About Disrupted Realism

Disrupted Realism is the first book to survey the works of contemporary painters who are challenging and reshaping the tradition of Realism. Helping art lovers, collectors, and artists approach and understand this compelling new phenomenon, it includes the works of 38 artists whose paintings respond to the subjectivity and disruptions of modern experience. Widely published author and blogger John Seed, who believes that we are “the most distracted society in the history of the world,” has selected artists he sees as visionaries in this developing movement. The artists’ impulses toward disruption are as individual as the artists themselves, but all share the need to include perception and emotion in their artistic process. Six sections lay out and analyze common themes: "Toward Abstraction," "Disrupted Bodies," "Emotions and Identities," "Myths and Visions," "Patterns, Planes, and Formations," and "Between Painting and Photography." Interviews with each artist offer additional insight into some of the most incisive and relevant paintings being created today.

John Seed

John Seed is a seventh generation Californian and a Professor Emeritus in Art at Mount San Jacinto College. An artist, writer and independent curator, his writings on art and artists have appeared in Arts of Asia, Harvard Magazine, International Artist, The HuffingtonPost and Hyperallergic.com. Seed currently lives in Cambria, California with his wife, romance writer Linda Seed, and their daughters Evan and Condee. His newest book, "More Disruption: Representational Art in Flux," will be published in the Fall of 2023 by Schiffer Books.