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Representational Painting

Remembering Art Historian Gerald M. Ackerman

F. Scott Hess | Posted 01.06.2016 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

To lose a dear friend leaves a hole in the life of each who loved him. Losing the well of wisdom that is a great mind leaves gaps in the fabric of civilization, one of the great tragedies of human mortality.

Art That Hurts

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

It is unusual to see people crying over artwork these days. Most contemporary art seems to purposefully distance itself from emotion, relegating human sentiment to some basement realm far from the light of intellectual discourse.

A Defense of Neuroesthetics: An Interview with Semir Zeki -- Part Two.

F. Scott Hess | Posted 10.19.2015 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

In Part One of this interview with the founder of neuroesthetics, Semir Zeki, he spoke about beauty from a neurological perspective. Here he defends his field after some recent academic and media criticisms.

Beauty and the Brain: An Interview With the Father of Neuroesthetics, Semir Zeki -- Part One

F. Scott Hess | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

As a renowned neurobiologist who ventured into the realm of aesthetics and how the brain processes art, Semir Zeki has drawn fire from a number of more conventionally oriented art writers and critics.

5 Artists on the Enduring Qualities of Representational Painting

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

For 40,000 years, long before mankind invented written language, we have put down marks that left a living trace of who we are, what we saw, and what we thought. We need those marks now more than ever before.

5 Representational Painters Reflect on Their Art in a Digital Age

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.16.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

John Nava, Our Torture is Better Than Their Torture, 2008, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches. As a representational painter with some skills, I often wo...

Daniel Sprick's Fantastic Fictions

Brandon Kralik | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

The paintings of Daniel Sprick are nurturing, they are fulfilling. They provide us with something that we are not getting enough of. He provides us with a longing gaze at ourselves.

Expanding the Grid: Barry Nemett at Denise Bibro

Julia Clift | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Julia Clift

Barry Nemett's recent paintings and drawings are a testament to a lifetime of uncompromised practice and ceaseless development.

Today's New Old Masters Outshine the Avante-Garde

Brandon Kralik | Posted 07.24.2013 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

When I told my art teacher I wanted to learn to paint like Caravaggio he informed me that all of the secrets of the old masters had been lost.

Art and Empathy: The Timely Tenderness of Kristin Calabrese

Lisa Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lisa Adams

Kristin Calabrese's paintings continue to capture my attention. In addition to being an exceptional paint-handler, I find her work to be deeply emotive and based in some form of personal narrative.