The terms "Classical Realism" or "Slow Painting", the title of an exhibition in 2006, circumscribe a tendency in contemporary art that reverts to the fine meticulousness of the old masters. The realistic impetus and the exact depiction of the object are characteristic features. The importance of manual skills is emphasized in a decelerated process of creation, which had reached a new dimension in the age of digital image creation and processing.
While the term "Slow Painting" only refers to a work's painting process, "Classical Realism" also references the stylistic orientation. Painters of this tendency often see themselves in the tradition of classicist epochs, as they could be observed time and again ever since the ancient days, as Renaissance in the 15th and early 16th century, the "classicist" Baroque of the early 17th century, Classicism in the 18th century and Historicism in the 19th century were popular points of reference.
In formal terms, "Classical Realism" is a reversion to established image concepts and genres, such as portraits and interior scenes, landscapes and still life. Current references just slightly show through.
Among the representatives of "Classical Realism" are Corry, Jacob Collins, Renée P. Foulks, Adrian Gottlieb, Richard Maury, D. Jeffrey Mims, John Morra, Graydon Parrish, Christopher Pugliese, Francisco Roa and Jimmy Darrell Sanders.