Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism

October 22, 2016 - January 22, 2017

Inspired by Robert C. Jackson’s 2014 publication, Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters, this exhibition surveys the state of realistic painting at the start of the 21st century. Indicative of this moment are two trends in representational painting–the depiction of the natural world and the creation of fantastic imaginings. Featuring artists from throughout the United States and Canada, including Steven Assael, Bo Bartlett, Debra Bermingham, Margaret Bowland, Paul Fenniak, Scott Fraser, Woody Gwyn, F. Scott Hess, Laurie Hogin, Robert C. Jackson, Alan Magee, Janet Monafo, John Moore, Charles Pfahl, Scott Prior, Stone Roberts, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, Daniel Sprick, Will Wilson, and Jerome Witkin, Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism reveals the contemporary developments in a mode of painting historically tied to the greater Brandywine Valley.

“Gutsy and provocative…” – Philadelphia Inquirer
“The Delaware Art Museum’s broad survey shows that representational painting is alive and well.” – Art & Antiques Magazine

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Exhibition-Related Events

Slow Art Tours
Sundays, January 15 | 1:00 p.m.

Artist Gallery Chats:
Daniel Sprick  Thursday, January 19 | 6:00 p.m.

Realist Oil Painting Workshop
Wednesdays, January 11 – March 15 (10 weeks) | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


This exhibition was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.

del_div_arts_logoIn Delaware, this exhibition is made possible by the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund. Supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on