Robert Liberace: The “Living Master”

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The Studio of Robert Liberace

As an artist, Robert Liberace expresses the human body in way that would make the Old Masters proud. His interest in art history, anatomy, and technique are so obviously presented in his work. However, his artistic talent isn’t the only skill that has encouraged the title “living master.” Liberace is also a fantastic and world renowned art instructor. He captivates his students with his insightful lessons and valuable pieces of advice. He refers to individual muscles by name as he captures them on the canvas. He is absolutely adored by art students and art lovers from around the world.


Robert Liberace’s Live Painting Demo, August 2017

We were able to witness, first hand, the immense following Liberace has established for himself when he presented a Live Painting Demonstration, last Friday in the gallery. We welcomed a young woman named Shelly, who had never modeled before, to be the artists subject. Liberace set up his easel, prepared his paints, then began his creative process. He had Shelly move into a few different poses until he found the perfect one. As the night progressed Shelly’s features became more and more prominent on the canvas.


Start of Demo



After the first fifteen minutes






Shelly’s defined jawline and beautiful hair became recognizable in less than fifteen minutes. Another noteworthy feature of Shelly was her well applied makeup. She wore a combination of shimmered eye shadows and completed her look with a dark purple lipstick. Such a look was definitely something new for the artist, but it was something he didn’t shy away from. Liberace grabbed a thinner brush to express her eye makeup and the deep purple color of her lipstick. He matched the color perfectly. DSC_0146


The crowd watched as the artist developed a spectacular piece and led them through his process. Liberace engaged with his audience by describing the materials he used, how to create certain details, and how to paint the human body.

Meanwhile, other guests mingled, enjoyed the refreshments, and took in the incredible new exhibition featured in the front room of the gallery. Live painting demonstrations are such fun and exciting events, and we encourage anyone in the area to come and join us when we’re able to host them! Mark your calendars, because next month, after the opening of the two person exhibition for Valerio D’Ospina and Greg Gandy, Valerio will be treating us to a live painting demonstration on Saturday afternoon, September 23rd, from 1-4 PM!

To check out a time-lapse video of the Robert Liberace demonstration, check out our latest upload on YouTube here!

If you can, do stop by the gallery in the next couple of weeks to see the Robert Liberace exhibition– his works are just breathtaking in person! To make sure you’re up to date on all the latest news about exhibitions and events at the gallery, like live painting demonstrations, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter by filling in the “contact” form on our website here!


Technique Tuesday: Genre Painting

Thanks for bearing with us as we’ve juggled a very busy September at Principle Gallery! Between the International Guild of Realism Exhibition, the GC Myers Artist Talk this past Sunday (check out his new works here!), and the upcoming opening of the Casey Childs solo exhibition “Observations,” followed by a live painting demonstration Saturday….suffice it to say, things have been awfully exciting! We’re glad to get back to Technique Tuesday this week, as the subject is a fun one and particularly appropriate for Casey Childs’ soon-to-open exhibition.


What is it?

Today’s topic, genre painting, is something that many art appreciators today often take for granted. In essence, genre paintings depict scenes of ordinary, everyday life. This doesn’t sound at first like such a radical concept, but in the history of fine art, it’s actually a fairly recent development!

Examples from art history:

Think for a moment about the types of scenes that were commonly painted by fine artists (especially in Europe) for centuries, even through the Renaissance. Religious subjects were clearly prominent, as well as formal portraits, mythological scenes and historical scenes. Eventually, depictions of still life arrangements and landscape scenes became more common as well. It wasn’t really until the seventeenth century, though, that fine artists really began to delve into depictions of ordinary, everyday life. Scenes of people in domestic settings, out at markets, performing chores, socializing, and even just walking down the street began to form the category of art now referred to as genre painting. The Dutch were particularly fond of genre painting, and some of those works are now among the most well-loved paintings from Dutch art history.


Johannes Vermeer, “The Milkmaid”

The trend continued on through the following centuries, in many varied cultures, and it has served to create a special and beautiful aspect to art through recent history as artists delve into what it means to exalt the ordinary through artistic expression.

A Laundry Maid Ironing c.1765-82 Henry Robert Morland 1716-1797 Purchased 1894

Henry Robert Morland, “A Laundry Maid Ironing”

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Gustave Caillebotte, “Paris Street, Rainy Day”

Breakfast in Bed Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt, “Breakfast in Bed”

Examples from Principle Gallery:

Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage, once wrote that, “The true artist is the man who leaves pictures of his own time as they appear to him.” It is this appreciation for the loveliness and wonder of everyday moments that contributes to the immense charm and beauty of the artwork of Casey Childs. Casey’s upcoming exhibition features a range of figurative art, from drawings of historical figures to alla prima sketches of contemporary models, but it is perhaps the genre paintings that are most striking. Through careful interpretation of light, color, and composition, Casey turns these depictions of modern life into special, timeless moments. Check Casey’s page on our website here later this week to see all the incredible pieces from the “Observations” exhibition, or send us an email at to see the whole digital preview! And if you’re in town, be sure to join us as we welcome Casey himself for Friday evening’s opening reception from 6:30 to 9 PM, as well as a live painting demonstration Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 PM!

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Casey Childs, “Playlist”

Casey Childs, "Non-Fiction"

Casey Childs, “Non-Fiction”

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Casey Childs, “Last Light”

IGOR 10th Annual Juried Exhibition Award Winners

Principle Gallery wishes a huge CONGRATULATIONS to each of the IGOR 10th Annual Juried Exhibition award winners, as well as all the brilliant and talented artists whose work made it into this exhibition! And also, thank you so much to everyone who came out to join us last night and made the reception such a success!

American Art Collector Editor’s Choice Award

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Claudia Seymour, “Out of the Blue”-21×20, oil on linen on panel

Bill & Susan Rowett Collector’s Choice Award

Trish Coonrod - Still Life with Blue Plate and Blue Egg - 24x48 - oil72

Trish Coonrod, “Still Life with Blue Plate and Blue Egg”- 24×48 , oil on canvas

Robert Kirkpatrick Best of Still Life Award

Alex Zonis - Adagio for three strings - 12x9 - 72

Alex Zonis, “Adagio for Three Strings”- 12×9, oil on gessoboard

Best of Figurative Award

Pamela Carroll - Manal - One Green and One Brown Eye - 14x12 - Oil72

Pamela Carroll, “Manal- One Green and One Brown Eye” -13.5×12, oil on panel

Best of Landscape Award

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Rob MacIntosh, “Prescott”- 30×40, oil on canvas

Director’s Choice Award

Michael DeVore - The Weathered Vase - 24 x 24 - Oil on Linen72

Michael DeVore, “The Weathered Vase”- 24×24, oil on linen

Pioneer in Realism Award

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Ed Copley, “Victorian Fantasy” – 30×20, oil on linen

Creative Achievement Award


Beth Sistrunk, “Time Lapse”- 21×28, oil on three acrylic panels

Artist’s Choice Award


Tatiana McWethy, “Old Trunk”- 24×24, oil on linen

Best Floral Award

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Grace Kim, “Baby Melon and Magnolia” – 28×40, oil on linen

Best Wildlife Award

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Brian LaSaga, “Barrel and Sparrow” – 18×24, acrylic on panel

Best Drawing Award


Arlene Steinberg, “Salsa” – 28×18, colored pencil and soluble wax crayon

And the winner of Best in Show and Best Trompe L’oeil Award:

Best in Show, Best Trompe L’Oeil 

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Jorge Alberto, “The Swan”- 22×19, oil on panel

To see all of the works in this exquisite show, check out our website here or visit us at the gallery! The show will be hanging through September 18th.