Richard F. Lack
established Atelier Lack in 1969, teaching the Atelier tradition
retired from teaching in 1992
Coined the term "Classical realism"
Co-founded The American Society
of Classical Realism
Founded the Contemporary (20th-21st Century) Atelier Movement
Founded the Realist Movement
passed september 21, 2009, leaving behind his legacy
A Lasting Legacy
Richard Lack was a lover and preserver of tradition in a century that was bent on its destruction.
During a time when undistorted representational fine art was ridiculed, the art and teaching of Richard Lack provided a living link to the great traditions of the Old World Masters that had almost disappeared.
Lack firmly believed that beauty and technical skills were the foundation upon which all great art is built. His teaching has enabled many younger artists to paint with a refinement and skill that would have otherwise been impossible.