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Stuart



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Jeanette, and also regardless of personalities and approach, I have found that email can be a very volatile tool in the worng hands and for some reason it is easy to get up someone's nose or can be taken the worng way if not couched very carfully. I'm sure we've all found ourselves writing second explanatory emails.

and on smooth and rough etc. been thinking a lot about this while gazing out to sea and watching the Pelicans and Frigate birds........

There are definitely considerable differences country to country where sculptural portraiture is concerned.
Iíve been working on portraits for US institutions over the past 14 years or so and in nearly every case, the style required was a smooth and detailed surface; a style which Iíve come to think of as Nuevo Victorian. I count myself very fortunate to have been given this work I hasten to add, even if on occasion Iíve yearned to work more in my own personal style.
I am a great fan of Jo Davison, an American portrait sculptor famous particularly in the fifties for his portraits of well-known people. I would have expected his work to be at the centre of the development of American portrait sculpture, but in fact it is hard to find a book solely of his work.
He is recognised very properly at the Nat. Portrait Gallery in Washington with a gallery entirely devoted to his sculpture, ( a must for anyone who hasnít seen it), but curiously, I havenít come across much evidence of emulation. I suspect that the work of many excellent artists was buried in all the excitement of abstract expressionism, and that , as in fact happened in the UK, a generation of art students flocked to express themselves and in the process were encouraged to ignore the traditional studies.
The US is a big place though and itís hard to know whatís going on around. In fact I would love to know more about developments and individuals who are pushing this ancient art forward in this vast country.
In fact I'd like to start a Society of American Portrait Sculptors but need to learn much more about those who are!

Fortunately in the UK, portrait sculpture has survived the various fashions in art, and even developed, and in England you have the Society of Portrait Sculptors which seeks to promote and to develop this specialist area in a traditional manner while recognising all the while the development of personal style and new ways of portraying the human countenance.
Itís worth having a look at the website and anyone who happens to be in London in May should pop along to Cork Street in Central London and Have a look at the annual exhibition.

Best wishes to all from the Coast of Ecuador
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Joel Levinson



Joined: 18 Apr 2009
Posts: 111
Location: Long Branch, New Jersey

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:12 pm    Post subject: American Portrait Society Reply with quote

Stuart,
If an American Portrait Society were to be formed it would certainly be an honor for we Americans to have a sculptor of your talent and accomplishment institute it.This would be heightened by the fact that you are a Brit who doesn't look with disdain at us Colonists,have the ability to kindly, and, rationally offer critiques,and,can make a point in a few sentences rather than ramble on unnecessarily, paragraph after paragraph,after paragraph.
I'd be happy to go online and begin to compile a list of Colonist portrait sculptors for you to research at your convenience.Let me know....
Joel
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Toby Mendez



Joined: 29 Mar 2010
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Location: Frederick, Maryland

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I asked Luke to remove my last post to this thread, I was attempting at humor and I may have provoked the wrong message. I have no desire to start an us and them discussion. I would rather the forum proceed with the goal of advancing the art. We can leave the competitive thing to the Olympics Wink

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Joel Levinson



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:13 am    Post subject: Colonist Portrait Sculpture Reply with quote

Toby,
I'm not referring to "Colonist" in the historical sense,especially since my families didn't arrive here until the late 1800s early 1900s.I'm referring to an apparently percieved view by some people, or, person,that there exists here a nation of citizens who are pushy,under educated,can't spell properly,don't know how to apply glazes,and are so vapid they don't realize when someone is having at them.It is a cultural state of being, perhaps realized by to many rural,Colonist cousins procreating.
I'm not an expert ,but,I do have an appreciation for your work,and,if I was selecting members you certainly would be included in the American Portrait Society.I certainly think that those members of this site who are professionals should encourage Stuart to look further into this.His knowledge and sophistication,in addition to creating this society,could protect us from cultural cossacks,and/or royalists seeking to demean our meager efforts....
Joel
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