Olga Antonova, “Two Ladies on Polka Dots,” oil on canvas, 24 x 12 in. © Haynes Galleries 2017

A fantastic exhibition with — you guessed it — Realism as its focus just opened at an acclaimed Tennessee gallery. It features several nationally recognized painters, and they’ve truly outdone themselves with “The Real World.” Details here.

Thankfully “The Real World” — a stunning exhibition on view now at Haynes Galleries — has nothing to do with that silly MTV reality series that aired in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Rather, the gallery’s first exhibition back in its original Franklin, Tennessee, location is one for the ages, featuring a broad range of style and creative beauty from some of the best realists painting today.

Richard Britell, “Utica Club I,” 1980, oil on canvas, 21 x 17 in. © Haynes Galleries 2017
Richard Britell, “Utica Club I,” 1980, oil on canvas, 21 x 17 in. © Haynes Galleries 2017

Opened yesterday, March 1, and on view through May 27, “The Real World: Real People & Real Stories, Real Places & Real Things” is an exciting collection of gripping portraits, sublime landscapes, and tasteful still life. Among the artists represented are Zoey Frank, Richard Britell, Andrea J. Smith, Olga Antonova, Arturo Montoto, Marc Dalessio, Gregory Mortenson, Michael Theise, Holly Bedrosian, and Joseph McGurl.

Arturo Montoto, “FragileIllusion,” oil on linen, 38 4/5 x 31 1/4 in. © Haynes Galleries 2017
Arturo Montoto, “FragileIllusion,” oil on linen, 38 4/5 x 31 1/4 in. © Haynes Galleries 2017

Via the gallery, “This real world of art is diverse, thriving, and based on everyday reality. From unadorned portraits in earthy tones that reflect a person’s soul to emotion-rich still lifes assembled with souvenirs from a lifetime of travel, ‘The Real World’ covers a wide range, but each artwork strives to connect viewers with personal experiences. That’s the thread that they all have in common. All seek to tell a story or evoke emotion based on real experiences while also pushing the technical skills to new levels.”

Andrea J. Smith, “Stelianie,” oil on panel, 15 x 15 in. © Haynes Galleries 2017
Andrea J. Smith, “Stelianie,” oil on panel, 15 x 15 in. © Haynes Galleries 2017

To learn more, visit Haynes Galleries.

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