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While the world was seduced by Modernism the Russians were preserving and promoting age-old techniques as well as developing a style of their own. Trained in Moscow at the world renowned Surikov Institute of the Russian Academy, considered the finest art school in the world, artist Alexey Steele studied under the top masters at the school. Unlike art schools in America fewer than twenty students are accepted into this school annually after exhaustive demonstration of proficiency as an artist. Steele, the son of renowned Russian Master Leonid Steel, became a master in his own right and today hails from a position of influence in his Los Angeles Studio. Steele is not only a brilliant artist, but a colorful and exuberant defender and leader of the new realism movement.
This video, the first for Steele, demonstrates his style and gives the viewer an excellent demonstration in the Moscow school style. You'll follow Alexey as he paints and offers his viewpoints on technique and purpose step by step through the process of painting Chelsea, his beautiful muse and model. We'll tour his Los Angeles studio, view his artwork. We'll also make a rare visit to the home and studio of Leonid Steele, Russian Master. Art publisher Eric Rhoads interviews Steele plus you'll receive an in-depth discussion of his thoughts on art today. We believe this will become a very important documentation of a special time in the world of art.