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Technical Advisor - ARC Technical...

Local Address:  New Jersey , United States
The Art Renewal Center
100 Markley Street
Port Reading , New Jersey 07064
United States

Company Description: Additionally, the Art Renewal Center is a non-profit educational organization committed to reviving standards of craftsmanship and excellence. Only by gaining a...   more

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  • University of Missouri at St. Louis
  • higher degree of mastery
  • Washington University School of Fine Art , University of Missouri at Kansas City
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Art Renewal Center Staff and Advisory Board, 18 Aug 2015 [cached]
Virgil Elliott, Technical Advisor - ARC Technical Advisor and Living Master/Teacher
Virgil Elliott
Biography | The Atelier of Virgil Elliott, 17 July 2015 [cached]
The Atelier of Virgil Elliott
Traditional Oil Painting by Virgil Elliott
Born in 1944, Virgil Elliott was fortunate enough to have been the first son of Dollye McAlister Elliott, a schoolteacher and amateur artist, who began his art education in the second year of his life. The first lesson kindled a lifelong burning obsession with art, and his talents developed rapidly with constant practice drawing, and, later, painting. The excellent instruction of illustrators Robert Fawcett, Albert Dorne, Austin Briggs, Steven Dohanos, Harold Von Schmidt and others, via correspondence course, helped him tremendously,and by his late teens, he was an accomplished draftsman and competent oil painter. As a soldier in the U.S. Army he traveled to Europe in 1963,returning to the United States in 1965. While overseas, he took art classes in the evenings with an instructor whose last name he cannot recall, an American named "Ken," who taught at the USO in Mannheim, Germany, and who helped young PFC Elliott advance his painting skills still further. And of course there were museums full of Old Master paintings throughout Europe to inspire him.
Profoundly moved by the works of the Old Masters, particularly Rembrandt and Vermeer, Elliott was dissatisfied with his own abilities, and sought to learn still more. Quickly becoming disillusioned with college-level art instruction at the colleges and universities he attended for several years following his discharge from the Army, due to their emphasis on "modern" styles which did not interest him, he endeavored to teach himself from that point onward. His quest for knowledge drove him to search out old manuscripts to study, and to travel far and wide to view the Old Master paintings wherever they might be found, in addition to constant ongoing practice drawing and painting. Several years as a freelance commercial artist helped to hone his talents, and in 1982 he felt he was ready to begin his career in fine art.
He has won many honors, awards and distinctions since his fine arts debut, and has become a sought-after teacher, lecturer, art show judge and writer in addition to the ongoing demand for his talents as a portrait painter and fine artist. In 1985 he was awarded the American Portrait Society's certification, a distinction shared by only 24 artists in the world. As an outspoken member of the Artists' Advisory Panel to the California State Fair in 1987, Elliott spearheaded a successful effort to open the State Fair's art show to representational art, which had been previously excluded from the show, and to depose the officials responsible for its exclusion. He was elected an Associate Guild Member by the American Society of Classical Realism in 1996, and was made a Signature Member of the American Society of Portrait Artists that same year, in addition to winning an award in The Artist's Magazine's portrait competition. His book, Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present, a 21-year project, was published in 2007 by Watson-Guptill Publications (now Random House). Virgil Elliott has had articles published in American Artist magazine, The Artist's Magazine, The Portrait Signature, the Chronicle of Higher Education, On the Level and other publications. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Art Renewal Center, and a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee on Artists's Paints and Materials. Virgil Elliott is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and the Art Renewal Center's Gallery of Living Masters.
The Atelier of Virgil Elliott is in the northern California wine country town of Petaluma, 40 miles north of San Francisco, where Elliott paints, teaches and writes. He lives nearby with his wife, singer/actress Annie Lore, in Penngrove, California.
© 2009 Virgil Elliott. All Rights Reserved
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Virgil Elliott - Generating Reference Material Without Using a Camera at TRAC2014
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Virgil Elliott, ranked as a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center, is internationally recognized for his expertise as an artist, teacher, art materials expert, and writer.
Generating Reference Material Without Using a Camera Artist/author Virgil Elliott will demonstrate methods used by artists of the past to create reference material for whatever they wished to paint, as they did before the invention of photography. Whereas the camera is undeniably a convenient tool, Elliott asserts that artists of today are best served by learning how to work without it at least until they have developed the skills, knowledge and aesthetic sensibilities that will enable them to recognize what might need to be changed, to know in what ways things should be changed, and to give them the confidence to do so without hesitation when it would lead to a better, more artistic result; all in the interest of the Utmost Quality in the art we create, now and into the future.
VIRGIL ELLIOTT Painter/writer Virgil Elliott (born 1944) is best known as the author of the book, Traditional Oil Painting: advanced techniques and concepts from the Renaissance to the present, published in 2007 by Watson-Guptill Publications. Acknowledged as a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center, among the many honors and awards he has received over the years, Virgil is widely recognized as an expert on historic oil painting techniques and oil painting materials of the past and present. He has written and published articles in various art magazines on the working methods and/or lives of Rembrandt, Titian, Frans Hals, Artemisia Gentileschi, and the 19th Century French artist William Bouguereau, among other things. He taught oil painting at the College of Marin, in Marin County, California for a few years, and has taught privately since 1982. Virgil has been an active participant/member of ASTM International's Subcommittee on Artists' Paints and Materials since 1997, which experience has broadened his knowledge of artists' materials considerably and has made him the acquaintance of many experts in the field, including top-level conservation scientists from major museums, from whom he says he has learned a great deal over the years.
Display Products, 1 Dec 2010 [cached]
Author and distinguished artist Virgil Elliott examines the many elements that let artists take the next step in their work: mental attitude, aesthetic considerations, the importance of drawing, principles of visual reality, materials, techniques, portraiture, photographic images versus visual reality, and color. Traditional Oil Painting helps artists master the secrets of realistic painting to create work that will rival that of the masters.
About the Author Virgil Elliott is a world-respected painter and writer. He is included in the Art Renewal Center's Gallery of Living Masters and one of only twenty-four artists worldwide with certification from the American Portrait Society. A Signature Member of the American Society of Portrait Artists and the Society of Western Artists, and the chairman of the ASTM International Task Group on Artists' Pastels, he lives in Pennegrove, California.
Virgil Elliott -- Bio, 4 June 2015 [cached]
Virgil Elliott
Photo of Virgil Elliott Born 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, Virgil Elliott began his art training at age 20 months with his mother, Dollye McAlister Elliott. Virgil trained from 1946-1965 with a succession of excellent instructors, including the illustrators Robert Fawcett, Albert Dorne and Harold Von Schmidt.
An accomplished draftsman and competent painter by age 21, Elliott attended a number of colleges and universities, including Washington University School of Fine Art, University of Missouri at Kansas City and University of Missouri at St. Louis, all of which tried unsuccessfully to dissuade him from painting and drawing realistically and from pursuing a higher degree of mastery. From 1968 onward, Elliott undertook to educate himself in the more advanced oil painting techniques, as he was unable to find instructors whose abilities surpassed his own. His self-directed study took him through art museums across the United States and Europe, to analyze with his own eyes the works of the Great Masters. He sought out written information in old books wherever he could find them, all the while drawing, painting and experimenting constantly.
As a mature artist, Virgil Elliott has received many awards and special honors, including certification by the American Portrait Society (1985), an honor bestowed on only 24 artists worldwide; election in 1996 to Associate Guild Member by the American Society of Classical Realism, and was made a Signature Member of the American Society of Portrait Artists in 1996. As a member of the Artists' Advisory Panel to the California State Fair in 1987, he spearheaded a successful effort to open the State Fair's art show, "California Works," to representational art for the first time in decades, and to depose the parties responsible for its exclusion prior to that time. His services as an instructor, art show judge and speaker have been in demand since 1982, when he began exhibiting his work publicly. In recent years he has painted several members of the Schlumberger family, various government officials and many others, and has written articles on advanced oil painting techniques for art magazines such as The Portrait Signature (Spring, 1997, "The Techniques of William Bouguereau", and a book review of "Bouguereau," a new book by Fronia E. Wissman; "The Innovations of Rembrandt," to be published in Winter '98-'99), and The Artist's Magazine (article on dramatic lighting, to be published in 1999). Virgil Elliott taught oil painting at the College of Marin in 1996 and 1997, and continues to teach privately at his own atelier on the grounds of the Eagle Ridge Winery, in Penngrove, California, in addition to painting figurative works, portraits, still lifes and landscapes, and writing.
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