artGuide Magazine is pleased to present Realism

Realism Art is one of our favorite genres of art.  With all it’s sub-genres, Realism Art pleasantly provides visual arts patrons with works ranging from still-life to photo-realism, works in 2D to 3D, and everything in-between.  

Although traditionally traditional, Realism keeps us aware and in touch with contemporary styles and forms. 

 Marsha Chandler,  Blueberries and Lemons , 2016, watercolor on paper, 22 x 15

Marsha Chandler, Blueberries and Lemons, 2016, watercolor on paper, 22 x 15

1. Marsha Chandler, nws, awa, sws
Atlanta, GA

Marsha Chandler is an internationally recognized artist known for her contemporary realism.  In her Atlanta studio she creates vibrant still lifes expressing her love of details and reflective light.  Her realistic and compelling compositions depict simple objects from everyday life in extraordinary ways.  With numerous layers and multiple colors, the vivid saturated hues that she creates have become her signature style.                    

With her art, Marsha endeavors to evoke happy memories of magical moments in times past and create an ode to the beauty in everyday objects.  Her desire is to arouse a feeling of intimacy in the viewer and draw him or her into the complexities of the painting to see and experience a new perspective or thought about the subject.  Marsha’s medium of choice is watercolor because of the way it allows her to capture the distinctive qualities of light making it the perfect medium for creating the dazzling still lifes for which she is known.  

Her paintings have been accepted into numerous Regional, National, and International juried exhibits and garnered a number of awards.  Her art has been showcased in Museums across the United States.  In addition, her work has been published in many national and international magazines.  Her works hang in collections throughout the United States.

 Michael McChesney,  Studio Reflections on a Salt and Pepper Set , 2016, oil on canvas, 24” x 36”

Michael McChesney, Studio Reflections on a Salt and Pepper Set, 2016, oil on canvas, 24” x 36”

2. Michael McChesney, artist.
Maryville, TN

Mike McChesney received a BA from Macalester College in St Paul MN with majors in Art and Physical Education.  He taught Art in California and Minnesota and then opened a custom jewelry shop turning client’s ideas and designs into reality using whatever process was appropriate, whether that be lost wax, fabrication, hand-wrought or other.  He is now devoting all his time to his artwork.
His work is an exploration of what he calls “Sensual Feminine” the world is full of powerful, sensual images and he tries to make the viewer sense the rich, full sensual images in his paintings and sculptures. The images are far more than the realistic portrayal of a flower, figure, or object.

As to his painting work, he observes the world around him, selectively choosing objects that provide him with a powerful statement.  McChesney’s work delves into the world of photorealism, super-photorealism, and hyper-photorealism, blending oils like watercolor; overpainting, layering, and using glazes to create an image.  

McChensey’s sculptural works focuses on the exploration of the sensual three dimensional worlds.  Choosing bronze to accentuate the intimacy of the viewers experience, McChesney encourages his viewers to touch his works and use the organic, flowing, sensual shapes
to engage the viewer. 

 Eric Serritella,  Whisper and Wander , 2016, ceramic, 32” x 60” x 23”

Eric Serritella, Whisper and Wander, 2016, ceramic, 32” x 60” x 23”

3. Eric Serritella, artist.
Chapel Hill, NC  

Eric Serritella is a master of realism expressed through hand-carved ceramic trompe l’oeil birch, charred and weathered log sculptures. His works are internationally recognized and have been exhibited, awarded and collected on five continents for their exquisite design and incredibly realistic textures.

Serritella’s works are included in many collections including among others, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum.

He’s contributed to nearly 90 exhibitions and has been represented at the world’s top art and design shows including TEFAF Maastricht (Netherlands), Design Miami/Basel (Switzerland), Design Miami (Florida), The Salon: Art + Design (NY), SOFA Chicago and The Smithsonian Craft Show.

A 2013 cataloged solo show at Jason Jacques Gallery in Manhattan led to additional international recognition.  He has been honored by the James Renwick Alliance as the 2016 Distinguished Artist in ceramics at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Works have appeared on the covers of AmericanStyle and Pottery Making Illustrated, and in the pages of Ceramics Monthly, American Art Collector, Modern, NICHE, American Craft, Clay Times, The Crafts Report, Design 360º (China), and Ceramic Art (Taiwan).  Individual and group studio visits welcomed by appointment.


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