TITIAN INTERNATIONAL PORTRAIT PAINTING & SCULPTURE COMPETITION
This competition is open to artists worldwide who are 18 years of age or older, including artists, art enthusiasts, teachers, and students from art schools and regular schools.
We hope that this competition will become a base for communication and learning of portrait painters and portrait lovers from all over the world. What we need to emphasize is that all the works in the Titian International Portrait Competition are figurative. In fact, this art competition is also the most direct support and response to the revival and return of figurative painting in the 21st century. One of the greatest influences of modernism on contemporary art was the critique of the pure representation of social reality, however, contemporary portrait art responds to identity, gender, race, and , security and conflict and other focal social issues.
This competition is also a tribute to the art organizations that have actively promoted realism since the last century: Northern Realism (Noardlike realisten Netherlands), Madrid Realists (Realistas de Madrid Spain), London School of Painting (L'école de Londres), Hyperrealism.
How do we define portraiture today? What is portraiture in the context of contemporary art? What is its purpose, if any? With the expansion of photography, smartphones and social media, the primary function of portraiture has become irrelevant, yet portraiture survives, thrives and is active in the contemporary art world. The art critic Sebastian Smee said about Lucian Freud's portraits: “Freud’s great contribution to the idea of portraiture . . . is not so much about “penetrating character” or illustrating personality traits; it is about the strongest possible presentation of a specific human presence”.
Could this be a new definition of portraiture? The need to engage with the spectator through a presence? We hope that this competition will be an open venue for discussing portraiture today and its contribution to the contemporary art scene, as well as the exploration of various influences in terms of visual language and political context!