Gallery 1261 is proud to host and present The 11th Annual International Juried Exhibition for the International Guild of Realism (IGOR), an invitational exhibition judged this year by 1261’s very own curator, Quang Ho. On the experience of judging this year’s exhibition, Ho says,
" It was a tough task to be the judge for such a show, as there were so many exceptional entries to look through. The term "realism" can mean many things to many different people. On the surface, it seems to mean work that looks "real" as in "tight" realism - work that is rendered to look like life as we assume it should look. To merely render something tightly doesn't necessarily carry with it an understanding of what is real. I would like to challenge the artists to explore what "real" might actually mean to them. As a judge of paintings, I will not look at the artists’ ideology or the artists' personal beliefs about a subject matter, but at how the painting is put together and executed overall, and then at how that might unify within the theme of the painting."
Realism has always played a large role in our gallery’s program, and we’ve strived to show the highest quality realism by artists such as Daniel Sprick and Scott Fraser. Hosting IGOR’s juried exhibition this year is another way to build on that tradition. IGOR currently has over 375 members from over 35 countries, representing some of the very best realist painters in the world. All members go through a rigorous jury committee, and then further juries in their sanctioned exhibitions. This year’s juried exhibition will have a beautiful blend of many styles within the umbrella of realism such as classical realism, trompe l’oeil, photo realism, magic realism and contemporary realism.
Participating artists: Alex Manzaranes, Alex Zonis, Andrew Denman, Ann Kraft-Walker, Anna Rose Bain, Anne Marie Kornachuk, Ardith Starostka, Barbara Clements, Barbara Walker, Beth Sistrunk, Brian Lasaga, Carla Paine, Cecilia Thorell, Cher Pruys, Claudia Seymour, Clinton Hobart, D Wynne Nixon, Daniel Cassity, David Bowers, David Cheifetz, David Eichenberg, David Molteni, Debbie Stevens, Debra Torres, Denise Stewart Sanabria, Dennis Crayon, Diane Davich, Donald Clapper, Duffy Sheridan, Ed Copley, Ed Roberts, Elaine Kurie, Elizabeth Floyd, Elizabeth Weiss, Erwin P Lewandowski, Esther Huser, Eva Csanyi-Hurskin, Gary Davis Lang, George Ayers, Grace Kim, Guenevere Schwien, Igor Raikhline, James Van Fossan, Jane Jones, Jeff Legg, John Joseph Hunn, John Schisler, Jorge Alberto Gonzalez, Josh Tiessen, Joyce K Jensen, Judith Dickinson, Ken Scaglia, Kun Wang, Laurie McCracken, Linda Besse, Lorena Kloosterboer, Mark Thompson, Marsha Chandler, Martin Dimitrov, Michael DeVore, Natalie Holland, Nicholas Baxter, Pam Carroll, Patricia Guzman, Russ Mackensen, Sharon Guyton, Shawn Sullivan, Sheila Cantrell, Sheri Farabaugh, Steven T Jones, Stuart Dunkel, Tatiana Mcwethy, Terry Miller, Thane Gorek, William C Wright