ⓘ Contemporary-Traditional Art


ⓘ Contemporary-Traditional Art

Contemporary-Traditional Art refers to an art produced at the present period of time that reflects the current culture by utilizing classical techniques in drawing, painting, and sculpting. Practicing artists are mainly concerned with the preservation of time-honored skills in creating works of figurative and representational forms of fine art as a means to express human emotions and experiences. Subjects are based on the aesthetics of balancing external reality with the intuitive, internal conscience driven by emotion, philosophical thought, or the spirit. The term is used broadly to encompass all styles and practices of representational art, such as Classicism, Impressionism, Realism, and Plein Air painting. Technical skills are founded in the teachings of the Renaissance, Academic Art, and American Impressionism.


1. Organizations

Organized groups of practicing artists and institutions dedicated to furthering classical techniques include the Grand Central Atelier, Art Renewal Center, California Art Club, Florence Academy of Art, the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia, Laguna College of Art and Design, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, New York Academy of Art, and Portrait Society of America.


2. Publications

Publications referencing the term, Contemporary-Traditional or living artists working in traditional styles:

  • Selections From the Permanent Collection, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, essay by Michael Tomar, PhD., 1996
  • California Light, A Century of Landscapes - Paintings of the California Art Club by Jean Stern and Molly Siple, foreword by Elaine Adams, 2011
  • Land of Sunlight; Contemporary Paintings of San Diego County 2007 by James Lightner
  • On Location in Malibu 1999, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, curated by museum director Michael Zakian, PhD. Essay, Painting in Malibu, 1999
  • Empathy For Beauty, Carnegie Art Museum, essay by museum director Suzanne Bellah, 2014

3. Notable artists

Peter Seitz Adams b. 1950

Jacob Collins b. 1964

Karl Dempwolf b. 1939

Frederick Hart 1943-1999, Sculptor

Everett Raymond Kinstler b. 1926

Jeremy Lipking b. 1974

Richard Schmid b. 1934

Nelson Shanks 1937-2015

Tim Solliday b. 1952

Alexey Steele b. 1967

Patricia Watwood b. 1971

Bruce Wolfe b. 1941, Sculptor