There is a rather frustrating sentiment in contemporary art that realism equates to "antiquated" or "conservative" or worst yet, "derivative." John Seed, writer, curator, and professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California, tends to disagree. He recently penned an article in The Huffington Post entitled, Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today's Realism is Anything But Conservative, that challenges those prejudiced notions and showcases a group of artists that use realism to push conceptual, thematic and social frontiers. I am honored to be one of those artists featured in the article. 

The social issues that are at the heart of today’s liberal politics — including women’s rights, LGBT issues, racial equality and secular identity — are animating a wide swath of representational paintings. Many are not overtly political, but instead they focus on human dynamics and situations with an emphasis on the power of empathy. Rather than focusing on life’s hardships, like the Social Realism of the early 20th century, today’s Progressive Realists are interest in human identity in the context of social and political constructs. To put it another way, realists have taken on many of the view and projects that have pre-occupied Postmodernists, but do so using time-honored methods and media.
— John Seed, Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today’s Realism is Anything But Conservative

Other artists featured in this article include Brad Kunkle, Aleah Chapin, Erin AndersonMilan HrnjazovicSteve LinbergDiana CorvelleKyle HackettJean-Paul Mallozzi, and Matt Ballou.  

Click HERE to read the article in it's entirety.