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Contemporary Realism: Works from The Art Renewal Center

Christopher Remmers

Dancing with Duality

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Contemporary Realism: Works from The Art Renewal Center

Christopher Remmers

b. 1982

Dancing with Duality

signed with the initials CLR (lower left)

oil on linen

70 by 42 in.

177.8 by 106.7 cm.

Executed in 2021.

Courtesy the artist and Art Renewal Center

Christopher Remmers (b. 1982) is an American painter based in the Pacific Northwest. His dynamic and imaginative paintings are inspired by classical realism and mythology. Widely recognized for his large-scale paintings and and fanciful subjects, his canvases are often imbued with symbolism, allegory, and a sense of mystery.

Remmers has studied under the tutelage of California-based artist Virgil Elliot, author of Traditional Oil Painting, as well as artist Tenaya Sims at Georgetown Atelier, a traditional painting program in Seattle, Washington, where Remmers now also teaches. In recent years, he has received significant recognition in the United States, exhibiting his works through 33 Contemporary in Chicago, Abend Gallery in Denver, and Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, among others. Additionally, he has been a four-time finalist in the International Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon Competition, with his painting Zain winning third place in the 15th International ARC Salon in the “Imaginative Realism” category. This same work was exhibited at Sotheby’s New York in July 2021, where it was sold in the auction “Contemporary Realism: Important 21st Century Works”.

Remmers’ paintings have been featured in prominent magazines, including Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, Apollo Art, Beaux Arts, and L’oeil. He was also featured in Artefex as the “Artist of the Month” in April 2021. Later that same year, he presented a series of large-scale commissions at Versailles, marking one of his artistic greatest accomplishments to date. Presently, his work can be found in private collections around the world. 

The Art Renewal Center (ARC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational foundation, founded in 1999, and dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of representational art and training techniques. ARC is the foremost and only vetting service for atelier and academy schools that focus on skill-based art methods, like those practiced by the Old Masters, while also incorporating modern day necessities, ensuring that the curriculum and quality of teacher and student’s work meet its strict standards to become ARC Approved™. The Art Renewal Center also holds the largest competition in the world dedicated to representational art, with its last competition receiving 5,000 entries from 83 countries and spanning six continents, with over 40 jurors, 11 categories, and over 180 awards and honorable mentions. Through partnerships with prestigious magazines, museums, and galleries, with live exhibitions and a strong online presence, the competition offers unique opportunities to representational artists around the globe. This past July, the 15th International ARC Salon Exhibition, which encompassed close to 100 works, debuted at Sotheby’s New York. A selection of 28 works from the show were auctioned in “Contemporary Realism: Important 21st Century Works,” hosted on The show was extended through the holidays due to its popularity and high attendance rates. After the successful exhibition and sale at Sotheby’s New York, Sotheby’s is pleased to offer a selection of new works executed in a similar style in cooperation with the Art Renewal Center. 

Leading the revival of realism in the visual arts, the Art Renewal Center also hosts the largest online museum dedicated to representational art and includes works by Old Masters, 19th-century artists, 21st-century artists, as well as articles, letters, and other online resources. The ARC works with other like-minded organizations, artist groups, museums, schools, and publications, to provide a central news hub for the 21st Century Representational Art Movement.