American Artist Magazine, December/January 2012

In honor of 2012,  this issue offers a survey of 12 new or unknown artists, based on the recommendations of respected art professionals. We also feature our art materials buying guide, with shopping tips for all your studio needs.


6 Editor's Note

9 Art Mart

66 Business of Art

68 Technical Q+A
  70 2011 Editorial Index

76 Coming In...

78 Bulletin Board

80 Art for Thought


10   Artist Wish Book

17    Twelve Artists to Watch In 2012
Despite some widely held notions, representational art never
actually ceased being practiced in modern and contemporary
times—it just disappeared from public view. The lack of exposure
has been attributed to what appears to have been a rather
narrow conception of what constituted “serious” art. Thankfully,
that situation has started to right itself, as evinced by a widening
appreciation for diverse art forms. American Artist is keen to
honor and preserve this diversity as we celebrate our 75 years
in print. With the new year quickly upon us, we offer a look at
some of the exciting and individual approaches to
representational art in four ever-evolving categories:
the classical view; perception & expression; mythologies;
and conceptually speaking.

18    James Galindo: Romantic Interpretations of the Female Figure
by Allison Malafronte
22    Stephen Early: Forming Figures of Strength & Grace
by Allison Malafronte
26    Rebecca Leer: The Timeless Look of Dramatic 
Still Lifes
by Allison Malafronte

30    Ophir Agassi: Paintings Worth a Thousand Words
by Naomi Ekperigin

34    Ben Fenske: Beyond Time & Place
by Allison Malafronte

38    Simon Gaon: Painting That’s All About Feeling
by Michael Gormley

40    Mark Lang: Allusion, Ambiguity, and Complexity
by Austin R. Williams

44    Bryan LeBoeuf: Into the Moment
by Austin R. Williams

48    Danny Galieote: Arabesque Pop
by Michael Gormley

52    Mathew Cerletty: Bridging the Gap Between Realism and Modernism
by Michael Gormley

56    Efram Wolff: Variations on Imagery
by Naomi Ekperigin

60    Aaron Smith: Decadence Meets Austerity
by Eric Sutphin













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