Southwest Art‘s annual figurative-themed issue hits newsstands Dec. 29. Lovers of the classic genre will discover a treasure trove of paintings by contemporary masters of the human form. Cover artist Lane Timothy of Utah brings a vintage Americana flavor to the pages with narrative scenes that spring from a bygone era. Three of the other the artists spotlighted—Joseph Todorovitch of California, McCreery Jordan of New Mexico and Tim Norman of Texas—won top prizes at this year’s Portrait Society of America’s annual conference and competition. Todorovitch took home the Grand Prize for Antiques, a timeless painting reminiscent of the great Dutch painters. “I wanted this painting to be a personal painting of a friend in an unusual environment, yet one that speaks about her character. I chose the antique store because we both like to go antiquing, and we crave those kinds of thing around us,” says the 31-year-old artist.
Finally, flipping through the January issue, I get a renewed appreciation for the magic gifted figurative artists create, when they pick up charcoal sticks, pencils, and brushes. The best ones offer us a window into the human condition—our joys, dreams, fantasies and fears.