Masters of Contemporary Realism


Allan R. Banks
(1948 – )
© Allan Banks
A native of Dearborn, Michigan, Allan R. Banks is a highly accomplished artist whose credentials speak for themselves. He was the recipient of the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Fellowship in 1972 and 1973, The Stacy Award in 1974 and later, an Ohio Arts Council Award. Mr. Banks is the president of the American Society of Classical Realism.
Paul S. Brown
(1967 – )
Paul S. Brown, Orchid

Paul S. Brown was born August 11, 1967 in the U.S. and currently resides in London, UK.

Paul DeLorenzo
(1947 – )

Paul DeLorenzo was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in NJ. Upon graduating preparatory school in Massachusetts, he entered art school in Boston. Desperate for knowledge he left art school to copy old masters at the museums in Boston in an attempt to teach himself.
     Fortuitously, the day after leaving art school, R. H. Ives Gammell discovered DeLorenzo at the Boston Museum of Fine Art and invited the boy to join his studio school. Mr. DeLorenzo continued his studies with Richard Lack in what was to become Lack's core group. Nearly four years later he returned East to establish himself as a still life and portrait painter.
     Mr. DeLorenzo carries on the tradition of artistic excellence inherited from his teachers enriched with his own deep understanding of the great art of the past.
Stephen Gjertson
(1949 – )
© Stephen Gjertson
Stephen Gjertson studied in the first cohesive group of students at Atelier Lack, from 1971 to 1975. Since then, he has painted commissioned portraits, still lifes, landscapes and imaginative paintings. His floral still lifes and intimate genre works are eagerly sought by knowledgeable collectors. His work has won several awards, and he received three grants from the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation in Montreal, Canada. He is a founding member of the American Society of Classical Realism Guild of Artists and is an editorial advisor for the Classical Realism Journal.
Richard F. Lack
(1928 – 2009)
© Richard Lack
Richard Lack was one of the most influential pupils of R. H. Ives Gammell. His artistic training began at the Minneapolis School of Art, but his interest in the classical traditions soon led him to the atelier of Ives Gammell, with whom he studied for five years in the Fenway Studios in Boston from 1950 to 1956.
Steven J. Levin
© Steven J. Levin
Steven J. Levin, a native of Minnesota, was interested in an art career even as a young boy. His aptitude for art was inspired and nurtured by his father, a commercial artist. His artistic training began at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design; however, he soon transferred to Atelier LeSueur in Excelsior, Minnesota, where he honed his artistic skills in drawing and painting from life for the next six years. Levin has been featured on the cover of American Artist and has been the recipient of many national awards, including three awards from The Artist’s Magazine, the Outstanding Merit Award from The Portrait Institute in New York, and the Grumbacher Gold Medal Award from Oil Painters of America.
Kirk Richards
(1952 – )
© Kirk Richards
Mr. Richards distinguishes himself as one of the finest realist painters of our era. He is a full guild member of the American Society of Classical Realism and an associate member of the Oil Painters of America. He has completed portrait commissions for prestigious patrons such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra. His works have also been published as limited edition prints.
Richard Whitney
(1946 – )
© Richard Whitney
Well known for his portraits and landscapes painted from nature in the traditional manner, Mr. Whitney's paintings hang in over 500 public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.