Dr. Francis Broun
Lecturing on Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema
ARA Toronto | 23 February 2011 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dr. Francis Broun
Twice Nominated in TV Ontario's Best Lecturer Competition
“He’s bloody brilliant and makes the subject matter fun and interesting.”
Francis Broun came to Canada from Scotland in 1967. He has a B.A. from McGill and a Ph.D. from Princeton, both in art history. For fifteen years he worked at the AGO, teaching courses and helping to organise Old Master exhibitions like the Dutch paintings from the Mauritshuis and the Holbein drawings from the Queen's Collection. He also accompanied AGO trips to Florence, London and the River Danube.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (8 January 1836 – 25 June 1912) was one of the most renowned painters of late nineteenth-century Britain.
Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there. A classical-subject painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean sea and sky.
Attendance Fee: Non ARA students $20.
The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Gallery
The Academy Way
Saturday, February 12 – Thursday, March 10, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 13, 4 – 6:30 pm
following the HCA Piano Series concert Valerie Tryon
Participating ARA alumni and Instructors: Deborah Brent - Cindy MacMillan - Fernando Freitas - Evelyn Choi - Lenny Dass - Mirella Cirfi Walton - David Shepherd - Emanuela De Musis - Juan Martinez - Fulvio Delibato - John Lynch - Elaine Rakowski - Joe Trifiletti - Lynn Bertrand - Carol Hall - Ellen Erenberg - Marisa Lauri
126 James Street South, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z4 905-528-4020
The HCAG is open Mon –Thurs 9–9, Sat 9–5
In recent years there has been a great return to academic drawing and painting throughout the Western world. There are a growing number of ateliers and academies involved in and respon- sible for this resurgence, perhaps none greater than the Academy of Realist Art (ARA) in Toronto & Boston. The Academy Way features select artworks from faculty, students and alumni of the ARA, and is proof positive that fine representational drawing and painting isthriving through a new generation who know that to move fordward one must also look back.
Academy of Realist Art - 2968 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Saturday December 18, 2010
2:00 to 7:00 pm
You are cordially invited to our annual Holiday open house. Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there!
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Join us at ARA Boston on Friday December 10th from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
for our Exhibit and Open Sutdio
112 South Street, Floors 2&3
Boston, MA 02111
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CURATOR SEEKING ARA ARTISTS, FACULTY, ALUMNI
In association with the Academy of Realist Art (Toronto), HCAG curator Bruno Capolongo is seeking artwork for a February 2011 exhibition devoted entirely to the finest examples of work from ARA faculty, students, and alumni. An annual or semi-annual exhibition is envisioned.
A VISION FOR EXCELLENCE
Bruno Capolongo is guest curator at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Gallery (HCAG) for the 2010-2011 season. As guest curator, Bruno’s vision is to exhibit Canadian and international contemporary fine art of the highest quality, making the newly improved* HCAG a venue of consistently high caliber visual art in the heart of downtown Hamilton - Canada’s 10th largest city – and just blocks from the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the nations 3rd largest public gallery. The HCAG is housed in the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, one of the nation’s oldest cultural institutions, dating back to 1897. (*Two new walls have been added to the gallery)
EXHIBITS AT THE HCAG
The HCAG is at the heart of a vibrant arts institution, with an audience comprised of over 1000 visitors per week; including gallery visitors, faculty, students, and tours. A highlight of exhibiting at the HCAG is the Conservatory’s annual concert series (October to April) featuring world renowned performers and capacity audiences with two receptions in the Gallery per concert.
ABOUT THE UPCOMING ARA EXHIBITION
The curatorial mandate for this exhibition (title TBA) is to give form and context to the worldwide resurgence of the “academy way” and the undeniable blessings and challenges this poses to both the art establishment and artists alike. Curator (and fellow artist) Bruno Capolongo will also work closely with ARA associated artists and ARA Leadership to round out the exhibition with informative didactics (wall mounted texts) to enlighten gallery visitors. Academy of Realist Art associate artists have been selected in recognition of their exceptional work and the ARA’s status as one of the leading academies in the world today.
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2010
Download Submission Application (PDF)
Two years ago, Shaun Downey, a Toronto painter, hooked up with a friend of a friend over MySpace and invited her to sit for a portrait. She just had this kind of strange beauty, he recalled recently. I knew, when I saw her, that this was someone I wanted to paint.
Good instinct. Two years later, Downey, 32, entered the portrait of 17-year-old Dearbhail Bracken-Roche in the annual Portrait Award competition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. Not only was it among 58 chosen for an exhibition at the gallery from a field of 2,177, it was plucked as its lead advertising image, appearing on the cover of brochures, catalogues, in magazine and newspaper ads, and in Tube stations.
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Star Portraits is a TV series that explores and celebrates the art of portraiture, while providing a unique and compelling twist on celebrity profile.Each episode begins by bringing together one famous Canadian and three accomplished portrait artists for a sitting. The sitter’s identity is a secret, the only clue being the specially chosen location. First, our host Louise Pitre introduces us to the three artists, then with a dramatic set-up, brings on the surprise guest, and kicks off the sitting. The artists are given three hours to study, sketch and photograph the sitter, and generally get to know them through conversation and questions. Then, the artists are sent off to their respective studios for exactly two weeks to complete their works.
ARA grads and former students that are competing include: Pauline Bradshaw, Yevgeniya Savosta, Diliana Popova, Shawn Downey, and Matthew Tarini.
ARA Instructor Juan Martinez has been invited to participate in the 2011 Portrait Society of America's "Face Off" competition on the Friday of the conference. It was a really popular event last year.The Art of the Portrait Conference will be held April 28 - May 1, 2011 ‚ Atlanta, GA
We are pleased to announce the participants of the popular Face-Off program and share with you below a preview of some of the engaging programs planned for next year's event.
During the annual four day conference, attendees will have the opportunity to experience personal portfolio critiques, demonstrations, lectures, workshops, artist book signings, networking, meeting with art materials manufacturers and visit the High Museum.
2011 Face-Off Faculty Tom Donahue, Judith Carducci, Romel de la Torre, Jon Houghton, David Kassan, Bart Lindstrom, Jeremy Lipking, Juan Martinez, Sherrie McGraw, Tony Pro, Anthony Ryder, Alexey Steele, Mary Whyte, Lea Wight and Dawn Whitelaw.
Juan's painting of Alex Trebek is on the cover of a cutting edge online arts magazine called Poets & Artists (Octobe 2010 issue), published by Didi Menendez.
The feature on me starts on page 48. The publication is viewable online or dowloadable for desktop or iPad. There's also a print-on-demand capability at a reasonable price! Lots of great artists (and poets) have been featured in previous issues.
Juan Carlos Martinez is an award-winning artist from Toronto, Canada whose work has been featured in various publications and exhibitions around the world. He was trained in what is now known as the classical realist tradition under the tutelage of master painter, M. John Angel in Toronto and in Florence, Italy.
Juan started his professional artistic journey rather late in life because in a previous incarnation he had been, among other things, an intellectual property lawyer but, eventually, he gave up that life to pursue his vocation as a classical painter.
Today, in addition to maintaining his portfolio and working on commissions, Juan is usually busy teaching, writing, or lecturing. He has acquired an international reputation both as an artist and art educator. His work hangs in numerous private and institutional collections in Canada and the United States.
Juan Martinez is also a chief instructor at Toronto‚ Academy of Realist Art (ARA), one of the largest and most significant institutions of its kind. He is the author of a popular 6-part instructional series in International Artist Magazine, entitled ‚The Academy Way. Juan has been interviewed or featured in a number of publications, both online and in print, and has recently appeared in ‚ Star Portraits: Season 1, on Canada‚Bravo! network. Included collections are the office of the President of Humber College, Toronto, the Crane School of Music (SUNY, New York), and the private collection of Fred and Sherry Ross.