California Art Club


89th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

July 11 - August 29, 1998

Luckman Fine Arts Complex

California State University, Los Angeles


The California Art Club was established in 1909 by a group of plein air (in the open air) painters. With the recent resurgence of California Impressionism (or plein air painting), these historic artists are sought after by museums and collectors around the world.

Today the California Art Club, continues its respected reputation for quality fine art in both painting and sculpting. The Club represents a variety of artists from all over the United States and Europe who focus on the philosophies of tratlitional academic training. However, the Gold Medal Exhibition represents California-resident artists only.

This 89th annual Gold Medal Exhibition was judged by five "Signature Members" of the California Art Club and profiles approximately 150 works.

The California Art Club is dedicated to setting a high stantlard in the realm of traditional art. Members look for their artistic inspiration established by the Classical Greco-Romans, the Italian Renaissance, the 19th century European Academies, as well as the founders of the California Art Club. Integral aspects of the traditional art philosophy inclutle strengths in representation of nature, design, light, atmosphere, color harmony, composition, com- munication, and an overall emotional effect. Technical skill is also highly prized and must express a knowledge of draughtsmanship, perspectives, and values.

One of the goals of most Contemporary-Traditional artists is to exemplify ideal beauty and to lift the human spirit into a higher consciousness. The California Art Club aspires to a modern interpretation of these artistic philosophies and aesthetics.

From top to bottom: Best of Show painting by Xiao Hua Gao, Winter Sunlight, oil, 30 x 82 inches; Guests enjoy outdoor refreshments at the Luckman Complex; Inside the exhibition hall; Jeffrey Horn, Back Bay Vista, oil, 12 x 24 inches and Corinne Hartley, In Full Bloom, oil, 24 x 20 inches

From left to right: Craig Nelson, Rhine Wine, oil, 15 x 30 inches; Amy Sidrane, The Approach of Evening - Tomalas Landscape, oil, 24 x 32 inches; Albert Brenner, The Conversation, Bronze, 29 x 18 x 22 inches; Jove Wang, Cradle of a Tibetan Girl, oil, 60 x 48 inches; remaining images are at random of exhibition


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