Arcadia Fine Arts was founded in 1998 with the goal of creating a showcase for contemporary, representational artwork.
The gallery is internationally known for presenting acclaimed and distinguished painters including Malcolm T. Liepke, Jeremy Lipking, Ron Hicks, Daniel Sprick and many others. In addition to featuring established painters, the gallery takes great pride in providing a launching pad for younger, emerging artists who are poised to become tomorrow's masters.
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Joseph TodorovichBiography of the Artist
Oil on canvas
20" x 16"
Joseph Todorovitch is a young contemporary painter who has developed a reputation for his highly representational figure paintings. Growing up in Southern California, he became interested in traditional drawing and painting at an early age. His training introduced him to many artistic influences including notable ateliers and instructors. It began at Cal State University Fullerton were he sought out and was introduced to the idea of consummate draftmenship by renowned Instructor Marshall Vandruff. He was propelled into drawing studies of form and figure construction and searched for sources of sound traditional information from Instructors Glenn Vilppu, Carl Gnass, and Glenn Orbik in which he studied with for brief periods of time outside of college doors to soak in their unique talents. Those of which included the solid vocabulary of convincing action and form, a thorough understanding of human anatomy (as it pertains to the artist), and the keen sense of observation of values, edges, and other fundamentals necessary for naturalist representational painters. He became familiar the wonderful network of Southern California Ateliers and its inhabitants. His work is a culmination of these forces with a deep respect for the knowledge and sensitivities of the past. Joseph has been able to sift through the vast amount of information, be selective, and utilize what's necessary to achieve an impact that speaks about a personal experience with his subjects. His paintings emote, and convey a care and sensitivity that is reminiscent of the naturalist painters of the 19th century. Utilizing subtle value and temperature shifts, fine draftsmanship, and pure intuition, Joseph weaves a world of breathable air and psychological nuance in his work. My work started with a love and enjoyment of the creative process. The tactile act of mixing, applying, and engineering paint to convey a convincing sense of light and space fascinates me. Seeing a painting that makes me feel like I'm there is soothing. The continuing sense of discovery and attempts to solve new problems is very rewarding and gives me a great sense of accomplishment when I finish a painting or sculpture. A lot of my work is figurative. Painting a convincing figure is challenging and I feel is a good way to gage the progress of an artist. Its important to grow and push the possibilities of realist painting and people have always been a great source of inspiration for this. Many of the people in my life are a great influence to my work and I love to paint them. Especially, my son. Countless artist living and past have influenced me. Within all genres of art. I try to keep an open mind about people's creative endeavors because I think that tastes in art can change within individuals and it's important to be aware of what we respond to. I try to find harmonies and color and value relationships that work for me, and strike a chord on some level. These are the big abstract first impressions that catch an eye from across the room and pull in a viewer. I'm always searching for these things to employ in my work. I look to the past and try to find the finest examples of work that represents what I wish to do. The great painters who really made significant progress in representational painting are my heroes. All of the usual suspects and those who aren't as celebrated. The paintings of Friant, Bougeureau, and Degas continue to remind me of major achievements. The Waterhouse and Sargent's at the Tate, the Lepage at the Met, and the sculpture room at the D'Orsay, are constant reminders of these achievements. There are many others. The living painters today who maintain and continue to feed the tradition of realist painting also have my admiration. Currently I'm an instructor at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and the Laguna College of Art and Design. The rest of my working time is devoted to painting now for Arcadia Gallery. The opportunity to show with Arcadia is one, which I've been interested in for a long time. I've always admired the high quality standards and the relevance of its artists' to modern times. They seem to have their finger on the timeless pulse of representational painting and I'm eager to bring my best work to the table. Joseph has participated in many group shows including the 15th annual U.S. American Artists Fine Art Show in Pennsylvania; the Artist for the New Century assisted by Art of the West, Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, and Wildlife Art magazines; Ontario History Museum invitational; the Antiques and Fine Art Show at the New York Armory; and the Richard Schmidt Fine Art Auction 2005, 2006, 2007. Joseph has recently been awarded First Honor and Peoples Choice at the 10th annual National Portrait Society of America’s international portrait competition and is currently a semifinalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.