realist, or…?

Are you a realist? If so, what kind of realist are you?

If not, what’s your angle? I’m interested.


Struggling Realist


realist [ˈrɪəlɪst]


1. a person who is aware of and accepts the physical universe, events, etc., as they are; pragmatist
2. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an artist or writer who seeks to represent the familiar or typical in real life rather than an idealized, formalized, or romantic interpretation
3. (Philosophy) Philosophy a person who accepts realism
4. (Philosophy / Logic) (Philosophy) (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of realism or realists in the arts, philosophy, etc. a realist school
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
"I'm in need of a remix" acrylic & ink on paper, 22" x 30" artboy68 2013

“I’m in need of a remix”
acrylic & ink on paper, 22″ x 30″
artboy68 2013

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6 thoughts on “realist, or…?

  1. drawandshoot says:

    Maybe it’s the places in between that are the most interesting?
    (I love this!)

  2. clinock says:

    To be realistic, I’m not a ‘realist’ – but labels can be confusing. I agree with Karen about ‘between’. Your painting is stunning…

    • artboy68 says:

      Thanks John. I’ve been trying to work out who I am as a realist for a while now. I think for me it no longer has to mean a realistic looking image, but has more to do with honesty. Those who can be completely honest in their art-making have a special ability, one that I will forever be trying to master…

  3. Kimberly says:

    I can be either a realist or not, depending on my frame of mind. Realism can be much more frightening to create than the abstract because there is always pressure (often self-induced) to be perfect. Therein lies the paradox: real is not necessarily perfect. Fabulous job on this work!

    • artboy68 says:

      Thanks Kimberly! I totally understand what you mean about the pressure; I learned at a young age that I could draw realistically and since then that’s what everyone expected of me…”Wow, that’s amazing. You should do this for a living!”… I’ve taken the last couple of years or so trying to un-learn those high pressure, rigid ways of thinking. Really starting to have fun now.

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