December 2010

On the Cover:
Untitled (work in progress, detail, reversed)
by Steven Assael.


The Interiors & Figurative Work of Ben Fenske: A Critical Look at Raw Talent
by Allison Malafronte & Michael Gormley
Two American Artist editors review the work of an up-and-coming artist and offer their opinion on why this young painter is one to watch.  

What Is Genuine? Realist Artists Take on “Hard Times”
by Naomi Ekperigin
A recent exhibition united today’s top painters to display work that utilizes the power of realism to not only bring attention to life’s harsh realities but also act as a call to action.  

The Eye of the Painter: Steven Assael and the New Realism
by Michael Gormley
Steven Assael’s complex figurative paintings and vibrant working method reveal that concept and technique work hand in hand to further an artist’s vision.  

Symbolism & Strength Beneath the Surface
by Allison Malafronte
Through dramatic design and striking subject matter, Kathleen Gray’s paintings deliver subtle messages of strength, resilience, and hopeful expectancy.

Jean-Léon Gérôme: A Master Realist in a Changing Era
by Calvin Goodman
A recent exhibition in California provided a chance to study the life and work of French painter and sculptor Jean-Léon Gérôme and reassess his contributions to art during an era dominated by Impressionism.

The Perfect Gifts for Artists
Find holiday gift ideas for the artists in your life.


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About BrianRiley

Brian Riley is the managing editor for the American Artist family of titles (American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing & Workshop) and has been part of the AA team since 2003. He first became interested in art as a child, specifically drawing, but drifted away from the visual arts as he grew older, gravitating towards writing while in college. His position at AA has offered him the opportunity to reinvigorate his early passion and continue his education.