For anyone in the DC/VA/MD area interested in seeing the John Singer Sargent charcoal show in NYC, and also visiting the Hispanic Society for the recently reopened “Joaquin Sorolla’s Visions of Spain” exhibit, there are seats available on a bus arranged by The Art League. Rob will be leading the group. (No need to be an Art League member).
The trip is in two days, Tuesday, January 7th, and reservations will be taken until 5pm tomorrow. The bus is door to door and is a motorcoach with a restroom. $159 for the day all-inclusive (includes tickets to both events). See more information and sign up here!
Rob and his family were graciously asked to participate in The Principle Gallery’s Small Works Show in Alexandria, Virginia. Rob painted several using the girls as models. Celia and Ava did some amazing little studies. At 16, Ava may well be the youngest ever to show at the gallery! Lina did several paintings and a series of shoes with mice. Follow LiberaceArt on Instagram to see work from the family, or for info on Rob’s classes and work, The Robert Liberace group on facebook.
It is always fun to see what comes out of Rob’s studio. This weekend he finished two small pieces for the Small Works show, opening at The Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia this Saturday, December 1st. http://www.principlegallery.com/alexandria
“Menippus”, inspired by the famous Velasquez painting of the ancient satirical philosopher at the Prado. oil on canvas, 8″x10″
Surprised Satyr, a classic “capriccio” study inspired by Bellini’s mythological paintings. oil on panel, 11″x14″
Rob just finished a portrait of Dr. Robert Cates, a critical care specialist and chairman of the emergency room at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. The unveiling of the portrait, as well as the one Rob earlier painted of Dr. Thomas Wise, was unveiled yesterday at Fairfax Inova Hospital. Dr. Cates has such a jovial personality, that Rob decided to give his portrait a bit of the “Frans Hals” treatment.
It is kind of fun that the portraits will hang in the same hospital where both our daughters were born!
In the 2018 Art Renewal Center Salon, Rob was honored to win the Collections Magazine Award. Editor Hongbin Zhang from the publication interviewed Rob and wrote an article which features his work. Rob is not sure where the “Realism is like eating” headline came from but maybe someone can translate it for him! It is certainly a beautiful magazine and he is happy to be a part of it!
Over the last decade model/artist Desi Steward has been a source of great inspiration to so many artists including Rob. Desi has recently been diagnosed with cancer which was a tremendous shock especially considering how young and physically fit he is. Finding and paying for appropriate treatment is especially difficult for most models because health care plans are not offered by the schools and institutions that depend on their hard work. Fellow model Gazelle Powers has created a donation site that can receive contributions to help Desi with his treatment. Donations can be made at https://chuffed.org/project/local-artists-muse
Fellow artist and Art League instructor Susan O’Neil has set up an art auction site that allows participants to bid on artwork www.32auctions.com/ArtAuctionForDesi. All proceeds go directly to Desi’s treatments. During the September “The Spanish Tradition from Velazquez to Sorolla” workshop at The Art League, Rob auctioned his demonstrations which went directly to Desi’s treatment fund set up by Gazelle. The artwork generated almost $10,000. Rob wishes to thank all those who participated in the event which highlighted the generosity of The Art League community and the devotion to our friend Desi.
Several of Rob’s earlier paintings of Desi: left, oil on panel and right, oil on copper. Below, one of the demos auctioned off at the workshop.
While in Paris earlier this month, Rob arranged for The Art League group to see a special collection in the Ecole de Beaux-Arts school gallery. The school’s teaching and influence go back over 350 years. A highlight was seeing this gorgeous study which was drawn by John Singer Sargent while he attended there while studying for Duran. He won a top prize for the drawing in 1877. We also saw the cast he had drawn from (or a copy of it).
Detail of Sargent’s drawing
The actual cast above and a detail of the actual cast below.
We’ve updated the website and added new and larger images plus a section for Rob’s available work. We also have a blog page so if you aren’t on Rob’s Facebook group page, (or even if you are) you can sign up for the latest happenings with the link in the upper left. We’ve also included more information on commissions and on hosting workshops. Thank you and welcome!