"Last week, I received my much-coveted print of Bryan Larsen's painting Ready for the Day. It was my first purchase from Quent Cordair Fine Art, and I've been nothing but pleased with the experience."
"This painting was love at first sight for me. When I look at it, I don't feel like I'm looking at a stranger: I feel like I'm seeing myself in some ideal way. I experience that calm ease of preparing myself, mentally and physically, for some important work that I've chosen for myself. I love that feeling, and this painting seems to capture that so perfectly for me, in a very immediate and intimate way...."
See the comments section for at least a dozen wonderful responses from Diana's readers, many of whom are already QCFA clients, and many of whom will be....
To the wonderful artists at Quent Cordair Fine Art,
I would like to express my extreme gratitude for your wonderful work. If ever I am feeling the need for inspiration or simple rejuvenation, I need only to point my browser at your website to recall the reasons why I love this earth and my existence on it (unfortunately, living on the East Coast makes it difficult to see the gallery in person). I hope to soon be able to afford a piece of my own. I have never felt the desire to thank anyone in the way I am doing now, so please forgive me for what is truly an inadequate expression of the gratefulness I feel for the emotions your work inspires (of course, anyone capable of producing such art has found such joy in his work that any outside gratitude can only be icing on an already wonderful cake). I am reminded of a scene of one of my favorite books, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, in which a young man at the start of his life views a work of perfection created by Howard Roark and is given the fuel to live his life. "Thank you" is all that the young man said.
Warmest regards, with a promise of future patronage,
S Levy, NY
I consider myself one of the most fortunate people alive. I was one of the first to notice the new work by the new artist, Look to the West by Nathan Struttmann, when it appeared on the web site a few months ago, and almost immediately (after a couple of days' deliberation) arranged to purchase it. Well, now I have the work in my possession. It is surprisingly small in size, and the surprise comes from the fact that the web image captures some (some!) of the fine detail in this painting, and one just assumes at some level that that much detail can only exist on a much larger canvas. Nathan must have the steadiness of hand and sharpness of eye one stereotypically associates with brain surgeons. Fortunately (at least for those of us who don't need brain surgery), that is not what he chose to do with his life. And fortunately we live in a day and age where the truly artistically talented can pursue their passion--or we would not have works such as this.
And thanks also go to Quent and Linda Cordair for creating QCFA, where many similarly-talented and -minded artists have found a "home" and where the words "fine art" are not the sick joke and occasion for pretentious snobbery, built upon pretending to find meaning where none exists, that they are everywhere else. By temperament, I am the prototypical engineering type of man, generally uninterested in dropping huge coin on decoration. Ten years ago I could not have imagined spending this kind of money on artwork. But then, ten years ago I did not imagine this type of artwork existed. Thank you for opening my eyes to a new world.
I look forward to seeing more, much more, from Nathan and the other artists at QCFA.
S. D'Ippolito, Colorado Springs
Viewing your site is truly like a deep breath of fresh air, thank you.
K. Grexton, Canada
Linda, Quent, and company,
We are returning to Boulder, Colorado. We have certainly enjoyed our time here, and will never forget Quent Cordair Gallery—we have been fortunate enough to acquire some inspiring art produced by extraordinarily talented artists. I wish all who are associated with Cordair Gallery—owners, managers, employees, artists, and patrons—all the best wishes for happiness, health, and continued success.
R & J Freedman
...the fountain ["The Titans"] is stunning. The inscription is both discreet, and eloquent...just as the sublimely beautiful person it commemorates. It is a stunningly wonderful composition. I can only say that it has pleased me in every way, and this in itself is a rarity. Please convey my regards and admiration to Danielle for this splendidly beautiful fountain.
I was touring the www.cordair.com website today. The moment I saw your "Motive Force", I knew who she was. I didn't need to see a explanation. While staring at her, for a moment, I lost my breath. As I continued to look through the site and at more of your work, it was apparent that you have some of the same influences as do I.
Though I've spent countless hours imagining the world and the characters of "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead", your paintings brought them to life. In today's world where insanity and incompetence seem to have beaten reason and achievement into submission, I was relieved to see at least one other person has "traveled" to Galt's Gultch. If you ever determine its exact location, please drop me a line.
Keep up the fine work. Don't lose the inspiration. Today, you've gained a fan.
Jude Kaider, WI
I was absolutely touched to see Mr. Han Wu Shen's work, it is totally sublime such beautifully painted realism is truely unbelivable in today's art. I'm honoured to have come across your work. Hope to see your work in real life sometime. Thank you.
I am a 16 year old Objectivist from Alberta Canada. I love the beautiful work shown at Cordair Fine Art. Bryan Larsen is a complete genius, and I firstly wish to thank all of you for allowing my eyes to enjoy some of the most entertaining, exciting artwork. Born with wings is my favorite piece by Bryan Larsen, but I also really enjoy Heroes.
Ty Mills, Canada
I was at your gallery last Sunday. And I was just at awe and in deep admiration of the works of Mr. Han Wu Shen. The colors are just so vivid and vibrant, and the details are just amazingly real. To sum it all up, all I can say is WOW!
I like paintings and drawings because this has been something that really close to my heart. I grew up looking at pictures of paintings of Micheangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrant, Degas, Tintoretto, Monet, Manet, Vermeer and other well-known masters. Their works never cease to inspire. However, I have not admired the works of any living artist since I saw the works of Mr. Han Wu Shen. He is now one of my favorites.
I didn't know art like this existed! This is amazing! It seems like Romantic Realism is the only form of art that truly expresses the way I try to live my life!
P. Stacy, Houston, TX
I love the newly-designed website! I just spent a good long time looking at all the art. It was easy and rewarding. Thank you for operating such a beautiful business.
Rose Lake, MN
I live about three thousand miles away but I have never felt more of a connection to a place that captures the essence of man at his greatest until now.Each time I open my catalog I am overcome with reverence in the beauty, scope and ability of the artists that represent all that is glorious, heroic and passionate of man in his being. I hope to visit the gallery sometime in the near future but until then just knowing that QCFA exists helps quench an undying thirst of mine.
Tracy, Dallas GA
Dear Mr. Larsen:
I just stumbled upon your work via the internet. I wasn't looking for it. When I saw your piece, "There's Opportunity Here," my heart leapt. It is an updated version (Boeing 747) of my brother's life. Chic Burlingame lived for airplanes. We have photos of him clutching them as a toddler. I suppose he was no different than many young boys of his generation, enraptured with flight. The difference is, Chic worked his whole life to fulfill that dream. He went to the U.S. Naval Academy and became an elite, carrier-based aviator. He served 25 years, 8 active and 17 as a reservist, joining American Airlines in 1979. He flew Boeing 767/757 aircraft.
Chic was murdered in the cockpit of his airplane on September 11, 2001. He died the day before his 52nd birthday. We will never get over his death. We miss him terribly. He was my big brother.
I love your painting because it embodies Chic. He was an aeronautical engineer. He started building planes when he was in kindergarten. He was an optimist. He viewed all problems as opportunities. He believed in encouraging people around him to strive for their own personal best. He was always looking up.
I love that your work celebrates human endeavor and is infused with emotion. There is a spirituality to it which is sadly lacking from mimimalism, so popular in the art world today. People are hungry for work like yours. Keep at it. We need it.
I LOVE this art. Quent Cordair Fine Art is the Finest! Thank you so much.
Joe, Paradise CA
Oh, heavens, I need to move to Burlingame, just to stand inside and see reason shining in every piece of art.
Geoffry, Portland OR
Growing up, I had the extraordinary good fortune to be exposed to a great deal of fine art, thanks in part to my godfather who is director of Museums in Munich. However, I was struck by the execrable quality of approximately 99.9% of modern art. The rare moments when skill was truly present, it was used in depictions of the phantasmagoric (e.g. H.R. Giger).
I more or less decided that Willy Pogany was the last serious artist, and that any good modern artists were found in the field of illustration (the illustrations of Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Pale Blue Dot are some of the finest on earth, to my mind). This prejudice became further entrenched when I became a scientist and had to put up with various humanities students who would tell me that Witch Doctors magic was every bit as good as modern science (not making this up).
When I first stumbled across Quent Cordair fine art, I was simply stunned beyond belief. One thing that struck me was that the sense of vastness that infuses many of Cordair's works. The reason that I became a scientist was that I am ever astounded at how magnificent this Universe is. And how wonderful it is to be alive to perceive it. Lunch Break is a very good case in point. The endless deep sky, the sheer drop of the buildings, and the distant horizon, all show this infinity of existence. And it isn't the dirty sense of "how small is man compared to this". The woman is clearly drinking it in, reveling in the air, the light — in short, in existence.
One memory I have of my distant youth is sitting in the shadow of a bank, in Bloemfontain amid the endless scruffy Veldt, with the huge sky above, and the building rising like some immense obelisk at my back. That springs to mind.
That indefinable sense of the magnificence of existence — all existence — infuses so many works that it is very hard to choose examples. Some of the other artists who caught my eye were Brian Smith, for his work on astronautics (an old fascination of mine), as well as Bryan Larsen's How Far We've Come, and Dale Momii's seascapes.
I became a scientist because I chafe at boundaries and long for the endless beauty of existence. And it is this sense of wonder after wonder, that I see reflected in these works. And your website has become a point of first call if I need to refuel my spiritual reserves.
P.S. You have given me yet another reason to knuckle down, work hard and get rich.
Hugo Schmidt, United Kingdom
Quent Cordair Fine Art is one of the most important developments in both the Objectivist movement and in contemporary art! Thank you for bringing true beauty back to the forefront!
C Olson, Washington D.C.
In many ways the possible is more important than the actual. Potency and act complement and feed each other. Romantic Realism captures the potentiality and drives us toward the actual.
Finding your website really made my day. It is sincerely uplifting to find a collection of individuals who not only posses many of the same values that I do, they are able to so beautifully express it in their art. I believe great art comes from the soul. Seeing the works of the artists on your website that so masterfully celebrate the beauty and potential of man grants me great comfort.
Justin A., Rockford, Il
I received the October Eve print yesterday and I've been enjoying it ever since. On Sunday evening, the day after I returned from California, I went to look at the images again online. But my laptop wouldn't connect to the internet. I was so frustrated that I couldn't see them, but I also realized that what I wanted was not just to see the digital images but to have that experience I had when I saw them in person-the exhilaration at the colors, the forms, and the poise and self-confidence of the figures with all the details right there in front of me. When I finally got connected to the internet I immediately chatted with Chris. The only question was whether to purchase October Eve outright or begin making payments on An Awakening Mind. I didn't want to wait, so I bought the former, and I have absolutely no regrets.
Hopefully by the end of the year I'll be making payments on the latter!
We love you guys, what you do, and the artists you represent. Thanks for keeping this superb art in my day. It helps me stay focused on the best in people — no kidding.
Rob F, CA
I received Sweet Heart and I am just thrilled and somewhat amazed to have it. It is a great honor and privilege to own such a work of art and such a thing of beauty, and I will treasure it always and take care of it forever. It is a simply breathtaking painting, and the artist should know that its owner, and everyone who sees it, loves it. My nephew, who is six, looked at it and announced "I can't look at it - it's too delicious!"
The frame is beautiful, as well, and suits the painting perfectly.
Thank you, again, Linda. I look forward to purchasing more art from Cordair in the future. I love sculpture, so it will probably be a bronze.
Casey F, CA
I picked up my copy of First Heat from Fedex yesterday. It's absolutely stunning! Thank you Bryan Larsen and all at the Cordair gallery for making these available! It will look inspiring hanging next to my copy of Heroes.
Martin C., Roswell, GA
Thank you for the wonderful art you display on your web site. It lifts my spirits and gives my courage to persue my dreams. I have just invested in my first home and am looking forward to filling it with my favourite artists work.
Chanell Matthews, South Africa
Thank you so much for our incredible experience at your gallery. We came with much anticipation and expectation and left very inspired and awed by seeing the beauty, liveliness and intensity of the original works. We're very happy to being going home with the first work of our future collection! Please keep up the wonderful work you've been doing by making uniquely uplifting art available to people like us around the world. Hope to visit again soon!
Aura Pon and Joseph Banke, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I just wanted to tell you how uplifting this web site is, I am only sixteen years old, but I spent the day searching for art, good art, inspirational art, and I found it here. So many other websites I have visited showed the same disgusting post modernist art that sickens me. Thank you for host creating this web site, you don't need to respond I just wanted to express my relief that there still are artists of value in the world.
I am definitely going to visit your site more in the future. It's a beacon of inspiration that I take pride in viewing. When I'm older and have the financial means, I will purchase some of the art from your web site. "The Self-Made Man" was my favorite of everything I have viewed so far. I may be moving to California within the year, the San Diego area, and I would love to make the pilgrimage to your gallery.
I have told those who would understand the meaning of the art you display about your website and they are also very ecstatic about it. Hopefully, in about ten years, you will have a group of four very ardent purchasers of items in your gallery.
Patrick Keeley, Columbia, IL
I received my giclee print of Motive Force today. It is simply fantastic. I will enjoy this print for years to come, thanks to Bryan Larsen's talent and your knack for making such awe-inspiring artwork accessible to people like me.
I am absolutely satisfied with Motive Force and anxiously awaiting completion of The First Heat.
Christine Caire, Edgard, LA
Thank you! Your web site has developed and improved tremendously over the years and it is only now that I am learning how to develope web sites that I can fully appreciate the knowledge, skill and effort that goes into developing and maintaining a really great site. What is most important to me about your site is the content. I never gave fine art a thought until reading Ayn Rand's book, The Romantic Manifesto. The ARI web site linked me to your site. The artist's work I like best is Bryan Larson. I enjoy most of his work but "A New Height", "Heroes" and "A New Beginning" are my favourites. I also enjoy the sculpture you present, especially "A Self Made Man".
Chanell Matthews, Johannesburg, South Africa
I love your gallery. From Ayn Rand and Terry Goodkind's books I grew a passion for Romantic Realism, but I'd only experienced it in the literary form. Your gallery has given me a new found love for visual art. Your online correspondant Linda has pointed out features of the site I had missed such as this guestbook and the wishlist which I will soon make use of. All the art you display is very inspiring. When I'm feeling down (or up) I turn to your site for inspiration. One day I hope to own several works which you showcase. Thank you for being so dedicated to the good in man.
Eric Lester, IN