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The Art of Man - Edition 15: Fine Art of the Male Form Quarterly Journal (Volume 15) Paperback – October 19, 2013
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The current issue celebrates artists around the world as well as those living in the United States. For example, the cover artist is Polish born Aleksander Balos who now lives and teaches and creates in Northern California. His classically realistic figures are accompanied by surreal concepts and imagery that make his paintings step beyond the usual and still stay grounded in brilliant painting technique. Russian painter Sergei Svtlakov not only makes intensely realistic pencil on paper drawings of the figure but also paints those figures in oil on canvas. Of interest is his involvement as a production designer and stage costumes designer for the Russian theater.
Gary Chapman is originally form Kentucky but now paintings and teaches in Alabama. Tyrus Clutter is a Midwesterner by birth but travels extensively, returning to Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he teaches and creates his mixed media art. Ryan Martin is a California man, born in Southern Caifornia and living currently in the Bay Area where he creates his idiosyncratic richly colorful paintings. Keith Perelli creates his complex mixed media collages in Louisiana. The sole female artist in this issue is the widely acclaimed Rebecca Venn whose skills in both drawing and watercolor place her in the highest echelon of contemporary American artists.
As always the contemporary artists are displayed in the context of history, and this issue’s historical article is a richly illustrated biography and critique of the great Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. In all this is a splendid issue and furthers the reputation that this quarterly gets even better with each edition. Grady Harp, October 13
There are many superlative reproductions of the artwork by these geniuses both in black and white as well as color; and the male subjects in these works of art are usually partially clothed or nude—but in all cases everything is very tastefully done and quite admirable.
More things of interest to note: there’s a fascinating, well written article on Bernini by renowned art historian Grady Harp who brings so much valuable history into the context of contemporary art in this issue and who writes so very well; and the editing by E. Gibbons couldn’t have been better. There is an extensive list of artists who have focused on the male figure along with their websites; and we see what is being featured in The Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts as well as The Lizardi/Harp Gallery in Los Angeles, California. There is even mention of Vitruvian Lens, a wonderful publication devoted to the fine art of the male figure.
Overall, I highly recommend this issue of The Art of Man for any aficionado of fine art and people who especially appreciate artwork focusing on the male figure will not be disappointed.
This is a great product.
I am new to The Art of Man quarterly journal, this is only my fourth issue I have purchased, but it is by far my favorite issue. I hope to buy all the back issues eventually for my bookcase but this one is a great one to start off with. It got me to finally write a review.
The only negative I can think of is the cover's "title font" is always a bit generic.
But inside the journal it has a perfect balance of artwork, words, and a great flowing layout.
If you are a fan of realism, and the male form you will enjoy this journal.
My favorite Ryan Martin's artwork. The colors, detail and imagination, which you don't see that often. The back cover painting, is so beautiful and amazing.
That's one that I would love to have.
Thanks to Rebecca Venn, one of your featured artist whom I met on Facebook, I found out about Art of Man and quickly bought it- she is an amazing artist who deserves to be included with Bernini and other up and coming current Male Form Artists. Rebecca Venn's artistic endeavors is on a roll.