The most powerful tool each of us have is our imagination – we can create alternate realities, bend the laws that govern the world we live in or dream up fantastical beings that have never been pondered by another... and we can do it all in our mind. That sentiment could not hold truer than with respect to the arts. An artist, with an imagination at their disposal, can create anything… and further, a capable artist can share their imagination in ways others cannot – visually. The genre of Imaginative Realism, to put it simply, is the art of the unseen – things that never existed or might exist in a distant future.
Rehs Contemporary’s upcoming exhibition, Imagine, aims to highlight that ingenuity of the artist’s mind. Opening Saturday, April 28th, from 1-6PM at their 57th street gallery, works by Ani Art Academy students, alumni and instructors will be on display alongside a contingent of contemporary icons working in Imaginative Realism. Rehs teamed up with Pat Wilshire, founder of Illuxcon (the world’s largest annual showcase of Contemporary Imaginative Realism) to bring together an influential group regarded as some of the finest artists working in the genre. Among the featured icons are Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Donato Giancola, David Palumbo, Tenaya Sims, Michael C. Hayes and Eric Velhagen… Works by Anthony Waichulis, Timothy Jahn, Edward Dillon, Kevin Moore and a juried selection from the Ani Art Academies will be featured as well. This exhibition will give viewers an opportunity to see the heights that Imaginative Realism can be taken to, while also providing a chance to see up-and-coming artists who are exploring the field – the future of Imaginative Realism.
The beauty of the genre is that it allows for exploration within as well as outside of ourselves, all inside the framework of highly skilled, technically proficient realism. As Anthony Waichulis (Founder of the Ani Art Academies) says, “When developing our curriculum, we sought to minimize particular aesthetic influences so as to purposefully create a deficit that would be filled by the personal preferences, interests, and cultural perspectives swirling within the individual. I believe this strategy promotes creative development alongside the more conventional (technical) skillset that will eventually need to draw from it.” This approach allows for an expressive and evocative investigation of the human experience while providing the foundation for creating meaningful works of art that are relevant to our contemporary lives.
As Wilshire notes, “This fresh insight is nowhere more prevalent in the younger generation of artists. Raised with this foundation of the fantastic, it is a natural, obvious progression for young artists to want to share their own ‘vision of never,’ utilizing their highly proficient, skills-based training to illuminate their deepest inner vision.” The selection of imaginative works by Ani Art Academies students that comprises the bulk of Imagine demonstrates the powerful results, bringing the next generation of imaginative realists to the walls of Rehs Contemporary alongside established masters of Imaginative Realism - the artists who are responsible for growing the genre from its late 20th century status as a byproduct of the publishing industry to a vital artistic movement that sits at the vanguard of contemporary realism.
Opening Reception: April 28, 2018 1PM - 6PM
Monday - Friday: April 30 - May 18th 10AM - 5:30PM
All other times by appointment
Rehs Contemporary Galleries
5 East 57th Street
NEW YORK NY 10022
Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show
The Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show will take place at the recently renovated and historic Merchandise Mart in the heart of downtown Chicago on the 7th Floor over the weekend of May 17-20, 2018. The show will feature 100 premier national and international exhibitors presenting fine antiques, decorative and fine arts reflecting all design periods from ancient to 20th century modern.
Opening Night Party Thursday, May 17th: 6PM-9PM
Friday, May 18th: 11AM-7PM
Saturday, May 19th: 11AM-7PM
Sunday, May 20th: 11AM-5PM
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago IL 60654
Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show -- Complimentary Ticket
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Please note that all of the works featured in these exhibits have been SOLD by the gallery. None of the works illustrated in our Virtual Exhibitions are currently available.
The Big Gamble
Heroes, Villains, Myths, Legends
Reflecting the Real
ARC Select 2016
Skin & Tonic
ARC Select 2017: Contemporary Figures
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
Specific Artist Exhibitions
Banks, Allan B. 1948Allan Banks (b. 1948)
Banks, Holly Hope B. 1957Holly Hope Banks - A Galaxy of Blossoms
Casey, Todd M. (B. 1979)Todd M. Casey - Wine and Spirits
Giannini, Ugo Omleto (1919 - 1993)Ugo Omleto Giannini (1919 - 1993)
Harris, Gregory Frank B. 1953Gregory Frank Harris (b.1953)
Kuhn, John B. 1948John Kuhn - A Detailed Perspective - Fruit & Flowers
Kuhn, John B. 1948John Kuhn - A Detailed Perspective - Toys & Candy
Oretsky, Barry B. 1946Barry Oretsky - A Survey of works from 1988 - 1993
Swatland, Katie B. 1981Katie Swatland - An Artist's Journey
Swatland, Sally B. 1946Sally Swatland
Swatland, Sally B. 1946Summer Gardens
Swatland, Sally B. 1946Intimate Studies of Childhood