Exhibition: Breaking the Rules


Exhibition Information

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ― Pablo Picasso.

 Prospectus for  “Breaking the Rules” exhibition April 2024. 

          Rightly so, most emerging artists and art students study the guidelines and principles, the hallowed “rules,” that help them learn to create art.  Artists learn the “rule of thirds,” “the golden ratio,” 2-D, 3-D,  linear, and atmospheric perspective, value structure, color theory, hard vs soft edges, proportions, etc.  Within these generalized terms are hundreds of “thou shalls” and “thou shall nots.”  Without these rules, artists would be left to reinvent the wheel over and over or slosh around in mediocrity forever.  They are as important to art as an artist’s paints, canvases and brushes.  But art is not just about technique and fundamentals and once an artist gains a certain level of proficiency, he/she comes to understand the reasons behind the rules and, on occasions, the justifications to break those rules. 

           This exhibition seeks submissions from artists who have knowingly broken a rule or rules to create their original art.  A short written explanation of what rule(s) the artist believes he/she broke and how or why this created a positive outcome in his/her work MUST accompany each submission.  Artwork submitted without an explanation will not be curated into this exhibition.

Exhibition Terms


All artworks must be original and submitted by the author. The artist is responsible for the submission.

For this exhibition, we accept all media.

We highly encourage all artists to accompany all submissions with a supporting statement that explains the relationship between the work and the theme of the exhibition. In making the final decision, the curator will be looking carefully at the supporting statements as well as the actual images.

Applications are accepted on our site until March 29, 2024.

Video: How to Apply to the People & Paintings Exhibition.

The House Artists are allowed to participate in exhibitions with independent curators.
The House Artists will not be able to receive the Gallery Award (where the Gallery is involved in selecting the winner).


Early Bird Applications (Until February 29, 2024) - $7 per artwork ($4 for every additional artwork included in the same application).

Applications period:  March 1, 2024 - March 29, 2024 - $10 first artwork ($5 for every additional artwork included in the same application).


Exhibition dates: April 1, 2024 - April 12, 2024

The 20 artworks selected by the Exhibition Curator will be exhibited on the main page rotation banner on our site for the duration of the exhibition.

Within two weeks of the exhibition, each of the 20 selected artworks will also be posted on our main Facebook Page and other media accounts we curate:  Gallery InstagramGallery TwitterGallery PinterestAlignable

Prizes and Awards: 

1)      20 artworks will be chosen by our Exhibition Curator. Each selected artwork will receive a Certificate of Selection

2)      Curator’s Award (Monetary Prize $100

3)      Gallery Award (Monetary Prize $100) - awarded by the Exhibition Curator and People & Paintings Gallery

4)     Popular Vote Award (Monetary Prize $50) – will receive the artwork with the most “likes” on this page of our website during the exhibition (April 1, 2024 - April 12, 2024) 

We highly recommend posting all applied artworks to our  Facebook group “People& Paintings Open”. To help, we added the button “Share” to the application process.

Gallery reserves a right to choose the winner in this category if the numbers of likes in the sources above will be compromised or contested.


1)   The 20 selected artworks will be announced by Sunday, March 31, 2024

2)   The “Gallery Prize”, the “Curator’s Award” and the “Popular Vote Award” will be announced by Sunday, April 14, 2024

 Additional Information:

After you submit the application, we highly recommend posting each applied artwork to our Facebook group “People& Paintings Open”. To help, we added a button “Share” to the application process.

After the exhibition is over, we will keep the exhibition works available to the audience in the “Previous Exhibitions” section.

After the Exhibition Catalog is ready, you will be able to download it for free from the exhibition page on our site.

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Location: Online Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: 01 Apr 2024 - 12 Apr 2024

Current Status: Exhibition