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A few years ago I had a client who wanted to add an abstract expressionist painting to her impressive collection of original fine artwork. The paintings she loved most were quite expensive and upon seeking her husband’s approval for the purchase he would say, “That costs what? I could have painted that myself!”

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To my client’s chagrin, the spontaneous and emotional anti-figurative aesthetic of abstract paintings was not speaking to her husband and after a few more meetings reviewing works by different artists, I deduced that what The Mister was trying to say was that he simply preferred the genre of realism.

Allan O'Marra "Spring Pond Reflections" zatista.com

He wanted everyday characters, situations, dilemmas, and objects, depicted in a “true-to-life” manner.

Shawn Nelson "Objects d'Art, Yellow Chairs" zatista.com

Randy Ford "Worcester Morning" zatista.com

If you say hallelujah to realism too in these days of bright colors, contemporary shapes, street art, superflat, videogame art, and digital art, then this post if for you.

Eric Zener "Cusp" ericzener.com

There are no drips, squiggles, splotches or vast monochromatic fields to ponder or interpret here.

John Aquilino "Arrow Down" zatista.com

Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of skill, technique and detail presented by these realists.

Kit Gentry "Alelele Falls" kitgentry.com

When it comes to your art collection, make room for realism. Including this  genre in your mix will bring contrast to the other artistic styles you own and admiring these original works of art may even transport you to that magical place you’ve been dreaming of visiting this spring.

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Comments (2)

  1. Tammy Dalton
    May 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I had a client once also that was “unappreciative” of the abstract styles. We spent an entire day walking through all of the Art Basel Miami shows to no avail. He did not want to “think” about his art- he liked depictions of horses and happy babies. (!) We finally hit on photorealism and landscape photography, and it was like the stars aligned for him. You’ve got to read between the lines and give the people what they want. (Though I did manage to squeeze in a couple of abstract pieces, to balance it all out.) Yay Art! There’s something for everybody!

  2. Cear Santander
    May 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I have been producing hyperrealist paintings
    for 30 years. I think realism is becoming more
    valued. If you don’t know my work, please take
    a`look at my site. You are welcome to use my
    work whenever you need an example of this style
    of painting.
    Cesar Santander

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Art 101: Abstract Expressionism Art 101: Abstract Expressionism
Abstract expressionism is a post–World War II art movement in American painting, developed in New York in the 1940s. It was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world, a role formerly filled by Paris. The genre post dates surrealism ...