We are pleased to be able to present a number of new members to our Association Embracing Realist Art (AERA). Just browse through the members list and take a look at their biographies. Joined since November 2016 we can now welcome our new friends:
Andrew Peters – USA
Richard Harpum – England
Virgil Elliot – USA
Kevin Aita – USA
Ian Walton – Wales
Support granted by Julian Spalding
We know that the art establishment does not accept traditional artists with open arms. Let us try and change this by demanding reform, especially when public money is only spent on the very old and the extremely modern. Let us ensure that traditional art has a place beside the modernists.
People might argue that a photograph can do better than a painting. However will a photo survive even one generation? Will digital storage media still be legible in 20 years time? Had the Egyptians painted abstracts how would we have known how they lived.
The introduction to Julian Spalding´s website
will give you a 3 minute brief on some of his ideas. There is however a more comprehensive presentation on the iai Academy website. Although it only allows you free viewing for 20 minutes a month those 20 minutes of Julian Spalding´s presentation
Professor Charles Harris teaches masterclasses in Spain.
For more information click here.
More about the course click here
Charles Harris has started a new series of articles for an online newspaper.
Click here – Lost secrets of classical art and the subsequent failure of modern art
In it Charles contemplates the effects modern art has on seaside towns.
Now and then we receive membership applications which make it difficult for us to reply to. We certainly welcome new members who are willing to support our cause. However, we also ask applicants to present a personal website so that viewers can find out more about them. As a single page on this site is just not enough to do an artist justice this site will link to the artist´s personal website.
If you want to find out more about becoming a member click here.
Our most recent member Kevin Aita has sent us the following note:
… I did read through some of the blogs on the AERA wordpress page and although I don’t totally agree with all that is written I am in agreement with most of the points. I attended Art School at the University of Oklahoma from 77-81 when the art college was populated with professors that were known as Cowboy Conceptualist (what ever that is?). I had the good fortune to be able to study under a Photorealist painter who was a graduate assistant and I was able to learn and teach myself how to be a realist painter.
I felt inferior to all of the other art students in that I never “drank the cool-aid ” of appreciating modern contemporary art. I absolutely saw all of DeKooning’s work as hammered dog shit and was never really allowed to admit my disdain. What I do understand about art is that art is essentially visual communication and it has served that function since the earliest cave paintings. When a contemporary conceptual artist needs to post a verbose written treatise on what a piece means they have failed in the basic need for their art to be visual communication.
….Now I am striving to say something with my artwork without having to explain it to people. The interesting thing is that some of my viewers interpret my paintings as saying something that I never had in mind which is an added bonus. I hope this gives you some insight on where I stand as a realist painter. Of course I am honored to be asked to join AERA
Here is a list of articles Charles Harris has written for an online newspaper. In it Charles expresses his views on modern art and explains what can be done to breathe new life into modern art.
Click here – The failure of contemporary Modern Art.
Click here – Trust your eyes! Viewing the disaster of 20th century Modern Art today
Click here – Considering the inappropriate bias towards contemporary modern art
Click here – The necessity for new conventional traditional Art today
Click here – The necessity for reform in Art Education
Click here – The pursuit of excellence
Click here – The pursuit of excellence and the Turner Prize
Click here – The ‘Cumbernauld mermaid’ and other sad tales
Click here – Help support essential change in art
The season´s greetings to all our followers and members
We are pleased to be able to present a number of new members to our Association Embracing Realist Art (AERA). Just browse through the members list and take a look at their biographies. Joined since September we can now welcome our new friends:
John McCartin from Australia
Charmian Hayes from the UK
Jose Higuera from Spain
Doug Zider from the USA
Michal Suffczynski from Poland
Graham Brace from Wales
We know that traditional artists will not be accepted with open arms by the art establishment. At a time when The New, The Outrageous, The Never Seen Before outclasses traditional values in art for fear of it not being modern we cannot expect to find a slot in the gravy train of modern contemporary art. Instead we must change history and demand reform, especially when public money is only spent on the very old and the extremely modern (partly quoted from a letter by Charles Harris).
A picture paints a thousand words in a universal language and it does not take a thousand words to explain a picture. Let us make sure that traditional art has a place beside the modernists.