Feature in The Artist Magazine by Michele Del Campo

The Fall series of paintings are featured in the latest edition of The Artist Magazine April 2016, p. 14-17. In the article titled “Falling for art,” I share a bit about my philosophy of using painting as a medium to communicate meaningful messages. The article then covers the specific ideas behind the The Fall series –the human experiences and emotions that the works reflect. If you are interested in the preparation and process of how I came up with the compositions, the article also includes a section on this. The specific details and narrative of the individual paintings reveal the interconnectedness between the concepts and ideas and the elements of design and composition. On a practical note, I also include the details of the materials used for these paintings.

The article is available in print and can be purchased online.

My oil painting technique by Michele Del Campo

I was invited by Cass Art and Winsor and Newton to give two workshops in October, in Cass Art Islington and Cass Art Hampstead. Moreover I was invited to write a blog post showing the process of an oil painting of mine. You can read it now in the Cass Art blog:https://www.cassart.co.uk/blog/michele_del_campo_how_to.htm

My technique demonstration in the Cass Art blog

My technique demonstration in the Cass Art blog

 

WORKSHOP: If you would like to learn my technique, I invite you to attend a weekend workshop on 19-20 March in my London studio, here you can read about it and buy your ticket:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/figure-oil-painting-workshop-19-20-march-2016-tickets-21636356926

Some students in my last oil painting workshop

Some students in my last oil painting workshop

Detail of “Sunny Time”

Detail of “Sunny Time”

The London Art Fair by Michele Del Campo

Until Sunday 24th January I am exhibiting some new paintings at the London Art Fair, stand Mark Jason Gallery. The London Art Fair is among the most important art fairs for British modern and contemporary art, and it takes place in the Business Design Centre, in Islington. I will be there on Sunday, between 4 and 5pm, and I will be very happy to exchange some words if you would like to meet me.

The Argument”, oil on linen, 130x140cm

The Argument”, oil on linen, 130x140cm

Detail of “The Argument”

Detail of “The Argument”

A very special portrait night! by Michele Del Campo

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ENGLISH: What a fantastic gathering of talents in just a few square meters we had last Thursday! The place was my studio, and the names of the artists will sound familiar to many who appreciate painting at its highest level of representational skills. Some of them came from far away and knew each other by name or were virtual friends in the social media, but had never met in person before, some others were good old friends that regularly share space in high profile society exhibitions. There were all sort of drinks and food on the table, and the noise of our excited conversations was high, but when the time to draw came, suddenly absolute silence! I switched on the spotlight and each of us took turns in sitting still in the middle for 12 to 15 minutes. We all got busy at sketching against the clock, and in all sorts of mediums: pencils, sanguine, charcoals, pens, watercolours and even ipads! We ended up having a collection of everyone's portraits, and we could appreciate each others different approaches, but it felt so delightful to recognise ourselves in each and every sketch!

ESPAÑOL: Qué reunión más buena de talentos en apenas unos pocos metros cuadrados tuvimos el pasado jueves! El lugar era mi estudio y el nombre de los artistas sonará familiar a muchos de los que aprecian la pintura en su más alto nivel de habilidad representativa. Algunos de ellos vinieron desde lejos y se conocían de oido o eran amigos virtuales en los medios sociales, otros eran ya buenos amigos que exponen regularmente en sociedades inglesas de alto perfil como la ROI (Royal Institute of Oil Painters). Había todo tipo de bebidas y comidas en la mesa y el nivel de ruido de las concitadas conversaciones era alto, pero cuando vino el tiempo de dibujar, de repente el silencio absoluto! Encendí la lámpara y cada uno de nosotros se turnó sentándose en el medio desde 12 a 15 minutos. Todos estábamos ocupados a dibujar contrarreloj en una gran variedad de medios, desde lápices a sanguinas, a carboncillo, a bolis, acuarelas y hasta ipads. Terminamos teniendo una colección de retratos de todos los artistas presentes, y pudimos admirar los distintos acercamientos de cada uno, pero fue muy divertido reconocernos perfectamente en todos los dibujos!

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From left: José de Juan, Glenn Fitzpatrick, Adebanji Alade, Michele Del Campo, Haidee-Jo Summers, Peter Keegan, Graeme Messer, Nur Shodjai, Edward Ofosu.

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Portrait Commissions by Michele Del Campo

ENGLISH: I am honoured that the Press Team of the Mall Galleries came to interview me in my studio about my approach to portrait commissions. Not many people know that some of my paintings are portrait commissions, for which I usually have the freedom to create a narrative typical of my exhibition pieces, like this one of two siblings from a family in Madrid: www.mallgalleries.org.uk . Also you can contact the Mall Galleries if you would like to commission me a portrait. ESPAÑOL: He tenido el privilegio de ser entrevistado por el equipo de prensa de la Mall Galleries en mi estudio, sobre mi acercamiento al retrato por encargo. No mucha gente sabe que algunas de mis pinturas son en realidad encargos, para los cuales en general tengo bastante libertad de tejer un hilo narrativo típico de mi trabajo expositivo. Un ejemplo es este cuadro de dos hermanos, encargo de una familia de Madrid: www.mallgalleries.org.uk

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Christmas Sales on art by Michele Del Campo

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ENG: From now in my online shop there is a 25% discount on giclee prints and engravings! The sale will be on until 15 Dec. If you are looking for an arty gift for your beloved ones you could check out the new available artworks and prints in my online shop: www.micheledelcampostudio.com

ESP: Desde ahora en mi tienda online hay un 25% de descuento sobre la mayoría de los productos! La rebaja acabará el 15 de diciembre, hasta entonces tienes la posibilidad de hacerle un regalo artístico especial a tus queridos. Puedes ver los nuevos productos disponibles en: www.micheledelcampostudio.com

 

Open Studios 14-15 Nov. by Michele Del Campo

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The Chocolate Factory Clarendon Road N22 6XJ London

Together with all the artists of The Chocolate Factory I am going to participate to the Open Studios next weekend. Anyone interested in arts, who want to meet the artists, see the places where artists create, their latest works or buy directly from them, this is a unique opportunity that only comes once a year! For the occasion I will have prints, catalogues, life drawings, nude paintings and some of my exhibition paintings on sale.

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Carles and my existentialist projection of a generation by Michele Del Campo

michele-del-campo,-The-Fall---The-Waiter,-65x85cm ENGLISH: Carles is not in reality a waiter, but I thought that his situation could describe well the feeling of a generation of people that have lost their dreams in Spain, a country trapped in a deep economical crisis. Carles has university and post-graduate studies but there is no job available and he wanders from one temporary job to another. Not wanting to leave his city Valencia and emigrate, he knows that it is going to be difficult to find what he wants. I painted him dressed as a waiter because that is a typical job that many people with university studies take temporarily in order to earn a living before finding a job more appropriate for their expertise. Carles is very expressive, and he has been already the subject of 4 paintings of mine, all dealing with existentialist feelings. In reality Carles is a very lively and cheerful person, always ready to laugh and have fun, but it is me who cannot help seeing in his situation and in that of many other friends who live in Spain, the shadow of a generation with shattered hopes.

ESPAÑOL: Carles en realidad no es un camarero, pero he pensado que su situación podría describir la manera de sentir de una generación de jóvenes que ha perdido sus sueños en España, un pais atrapado en una profunda crisis económica. Carles tiene estudios universitarios y de postgrado, pero no hay trabajo disponible, así que tiene que pasar de un trabajo temporal a otro. No querendo dejar Valencia, su ciudad, y emigrar, él sabe que será dificil encontrar lo que quiere. Lo pinté vestido de camarero porque ese es el típico trabajo que muchos con estudios universitarios hacen temporáneamente para salir adelante antes de encontrar un trabajo más apropiado a sus estudios. Carles es muy expresivo y un perfecto actor, de hecho ha sido ya el protagonista de 4 cuadros míos, todos con una cuña de tipo existencialista. En realidad Carles es un chico lleno de vida y con mucho espíritu, siempre va bromeando y riendo, mientras soy yo quién vé en su situación y en la de muchos otros amigos españoles, la sombra de una generación con esperanzas rotas.

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The Fall - Lady with Flowers by Michele Del Campo

michele del campo, The Fall - Lady with Flowers ENGLISH:  Another one of my paintings for "The Fall" project, Lady with Flowers takes inspiration from the burden of a life experience of an elderly lady. She falls while carrying flowers, and the delicate flowers end up scattered on the floor. The focus of interest of the painting is on her face, perhaps not hurt by the fall in itself but by the weight of that burden, which suddenly, in the shock of the fall, acquires all its clarity like a revelation. With big thanks to Helen, a very dear friend, for kindly posing for me.

ESPAÑOL: Otra obra de mi serie "La Caida", Mujer con flores toma inspiración del peso de la experiencia de vida de una mujer anciana. Ella cae mientras lleva unas flores y estas, bonitas y delicadas, terminan espargidas por el suelo. El foco de interés del cuadro, como en todos los de la serie, es la cara. Su expresión quizás no es de dolor por la caida en si misma si no de asombro por el repentino shock de la caida, tras la cual adquiere consciencia de ese peso de su existencia, como si hubiera tenido una revelación. Con un gran agradecimiento a mi querida amiga Helen por haber posado para mi.

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The Fall - Skater by Michele Del Campo

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26th October - 7th November 2015

Artist’s talk & Q&A: Wed 4 November 6 to 8pm

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ENGLISH: Today is the Private View of my solo exhibition "The Fall", at the Westminster Reference Library. In a series of posts I would like to share with you the process for some of the paintings on show. This is "The Skater". I saw this young guy falling over while skating in Barcelona and I wanted to portray him suspended in that moment when he is thinking, not yet ready to get up. I asked him if he could pretend to "fall again" for some photos and he kindly agreed, while his friend was waiting for him. In the painting I changed the colour of the T-shirt from black to red, in order for him to stand out, and the letters on it, substituting "Roma", clearly a touristic souvenir piece of clothing, for "Rebel". This introduced a new concept and an association of ideas. I then built up the whole environment based on various photos and my imagination.

ESPAÑOL: Hoy se inaugura mi exposición individual "La Caida", en la Westminster Reference Library. En una serie de capítulos, iré compartiendo mi proceso de creación de estas imágenes. Este cuadro es "The Skater". Vi a este chico en Barcelona caerse del monopatín y, tras levantarse y seguir patinando, le pedí si podía posar para unas fotos fingiendo de caerse de nuevo. Fue muy amable y posó para mi, mientras su amigo le esperaba. En el cuadro cambié el color de su camiseta, de negro a rojo, para destacar más. También cambié las letras, de "Roma" a "Rebel" (rebelde), y eso para introducir un nuevo concepto y una asociación de ideas. Luego construí todo el ambiente basándome en varias fotos y en la imaginación.

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New 3-day Workshop in my studio by Michele Del Campo

13-15 November 2015 10-5pm daily

It will be my last workshop of the year. Places are limited and it is now possible to buy tickets. The workshop is in my studio, in The Chocolate Factory, North London (N22 6XJ), and there will be morning demonstrations and afternoon practice for participants. I will demonstrate on the students canvases when it will be useful for a better understanding of the technique and the use of materials. For all the information and to buy your ticket, please  click here.

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A special Solo Exhibition by Michele Del Campo

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PRIVATE VIEW and drinks reception: Tues 27 Oct, 6-8pm

ARTIST'S TALK & Q&A, Wed 4 November, 6pm

ENGLISH: We have all experienced at some time or other, how a sudden traumatic event such as an accident, a loss, or the unexpected striking of an illness, appear to stop the inexorability of time and create a vacuum for reflection and self-analysis. People run around, sticking to their daily routine, not stopping for a minute to take a different course of action that may potentially change their life as that is a threat to their stability.

In my project, I introduce a series of random people from different walks of life who after a fall of no major consequences find themselves briefly suspended in time. Their fall may be caused by a slight distraction, by rushing around or other mundane circumstance, but the sudden shock to their system this causes, and consequent interruption of routine activity, prompt these individuals to reassess matters and might even reveal deeper truths about their own lives.

The peculiarity is that I portray no trace of surprise in their face. These people accept their impotence against life events, their inner world being tormented by bigger preoccupations. Their actual physical fall is just a symptom, a manifestation of a more important fall, perhaps a failure in their existence, their hopes and dreams. Interrupted in their daily work or leisure, they are in no hurry to get up and go on. They remain suspended in their thoughts, taking their time to confront for once, their existential burden.

This project also takes inspiration from my real-life encounters. The nurse, for example, is a real nurse. I thought of painting her when she told me about the difficulties of coping with her massive workload during her long, stressful shifts in A&E. Moreover she works in the Resuscitation Room, dealing daily with shattered life and death. Another example is the girl with a crutch, she used to pose for me as a model. She had an accident and is now forced to walk with a crutch, having to deal with constant pain. One day she told me that once she ran as fast as her crutch would allow and managed to get on the train just before the door shut. She did not fall that time, but I chose to paint her fall to show the way she must feel, forced by circumstances to review her life from a completely new, limited perspective".

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ESPAÑOL: Todos hemos tenido experiencia, alguna vez, de como un evento traumático como un accidente, una pérdida o una inesperada enfermedad, parece parar la inesorabilidad del tiempo y crear un vacío para la reflexión y el auto-analisis. La gente corre metida en su rutina cotidiana, sin parar un minuto para cambiar el curso de sus acciones, porque a veces las decisiones radicales son un peligro para su estabilidad.

En mi proyecto he pintado una serie de personajes casuales, de varias profesiones y condiciones sociales, los cuales, tras una caida sin importancia, se encuentra, brevemente suspendidos en el tiempo. Su caida puede deberse a una ligera distracción, por las prisas u otras razones banales, pero el shock improviso que provoca a su sistema y la consecuente interrupción de sus actividades, les motiva a reconsiderar sus problemas y quizás revelar realidades más profundas sobre sus vidas.

La peculiaridad de mis retratos es que no hay sorpresa en sus caras. Esta gente acepta su impotencia contra los eventos de la vida, su mundo interior está tormentado por problemas más grandes que la caida. Su caida física es solamente un síntoma, una manifestación de una caida más importante, quizás un fracaso en su vida, de sus sueños y esperanzas. Interrumpidos en sus trabajos cotidianos o en su tiempo libre, ellos no tienen prisa por levantarse y seguir. Se quedan suspendidos en sus pensamientos, tomándose tiempo para enfrentarse de una vez a su carga existencial.

Este proyecto también toma inspiración de encuentro en la vida real. Por ejemplo, la enfermera es una enfermera en la realidad. Decidí pintarla cuando me contó de las dificultades a las que tiene que hacer frente para salir adelante con su enorme carga de trabajo y sus horarios larguísimos en urgencias. Además ella trabaja en la sala reanimación, enfrentándose a diario con vidas destrozadas o muertes. Otro ejemplo es la chica con muleta. Ella posaba para mi como modelo y, tras un accidente de esquí, ahora tiene que caminar constantemente con la ayuda de una muleta y tiene que hacer frente siempre al dolor agudo de su pierna al cual no parece que haya remedio. Un día me contó que caminó lo más rápido posible con su muleta para llegar a cojer un tren importante y llegó justo antes del cierre de la puerta. Ella no cayó, pero decidí pintarla así para mostrar la manera en la que se tiene que sentir, obligada por las circunstancias a revisar su vida desde una perspectiva completamente nueva, y limitada.

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"The Fall", oil on linen, 105x180cm

Workshops in Cass Art by Michele Del Campo

I am very happy to have been invited to give 2 oil painting workshops at Cass Art Islington (30 Oct) and Cass Art Hampstead (1 Nov). Colours and materials will be kindly provided by Winsor and Newton, the entry fee is just £10 and places are limited. The workshops last 2 hours and I will tell participants how I create the impression of strong light alla prima and how I mix colours for shadows and for light. Hints on how to use the properties of trasparency vs opacity to achieve the effects of light, and how to mix clean colours on the palette and how to apply them for maximum vibrancy on the canvas. Clic on this image to get more info and book your place for my 30 October workshop in Cass Art Islington, 2-4pm:

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Clic on this image to get more info and book your place for my 1 November workshop in Cass Art Hampstead, 11-1pm

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Life drawing sessions in my studio by Michele Del Campo

_MG_4935 ENGLISH: Since I left my studio in central Soho, I quit organizing life drawing sessions. However I always liked the nice atmosphere that was created by the weekly gatherings, with other artists, old and new friends interested in practising and improving their drawing skills. We would invite always different models of all races, dancers, performing artists, contortionists, pregnant women, twins and couples, and we would often end up in one of the pubs nearby to socialize afterwards. Last weekend, during a night out with some of those old friends who used to draw with me in my sessions, they gave me the idea of resuming the classes, and I thought that it was a wonderful idea. Anyone who is interested in taking part is very welcome, until places are full.

These are the details of my sessions:

Tuesdays, 7-9pm, please RSVP by email or whatsapp with your name if you are coming.

Entry fee: £10

The Chocolate Factory, Studio 9, Unit B104, Clarendon Road, N22 6XJ London

Tel/Whatsapp: 07853538527

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"The Roses" and magazine cover by Michele Del Campo

michele del campo, the roses, 35x50cm ENGLISH: In this painting I have returned to savour the pleasure of painting on a small size canvas. This is "The Roses", a painting that has, like my paintings in general, a certain narrative and evocative aura. On the other hand, I am so happy to see my painting "The Apple Tree" on the cover of the September issue of The Artist magazine, available now. Be prepared for the October issue if you are curious about my approach to painting because you will find, besides other beautiful articles by wonderful painters, also an article that I have been invited to write.

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SPANISH: En este cuadro he reduscubierto el placer de pintar sobre formatos atípicamente pequeños, dentro de mi producción pictórica. El título es "Las Rosas", y comparte con mis otros cuadros esa dirección narrativa y evocativa. Por otra parte, he tenido la gran sorpresa de encontrar la imágen de mi cuadro "The Apple Tree" en la portada de septiembre de la revista británica "The Artist". Si quieres saber más sobre mis métodos de pintar y de buscar inspiración, encontrarás en el número de octubre un artículo mío que la redacción de la revista me ha invitado a escribir para sus lectores.

Third prize at "Pintar Rapido", London by Michele Del Campo

266 I have been so busy and lately on holidays that I haven't posted news about my activity for a while. Trying to catch up, I will post my new paintings and news in several posts in the next days.

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First of all I would like to remember that wonderful day of urban plein air painting in July where at least 300 artists took the streets of London: it was Pintar Rápido competition, and we all managed to complete a whole painting in just one day! I choose to paint in King's Road, the window shop of John Lewis-Peter Jones and the flowers that hang along that street. It is not a usual subject for me, but I enjoyed the challenge and I got to remain close to the Old Chelsea Town Hall, where all the paintings needed to be handed over by 7pm. My composition was very challenging but I managed to find the way to balance it, putting a figure closer to the viewer. This bigger figure was a mix of 2 girls to whom I asked to pose for me there and then. The problem with oils is that they don't dry in the day, in fact the next day, hung in the exhibition, in the Chelsea Old Town Hall, my painting had several unintentional touches that blurred or deleted some small areas, coming either from the hanging process or from some unaware member of the public, often carrying racksacks or coates in their hands. However there was a beautiful surprise that day for me: my painting was given the third prize! There were some really good paintings around, and narrowing down to just a few prizes must have been a very difficult task for the jury. You can browse almost all of the works made in that day by clicking here.

"Capitanata Grand Tour" exhibition in Foggia by Michele Del Campo

poster exhibition Foggia ENGLISH: These two paintings, that form a diptych, will be exhibited in Foggia, a city close to San Nicandro, my home town in south Italy, where I grew up. The exhibition gathers the work of artists from that same region, although most of them now live in other cities or abroad. In "The Sleep" I wanted to paint a meaningful image to show the decay and the abandonment of my home land, and my region in general, Puglia, one of the most beautiful, but also among the poorest in Italy. When my family migrated to the richer north, in 1994, my area was still populated and liveful. Few years later I could hardly recognise it, there were so many abandoned houses, degradation, closed shops and recreational places and facilities, and so little youth had remained, I could find none of my old friends. The second painting of the diptych is called "Excavator", refers more to the other reality, the real-estate speculation, more witnessed in the cities and in the cost, in the same area.

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ESPAÑOL: Estos dos cuadros estarán expuestos en Foggia, ciudad cercana a mi pueblo San Nicandro, donde crecí, en la región de Puglia, sur de Italia. La exposición junta unos 30 artistas originarios de la misma área, aunque ahora muchos de ellos vivan en otras regiones o en el extranjero. He querido pintar una imágen significativa, que muestra la decadencia y el abandono de mi tierra y mi región, que es una de las más bonitas pero también de las más pobres de Italia. Cuando mi familia tuvo que emigrar al más rico norte de Italia, en 1994, mi tierra aun era un área muy populada y viva. Algún año después faticaba en reconocerla, había tantas casas abandonadas, tiendas, servicios y lugares recreativos cerrados, y muy pocos jóvenes se habían quedado, de mis viejos compañeros de escuela y otros coetáneos casi no quedaba nadie. El segundo cuadro, "Excavadora", se refiere a otra realidad, la especulación edilicia, más propia de las ciudades y de la costa de Puglia.

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Group exhibition in Madrid by Michele Del Campo

ansorena-exhibition-july-15 ENGLISH: Starting a new phase in Madrid, after several years away, I am so proud of exhibiting with a gallery that is new to me, but it is one that has always been the reference for the best Spanish realism: the Galería Ansorena. Jewellers, auction house and contemporary art gallery, Ansorena is a big name in the Madrid high society, from as far as 1845. There is no better way to start with a gallery than to be accompanied by such high level artists like Miguel Coronado, Alberto Martin Giraldo, Hugo Alonso and Bea Sarrias. Definitely not to be missed!

 

ESPAÑOL: Empezando una nueva etapa en Madrid, tras varios años sin exponer, estoy orgulloso de empezar con una nueva galería, una que ha siempre sido el referente del mejor realismo español: la Galería Ansorena. Joyeros, casa de subastas y galería contemporánea, Ansorena es un nombre prestigioso en la sociedad española, desde tan lejos como 1845. No hay mejor manera de empezar con una galería que en una muestra de altísima calidad, con artistas como Miguel Coronado, Alberto Martin Giraldo, Hugo Alonso y Bea Sarrias. ¡Una exposición así no se puede perder!

 

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The birth of Fundación Arcilla, not just one more Foundation... by Michele Del Campo

fundacion arcilla artistas ENGLISH: Artists have always felt the need, in general, to create in the solitude of their studios, lost in their peculiar world and obsessed with that research of form and content that for many is their reason to live. Not even universities facilitate much the encounter and the exchange among talented artists, I still remember how I was feeling the necessity to isolate and work outside the classes in order to continue creating without meeting the harsh criticism of professors and peers, all too advocated towards the "conceptual" tendencies of an art form where manual skills are banned. This is why I had always found it difficult to meet talented representational painters, apart from some that worked in my same gallery, until the social media have helped us find each other and communicate. During the last 2 or 3 years, in fact, thanks to internet I have been able to meet up, dine and socialise with those painters that before I admired but I didn't think that it would be possible to get to know personally. That encounter among painters of a certain professional level is fundamental in order to create a spirit of group and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information. Spain, a country still inmersed in a deep economical crisis, is the country to which I owe a big part of my formation and my professional development, and where there is a solid tradition of realist painting at the highest standard. But the crisis has actually favoured that connection among artists that now feel the need to find solutions all together, uniting forces and targets. The same traditional model of the art gallery as the only entity to affirm and strengthen the value of an artist has changed with the crisis, and the collective of artists today is more aware of their own responsibility in creating their own oportunities to exhibit and sell their work, especially after the closure of many important galleries all around Spain.

The idea for a Foundation that gather the most talented and famous artists in Spain was born from the valuable effort of some patrons and forward-looking artists and from the opportunities created by the new social media in internet. The artists will not only be painters or sculptors, and not only bound to the representational style, there will be also actors, musicians, poets, video artists, etc. This new association is called Fundación Arcilla and it officially opened its headquarters in a new building named "ArtEXpacio" with an exhibition of realist painting, to which I participated, last Thursday 11th June in Madrid, and it is already working towards national and international projects.

In the UK, where now I live, the artists that use traditional mediums have joined forces and formed exclusive societies since a very long time ago. Examples of societies are the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), the New English Art Club (NEAC), the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), the Pastel Society (PS), the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA), the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and many more. Almost all of these societies have found in the central Mall Galleries their perfect space for exhibitions, promotional and didactic activities, taking turns to use the space. This way, the societies have succeeded to create a point of reference for all the people who love contemporary art in its traditional forms. The prospect that "ArtEXpacio" could become a sort of Spanish version of the Mall Galleries, seems finally real to me, and I am very proud to have been called to be part of this new reality with artists of very high level. As artist and co-founder Modesto Trigo said in his inaugural speech, the direction towards which the Foundation is bound depends on the will and the action of each of its members. It is certain that we all know each other now, we all share a sincere admiration for each other, and we share the same determination to cooperate and contribute to this wonderful project that will hopefully give visibility to the traditional art forms in their contemporary vision.

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SPANISH: Los artistas siempre han sido en general muy solitarios, metidos en sus estudios, perdidos en su mundo visionario, obsesionados por esa búsqueda de formas y contenidos que para muchos es una necesidad vital. El mundo académico de las universidades tampoco facilita demasiado el encuentro y el intercambio entre los artistas de talento, todavía me acuerdo de como yo sentía la necesidad de aislarme y trabajar fuera de las clases para seguir creando sin incurrir en esas críticas demoledoras de profesores y compañeros de la universidad, todavía tan abogados hacia las tendencias más "conceptuales", donde las habilidades manuales son un engorro. Es por eso que siempre había encontrado difícil conocer a pintores realistas de talento, a parte los que trabajaban con mi misma galería, hasta que recientemente los social media nos han abierto a la comunicación y al encuentro virtual. En los últimos dos o tres años, de hecho, gracias a internet he podido encontrar, cenar y socializar con muchos de esos pintores españoles que antes admiraba pero no pensaba que sería posible llegar a conocerlos personalmente. Ese encuentro entre pintores de cierta trayectoria profesional es fundamental para crear un espíritu de grupo y para facilitar el intercambio de ideas y de información. La crisis en España, país al cual debo gran parte de mi formación y de mi desarrollo profesional, y donde hay pintores de grandísimo talento y tradición, también ha ayudado esa cohesión para buscar soluciones colectivas entre pintores, para unir fuerzas y caminos. El mismo modelo tradicional de la galería de arte como único reducto para afirmar y corroborar el valor de un artista ha cambiado tras la crisis, y especialmente tras la clausura de muchas galerías de arte importantes por toda España, el colectivo de los artistas es hoy más consciente que nunca de la importancia de su propio papel en crear oportunidades para exponer y vender su obra.

Es desde el valioso esfuerzo conjunto de unos cuantos mecenas y artistas de ideas clarividentes y desde ese nuevo movimiento colectivo social impulsado por internet que ha surgido la maravillosa idea de crear una Fundación que una los artistas de más talento y fama de España, en el ámbito de la pintura, de la escultura, de la poesía, del teatro, del video arte, etc. Se llama Fundación Arcilla y su sede y espacio de actividades, "ArtEXpacio", se ha inaugurado el pasado jueves 11 de junio en Madrid, con el objetivo de promocionar sus trabajos en ámbito nacional e internacional.

En el Reino Unido, donde yo vivo ahora, los artistas que se expresan en los medios tradicionales están congregados en sociedades exclusivas desde hace muchísimo tiempo, como la Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), New English Art Club (NEAC), Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), Pastel Society (PS), Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA), Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) y muchas más... Casi todas estas sociedades han encontrado en el espacio muy central de la Mall Galleries su centro de actividades promocionales, didácticas y expositivas, ocupándo su espacio por turnos, y de esa manera han conseguido crear un punto de referencia para todo ese público que ama el arte contemporáneo hecho con técnicas tradicionales. Que ArtEXpacio de la Fundación Arcilla se pueda convertir en una pequeña Mall Galleries española, un espacio de actividad, promoción y difusión de las varias formas del arte español, lo veo hoy posible en España, y estoy encantado de haber sido llamado a formar parte de este maravilloso grupo de artistas de altísimo nivel. Como dijo el artista Director y co-Fundador Modesto Trigo en su discurso inaugural, la dirección a la cual está encaminada la Fundación, y su éxito, será determinada por la voluntad y el operado de todos nosotros, los artistas que han sido invitados a formar parte de ella. Seguramente se nota el entusiasmo colectivo de los artistas, todos ahora nos conocemos y compartimos esa admiración recíproca y esa voluntad de colaborar y contribuir a este maravilloso y necesario proyecto para recuperar el valor del arte español. Con profundo agradecimiento a esos fundadores que han dedicado su tiempo y sus energías a este importante proyecto.

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PRIZE WINNER! by Michele Del Campo

The-Artist-s-all-media-competition-2015 ENGLISH: I was overwhelmed when I heard the news 6 months ago, and now is out published in the July/August issue of The Artist's Magazine: I'm the Grand Prize winner of the "All Media" Art Competition! This is a competition for artists that work in the media of oil, watercolour, acrylic, pastels, mixed media, drawing and digital photography, there are winners for every category and an overall winner, the Grand Prize. With over 2500 entries, it must have been a very tough decision for the judges. My winning entry is "The Rest", a 190x200cm painting of two siblings. This is a painting that was originally a commission and that I started as a demonstration piece in the Patchings Festival in 2014. The family asked me to paint these two siblings and gave me a certain freedom to treat it just as one of my paintings. Although we originally planned a grey background, I decided to take a risk and paint a very exuberant colourful background with a bicycle wheel included in the composition. I did not mind it if I had to re-do it, but I thought that I had to follow my instinct and give some life to the scene, contrasting the intentionally somber or bored mood of the siblings with some colourful pattern. When I showed it to the family they just loved it, and now it hangs in their beautiful house in Madrid, which you can see in the pictures below.

SPANISH: Estaba eufórico cuando me dieron la noticia hace 6 meses, y ahora se ha publicado en el número de julio/agosto de la revista americana The Artist's Magazine: ¡soy el ganador general del premio online "All Media"! Con más de 2500 inscripciones en las varias categorías (óleo, acrílico, arte digital, técnica mixta, pastel, acuarela, dibujo), no habrá sido nada fácil para el jurado elegir un ganador absoluto. Mi cuadro ganador, "El Descanso", es un óleo de 190x200cm de dos hermanos. Este era un cuadro por encargo, pero tuve toda la libertad de hacerlo como si fuera otra más de mis piezas. Lo empecé a pintar en el festival Patchings el año pasado, delante del público, y seguí pintándolo luego en mi estudio. Hasta que lo acabé la familia no sabía que había optado por la opción más ostentosa en cuanto a colores y formas, pero en seguida les gustó el cuadro, el cual ahora cuelga en su preciosa casa en Madrid, como se ve en las fotos que me enviaron:

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michele del campo, patchings 2014