The Los Angeles Chapter of the Stuckist International -
Stuckistas advocating Remodernism - the renewal of spirituality and meaning in art, culture and society.
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Stuckist Links

These are external sites for those who relate to the Stuckist/Remodernist movement in Los Angeles, the U.S. and across the globe. If you reside in L.A. and are in general agreement with the Stuckist project, we'd be especially interested in placing your website on our list of links. Artists living across the U.S. are also encouraged to submit urls.

Stuck in Los Angeles and the U.S. | What is Stuckism? | Not Stuck, But Close | Honorary Stuckists

Stuck in Los Angeles and the U.S.
Stuckists - Associates - Fellow Travelers

Lola Scarpitta: Grew up in Greenwich Village, New York, but currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California, where she maintains a studio in the NoHo arts district of North Hollywood. Scarpitta is a figurative realist with a sharp eye for social commentary.
Alex Schaefer: A full time painter, Schaefer also teaches at the Art Center of Design in Pasadena, California. His works reflect the Southern California experience while revealing a solid grounding in the traditions of the old masters.
Joel Pelletier: painted a large scale work he calls, American Fundamentalists: Christ's Entry into Washington in 2008. It is a brilliant updated version of Belgian Expressionist painter, James Ensor's, Christ's Entry in Brussels in 1889 (now in the permanent collection of L.A.'s Getty Museum.) Pelletier's painting is a rogue's gallery of rightists in U.S. government, media, high finance, and religion. Pictured at left is a detail from Pelletier's work, a portrait of the neo-conservative commentator, Anne Coulter.
K. Jenkins: Oil painting since 1984, Jenkins initially found inspiration in the works of painters like Klimpt, Schiele and Dix. She "loves the human figure" and feels "an urgency to paint it at all times." She also works with the medium of photography.

Stuckists outside of Los Angeles. The beginnings in the U.S. of what we hope will be a movement that challenges itself and continually raises the bar for others.

Terry Marks: New York City.
Kim Richardson: St. Louis Missouri.
Tony Juliano: Connecticut.
Susan Constanse: Pittsburgh.
San Diego Stuckists: San Diego, California.
David Dannov: Long Beach, California.
Vanessa Rosseto: Austin, Texas. - Yes, even here.
Richard Cronburg: Chicago, Illinois.
S.R.Michaud: Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kentucky Stuckists:
Peggy Clydesdale: Reno, Nevada.

Wikipedia on Stuckism in America: Stuckism began in London in 1999 to promote figurative painting and oppose conceptual art - but the idea has obviously spread.

What is Stuckism?

The following links will help explain the basic tenets of the Stuckist movement.

Wikipedia on Stuckism: An excellent primer on the movement and its origins. While correct in noting the movement was founded in the UK, it can no longer be said that Stuckism is "a British art movement," no more than it can be said Impressionism is a French art movement.

Wikipedia on Remodernism: Another primer that explains the concept of Remodernism - the fundamental idea behind Stuckism. "An attempt to introduce a period of new spirituality into art, culture and society to replace Postmodernism. Its premise is that the potential of the Modernist vision has not been fulfilled, that its development has been in the wrong direction and that this vision needs to be reclaimed."

Stuckism International: The original London Stuckist website. "Radical international art movement for new figurative painting with ideas. Anti the pretensions of conceptual art. Anti-anti-art."

Stuckist Paintings: A gallery of paintings from international artists associated with the Stuckist school. Hosted on the original London Stuckist website.

Not Stuck, But Close

Links to fellow travellers and associates in Los Angeles.

Mural Conservatory of Los Angeles: The great tradition of figurative realist/narrative art can be found on walls all across the city of Los Angeles. Traceable to the Mexican Muralists of the 1930's and their insistence on an art that addressed itself directly to the people, LA's world famous murals reflect the multicultural nature of the city while promoting painting as a relevant art form.

SPARC: The Social and Public Art Resource Center: Located in Venice, California. Keeper of the flame for public art projects that focus on figurative realist murals. Definitely bordering on being Stuck - with an emphasis on L.A. multiculturalism.

Honorary Stuckists

The spiritual advisors and visionaries who have inspired the L.A. Stuckistas.

Frida Kahlo: Much has been said about Kahlo - but she's never been called a Stuckista. While she was courted by the Surrealists, who wished to recruit her, she famously said; "I'm not a Surrealist. I never painted dreams. I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to." Which seems to us a very Stuckist attitude. Kahlo's visage as well as reproductions of her paintings are ubiquitous here in L.A., and to millions of people she remains a primary example of a dedicated painter - for that alone she deserves the title of Honorary Stuckista.

Alex Katz: That we would extend the title of Honorary Stuckist to Alex Katz may surprise some, but after reading the following quote from fellow American painter, Chuck Close, we thought it only fitting. "Alex Katz is a hero of mine because in my opinion he makes truly modernist, intelligent and forward-looking portraiture. And we agree on the question of why anybody would make a portrait painting at this stage in the history of art. I don't think either of us are interested in breathing new life into 19th-century notions of portraiture. I think we're interested in making paintings. The paintings happen to be portraits. First and foremost we're both making paintings; that's the most important thing."

Masami Teraoka: The paintings of Teraoka explore our current realities - media overload, globalization, gender politics, AIDS, terrorism, the clash of cultures, and much more. He does so utilizing the traditional icons and aesthetics of Japanese woodblock prints, updating the look and mixing images to produce thoroughly remodernist paintings. An Honorary Stuckist par excellence!

Edvard Munch: Everyone is familiar with Munch's 1893 painting, The Cry. It is the quintessential image expressing the alienation so common in the modern world. That the painting still has such powerful resonance today, and that overall Munch's paintings continue to hold people spellbound, is enough to award him the title of Honorary Stuckist.

"A good year for remodernism - for having the gall to suggest that artists can have souls."
- Alex Kapranos of the rock band, Franz Ferdinand.

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