The Laguna College of Art and Design is currently showing selected works from the Russian Academy of Arts alongside works by its talented roster of students. Even better, Fine Art Connoisseur’s very own Vanessa Rothe was one of the exhibition’s curators.
On view through November 19, “Academia” features a number of outstanding figure and portrait drawings from the Russian Academy of Arts in an exhibition at the Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD). Curated by Hope Railey, Russian Akhmed Salakhly, and Fine Art Connoisseur’s West Coast editor, Vanessa Rothe, the exhibition also includes selected works by LCAD students.

Charlie Antolin, “JJ,” charcoal, 16 x 20 in. (c) LCAD 2015

Charlie Antolin’s “JJ” is an outstanding portrait study. Shown in near half length, the confident and experienced sitter peers out of the left edge of the page. A beautiful juxtaposition exists between the refined and naturalistic details of the man’s visage and his surroundings, which are indicated through quick and gestural strokes of charcoal.

Eric Rebane, “Structure,” pencil on paper, (c) LCAD 2015

Also worthy of mention is the full nude study by Nina Ulett titled “Page.” In this drawing, executed on gray paper, Ulett has achieved an outstanding range of depth and form through her employment of both white chalk and black charcoal. The full range of value tones has created superb naturalism. At center, a female nude reclines in a classical, timeless pose. With one leg straight and extended, the other has been brought close to the torso, bent at the knee. Relaxed and poised, the subject rests one arm on the back of her couch while the other supports her body.
“Academia” opened on October 8 and will be on view through November 19. A reception is scheduled for October 20 from 4-6 p.m.

To learn more, visit the Laguna College of Art and Design.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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