The European Museum of Modern Art, better known as the MEAM, is housed in Palau Gomis, a beautifully restored 18th century Renaissance-style palace located among rows of historic buildings lining the enchanting narrow streets of El Born quarter, in Barcelona, Spain.


Nadine Robbins is an American artist best known for painting nudes, portraits, and most notably, oyster still lifes. Considering herself mostly self-taught, her body of work has gone through an interesting evolution over the years. They can be classified into three distinct phases; from quite loose near-monochromatic realism, moving into smooth, more traditional photorealism, to currently embracing highly detailed, very colorful hyperrealism embellished by pointillism.


Dianne Gall has found that elusive formula that all artists seek but most never find, namely a subject matter and style that is entirely her own and is instantly recognizable once one has been introduced to her paintings. With sublime technical mastery she portrays elegant female figures in elaborate settings imbued in an ambiguous, intense atmosphere.

Gall creates captivating compositions that look nostalgic and perhaps even a little bit romantic at first glance, yet transmit an uncomfortable and sometimes sinister undercurrent that invites viewers to imagine the underlying narrative and its meaning based on their personal emotions and experiences.


Elina Cerla and Lorena Kloosterboer are artists whose creative styles diverge considerably within the realm of representational art. While Cerla’s paintings are constructed in broad, spontaneous and expressive brushwork, Kloosterboer’s paintings are precise, detailed, and carefully rendered.

They met at TRAC 2018, the Representational Art Conference, in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, which prompted an ongoing conversation about art.

EC

The idea of materiality comes up regularly in painting especially when talking about painting different objects and textures. I remember spending hours with Raphael’s Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione, reveling in the transparencies and opacities and the ingenious textures. And yet I feel…


Elina Cerla and Lorena Kloosterboer are artists whose creative styles diverge considerably within the realm of representational art. While Cerla’s paintings are constructed in broad, spontaneous and expressive brushwork, Kloosterboer’s paintings are precise, detailed, and carefully rendered.

They met at TRAC 2018, the Representational Art Conference, in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, which prompted an ongoing conversation about art.

LK

Art is supposed to make us feel something important/valuable. Do you agree with a statement like that? How do you see it from both the observer’s side, and as an artist?

EC

I want work to engage me, make me see things…


Elina Cerla and Lorena Kloosterboer are artists whose creative styles diverge considerably within the realm of representational art. While Cerla’s paintings are constructed in broad, spontaneous and expressive brushwork, Kloosterboer’s paintings are precise, detailed, and carefully rendered.

They met at TRAC 2018, the Representational Art Conference, in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, which prompted an ongoing conversation about art.


Indulge me please — I’m going to tell you a story about myself as a prelude to this essay’s topic. Spoiler alert, this essay is not about astronomy.

Early on in my career as a professional artist, a wonderful opportunity came my way. People I knew socially asked me if, besides painting, I could sculpt — yes, I told them, I had studied sculpting in art school. They were members of a distinguished local society that would soon mark its 25th anniversary by commissioning a bronze statue to be donated to our municipality. Thanks to this group’s political clout, a…


Yvonne Melchers is a Dutch realist artist who uses oils as her preferred medium to create a variety of subject matter in an unequivocally personal painting style. Her lavishly detailed paintings of subjects that are both intimate and universal are infused with a luminosity that emphasizes ambiance. More importantly, there’s an ethereal quality to her striking compositions that endows them with enchanting delicacy and understated elegance.

As a young woman, Melchers embarked on an administrative career in the health care sector and raised a son as a single mother. Despite studying at the Amsterdam Rietveld Art Academy in her early…


Art attracts unsolicited opinions from virtually everybody. While nobody is likely to analyze, let alone critique the handiwork of a plumber, doctor, postal worker, or store clerk to their face, artwork gets judged openly and freely all of the time — especially now it gets posted on social media.

Everybody has an opinion about art. There’s an immediate and instinctive reaction to visual arts which typically says more about the person’s taste and state of mind than about the artwork. Factors that impact our opinion are color scheme, subject matter, style, technique, competence, and genre of an artwork. And sometimes…


Gerd Lieder’s Reflections of the World

Inspired by the large format paintings by the original Photorealists of the 1960s and 1970s, Gerd Lieder developed his own style and work methods through bold autodidactic discipline. As a result of ever-progressing technology — i.e., the change from the analog to the digital camera as well as access to computer software to see more details and aid in design — Lieder’s signature style has evolved from somewhat looser Photorealism to ultra-sharp, highly meticulous Hyperrealism.

Lorena Kloosterboer

Artist painting contemporary realist still lifes. Author of Painting in Acrylics. Loves writing about art, artists & exhibitions. Visit www.art-lorena.com.

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