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Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters

Robert C. Jackson with Pamela Sienna

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Most art books are not in the first person, so while there is some truth to the analyses, some things are always off. Robert C. Jackson set out to interview 20 contemporary representational artists (himself included) and showcase their artwork within the context of their interviews. Here you will meet Steven Assael, Bo Bartlett, Debra Bermingham, Margaret Bowland, Paul Fenniak, Scott Fraser, Woody Gwyn, F. Scott Hess, Laurie Hogin, Robert C. Jackson, Alan Magee, Janet Monafo, John Moore, Charles Pfahl, Scott Prior, Stone Roberts, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, Daniel Sprick, Will Wilson, and Jerome Witkin. Each of these artists has a very elusive quality–a unique voice. Seeing their work from across a room they are all recognizable. Their artworks are showcased in this large book with more than 140 images of their paintings as well as photographs of the artists in their studios and an epilogue by Pamela Sienna.

Size: 12" x 12" | 166 color photos | 264 pp
ISBN13: 9780764347474

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Though his degree and initial career path were in electrical engineering, Robert C. Jackson turned his passionate hobby into an engrossing profession and has worked full-time as an artist since 1996. In addition to being exhibited and collected privately nationwide, his paintings can be found in such public collections as the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Evansville Museum of Art, History, & Sciences, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. Pamela Sienna is a realist oil painter and, presently, the co-founder and curator of the Museum of Realist Art that she is developing in Boston, Massachusetts with George Kougeas. She earned her BFA in painting from University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and her MFA in painting from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has taught college painting and drawing courses, owned and directed an art gallery focused on representational art and, right after her BFA, she worked as a security guard in the galleries of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston for six years. All these positions required looking at others’ art for thousands of hours. In addition, she has sharpened her gaze during more than four decades spent in her studio “behind the easel.”