How do artists borrow and trade ideas? How do they inspire one another and build upon tradition to form a voice uniquely their own? These questions and more form the core of an outstanding representational art exhibition in California. Where is it, and who’s included?
Featuring a stunning array of representational works, “Transmission: Secrets of the Studio” is an amazing exhibition that hosts some of the biggest names in the representational art world. Organized in conjunction with TRAC (The Representational Art Conference), the exhibition explores the ways in which artists inspire each other. Via the exhibition’s event page, “The secrets of the studio are passed between artists, in a gradual sharing of technique and encouragement. This exhibit reveals the relationships between contemporary representational painters and sculptors and their inspirations in 19th-century artists through their work and in their own words.”

Daniel Graves, “Tomara,” oil, (c) California Lutheran University 2015

Among others, artists featured include William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Lynn Christopher, Giambologna (Jean Boulogne), Alexandre Falguière, Adrien Étienne Gaudez, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Daniel Graves, F. Scott Hess, Luke Hillestad, Regina Jacobson, Brad Kunkle, Hüicho Lé, Richard MacDonald, Antonin Mercié, David Molesky, Annie Murphy-Robinson, Odd Nerdrum, Michael Pearce, Alicia Ponzio, Jon Swihart, Ruth Weisberg, Gary Weisman, Lea Colie Wight, and Pamela Wilson.
The exhibition is currently located in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.
“Transmission: Secrets of the Studio” opened on October 30 and will hang through January 21. To learn more, visit California Lutheran University.
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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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