Cave of Apelles

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🎨 Painting demonstrations
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Jan-Ove Tuv's in-depht technical analysis of Odd Nerdrum's paintings and masterworks of the past.

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TOP DONOR BONUS: When you pledge more than $25, you will receive a personal mention in the opening statement of the monthly interviews.



About Cave of Apelles

Most of our followers, perhaps even you, are young figurative painters with ambition and a deep love for the craft.

But in all likelihood you will all end up as modernists in a few years from now or give up your painting career altogether.

How can we predict this? Experience.We have witnessed first-hand one student after another leave the Nerdrum School with technical brilliance, only to “develop” into conventional contemporary artists.

We know that this is also the case at the Florence Academy and other places focused on classical training.

Why does this happen?

The problem is not that these painters lack skills; they lack a superstructure to support them when they are out in the world on their own.

The hand is little without the mind

We can teach you technique, but you need philosophical awareness, which is something they do not teach at classical academies.

Pondering simple questions such as “what is the purpose of the craft?” or “must my work reflect the time I live in?” can save you a lot of frustration.

As a classical figurative painter in the modern world, you are the underdog. You need an arsenal of knowledge to defend yourself against attacks from gallerists, the art world… even your own family.

You must let go of hopes to receive recognition from all of these people.

Odd Nerdrum has always been devoted to a philosophical understanding of the situation we are in to keep you from folding.

The Cave of Apelles is devoted to spreading that message.

The content we offer:

🔥 Cave of Apelles is a long form conversation about aesthetics, myths and philosophy hosted by Jan-Ove Tuv. Guests on our show include classical figurative painters, composers, philosophers, actors and more.

🎨 School of Apelles is the subculture of Odd Nerdrum's school and consists of painting demonstrations by classical figurative painters, analysis of masterworks, and basic instructions loosely based on the techniques of the Greek painter Apelles.

🔱 Culture Wars focuses on the history of art & kitsch and relevant topics of today.
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