Bud Cook, “Endochrine,” 2014, acrylic on panel, 48 x 60 inches

How do you define “imaginative realism”? Renowned artist James Gurney has suggested that it is the realistic depiction of something that one can only imagine. Perhaps it’s something more? This gallery investigates during a major group exhibition.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania, will be the proud host of a cutting-edge exhibition featuring many of the world’s best imaginative realist artists. The IX Arts Main Show will open on October 18 and continue through October 22 — a short stint, so plan now. The exhibition will feature works by some 140 artists from around the globe.

Linda Adair, “Longing,” 2016, oil on panel, 24 x 18 inches
Lisa French, “Hedgerow,” 2000, oil on board, 12 x 17 inches
Randy Gallegos, “Glossai Pyros II,” 2016, oil on Masonite, 18 x 24 inches
John Jude Palencar, “Ghost Punch,” 2016, acrylic on panel, 36 x 48 inches
Colin & Kristine Poole, “Hot Diggity Dog,” 2014, clay, 28 x 21 x 21 inches
Tenaya Sims, “Semillas,” 2016, oil on linen, 72 x 101 inches

Founded in 2008, IX Arts is the first, groundbreaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to imaginative realism — bringing artists, students, collectors, and art fans together for an annual gathering intended to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for imaginative realism.

To learn more, visit IX Arts.

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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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