Art & Beyond Summer issue 2012

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art beyond from artist to artist - market, promote, succeed

Paula Laflamme

The Child Within Me. Oil on canves. 36” x 30”

oil • acrylic • watercolor • mixed media • photography • digital art print making • sculpture • glass • ceramic • jewelry

Zofia Kijak

Zinnias. Acrylic on canvas. 24” x 24”

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art&beyond Art is a form of communication based on a range of emotions one can express using brush strokes, color, various techniques, different medium and materials. The viewer is able to experience the visual impulse that creates a fountain of feelings. Art is a universal language and one can experience its power by merely looking at it. Art & Beyond Magazine is proud to present the incredible artists featured on the pages of this issue. Each possessing their own style, unique ideas and vision of the world around us. From scratch they are able to create things that inspire and enhance our lives. For this issue Art & Beyond held a Cover Competition giving four artists the opportunity to be featured on four covers of the magazine. We had many talented artists compete and it was a very difficult task choosing the winners.

CONTENTS Fine Art Olivia Boa Ione Citrin Stefan Geissbu ̈hler Zofia Kijak

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Paula Laflamme 8 Jacqui Morgan 9 Jane Ellen Murray 10

Jon Bøe Paulsen 11 Sara Swan 12

Mixed Media Irena Orlov 13

Jewelry Sandra Den Hartog 14

Cover Art Winners

We are proud to announce that the artwork “The Child Within Me” by Paula Laflamme (p.8) was chosen as the winner of the Art & Beyond Front Cover. The artwork “Thai Water Market” by Jacqui Morgan (p.9) chosen for a Back Cover.

Paula Laflamme – Front Cover

Jacqui Morgan – Back Cover

The artwork “Zinnias” by Zofia Kijak (p.7) won Inside Front Cover. And for the Inside Back Cover was chosen artwork “Melancholy” by Olivia Boa (p.4). Congratulations to Paula, Jacqui, Zofia and Olivia! Art & Beyond wish you a great success in your artistic career. We would like to thank all of the amazingly talented artists who participated in this competition. We are excited to see who will be entering next time!

Publisher/ Art Director

Mila Ryk


Alina Lampert

Art & Beyond published 8 times a year.

Zofia Kijak – Inside Front Cover

Olivia Boa – Insid Back Cover

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Six (6) Online issues and Two (2) printed issues. Distributed to the galleries, museumes and other art institutions electronically and by mail.

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fineart Olivia Boa Olivia Boa was born in 1981 in Yvelines in France. At a young age Boa was attracted to the world of the art and in particular, painting. Boa began her formation into an artist at the age of 10 with the help of Yves Armani, an artist who taught her the basiscs. From the age of her 14, Boa pursued her work and her research in painting in a self-taught way. In 1998, Boa decided to release hersefl from conventional structures of the academic painting, by turning on the abstract art.

POPPIES. Acrylic on canvas. 70cm x 90cm.

In 2011, she worked the concept of "generations" in art, namely to paint a subject on various energy perceptions. For example of a landscape, Olivia Boa is going to draw all the energy yin and to transmit it on a work, while realizing simultaneously another work of the same landscape but in an energy yang, so forming a linen couple representing the same landscape and being entitled: the first generation. In addition to her work as an artist, Olivia is also a therapist and in 2012 she proposed a subtle mixture of her work in therapy mixed with her work in abstract art. Olivia Boa declines us a whole pallet of feelings, sensations, observations and makes in consultation and retranscribes it in the form of colors, of movement, of textures and of forms on a painting. A French/English bilingual catalog of its work: « psychological works » will be available from the end of this summer. For any order please get in touch directly with the artist who will dedicate it to you personally.

JOYS OF LIVING. Acrylic on canvas. 50cm x 70cm.

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ARABIAN NIGHTS. Oil on canvas. 16" x 12" .

Ione Citrin "I dream, therefore, I am" I create art because I must. It is a necessary extension of my life. It identifies and substantiates my existence. It is my profile and my legacy. I want to intrigue and entertain. I want to initiate wonder and questions. I want to communicate my thoughts, dreams and desires. most of all, I want to be!

“MY ART IS MY VOICE” Ione’s art has shown nationally since 1998 when, after years of world travel, a successful television, radio, theatre and film career in the performing arts, she decided to focus her richly diverse talents on the visual arts. Ione’s artistic expression, creativity, and passion for communication have resulted in numerous awards for her painting, sculpture, mixed media, and assemblage. Her work has also been featured in several important publications. Ione maintains an extensive exhibition schedule in juried, non-juried, and invitational arts venues.

Ione is an avant garde artist whose artistic expression takes fantastic shape through her diverse oil and watercolor paintings, bronze sculptures, found object collages and mixed media assemblages. Her contemporary paintings and sculptures range from abstract to realistic to impressionistic - all visionary interpretations from her imaginative soul. Ione uses only one name but a variety of styles to soothe her wild imagination. A native of Chicago, she is a former television star and commercial voice-over artist. Now she wins awards and sells her creativity through her hands instead of through her larynx. Her art is as original as she is - bold, colorful and highly decorative.

SET FREE. Bronze sculpture. 24.5"h x 7"w x 11.5"d.


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LEVIATHAN. Acrylic, 36" x 36".

Stefan Geissbühler Born in Switzerland, Stefan Geissbühler moved to the USA to pursue his dream of working as a professional fine artist, which he has done successfully since 1992. Travel, nature and music are the primary sources of his inspiration. His most recent work focuses on freestyle forms and figurative themes. A common thread is his layering of vibrant colors to create art that visually sings. Stefan’s art can be found in many national and international, private and corporate collections, including with AAM Recordings, the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis (CMSSL),

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Casino Kursaal Bern (Bern, Switzerland), Centene Corporation and internationally known classical music conductor Leonard Slatkin. Stefan’s work has also been represented by several national and international art galleries, including the Kunstsammlung Unterseen (Switzerland), the L2 Gallery (Seaside, FL) and the Carla Wright Gallery (Denver, CO), to name a few. He also participates in some of the finest art festivals in the USA, such as the Riverwalk Fine Art Festival (Naperville, IL), the Sausalito Art Festival (Sausalito, CA), the Aspen Fine Art Festival (Aspen, CO) and the Cottonwood Art Festival (Dallas, TX).

Zofia Kijak. ZINNIAS. Acrylic on canvas. 24” x 24”.

Zofia Kijak. ZINNIAS 2. Acrylic on canvas. 36” x 36”.

Beyond Impressionism The Polish fine art used to be quite conservative and typical for the North-eastern Europe. The bulk of art trade in Poland is currently focused on several well-established twentieth century (or earlier) names and their followers. Since the collapse of communism more than 20 years ago there has been no new direction which has attracted public and critics attention. It seems that the situation changes and a new wave is finally coming across the Polish fine art scene. A new trend represented by two artists, Zofia Kijak and Pawel Polisiak, has emerged which is characterized by fascination with color. The artists of this post-communist "color revolution" use vivid hues and their works are filled with light and radiate with happiness. Inspiration has been sought from natural beauty and originates from en plein air work, particularly in the South Pacific and Mediterranean full of sunshine, colorful houses and fairy-tale lush vegetation. Their painting style could be broadly classified as post-impressionism though their art is more unique or crosses boundaries between various styles (David Hockney or Jean-Claude Picot styles are worthwhile mentioning here), but definitely easily identifiable by its vibrant colors, bold brush strokes and feeling of sheer joy. Their summer seascapes clash with somewhat dull trojkas or white winter landscapes of longestablished Polish fine artists. This "joie de vivre" is the artists' response to the current situation in Poland.

In the United States both artists are currently represented under the name Kijak & Polisiak Gallery by Art Fusion Galleries, Miami, FL, The artists' individual websites are and respectively.

Pawel Polisiak. CARNIVAL OF RED FISH. Oil on canvas 40” x 40”

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THE CHILD WITHIN ME, from the ROOTS OF LIFE COLLECTION. Oil on Canvas. 36” x 30”.

Paula Laflamme Born in Montreal in 1964, Paula Laflamme is a self taught artist and began painting in 1992. Paula spent her childhood between land and sea, the slums of Montreal, and the richness of her ancestors, from Gaspé. Her paintings are her own compositions, they are her work. Using her emotions and the expressions of the people she meets, she lives in interesting situations and moves deep into her characters and those who contemplate. The everyday life, the mood of our society, the character and actions of the "Almighty" and others, those who make their little daily routine living their lives without anyone`s notice, are a valuable sources of inspiration for Paula. Paula allows herself to be carried away by her foolishness, she lets it be sweet, bitter or violent. She lets her brushes guide her until the darkness reaches the light.

Note that the interpretation of these works, are as intimate as they could be, I sincerely hope you can discover the deep emotions that lie dormant within us all. –Paula Laflamme

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THE LOVE OF MUSIC. Oil on Canvas. 30” x 48”.

Jacqui Morgan When Jacqui Morgan received her BFA from Pratt, she entered a world without any female illustrators. She with BarbaraNessim and Lorraine Fox who passed away very young, were the first and only working female illustrators. During the heyday of the psychedelic, she designed and illustrated the iconic Electric Circus Poster and went on to create more iconic images for the American Optometric Association, Sansui, Scott Printing, Celanese, Exxon, and 7 UP Billboards. Unique covers for American Artist Magazine, Mac Millan Books, Print Magazine and Cosmopolitan along with album covers for RCA, ads for DeBeers diamonds and animated commercials for Burlington Mills and General Mills were among her achievements. She always loved science fiction and illustrated a few anthologies for young readers. Seeking excitement and change, Morgan began to experiment with painting on found objects such as chairs, sofas, shovels and drawers. At one point her living room looked filled to capacity with beautiful amazons seated and reclining when the room was empty. This idea caught the fancy of Playboy Germany to commission a series of illustrations of sofas with celebrities’ seated in conversation such as one with Truman Capote, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and the Duchess of Windsor. Almost simultaneously, unable to wear high heels any longer, but in love with the sculpture of shoes, she moved to include those otherwise useless shoes. Initially she painted the probable wearer on the innersoles and later added nails and other discomforts to the entire shoe. Ah! what women will go through for beauty. These became part of a travelling exhibition Die Verlassesen Schuhe in Germany and Austria as well as illustrations for album covers and magazines. These were recently seen at Gallery 13’s Beauty School Drop-outs exhibition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After Morgan received her MA from Hunter College, CUNY, she studied realistic oil painting with Sharon Sprung, a student of Harvey Dinnerstein and then applied these findings to watercolor. In 1991 she travelled to Japan and Thailand to do a billboard campaign for Dentsu Tokyo on Thai Airlines and Thailand as an ideal vacation destination for the Japanese. This kind of commission is currently rare indeed.

TATIANA PLUS. Watercolor on Arches. 11” x 15”.

When Jacqui Morgan began to teach at the Fashion Institute of Technology she again felt her excitement over making art was on the wane. So she began to simplify her painting process and make it more exciting by painting the figure from life within a maximum twenty to twenty-five minutes. Her product began to be less real and more exaggerated. More juicy and less rendered. The blurr of motion became as important as the third dimension, the drawing quality, and the exchange of negative and positive space. After 2005 she produced three books: Jacqui Morgan’s Journey, a retrospective survey of her work also shown at the Society of Illustrators. In 2010 she produced MOSTLY NUDE, Watercolors from Life, and in 2011 ALMOST NUDE, is also is being sold at the Society of Illustrators. • 718.275.5482 •

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fineart JANE ELLEN MURRAY Jane Ellen’s art is in several collections, including the lobby of The Suncoast Theatre in New Port Richie, Florida. The Theatre was built for Gloria Swanson in the ‘20. In 2009 she was invited to display her paintings in Florence, Italy at the Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea. In 2010 Jane Ellen Murray had an opening at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea and the Broadway Gallery in New York City. The following year, her still life “Cherries Jubilee” was featured on the cover of the Amsterdam Whitney Christmas Calendar sent out to their patrons. Murray is listed and has her art displayed in International Contemporary MASTERS IV. Jane Ellen Murray paintings have been on display at the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art in Las Vegas, Gallery Gora in Montreal, the Nina Torres World Tour Exhibition of Contemporary Art in London and the LuminArte Gallery in Dallas, Texas. •

Top: MY FAVORITE REDHEAD. Oil on canvas. 12" x 24".

Left: TATTOOED. Oil on canvas. 20" x 16".

Right: MARMALADE. Oil on canvas. 18" x 24".

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PORTRAIT OF TWO SOULS. Oil. 34” x 29.5”. 2012

Jon Bøe Paulsen Jon Bøe Paulsen work of art can be presented under the name New-Realism. Portrait of mankind with a classical brush but put in a modern context. "Clair obscure" Light in the darkness, a name to a certain style that was invented with the painter Caravaggio in the 15th century and futher developed with the Dutch master Rembrandt in the 16th century. New-Realism today sets the modern woman and man under debate with painters who contructs tablaux in a social realistic way. Very few figurative artists in Norway works with watercolour, but Jon Bøe can't resist it even if it breaks with the ground principles of how a Clair Obscure painting is build up. "I can resist anything but a temptation"- Oscar Wilde. A Painting in oil is mainly produced on a dark canvas surfice

prefrebly with the colour Raw Umber because that is the colour of the shadow of the human flesh. All that the painter then have to do is to add the light parts of the portrait. Such an artist use the ground of the canvas activly to present for example a study of the human body. “I do not travel much, I never sketch on the train and even my landscapes are painted indoors and I do not work abroad. My paintings is created in my home studio in Oslo, Norway because I belive in steady, predictably working conditions regardless of seasons and weather conditions. I hope that this work of mine from 2003 can inspire other artist to further develop their figurative paintings”. - Jon Bøe Paulsen, Oslo, Norway

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RED VELVET. Oil on Canvas. 16" x 20".

SUZY. Oil on Canvas. 24" x 36".

Sara Swan Sara Swan is a Los Angeles based artist. Her education includes fine art at Whitman College, design at UC Davis, and illustration at Art Center College of Design. Sara primarily paints with oils on canvas, but she also uses chalk pastels on paper. Saturated and intense colors, unusual color combinations and textures characterize her work. Her career began in illustration where she created pieces for books, magazines and newspapers that were humorous and highly stylized. Her fine art was derivative of her illustration style until a few years ago. More recently, Sara has been looking at fashion from the 1940’s and 50’s for inspiration. Using vintage images of both swimwear

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and formal evening gowns, Sara combines these with her own figure drawings to create paintings and drawings that celebrate not only fashion and glamour, but the human figure, body language and emotion as well. Sara participates in the monthly Art Walk in downtown Los Angeles. She and other artists who have studios at Spring Arts Tower show their work in the mezzanine level gallery on the 2nd Thursday night to each month. “There is a wonderful synergy among us”, Sara says of this monthly exhibition. In the coming months, Sara plans to further her examination of the human form, incorporating elements from nature, and using religious icon paintings as a stylistic influence. •


TREES IN WATER Mixed media. 30” x 40”.

FABULOUS FLOWERS Mixed media. 40” x 30”.

Irena Orlov, innovative, contemporary fine artist, architect, designer, illustrator, photographer is known for creating captivating works which are full of energy. Extraordinary versatile in her mediums, Irena could never imagine life without art. Having a successful carrier in architecture and design for quite a long time, she began to deal with fine art. She is an artist whose path in the fine arts has led her to a unique expression of mood and color. The combination of antique and a very clean, crisp modern design sense creates a highly prized, individual art style. Her images begin spontaneously and give expression to personal creativity and insight. Each piece is unique in design. Irena often prefers to think of herself as a craftsman, constructing, or interpreting imagery and messages from her conscious and subconscious mind.

Irena has lived in Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Canada, and now lives and works in Los Angeles.

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jewelry Left: SLEEPING BEAUTY As its' name suggests this is sleeping beauty turquoise. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise disperesed with Lapis, Citrine, and Sterling Silver Beads. Pendant is Brushed Sterling Silver with Carioca Turquoise as the focal.

Right: AFRICAN RAINBOW The pendant is 14kt. gold plated wire wrapped around Unakite stone. Surrounding the pendant are Unakite and gold filled beads. The clasp is sterling silver. (This necklace is a first place award winner at this year's 2012 Lake Havasu Art Guild Show.)

Bottom: OLD OLD WORLD African Turquoise of many sizes and shapes, coral, wood , and old Ethiopian beads, along with the lost wax brass beads from Ghana Africa. The pendant is an engagement pendant given to the Ethiopian betrothed. It is square to represent the Bible and there should be 12 dangles from the pendant to represent the 12 Apostles. However, this is such an antique that they have since been long lost. This pendant is also made from "Gillett" which is metal that can be melted down to make jewelry such as old coins, silverware etc.

Sandy Den Hartog Sandy has had an interest in stones since childhood. Wherever she went, even as a young person, whether it was picnics, vacations, or field trips; she always made sure she had a cup along to collect rocks which were precious to her at the time. Once in high school she took numerous classes in gemology and geology. Then she graduated, got married, and had children. Rocks and gems had to be put on hold for a while. However, she was still able to attend gem shows and art shows when she had the opportunity. She was looking and learning and eventually was able to travel the globe and reignite her interest in gems and minerals. She was struck by how much stones, rocks, gems, and minerals change from country to country. In bringing back Ethiopian Crosses from Africa, she made her daughters and granddaughters necklaces with the crosses. She was once again hooked with a creative passion for what she could now do with these artifacts. Sandy’s work has been exhibited at David Raphaels at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco and the James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. She has also been a part of several juried shows winning a first place medal in 2010 and 2012 with a Award of Merit in 2012.

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Olivia Boa

Melancholy, 2012. Acrylic on canvas. 50cm x 70cm.

Jacqui Morgan

Thai Water Market. Watercolor on Arches, 24” X 26”