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Contemporary Realism: Works from The Art Renewal Center

Adrienne Stein


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12,000 - 18,000 USD

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Contemporary Realism: Works from The Art Renewal Center

Adrienne Stein

b. 1986


inscribed with the initials AS (lower left); signed Adrienne Stein, titled and dated 2022 (on the reverse)

oil on mounted linen

48 x 30 in.

121.92 x 76.2 cm.

Executed in 2022.

Courtesy the artist and Art Renewal Center

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1986, Adrienne Stein is an award-winning artist living and working between Pennsylvania and Colorado. She holds an MFA degree from Boston University and a BFA degree from Laguna College of Art & Design, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Throughout her prolific career, Stein has studied under gifted and influential instructors in the United States, France, and Italy. Today her works are collected in the United States and abroad. She has received critical recognition in prominent publications, including American Art Collector, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art See, The Artist’s Magazine, Brio, YM, The Baltimore Sun, York Daily Record, and The York Dispatch.

Stein’s paintings celebrate the natural world through bold, vibrant color. The lush environments and enigmatic figures she paints merge reality, fantasy, myth, and symbolic imagery, as demonstrated in Demeter, a standout work from Stein’s strikingly original oeuvre. 

Stein has received numerous awards from prominent institutions, including The Portrait Society of America, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The California Art Club, and The Art Renewal Center, among others. She has exhibited regularly since her first solo show at the Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore in 1999, with exhibitions in York, Pennsylvania at The Elmwood Mansion, Heritage Hills Hotel, City Art Gallery, York College of Pennsylvania, as well as in other venues around the world, most notably the Fairhaven Mausoleum (Santa Ana, California), the International Guild of Realism’s Annual Juried Exhibition (Palm Desert, California), Robert Lange Studios (Charleston, South Carolina), Monk Space (Los Angeles), Sherman Gallery (Boston), Boston University, RJD Gallery (Sag Harbor, New York), the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) (Barcelona), Sloane Merrill Gallery (Boston), LA Art Show, Salmagundi Club (New York City), the Natural History Museum (Los Angeles), SPACE Gallery (Denver), Turner Fine Art (Jackson, Wyoming), Arcadia Gallery (New York City), several group and solo exhibitions at Gallery 1261 (Denver), and regular appearances at the Laguna College of Art & Design, her alma-mater. Stein continues to spread her knowledge of art as a teacher, providing private instruction and presenting lectures and workshops 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.