Maryhill Museum of Art - Learning about Lack: Classical Realism and the Atelier System

Delve into Classical Realism and the atelier method during an afternoon of talks with Gary Christiansen and Annette LeSueur, former students of the Atelier Lack and co-founders of the American Society of Classical Realism. The book, Richard F. Lack: Catalogue Raisonné Gary B. Christensen and Stephen Gjertson, will be available for sale.

Presenter Bios:
Gary Christensen majored in Fine Art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and had a successful career as an art director and graphic designer. In 1983 he found his way to Atelier Lack. Inspired by Lack’s work, his atelier, and the connection to the Old Masters it represented, Christensen partnered with Annette LeSueur, Michael Coyle, and Richard Lack to create a national organization with the stated purpose of promoting the fine craft of picture-making. The result was The American Society of Classical Realism. Christiansen is one of the authors of Richard F. Lack: Catalogue Raisonné.

Annette LeSueur earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University and subsequently studied for five years at Atelier Lack. She was Richard Lack’s first female student. She founded Atelier LeSueur, a studio school that operated successfully for 15 years and produced a number of well-known Classical Realist artists. She was co-founder of The American Society of Classical Realism, authored Timeless Treasures: The Art of Stephen Gjertson and was co-author of Don Koestner: American Impressionist. LeSueur is an avid collector of the artwork of Richard Lack. She recently completed a five- volume art course for teaching children and youth, and is forming a new art school in rural Minnesota with an emphasis on large, traditional figurative painting.


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