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.
Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of sitting down with JC Tripp, of Metro Asheville, a guide to Asheville's more urban-leaning music, art and culture. We talked about online censorship, nude selfies, why I left New York, and what lays ahead for my work. Below is an exert from the interview.
Reuben Negron’s Intimate and Intricate Nude Portraits
Last month I was interviewed by PoetsArtists Magazine leading up to this month's opening of The Artist's Gaze: Seeing Women in the 21st Century, currently on view at Sirona Fine Art in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The exhibition features work by 40+ artists, each dealing with "the female form and persona... ith the artist themselves as subject, and in the greater context of the society we live in."
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
What compels you to the specific women you choose to paint?
Many of my models come to me as volunteers. Most have seen my watercolors online or in various galleries and are compelled for reasons entirely their own to be a part of the work. The majority have never even posed nude before. My work investigates the relationship between what we project in public and how we live in private. Much of the subject matter deals with body politics, sexuality, and identity. It’s all very personal and requires a level of involvement from the models that goes beyond posing - it asks that they share a part of their own story in addition to their likeness.
It’s not easy to open up like that, especially to a stranger, so I find that all of my models, regardless of gender and age, possess a level of bravery that I admire and am immediately drawn to. In many ways I don’t choose them, they choose me.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Erica Jagger of A Sexy Woman Of A Certain Age, a website focused on boomer women, sex and culture. You can check out our conversation HERE where we discuss censorship, the origins of Dirty Dirty Love, and the importance of talking about sex at any age.
Check out this thoughtful and well-researched article about the history and current state of watercolor - written by Christopher Behrens, an independent filmmaker, author, and a masterful watercolorist in his own right. I’m honored to be one of the artists included in this survey of contemporary watercolors along with six other talented individuals. Click HERE to read more.
I'm happy to announce that my interview with Gili Karev for Manifesto Magazine has arrived! Manifesto is a high-end art, fashion and culture magazine out of Hong Kong, China and can be found at international newsstands, bookstores and major retailers such as Bookazine, Dymocks, great Food Hall, HMV, Page One, and PARKnSHOP. For those that can't find a copy near you, I've posted low-resolution scans of the article below. Click on the images to enlarge or download a PDF version HERE.