A Special Book Signing Event

Please join us on Sunday, May 21st

For a book signing and artist’s talk, 2-5pm

The Event

Teaching Studios Director Rob Zeller has written a book for The Monicelli Press entitled The Figurative Artist’s Handbook. It was released to the public on March 28th, 2017. Join us on Sunday, May 21st, 2-5pm to celebrate. We will host a book signing and an artist’s lecture on the book. Some of the artists in the book will be displaying art work for the event, including Adam Miller and the internationally famous artist Odd Nerdrum.

In addition to light refreshments, we will raffle off some free classes to the Teaching Studios.
About the book

Illustrated with Zeller’s own exquisite drawings and paintings as well as works by nearly 100 historical and contemporary figurative art masters, the handbook is also a treasure trove of the finest figurative art of the past and the present day. Included are Michelangelo, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Gustav Klimt, Edward Hopper, Andrew Loomis, Andrew Wyeth, Lucian Freud, Odd Nerdrum, Eric Fischl, Bo Bartlett, Steven Assael, John Currin, and many others.

We will have the book available for sale at the event. If you would prefer to order it in advance, it is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever English language books are sold.

To order the book from Amazon, click here.

To order the book from Barnes and Noble, click here.

“At the risk of seeming over the top, it is safe to say that this book is a milestone. Obviously a labor of love, it also marks the opening of the next chapter in the rebirth of figuration in America today.”

Peter Trippi
Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

“The Figurative Artist’s Handbook… is a very beautiful book to look through, so it may be challenging for those who use it as a handbook to let it get dirty and dog-eared, just like the previous generation did with their [Andrew] Loomis books. But used as intended — both for reference and for inspiration — it will achieve its purpose. As its gorgeous plates tell us, there is a rising group of figurative artists who know the importance of learning “the rules” before they break them, which is precisely the opportunity this book intends to offer its most ambitious readers.”
—John Seed, Hyperallergic


“”Robert Zeller’s book is a welcome reminder of the ongoing importance of figurative art, and the many masterful figurative artists working today.  It is at once a comprehensive, practical guide to the construction of the human body—male or female, standing or reclining, viewed from the front or the back, self-absorbed or expressively gesturing—down to the last anatomical and aesthetic detail, and an informative, incisive, critical account of the history of figurative art, a sort of grand tour of the seemingly infinite variety of modes of representation of the figure.  Beginning with the treatment of the figure in ancient Egypt and ending with its treatment in the 21st century, Zeller makes it stunningly clear that the representation of the figure, in whatever stylistic mode, is the bedrock of visual art.  The book has encyclopedic breadth and analytic depth, and is beautifully illustrated with drawings and paintings, all presenting the body in one or another of many possible positions and situations, all suggesting that we need the mirror of art to insightfully attune to our own bodies.”
—Donald Kuspit, Art Historian and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History and Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook


Study the Figure with the Author
Zeller teaches the figure and portrait at these times:

Google Analytics Alternative