The World Wide Kitsch Competition for classical figurative painting aims at placing humanistic painting in the spotlight. For the seventh annual, the competition received more applications than ever before, but it also had the most strict jury it has ever had. Only twenty-one painters reached the final round and after a tough decision, the jury selected two paintings for the Landscape and Portrait awards respectively.  One of them being “The Pond at Sunset” by Sebastian Martinez Fadic, a symbolist painter ...
The World Wide Kitsch Competition for classical figurative painting aims at placing humanistic painting in the spotlight. For the seventh annual, the competition received more applications than ever before, but it also had the most strict jury it has ever had. Only twenty-one painters reached the final round and after a tough decision, the jury selected two paintings for the Landscape and Portrait awards respectively. One of them being Shaun Roberts, an associate professor at the Stephen F. Austin State ...
The American kitsch painter Luke Hillestad aims at making pictures that hold and stretch the audience’s attention and heart. His skills for painting and storytelling was recognized last year, as he won the Jury’s Choice Award for Composition in the 2020 World Wide Kitsch competition. Now, the 2021 WWK competition has recently been launched. Hillestad has studied at the Nerdrum School. It was through the philosophy of Odd Nerdrum that Hillestad started identifying as a kitsch painter, and not an ...
The search for Atlantis is the predominant symbol of man’s need to connect with a distant past that nature has erased from our consciousness. If Plato’s account of the continent that sank in the ocean approximately 12 000 years ago should prove to be more than a myth, then the perception of human history as gradualistic and linear will fall apart. Perhaps the discovery of Atlantis would open the doors to a different perspective of life on earth, where reverence ...
In Lahore, Pakistan, a large painting exhibition opened in April, which can be seen as a sign of the rekindling of the region’s long history of classical figuration. The exhibition stands out not only in its scope, but also in the kind of paintings that are exhibited. As many as 50 painters are exhibited, and all of them paint in a figurative(!) manner. The CEO of the Ejaz Art Gallery, Muhammad Ramzan, points out that the demand for figurative painting ...