here to see more of Teresa’s work.

Our current Anatomy and Ecroche instructor, Alicia Ponzio recieved an honor award for her sculpture, ‘Claudia Regina Del Fiume’.

Click here to see more of Alicia’s work.

Apr 28 11

Lecture: Beauty, Teleology, and Taste by Alan Lawson

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Lecture: Beauty, Teleology, and Taste

This lecture offers a brief introduction to the subject of beauty. It begins with the rejection of classical notions of beauty in the early twentieth century and the causes of this. The lecture then jumps back and forth in time in an attempt to show some of the major ethical and epistemological developments and their impacts on ideas of ‘beauty’. The conclusion, is not a definition of beauty but an attempt to frame the correct questions in approaching it.

“The answer to the question ‘What is beauty?’ is approached vicariously through another question: ‘how should we live?”

YOU CAN WATCH THE LECTURE HERE

Apr 11 11

Insane Productions

by admin

Insane Productions was founded in 2009. Our goal is to create video tutorials for the arts, by interviewing contemporary young artists within different media. We want to push current art education tools beyond their borders and make them accessible to anyone who is interested. As artists ourselves, we think we can put our knowledge together to create something unique and useful, whether for a seasoned professional or for an aspiring beginner. Videos of artists, for artists, created by artists.

Great ideas often seem insane at their start, but given time, they integrate themselves into everyday life, until the world would seem insane without them. This concept is a driving force behind our aims to share traditional knowledge through modern means.

Creativity is the key to making a difference, and to making videos that can change the perception of what art education can be. To find out more about us, roll over “Team” in the menu bar…

www.insaneproductions.biz

Mar 21 11

The Florence Academy of Art blog

by admin

We are happy to launch The Florence Academy of Art blog and look forward to everyone’s contributions about artists, events, galleries, exhibitions, competitions, grants, information on materials and techniques, and videos. If you have news or an image you would like to share, please send it to one of the emails below:

info@florenceacademyofart.com
gothenburg@florenceacademyofart.com

Mar 21 11

Nude Study by Daniel Graves

by admin

Daniel Graves
Nude study
Oil on panel
40 cm x 50 cm
2010

Mar 21 11

Jordan Sokol is featured in January’s American Artist Magazine

by admin

Jordan Sokol is featured in January’s American Artist Magazine, 11 Groundbreaking Artists to Watch in 2011

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Jordan Sokol
Penumbra
Oil on canvas
40 cm x 60 cm
2010

Mar 21 11

Joshua McPherson is winner of the prestigious A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship.

by admin

Joshua McPherson is winner of the prestigious A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship. The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship is Australia’s premier award for traditional realism and figurative art and is awarded to an Australian artist who has demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. It is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters.

Funded by the Alice Marian Ellen Bale Art Foundation Trust, the major prize is a travelling scholarship currently valued at $40,000. The scholarship allows the winner to travel around the world, learning from other artists and developing their skills. Joshua said he was thrilled to be given the opportunity to combine art and travel. “I believe the old master painters provide a foundation for great painting. Travelling to Western Europe, Russia and America to see the skill of the masters first hand and extend my own artistry will be invaluable in kick-starting my future as a painter.” Josh will chronicle his experience in a blog.