AAA alumni Hayley Brown, Francis O’Toole, Nancy Fletcher and Travis Seymour exhibited their artwork in the 126th juried exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London. Francis received the L. Cornellissen & Son award and Travis received the Alan Gourley Memorial prize.
AAA alumnus Rusudana Glonty won third prize in the Artists & Illustrators 2013 Artists of the Year competition.
The work of AAA alumnus Brian MacNeil was featured in American Art Collector Magazine. Following this article, an exhibition of his work was hosted by the Royal Gallery in Providence, RI, where Brian also gave a painting demonstration.
Having obtained his Master’s Degree in Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy in Rome, Martinho Correia (www.martinhoart.com) finished his great painting of the resurrection, Ananstasis 2011, now in the collection of a Roman cardinal. He continues to paint in his home in Portugal and to give extremely successful workshops there. He also gives workshops in New Zealand, Canada and Italy.
Colleen Barry and Angela Cunningham are two of the greatest Realist painters today and each will be teaching a two-week workshop in August, 2014, at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence. Information on all the workshops is available at www.angelartschool.com/workshops.html
Colleen Barry: www.colleenbarryart.com/colleenbarryart.com/WELCOME.html
Angela Cunningham: www.angelacunninghamfineart.com/portfolio.html
Colour has three aspects: hue, value and chroma. Colour composition begins with a value scheme (lighter or darker greys), and there are eight or ten of these schemes (the disparity of the numbers is caused by the fact that the value schemes actually elide into each other, rather than being discrete; the cut-off point between schemes is not fixed). The two examples given here use what I call the Holbein Scheme and the Two-tone Silhouette.
The Holbein Scheme comprises a light-value focus (the face) that is supported by a dark base (the clothing), the dark shape of which is then designed upward to completely surround the focus. The whole of this is seen against a mid-tone background, whether plain (as here, in fig. 1) or representational.
The artist next chooses a hue scheme from the colour wheel (fig. 2). These hue schemes can be of complimentary colours, near compliments, triads, analogous colours, etc. In our example, Holbein has chosen a complimentary scheme: red-orange (the face, the low chroma dark clothing and the sleeves) and a greenish blue (the background). Please note that these schemes have nothing to do with the style in which the painting is painted: the Annigoni (top row, second from the left) and the Holbein (third from the left) are smoothly painted, while the Rembrandt (first on the left) and the Millais (at the extreme right) are very painterly indeed, but the value schemes are identical. Please note, too, that the overall value family of the mid-tone background is the main factor in defining the mood of the painting: the darker the mid-tone family, the more brooding and/or mysterious the painting.
The most mysterious of all the value compositions is, of course, the two-tone silhouette. In our example (fig. 3), we see, on the top row, a Rembrandt, a Caravaggio and a Thomas Lawrence, all essentially a number of light shapes seen against a very dark everything-else. True, there is a value range within the assembly of light shapes, but that range is nothing compared to the overwhelming contrast created by the dark “everything-else.” Caravaggio (on the bottom row) has superimposed his usual low- to middle-chroma yellow-orange to red-orange analogous hue scheme onto this two-tone value scheme.
2012 saw the Angel Academy of Art in a beautiful new studio on via Nardo di Cione in the bustling Piazza Beccaria area. No more running across the bridge between classes!!
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.
Born in Milan, Pietro Annigoni (1910–88) moved with his family to Florence when he was a teenager and lived there for the rest of his life. He studied art at the Accademia di Belle Arti and soon became known locally, but it was only after painting his first portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of England in 1956 that he became the most famous portrait painter in Europe. Bernard Berenson (the art historian, known as the infallible Bernard Berenson) called Annigoni the greatest painter of the 20th century. Annigoni’s frescoes and allegorical egg-tempera paintings are less well known than his portraits, but they are equal to or surpass anything painted in the Florentine Renaissance.
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. More such presentations are being planned.
The student work that was shown in the lecture and displayed on the easels was beautiful. The works on display were by Jered Woznicki, Megan Byrne, Nicole Lalande, Bruno Galuzzi Corsini, Brianne Kirbyson, Giulia Bucciarelli, Chapman John Hamborg, Marilyn Bailey , Lucia Foresi, Jonathan Scull, Evanny Henningsen, Katie Runyu Li and Michael John Angel.
A feature of the presentation was Angel’s larger-than-life-size portrait of the British entrepreneur David Aspin, which was mentioned in a recent article on Mr Aspin in the Financial Times.
Milixa Morón (www.milixamoron.com) continues to live and paint in Florence (she is from Venezuela). There was an article on her and her work in the March 2013 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.
Cesar Santos (http://www.santocesar.com) is an ARC Living Master. In the last few years, his work has been shown at the Beijing Museum in China, and he has had solo shows in Miami, Florida; Houston, Texas; Chelsea, New York City and the National Gallery of Costa Rica. He received first place in the Metropolitan Museum contest “It’s Time We MET” and, more recently, received first prize in the portrait competition at the Grand Central Academy in New York, where he was competing against top portrait painters from the U.S. and Canada. He has been featured in art magazines and TV programmes throughout the U.S. and Latin America.
Cesar gave a lecture on his brilliant work, compositional principles and painting process at Del Mar College last year; it can be seen as a six-part presentation on YouTube. Here is the link to Part One:
Cesar will be giving a four-hour painting demonstration from the live model at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence in November, 2013
After living and exhibiting in Paris for two and a half years, Matthew Grabelsky (www.grabelsky.com) moved back to Los Angeles (where he was born) and has had great success there and in Houston. His paintings are in some major collections—for example, his Alexandra and the Minotaur hangs alongside Bonnards and Picassos.
Matthew has also lectured on the new, re-nascent Realism and the Angel Academy at one of the big universities in Houston.
Harry Camarda’s cast painting of Lincoln is now part of the permanent collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. He has also been showing in juried shows such as the Philadelphia Sketch Club, where he won Best-in-Show, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where one of his portraits won third place.
The Philadelphia Sketch Club, founded in 1860, is the oldest artists’ club in the U.S.A. Past members have included Thomas Eakins and N.C. Wyeth.
Shane Wolf has just been awarded (by a unanimous decision from the jury) the prestigeous Taylor Foundation prize for his powerful painting Soumission, which is currently hanging in the Grand Palais in Paris in a show called Art en Capital (artencapital.fr). For a painter to have his/her work in the Grand Palais is a huge honour.
He writes, “… it’s hard to explain to those outside of our ‘world’ how symbolic and meaningful it is for a painter … to enter the halls of the Grand Palais, participate in this salon, and even be decorated with an award. On top of all that, the public’s reaction to my painting has been amazing: all ages (even a 5-year old), men and women alike have stood, admired, returned with friends, returned again, gasped, interrogated [and] praised … the painting.” Many people have commented that it’s THE painting of the show (of more than 2500 works). Bravo Shane!!
Shane is represented by his Parisian gallery, L’Œil du Prince (www.loeilduprince.com), and 29 of his small-format paintings (all painted in the last month!!!) will be in the show Small is Beautiful (www.loeilduprince.com/la_galerie.html), opening on Dec. 1st.
Shane is American, but has lived in Paris for years now. More of his brilliant paintings can be seen at his website: shane-wolf.com
Another major article has come out on Damir Simic and his work, this time in Art of England magazine. Bravo Damir!
Damir’s painting With Mandolin is featured in the Christmas Exhibition at the W.H. Patterson Gallery, London. The exhibition runs from the 30th November to the 23rd December 2011.
Damir’s paintings and drawings can be seen at his site: damirart.com
After graduating from the Angel Academy, Matthew Grabelsky returned to New York for a year, but then returned to live in Europe — first Rome and then Paris. Through his Parisian gallery, Matthew entered a show, Go West, that includes works by 64 artists, half from France and half from Texas (in which Matthew was counted as a French artist!). The show opened last September at the UNESCO world headquarters in Paris and then moved to Houston; it contains works by many big-name artists with work in prestigious collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Matthew writes, “The piece that I had in the show was bought by an important Houston collector and as a result of the exhibition I was approached by a big contemporary art gallery here called Deborah Colton Gallery (www.deborahcoltongallery.com/2011/content/matthew-grabelsky), which is now representing me. They just introduced me to their collectors this week in a show that featured seven of my recent paintings.”
While in Houston for the opening of Go West, Matthew was invited to lecture to the senior painting class at one of the big universities by the director of their painting programme. He loved Matthew’s work and thought that it would be beneficial to their students to hear about the work and about his training. He gave a slide presentation of his recent paintings and then went through the sequence of projects that he did at the Angel Academy, Florence, and discussed the the skills learned through them. The students were very excited and asked a lot of questions about the work, the technique and about studying with us in Italy.
More of Matthew’s paintings can be seen at his website: www.grabelsky.com
Nancy Fletcher is currently working on three full-size portrait commissions, along with several other works, and her painting The Portrait Painter was selected for a finalist award in this year’s annual Art Renewal Center’s Salon Competition.
More of Nancy’s work is visible at www.fletcherfineart.com/Gallery/Gallery.html
Angel alumnus Emile Klein is cycling across America, painting portraits to use, as he states it, “…arts and craftsmanship to discover the modern American people.” His basic formula is to spend a week with each carefully chosen subject. During that time he paints a portrait in oils in a style he describes as “Old Masterly naturalism.” At the end of the week, he records an audio interview with his subject. He also gathers lots of information to pass along to his freelance writers to boil down into a 350-word bio on each person.
There are three elements for each subject. These elements will be displayed in two ways—on a website and as an exhibition that will travel around the country in the winter of 2013-14. To make this happen, Emile will borrow back all the portraits he has given to his many hosts.
You can read more about Emile’s unusual project at www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2011/11/itinerant_artist_puts_clinton.html and at www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2011/11/artist_emile_klein_pays_a_visi.html and www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2011/11/traveling_portrait_artist_make.html
The Angel Academy of Art is very pleased to announce that two new instructors, two very gifted alumni, Inga Loyeva and Mandy Boursicot, have joined our staff. They have both found their feet with us very quickly and are brilliant teachers.
More can be read about each of them on our Faculty page: www.angelartschool.com/faculty.html
Martinho Correia, Angel Academy of Art, Florence, instructor, has been commissioned to paint seven portraits by the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Canada (www.notredame.sk.ca/index.php). Founded in 1920, the school focuses on developing great scholars and athletes through equal emphasis on the disciplines of academics, athletics and faith.
These are to be seven portraits of past school presidents and they are to be made into prints, with the originals being hung in the school itself.
An unexpected article on John Angel and the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, has recently come out in an Eastern European art magazine.
One of MJA’s drawings is reproduced on page 144 of Juliette Aristides’s brilliant new book Lessons in Classical Drawing. On page 54, there is a photo of two students at the Angel Academy working sight-size on a charcoal cast drawing.
1. A thin coat of fairly lean oil paint is spread over the white canvas. The colour of this coat of paint is a greyed golden-brown, which was Rembrandt’s preferred field colour (the field colour is the unifying colour that pervades the whole painting, giving it a strong mood). This is left to dry thoroughly.
2. The darks are massed in, using a very dark grey-brown.
3. The lights are impastoed, using a light-value version of the field colour. This creates the basic three-value field-colour underpainting.
4. The darks are now elaborated by wiping-back and by opaque painting. Please note that steps 2 to 4 are done before the drawing stage dries.
5. Once the light shapes in stage 3 have dried thoroughly, the lighter lights are added, using thick paint.
6. When this is all thoroughly dry, the main value notes of the head, hair and white clothing are roughed in, using fairly thick paint; however, the paint is thinner in the transition tones and thin in the shadows. The colour of this roughing-in is the field colour (various values of greyed golden-brown), and the result is a monochrome underpainting, with strong, simplified form. This used to be called the dead-colouring.
7. When step 6 is thoroughly dry, the head and clothing can be painted in full detail using thin paint and full colour. Please note that the painter concentrates on the face and on the light draperies—the dark clothing is left as it was in step 4 (unless some tweaking is needed). A few extra thick highlights can be added here and there in the lights to strengthen the impastoes.
8. Last of all, the background is finished.
Our heartiest congratulations go to Louis Smith for taking second place in the London National Portrait Gallery’s BP awards for his stunning painting, Holly. We think he should have won first place!
For more information on the Holly project, see Louis’s site at: louissmithportraits.co.uk
Damir Simic unveiled a huge 200 x 275 cm painting called First Day. His June 16th exhibition in the City Museum of Sisak, Croatia, represents the culmination of an exciting project that lasted a year and a half—our photo shows Damir’s daughter sitting in front of the painting, to give an idea of its size. The catalogue for this exhibition was written by Bishop Vlado Kosic.
In May of this year, Damir’s extremely successful show Forgotten Beauty opened in the W.H. Patterson gallery in London, England. The show was visited in Damir’s studio by the Croatian President, Ivo Josipovic and was opened in London by H.E. Tomic, the Ambassador of the Croatian Republic to the United Kingdom.
The December 2010 issue of Playboy features an article on Damir and his beautiful nudes.
Naomi Marino, alumnus and former instructor at the Angel Academy, received a prestigious commission to paint the portrait of Dutch vascular surgeon and professor Bert Eikelboom. On the 31st of May, Naomi travelled to Utrecht for the unveiling of the portrait at an event to honour Professor Eikelboom’s achievements in his field. The painting now hangs in the permanent collection in Utrecht’s internationally acclaimed UMC (Universitair Medisch Centrum). The portrait was a glowing success!
Christina Mastrangelo held a three-month solo show of her work at the Michelle and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Massachusetts. The reception had a huge number of people in attendance and her lovely still life Perishables quickly sold to a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Cesar Santos recently enjoyed his first one-man solo exhibition in New York City at the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery. Entitled Syncretism, the show is a collection of over 20 new paintings that explore the future of contemporary realism as it evolves from contradictory genres of art.
Cesar’s website is under construction for the moment, but you can see his work at: artlibre.net
Nancy Fletcher was selected to paint the portrait of the Bishop of Lincoln, Dr John Saxbee. Bishop Saxbee expressed a wish to have a quietly understated portrait, wanting only a couple of items of personal significance featured in the painting.
As well as this, Nancy’s painting The Portrait Artist was selected for the Windsor & Newton Painting Award at this year’s annual exhibition for The Royal Society of British Artists, held at Mall Galleries in London.
Mark Cummings’s painting, Donnie Hawley of Hawleywood’s Barbershop was selected as a finalist by The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009. The juried exhibition included 49 works that were on view from Oct. 23, 2009 through Sept 6, 2010 at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. The competition received 3,300 entries in a variety of visual arts media, from digital animation and video to large-scale drawings, prints and photographs and a plethora of painted and sculpted portraits.
Cyril de Chambrier has had great success and critical acclaim with his first solo show in Genolier, Switzerland. Subtitled The Homecoming of an Art that Transcends Nature, the exhibition includes paintings of landscape, still life and the figure.