Conceptual Realism

Christopher P. Sloan

CHRISTOPHER P. SLOAN

Renaissance meets Dali

When asked to describe my artwork I use the term conceptual realism. It is conceptual because there is always an idea behind the image. It is realism because my style tends to be more realistic than not. This approach, both conceptual and real, naturally leads to tension. That tension is what a friend once referred to as a “Renaissance meets Dali” quality.

Galleries

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.—Leonardo da Vinci

If you’re interested in my art, please check out the galleries on this website. Everything you see is for sale as originals or as prints.

ART FOR OUR SAKE

Blog

We’ve all heard the  expression, “art for art’s sake.” Conceived in the 19th century, this has become the prevailing view of the role of art in society. This blog challenges that idea. Artists are great communicators. Why not use our communication skills for a purpose, especially in a world that needs so much help? We should shift our focus from art for art’s sake and start creating art that serves to improve the human condition. For me, this means creating art that helps orient us—humanity—in the direction of reason and progress. It Is Time for “Art for Our Sake.”

For more on this theme, please see my blog, It Is time for Art for Our Sake, below.

Art for Our Sake–Conceptual realism meets extinction art

The idea that we need to replace the paradigm of Art for Art’s Sake with Art for Our Sake is one that, fortunately, resonates with some artists today. Tasmanian artist, Lucienne Rickard, is one of those. She recently provided a great example with her project “Extinction Studies,” a performance art piece prepared for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Rickard’s project involved carefully drawing and then erasing large images of animals that have recently gone extinct. She did this in public over a 16 month period which began in September 2019. For most people, Rickard’s purpose and message were clear without further explanation, but she was explicit about it in

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Art for Our Sake–Conceptual realism meets extinction art

The idea that we need to replace the paradigm of Art for Art’s Sake with Art for Our Sake is one that, fortunately, resonates with some artists today. Tasmanian artist, Lucienne Rickard, is one of those. She recently provided a great example with her project “Extinction Studies,” a performance art piece prepared for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Rickard’s project involved carefully drawing and then erasing large images of animals that have recently gone extinct. She did this in public over a 16 month period which began in September 2019. For most people, Rickard’s purpose and message were clear without further explanation, but she was explicit about it in

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

I am still learning.—Francisco Goya

I am a big fan of Renaissance art and artists. Part of my interest comes from the way art of this period was layered with meaning, like poetry. The other part comes from my respect for the artists who were experimenting with a variety of techniques and technologies as a way to deliver their poetic messages more effectively. Like many of them, I enjoy incorporating proportion, perspectives, and layers of meaning in my art.

GIFT SHOP

ART-THEMED GIFTS

Ten percent of the purchase price of gift shop times will be donated to Conservation International and the National Center for Science Education. Note that original artwork and prints may be purchased in the galleries.

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