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.
Charles en plein air
Charles Harris who once exhibited alongside Vettriano has been asked to write a series of articles 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 to find out what Charles has to say about – The failure of contemporary Modern Art.
Click here for the follow-up article entitled – Trust your eyes! Viewing the disaster of 20th century Modern Art today
Click here for the next instalment entitled – Considering the inappropriate bias towards contemporary modern art
Click here for the next instalment – The necessity for new conventional traditional Art today
Click here for the next instalment – The necessity for reform in Art Education
Click here for the next instalment – The pursuit of excellence
Click here for the next instalment – The pursuit of excellence and the Turner Prize
creative commons licence click here
AERA members have received a letter by founder member Charles Harris telling about the BBC´s plans to stage a series of programmes on conceptual art this autumn. As traditional artists we should remind the BBC that realist art may not be as outrageous and provoking as conceptual art but at least it is easily understood by everyone.
’ What Standards Exist in Art today?
’ What Values Should Art Offer Society, Especially With Public Money?’
‘ What Values are Offered in Deprived Areas, where these modernist ugly, cold, unnatural objects are erected? ‘
‘And what value Is there in making art videos for the public, with public money? ‘
’ Why Does BBC Television Make Programmes Glorifying this Corruption of Art With Public Funds Today?’
When will the BBC present a programme about contemporary realism? The BBC´s report about the new Tate Modern is yet another example of what to expect of art in our times. It was broadcast on the BBC world service a couple of days ago.
Please contact the BBC and tell them about your personal views. If you prefer here is a direct LINK to send comments to the BBC.
We are happy 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. Although it is not possible to mention all their achievements here, may I just name one or two of our friends like Charles Harris who has paintings in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. Then there is Eric Armusik from Pennsylvania and Hamish Blakely from England whose works are featured in many museums and galleries.
All of us are dedicated to realist art making sure that the old traditions and skills survive and are no longer swamped by modernism.
Charles Harris in the Dundee Courier 30th Jan 2014
Our founder member Charles Harris has made it to Wikipedia
Let us congratulate Charles on his achievement. If possible please install a link to his wikipedia entry on your website.
I have included a newspaper cutting about one of his en plein air activities.
Artist Robert Florczak explains the history and the mystery behind the changes that have taken place in the art world in the 20th an 21st centuries. In about 6 minutes he explains what´s wrong and what can be done about it. Some 1.4 million viewers appear to have found it interesting.