Mem­bers of the Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica el­e­vate the medium to new heights with con­tem­po­rary ideas and sub­jects.

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Founded in 1991, Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica has be­come one of the fore­most or­ga­ni­za­tions for tra­di­tional representational artists. With more than 4,000 artist mem­bers hail­ing from through­out the United States, Canada and Mexico, OPA aides in cre­at­ing con­nec­tions among its mem­bers through ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as el­e­vat­ing their art­work to na­tional and re­gional plat­forms through yearly ex­hi­bi­tions.

In pro­mot­ing representational art­work, Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica’s pri­mary fo­cus is “to draw at­ten­tion to the last­ing value of fine draw­ing, color, com­po­si­tion and the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of light.” This means its mem­bers are adept in their work and have an un­der­stand­ing of classical, technical el­e­ments. The artists are also push­ing the tech­niques to show­case their own in­di­vid­ual voices within their art.

Be­ing such a large group, the mem­bers span from emerg­ing through es­tab­lished artists and can be at dif­fer­ent mem­ber­ship lev­els: As­so­ciate, Sig­na­ture and Master Sig­na­ture. One artist who be­longs to the group is Chad Houtz, who paints portraits and land­scapes, such as his work Un­con­scious Elan.

An­other OPA mem­ber is John Cutruz­zola, who was born in the small vil­lage of Gagliato in Cal­abria, Italy, and now re­sides in Canada. Over the past 30 years, Cutruz­zola has con­tin­ued to de­velop his tech­niques and style, which is in­flu­enced by im­pres­sion­ism and uses tex­ture and dra­matic el­e­ments of color and light “to ex­press a sense of pres­ence and un­der­ly­ing emo­tion.” A sense of prin­ci­ples, com­mu­nity and cre­ativ­ity has been a driv­ing force of his work.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the group, visit www.oil­painter­so­famer­ica.com.

Un­con­scious Elan, oil on linen board, 9 x 12"


John Cutruz­zola, Eyes on Per­fec­tion, oil on can­vas, 60 x 54"


Chad Houtz,

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