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ArtExpo NY Special • Vol. 44 • March/April • 2017



Igor Prokop

REBIRTH MY CELLS. Acrylic on Canvas, 110cm x 90cm oil • acrylic • watercolor • mixed media • photography • digital art • sculpture • glass • ceramic • jewelry

Janet O’Neal


Summer Print Edition Magazine To be promoted at the Art! Vancouver 2017 and Art Santa Fe 2017 in addition to the regular distribution to galleries, museums and art consultantes

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ArtExpo NY Special • Vol. 44 • March/April • 2017



In This issue: Art & Beyond Online Magazine is proud to be an official media partner for number of International Art Fairs during the Spring and Summer seasons of this year. Art & Beyond Summer Print Edition Magazine will be presented at the Art! Vancouver May 2528, 2017 and Art Santa Fe July 13-16, 2017. For passed two years Art & Beyond Magazine showing a significant increase in the readership from 30,000+ last year to 83,650+ as of now and the number growing every day. The current March/April Special Online Issue will be presented at the ArtExpo NY 2017 in a limited print run and we are so pleased to announce our cover winners for this magazine. Art & Beyond team would like to congratulate Igor Prokop who’s artwork “Rebirth My Sells” won the Front Cover for the March/April Special Online issue.


Back Cover

Igor Prokop

Stephanie Holznecht

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

Janet O'Neal

Jon B. Paulsen

The Inside Front Cover won Janet O’Neal for her work “The Layering of Memory”. The Back Cover was given to the artwork "Celebration” by Stephanie Holznecht. And Inside Back Cover was awarded to Jon B. Paulsen for his work “Notorious”. The Publisher Choice Award with Two-page article was awarded to Vadym Aksonov and Kirsten Nash. Also in this issue we have a beautifully conducted Interview with photographer Nicholas Teetelli by our editor, Justin Hoffman (p.18). His photography series “Cuba” will be exhibited at the ArtExpo NY 2017. We thank all of the amazing and talented artists who participated in the competition and wish you all great success in your journey.

Congratulations to all!

On January 24, 2017 the art community lost a wonderful human being, friend and artist, Anna Maria Giordano. Anna passed on after a very long and brave battle with Lymphoma. She was and still is a dear friend and member of Art & Beyond Publications and her artwork will continue to grace the pages of our Online Magazine. It has been a great pleasure to have had the opportunity to publish her latest work entered right before her

In Memoriam

Point of Interest

Kirsten Nash Barbaras BilderKunst Yuryk Yaryna Darnéy Willis

Art! Vancouver by Jim Finlay 6 Fine Art Michelle Agin Hui-ju Chen Vadym Aksonov Michael Cheung Nira Chorev Jon B. Paulsen Janet O'Neal Gloria Colomb RG (René GEORGES) Anna Maria Giordano Robert Robbins

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Photography • Digital Art Nancy Bechtol Kathy Dee Nicholas Teetelli

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Sculpture • Jewelry Oleg Lobykin Steven Lustig Sandy Den Hartog

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unfortunate and untimely passing. The Art World has lost a wonderful artist but her spirit lives on through her work which we will continue to enjoy for many years to come. Publisher Art Director Interview Editor

Mila Ryk Mila Ryk Justin Hoffman Alina Lampert

Art & Beyond published 8 times a year. Six (6) Online issues and Two (2) printed issues. Distributed to the galleries, museumes and other

Entry Form to apply to be published in the Art & Beyond Online magazine is available at http://www.artandbeyondpublications.com/ab-online-entry/ Membership Program application is available at http://www.artandbeyondpublications.com/membership/ For any additional information please contact Mila Ryk at mryk@art-beyond.com

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Art! Vancouver is an international curated fair created with the idea of discovering galleries and independent artists and showcasing the careers and achievements of creative minds. PRESENTED BY


point of interest

Art!Vancouver 2017 by Jim Finlay

Once again Art!Vancouver Director Lisa Wolfin and her dedicated team have created a recipe for success with the realization of Western Canada’s most prestigious art fair. Take a great location, the Vancouver Convention Centre at the waterfront cruise ship terminal, add great timing, the busy cruise ship season, blend in many well-known local and international artists, garnish with corporate sponsorship which includes several important Canadian art publications, top with a full page colour catalogue and serve well organized. Eh voila, you have a cultural event worthy of comparison with other important art fairs around the world.

Art!Vancouver offers art aficionados, collectors and investors the occasion not only to satisfy their desire to enhance their aesthetic experience of their living and working spaces, with the purchase of high quality, original art but also the opportunity to invest in the art market. Yes, I said invest, to become a player, with other like-minded collectors whose reputations for getting in on the ground floor has made them art world wizards.


This unique fair facilitates the exhibition and sale of original art which will no doubt enrich the lives and investment accounts of their owners for many years to come. Where else can one browse, in a single location, the works of many talented and skilled artists working in different media and using stylistically diverse approaches to art making. This collective exhibition, with over 100 international and local artists participating allows for comparison shopping and encourages the development of a personal aesthetic, appreciative of a particular style or medium of art work, and yes, Art!Vancouver does value diversity of medium, subject matter and technique: the show is well represented by painters in oil and acrylic, photographers, sculptors and mixed media artists.

As a professional art appraiser, fine art wealth management consultant and artist I can tell you that yes you guessed it, over time original art increases in value. That being said why would you not want to enjoy the aesthetic experience of owning a piece you love, knowing that its monetary value is an increasingly meaningful compliment to your aesthetic experience?


And oh yes did I mention tax incentives for the purchase of Canadian art? Buying artwork, paintings, etchings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, etc. is considered as an amortization expense for corporations or individuals who operate a business. It qualifies as a tax deduction provided that certain criteria are met. The artwork must have been created by a Canadian artist and must be related to the business’s commercial activities, for example, it must be exhibited in a place of business where it will be seen by clients. Does my home based business office count?

The show takes place May 25th to the 28th 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, for more information visit the website


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Igor Prokop

MEET JOE BLACK. Acrylic on Canvas,150cm x 120cm Igor Prokop was born in Budapest in 1953. He graduated from the Teacher Training College in Eger as a teacher of Biology and drawing in 1978. Igor studied Biology at József Attila University and Arts between 1981 and 1983 in Szeged, then philosophy in 1984 in Budapest. He also studied film aesthetics in 1987 and between 1991 and 1993 he studied design at the University of Applied Arts.

“I want to preserve the past and to design the future. I want to protect the universal systems and I would like to protect the teachings of those that have thought me everything: The Organon by Aristoteles; Holbach, On the Road by Kerouac; Jack London, Arnold Gehlen, Stephen Hawking and several other teachers from art, music, history and even from the internet. They all became guides on my way.” – Igor Prokop.

Igor Prokop studied and worked in New York, Heidelberg, Auckland and several other places around the world. Everything is connected - nothing is meaningless. It does matter how you live, what you create, if you are going to have children, and what you are going to leave to them and their children as well. It does matter how much enlightenment you achieve! Every one of us has his own inner world made out of experience and personal learning within the system.

“Our world permits no further mistakes. United mankind can solve its problems. We must work together! This is my final goal, the inspiration for my pictures: To create tolerant, creative and cooperative systems that are heading toward a spiritual unity. Everyone must learn and teach at his realm, everyone must learn to work together with the power of art. For it is only possible to compare the power of art to that of nature herself” stated Igor Prokop. https://www.saatchiart.com/account/profile/98903

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Stephanie Holznecht

LA VIDA LOCA. Acrylic, Tempera and Ceiling White on Canvas, 36" x 48"

Stephanie is originally from the Southeast coast of England, immigrating to the USA at the age of nineteen. She attended UW-Whitewater upon arrival, and obtained a BA in graphic design and fine art. She worked as a graphic designer and art director for many years. Although she originally used pen and ink in the style of realism, her current artistic style now centers on abstract art. A lot can be attributed to the workshops in abstract painting she has taken. These inspired her to let go of her minutely detailed realistic artwork and free herself up to feel art in a totally different manner. Her present styles include the use of heavy body acrylic on some canvases and fluid acrylic on others. She works on the two different styles simultaneously. This allows for some crossover between the two as they feed from the other, making for a very creative work atmosphere. Her acrylic work has grown ever stronger with each new

piece she paints. It has been a journey to reach the level of emotional binding she has attained. Each artwork holds a thought or emotion unique to her, as she manipulates the colors across the canvas. The titles of her paintings are born from gazing into a finished piece and pulling out the name from its core. Each title is unique to her. She wants the viewer to see this as only her perception. The observer should draw their own conclusions. She has exhibited at many venues throughout the USA and worldwide, including Dubai, New Delhi, Italy and London. She has also been honored with some prestigious awards worldwide including a bronze award at an exhibition in London, England and first place at an exhibition in Tuscany, Italy. Her art is in the permanent collections of corporate and private establishments worldwide. www.scholznecht.com

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THE PROMISE, 2016. Oil on Canvas.

THE HATTER. 2012. Oil on Canvas.

Michelle Agin Michelle Agin’s work is rooted in the tradition of realism. A huge fan of the Masters; she prefers to work in oil. The absence of color makes her work unique while still capturing the moment through light and shadow. “If all I do is help to bring back the true ‘craft’ that is painting, I will have succeeded.” ‘The Promise’ 2016, Oil on canvas. This original painting is an allegory that represents human suffering and the light is spiritual and symbolic of God’s goodwill and the goodwill of men towards others. The three Monarch butterflies are symbolic of the Monarch School and three is representative of the Trinity. The Monarch School is a school for homeless children in San Diego. All proceeds from this artwork went to support the mission of the school. Inset: ‘The Hatter’ 2012, Oil on canvas. This original painting inspired by high fashion photography took 12 months to create; layer upon layer yet very minimal brush strokes are visible. She has been in several shows and received the Publisher’s Choice Award from Art and Beyond Magazine in 2013. MICHELLEAGINART.COM 10 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2017

FACES. Acrylic, 70cm x 70cm

HUMAN FLAWS. Acrylic, 50cm x 110cm

Hui-ju Chen (Mickey) Hui-ju Chen (Mickey) graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. Even though she has not been using art and design as her main profession, she has kept her passion of making art until today. Along with her teaching job at Shantou University, she always finds time to create various styles of work. It is interesting to see how her work has varied from photography to acrylic painting to mixed-media to collage. She hopes to keep being experimental because she believes that, in the art world, there are no real errors but different thoughts and processes with different outcomes. Without experimentation, she feels, art is not art. She gets inspiration from different aspects of life. She always hopes to learn and create different kinds of work by making use of her own different life experiences. It is normal to have lots of frustrations and doubts as one goes through the phases of creation. For Mickey, the biggest frustration has been the temptation and pressure to build and keep up one particular style in order to be a professional artist. Though it is true that a dedication to one style may enable one to come a little closer to perfection in that style, Mickey feels that art is about taking risks. If she is satisfied with one style, she believes that she loses a very important quality of art—the excitement of experiencing different things in the world. Therefore, she hopes to continue working in different ways and experimenting with different styles. Art making, for her, is not just a way to express herself but a way to define her existence. www.ratgoofy.com www.artandbeyondpublications.com • 11

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Vadym Aksonov BOQUET. 2011. Oil on Canvas, 70cm x 50cm

ANGE. 2005. Oil on Canvas, 110cm x 200cm

Vadym Aksonov was born in 1965 Lviv, Ukraine. Aksonov graduated from the Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts in 1993 and in 1999 he become a member of the Artists’ Union of Ukraine. During the span of his 25 year career Vadym expressed himself in both traditional genres and modern directions. His still life deserves a special assessment. For Vadym it is not alienated to the portrait, landscape, and non-objective painting but in his opinion particular interest paid to his original style. It is a mix of all areas in which he draws. He places realistic images at the motley, colorful collage, which is made up of 12 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2017

UKRAINIANS. 2007. Triptych 1, 90cm x100cm.

POPPIES. 2011. Oil on Canvas, 65cm x 65cm

bright, coloristic spots. His protagonistic objects can not always be written in the general proportional ensemble, but everything looks harmonious, with great focus to detail. Vadym finds the stories both in dreams and in everyday situations. He is a mÊlomane (music lover) who embodies recommendation of Leonardo da Vinci, leaving his evening hours for playing musical instruments, but his main job is to transfer the world of music into his canvas. www.pinterest.com/gurzuff/art-vadym-aksonov-ukrainian-artist-from-lviv www.artandbeyondpublications.com • 13

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BUTTERFLY FANTASY #1. Oil on Canvas, 50cm x 75cm. 2016

BUTTERFLY FANTASY #3. Oil on Canvas, 75cm x 50cm. 2016

Michael Cheung Michael Cheung is a Chinese visual artist based in Hong Kong. Growing up in the former British Colony where East meets West, Michael is influenced by both Oriental and Western culture. Michael Cheung (born 1978 in Hong Kong) belongs to a new generation of Hong Kong artists. His approach is edgy, sophisticated and creative one that understands the value of good art. His art creation is deeply embedded within perception, memory, identity and communication in contemporary life. A self-taught artist, trained as a graphic designer, he has exhibited in New York, Seoul, Berlin, Copenhagen, Moscow, with magazines such as Don't Panic magazine. He always seeking challenging projects to expand his artistic repertoire. http://michaelcheung.squarespace.com/ 14 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2017

WINTER LANDSCAPE 3. Mixed Media on Pape, 15" x 22"

Nira Chorev Painting for me is the process by which I seek Truth, and the constant challenge of finding and portraying the Truth - the Balance - in Nature. I was taught by both Israeli and American artists, each of whom inspired me and contributed to my artistic development, all of whom urged me to always seek and build my own language, my unique artistic signature. Be determined, they all said: 'seek your own path and a direction that fits your artistic needs; develop each concept in all directions; constantly strive to get better and be more daring because this is the only way you will find your individuality as an artist'. They were right. Eight years ago, in a moment of insight, I packed up and headed back to Boston. I signed up for courses and went back into the atmosphere of creating, one that was supportive and welcoming. It helped me to begin the new next phase of my journey in the art world, selfrealization- and that led me to the Mixed Media art I create, which is both unique and specific. My creation process begins with a photo I have taken. Moved by the artistic visions it inspires, I select the paper/s, soft pastels in different forms, threads, and other materials I want to include. This combination of materials coming together in one painting is my way to preserve Nature and give life - and permanence - to the memories I’m collecting. In finding and portraying the Truth - the Balance - in Nature, my goal is to create artwork that is balanced...that “plays the music”, and the music I hear from each painting is different from all the paintings that preceded it. In addition to the Mixed Media on my website, you will see Plein Air figurative abstract oil paintings. They are the cords that connect me to Nature and are the foundation and inspiration for my Mixed Media.

WINTER LANDSCAPE 1. Mixed Media on Pape, 24" x 15"

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Jon Bøe Paulsen ARC Associate Living Master


"My work of art can be presented under the name New - Realism. Portrait of mankind with a classical brush but put in a modern context." – Jon Bøe Paulsen Jon Bøe Paulsen has been oil painting for more than 35 years. He is appointed Associate Living Master by the Art Renewal Center (ARC), Port Reading, NJ, US and from 2011 a member of the International Guild of Realism (IGOR), Scottsdale, AZ US from 2006.

Awards: 2016 First Prize Winner IGOA (international Gallery of the Arts) the competition "No Theme" The painting "Notorious". 2014 First Prize Winner Artavita 10th contest


2013 RayMar Art Painting Competition, Finalist, "Dead Ringer" Oil, 7th Annual Competition, Month 12

2013 American Art Collector. The IGOR exhibition. Tempe Center for the Arts. AZ.

2013 Boldbrush Painting Competition, Finalist, "Dead Ringer" Oil, December

2013 Art Renewal Center, International Salon Catalogue (Juried, Finalist, Selected Artists)

2013 RayMar Art Painting Competition, Finalist,"Beyond The Facade" Oil, 7th Annual Competition, Month 8

2013 MEAM Catalog,"Figuratives 13", Barcelona SP

2013 BoldBrush Painting Competiton, Winner of the Class,"Romeo & Juliette", Outstanding Watercolor Exhibition www.jonboepaulsen.no

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Janet O’Neal OWL WOMAN. Mixed Media.

As a 30 year veteran of the art scene, O’Neal’s work has received critical acclaim in festivals and exhibitions throughout the country. Prestigious art galleries and top publishing companies represent her artwork. Her works include paintings, mixed media assemblages, photography and sculpture; however she is most famous for her energetic abstract works and multimedia assemblages. Years of painting experience and experiments with texture and collage processes merged with the found objects and became a new exciting form of art that carried with it a new voice for the artist. The work moved from the abstract to this form of art that was more of a commentary on life itself and the spiritual side of it. Her current award winning mixed media figurative assemblages have evolved from her work with found objects. In the last several years her work has also included abstract with large multi- dimensional, vividly colored abstracts with deep texture and cast resin additions and encaustics. Some of the most current work revolves around photography, traditional digital photographs and mixed media works where photography is the dominant media. She has traveled to Israel, Jamaica and India the past several years photographing people and places for her new art. She has won 2nd place and two honorable mentions in the prestigious Georgia O’Keefe Museum’s International Photography Competition, First Place in the 2014 New Mexico Magazine’s Photography competition, 2nd place in The International WPGA Pollux Photography Awards and is a finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Competition. Her work will be exhibited in the 3rd Annual Biennial of Photography in Spain 2014. www.janetoneal.com, www.janetonealphotography.com www.artandbeyondpublications.com • 17

photography • digital art

Art & Beyond Interview with

Nicholas Teetelli by Justin Hoffman

HAVANA II. Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Paper 10" x 30”

CRUCERO. Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Paper 12" x 12”

Q. Being self-taught, what advice could you offer to others who aspire to become professional photographers?

A. Be true to yourself, trust your instincts, feel the moment, don’t be afraid to experiment - you may be surprised with your results. In the end, a photographer's work is an expression of their mind’s eye, so there is no right or wrong, just an interpretive expression that is liked or not liked by others. I also highly recommend taking specialized courses when possible. When I was an active Master Diver, I took an ten day course with Cathy Church to bolster and expand my skills in underwater photography. I also enjoy small group photographer trips, my last being to Cuba in March, 2016. These trips encourage casual discussion and collaboration, and in the process I always learn something new and make friends with people who share my passion.

Q. How did you decide to combine your photography with a clothing line? 18 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2017

As a fine-art photographer from New York City, Nicholas Teetelli has spent the past four decades honing his skills and winning awards both at home and abroad. He travels the world capturing what he sees and has a diverse portfolio including landscapes, architecture, portraits, flora and fauna, underwater, and street photography. His work will be featured at the New York ArtExpo this April, followed by a one month solo exhibition in September in Vienna, Austria.

VIDA COTIDIANA IV. Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Paper, 24" x18”

A. I was on the fence about the clothing line, and to a certain extent still am. The manufacturer contacted me and solicited me to consider putting some designs together, so I finally decided to give it a try. I thought it might be interesting, fun, and just something “different.” When I received the initial samples I was disappointed; I just did not like what the finished products looked like (then again I never like any of my photographs the first time I view them; it's part of my process I suppose). But when I showed them to friends they loved them, so I decided to move forward, and sent out quite a few over the holidays to clients and friends. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive! So, it would appear the clothing line will survive.

Q. Is there a specific location that has been your favorite to photograph? A. That’s a tough one. Now that my daughter is older, I have made it a point to do a fatherdaughter trip every year and we have visited many “bucket-list” destinations like Machu Picchu, Peru, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, The Grand Canyon, and this March we are heading to Iceland. However, being a product of the Cold War era, and never imagining I would ever have the opportunity to see it in my lifetime, I would have to say Cuba may be my favorite destination to photograph. In fact, I am giving serious thought to going back soon to continue my work there. It's an amazing experience and the people are wonderfully welcoming! www.teetelli.com • nicholas@teetelli.com www.artandbeyondpublications.com • 19

fine art GARRIGUE. Triptych. Acryl on Canvas, 80cm x 120cm

Gloria Colomb “Relindis” Gloria Colomb, also known as “Relindis”, her middle and artist name, started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to give in freely into her imagination as a graphic designer, interior designer, photographer, graphic illustrator, painter, manager, tourist guide writer, web designer and mother. She is very much inspired by the garrigue’s1 fauna and flora. From someone’s desire and with a few keywords, she is able to create painting tailored to the tastes of the requestor. Like a novelist, Relindis adds, replaces or removes elements from her canvas’ plot. She does not know the outcome in advance. Each feature calls for other traits, other touches and even more to give birth to these patchworks drawn from the observation of nature with a mixture of dreams and fantasy elements. The white canvas draws her like a child asking, "tell me a story". Then, spontaneously, the brushes start stroking the canvas and the colors start mixing gracefully as the work progresses towards its completion and the story takes shape. No templates. Drawings with pencils or acrylics on canvas - stories in black and white or in colors - vivid or faded according to the mood or the weather. The artist has created her own universe, maybe to escape a hostile world or to preserve her childlike soul! 1

an arid land with bushy vegetation found in southern France

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FOREST FLOOR. Acrylic on Canvas, 60cm x 80cm

Relindis now lives in a small French village next to the Swiss border and participates in exhibitions in different countries, such as: MAG Montreux, Switzerland - Art Toulouse, Toulouse, France - Arte Sindelfingen, Germany - Mptresart, Quebec She has been published in different magazines – The International Contemporary Artists Vol VIII and in the AKOUN guide in France Her artwork « Garrigue » received a « Palme d’Or » in Toulouse in 2015 www.relindis.com

ON THE CORNER OF SPIRITUALITY. Oil on Canvas, 80cm x 100cm

RG (René GEORGES) Relying on an artistic training as a sculptor/ceramist in London in the 80s, he developed his own style where he favours ovals, harmonious and rather feminine shapes. He spent 5 years in the South of France where he discovers the brightness. He travelled in over 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Arabia, Australia, USA, and Canada). Award Winner "Young Sculptor" Monumental Sculptures, Narbonne. Prize-winner «Mediterranean Colours " South of France. A nomadic artist and unclassifiable, RG is a person out of range. World traveller, lover of the essence of nature and everything that vibrates, he enters in a new spiritual dimension that matches in the age of Aquarius, freshly started in our time. It's in the silence that he accesses through his soul to the world of creators who experiment and discover the beauty, the wonderful. Flows out from there the free and creative energy filling his blank canvas - Inspired by I don’t know where from he always says. There is no pattern. There is what comes of itself. He then is amazed himself, full of gratitude and happiness. His friends like telling him. What you paint comes from other planets. To work in freedom and lightness, to listen to his inner being, what a happiness! It is pure adventure. Let the creative energy flow through your fingers slightly to the end of the brush belongs to the destiny of the genie.

PEOPLE. Oil on Canvas, 80cm x 80cm Listening to the silence and harmonious music helps him to connect with his soul. You're again completely somewhere else, says his wife. Joy, positive mind and beauty are his commands. www.rene-georges.be • rene-georges@rene-georges.be www.artandbeyondpublications.com • 21

fine art SOULS. Acrilic on Wood, 50cm x 70cm. 2014

IN MEMORIAM On January 24, 2017 the art community lost a wonderful human being, friend and artist, Anna Maria Giordano. Anna passed on after a very long and brave battle with Lymphoma. She was and still is a dear friend and member of Art & Beyond Publications and her artwork will continue to grace the pages of our Online Magazine. It has been a great pleasure to have had the opportunity to publish her latest work entered right before her unfortunate and untimely passing. The Art World has lost a wonderful artist but her spirit lives on through her work which we will continue to enjoy for many years to come.

between space, light and image through the scrupulous examination of the ended work at the mirror, subject to the introspective "labor limae". Real root of rigor and memory, that, enhancing severity and discipline, even more vivifies the sight of the harmony of these works. Her works deliver the legacy of the past to the evocative power of the present.

Anna Maria Giordano

You can see in the varied artworks by Anna Maria Giordano the research into an ultimate end of painting: to transform every kind of experience, from the dream to the everyday life, from the microscope to the stars vision, from realism to abstraction, in a continual pursuit of quality and in the foundation of a new expressive language. Each work reveals an accomplished harmony, and one senses the preparatory part, such as the choice of the medium, on which she will impress pigments, sometimes very earthy, securing the light to be turned into life energy; or as a hardworking choice between dozens of drawings and/or anyway images, to retrace a spiritual path of classical architecture. The result is a pattern of the image with a central perspective into deep space projecting plans, through the firm path of diagonal lines, re-edited the “divina proportione” of the golden section of the Grand Masters. You understand a follow-up, marked through time, as a moment of pure reflection: a formal control of the balance 22 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2017

Intense brushstrokes, the result of chromatic passages thinning down, but equally sweet and tireless, they own the space: the incommensurable, between the real and the metaphysical, which the peaceful introspective proceeding by the artist gives to painting of timeless high poetic value, between evocative spirituality and thematic inspiration. Anna Giordano shows us the reality of the unreal: everything is illusion. Even life. On a sort of instinctive expressionism, supplemented by cubist and futurist depictions, Anna Giordano elaborates an image basic structure of high dynamism and immediate visual impact, deliberately without excessive erudite references. From it, the artist moves his tries in an abstract area, in the surrealist and dadaist field with certain unpredictable and playful combinations of shapes and heterogeneous materials. Altogether in her works one can recognize that substantial component of eclecticism that is the basis of the production of Anna Giordano images. A component that, paradoxically, we could consider as homogenizing all her activity. – Manlio Gaddi, September 2016. www.webalice.it/amagiord



Robert Robbins R. B. Robbins was born on July 20, 1965. He is a self-taught freelance artist and has been doing art for over twentynine years. During his career he has done two projects in 1992 with the Maine Special Olympics and in 2001 with the Bruce Marshall Group-blues southern rock band. In 2016 he was invited to put designs on apparel, men’s and women’s fashion design called VIDA. Robbins is originally from Maine. He was raised with three other siblings (two brothers and sister) on the countryside in the Sebago Lake area of Western Maine. He lived in Windham, Maine, and then at age of five his family moved to Bridgton, Maine where he attended a public schools and spent the summers on the beach on Long Lake called Salmon Point. He graduated Lake Region High School in 1984, located in Naples, Maine. These years he actively participated in the Football and Basketball teams.

After high school, he went to University of Maine at Farmington and year after he transferred to Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts where he started to study Mechanical Engineering Design. In August of 2002 he received an Associates Degree in Mechanical Design Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology and in August of 2006, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Design. R.B. Robbins is working as machinist/operator and freelance artist. https://www.pinterest.com/robbinsdesigns/robbinsdesigns/ https://www.facebook.com/robbinsdesigns/ www.robbinsdesigns.com

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Kirsten Nash

HEAR NO EVIL. Acrylic on Canvas.

Kirsten Nash has often been called a “Renaissance Woman”. This Canadian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has played saxophone and sung with touring acts such as Long John Baldry, Alfie Zappacosta, as well as playing in countless bands, jamming with performers such as Stephen Stills, Boz Scaggs, Jeff Healey and Tom Jones over the years in Vancouver. She was a member of the iconic West Coast favourites, the R&B Allstars for over 25 years. 24 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2017

As a composer Kirsten has written two rock operas; “Alice in Modernland”, which was work-shopped off –Broadway by Maxwell Productions and had it’s world premier at “Sledgehammer Theatre” in San Diego, then “the Bird and the Waterfall”, which was work-shopped and filmed in West Vancouver at the Kay Meek theatre. Kirsten’s first CD was the critically acclaimed “Bridging the Gap”, released in 1994. Upon returning to live performance

ALL ABOUT EVE. Acrylic on Canvas.

and the studio after a hiatus to raise her children, Kirsten recorded her second CD, “The View From Here”, released in 2012, followed in 2014 by an EP called “Salvador Dolly” has recently released her new CD, “A Feather and a Scale”. Throughout the span of her colourful musical career Kirsten has always created visual art; from ceramic sculptures to oil and acrylic paintings, she has explored her own soul as well as that of the world around her, often embracing her love of music and nature as subjects. Kirsten and her paintings were recently featured in the Spring 2016 edition of “Arabella”, the premier Canadian Art, Architecture and Design magazine, (http://www.arabelladesign.com/current_ issue.htm) “International Contemporary Artists, Volume XI”,

(http://www.incoartists.com/Vol-XI/index.html) and has had featured articles in Vancouver magazines “Fresh”, “Home”, the American magazine, “Art and Beyond”, as well as the European art book, curated by Salvatore Russo, “The Best 2016 Modern and Contemporary Artists”. Kirsten participated in both the 2015 and 2016 Art!Vancouver, and was represented by the Novem Fine Art Gallery at Red Dot Miami 2016. Kirsten’s work will also be featured by Novem at the New York Art Expo in 2017 as well as the 2017 Art!Vancouver, and her painting, “Peony Ride” was just used for the Park and Buzz jewelry box, which will be included in the famous 2017 Academy Awards “Everyone Wins” gift bag! www.kirstennash.com www.artandbeyondpublications.com • 25

fine art

THE OBSERVER. CollagenMalerei on Canvas, 40 cm x 40 cm. 2016

Barbaras BilderKunst Through the light to the matter

My journey of discovery in the artistic use of matter began with the delicate application of pastels. By way of large-scale shapes with bold colours in transparent gouache I came to use solidifying acrylic paint and then to my own CollagenMalerei. This is created layer by layer. Through constant reduction I get answers to my questions about essence and balance. International Artist and Award Winner Art & Beyond Magazine Award Front Cover Winter Print Edition 2016

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Next exhibition Contemporary Art of Montreux, Switzerland, November 8-12, 2017 Barbara Walder is living and painting in the Principality of Liechtenstein www.barbarasbilderkunst.gallery

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SOUL OF THE WORLD. Watercolor, 62cm x 84cm. 2016

Yuryk Yaryna Dr. Yuryk Yaryna was born in Lviv (Ukraine) in 1984 where she lives and works. She graduated from the College Arts and Lviv Polytechnic National University, where she works as an associate professor of art and design. Her art is a thoughtful art penetrating into the most intimate corners of human soul. The art works of Yuryk Ya. exude positive energy, goodness and easiness, and are distinguished by unique flavor. The works are reducing visual stress of the observer, are providing deep relaxation and promote self-healing. This is a unique, positive and curative-meditative art. It is beyond any argument that her art works are of great current interest and represent needs and problems of contemporary society; it is a mode of social harmony search and its implementation at an energetic level. Yuryk is the winner of the international competitions in painting in the USA, Ukraine, Italy, Portugal, China. She has also been the exhibitor at exhibitions in the UK, Brazil, Hungary, Hungary, Switzerland and other countries. The extraordinary qualities of her personality, her art works and her talent are recognized by professional jury worldwide. Her works are selected by a professional jury to participate in in 28 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2017

the "Salon Design and Aquarelle” 2017 at Grand Palais in Paris, Watercolor Biennale 2017 in Ecuador, in the Florence Biennale 2015. Her art works was published in «Artexpo New York 2015 guide", "Rarallax art fair 2015, London, «Art beyoung», «Spectrum miami 2016 show catalog». She will be an exhibitor in Art expo 2017 and other. In Ukraine, the artist's talent has been recognized long ago, since her personal exhibition named “My childhood fairytale” was held by Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum in Lviv when she was 24 years old. For the first time ever, the Ukraine was represented by art works of Yaryna Yuryk at the Autumn Salon in Latin America in 2016 and International Watercolor Biennale in Nepal. She successfully combines her artistic activity (working as an artist and architect) with research and pedagogical activity. She also implements the scientific search of identity and memory in her art works. Dr. Yuryk Yaryna is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. https://www.saatchiart.com/yarynayuryk

MORNINGIRISSPLENDOR. Acrylic on Canvas, 6.64" x 10.287"

Darnéy Willis Darnéy is a painter of large scale contemporary canvases with bold invented color – lyrical, very expressive color passages of natural images viewed so close-up only part of the external contours of the particular images are seen. He doesn’t use the internal natural details normally seen with such a view. Currently he is images from the iris flower. These images are meant to be more than visual illusions, mimics of iris flowers – they are intended to be metaphors or doorways into visual, emotional, and sometimes even spiritual journeys – into flowerscapes of peace, order, beauty, and unity. They are metaphors of the human condition, of the magnificent yet fragile nature of our humanity and our constant dependence on our Creator for inspiration, protection, nurturing, and restoration. He realizes humans are capable of extremely ugly horrible cruel things also, which is worth addressing in paint as well. Presently his work is a joyful celebration of living, having purpose on this earth, bearing fruit and addressing issues that arise on the earth from mankind leaving an intimate relationship with our Creator and mismanaging our stewardship of the earth. The Kingdom of our Creator is described as right order (rightness), peace, and joy. When Darnéy paints, he seeks precarious or dynamic balance between order on the one hand and chaos on the other. He believes when this is achieved a visual peace is created which helps the viewer receive inner peace. In a world so full of inner and outer turmoil, this quality of life is very valuable. When obtained can result in great expression of joyful celebration.

BREAKTHROUGHIRIS. Acrylic on Canvas, 9" x 7.443"

Darnéy has work for sale and can paint site specific commissions with-in his subject matter and style. He paints single panel pieces and multiple panel pieces. His work is great for corporate building sites and homes. wellspring-contemporary-art.com www.artandbeyondpublications.com • 29

photography • digital art SINGULARITY. Digital Photo/Painting, ©Nancy Bechtol. 2011

"Artists explore and give the world a view of their personal heightened awareness. I visualize and think with keen beliefs and insights. Reflection of human and societal concerns which cross emotional boundaries — communicating that which is unspoken. My traditional art foundations of drawing, painting and printmaking, evolved into video, digital photography and experimental media. I use digital photography and imaging to envision the concepts originating from the creative pulse." - Nancy Bechtol

TRANSFORM ME. Digital Photo/Painting 16" x20” Archival print /Epson Exhibition Fiber ©Nancy Bechtol. 2016 ltd. Ed/ 25

Nancy Bechtol Bechtol, Nancy has a diverse history of over 40 years as an artist, filmmaker, inspired educator, and an American Press Association (APA) freelance photojournalist. Earning an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in Time Arts mentored by media/video founder Phil Morton. Additionally, MA in Education from Loyola University of Chicago. and BA Roosevelt University, while influenced by the legendary “Hairy Who” as a painting student of Don Baum. Her fine art and films have been in local, national and international venues ranging from museums to galleries social networking sites to obscure underground locations. Recognitions include: NEA Midwest Regional Fellowship, The Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, Tokyo Intenational Award, The American Film Institute Award. Her indie feature film, “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” ©2014 premiered at the Logan Theatre and currently in distribution NWC worldwide. www.absolutearts.com/nancybechtol https://nancy-bechtol.squarespace.com/ http://www.arcgallery.org/project/nancy-bechtol/ 30 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2017

INTO THE WOODS I. Photography, 16" x 20"

Kathy Dee In my photos “Into the Woods”, I wanted to show a feeling of mystery and isolation. Walking in the winter snow can give us a feeling of being alone. The animals are in hibernation, the birds have left and all you have is yourself and the trees. There is no wind. It is quiet. You are left to ponder your own soul. The midst all around gives us a surreal effect as to what is reality? Is it what we see or is there something hidden beyond the fog? What is real? Do we have the courage to walk towards the distant midst or do we remain safe in the foreground? There are many questions we can ask ourselves in life. Sometimes we chose to explore life and we feel the confidence to seek out the unknown. Other times, we want to feel safe and avoid challenging ourself. Sometimes we regret those adventures and then other times we regret failing to take those steps. This time, what will you decide? www.KathyDeePhoto.com

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sculpture • jewelry

SEA FOAM. Carrara Marble, 7’ x 3’ x 11’6"

FIREBIRD. Fiberglass, 5’ x 1’6" x 8’

Oleg Lobykin Oleg Lobykin (Russian, b. 1966) is a sculptor. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Lobykin now resides in Silicon Valley and also specializes in the restoration of landmark architecture and sculpture. Oleg has roots in a tradition of the old work craft of stone carving yet considers himself “an international man and product of globalization.” He defies labels and strives to show how old and new, timeless and contemporary, familiar and unexpected elements can combine to reveal hidden truths. His work explores connections between what is known and emerging insights about the nature of life. He is a sculptor interested in conceptual art and likes to use modern tools and technology as an opportunity to reach new heights. Lobykin exhibits in the San Francisco Bay Area and has completed a number of projects in New York, Los Angeles,

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San Francisco, and Japan. Clients have included Stanford University, The Presidio Trust, The City of Cupertino, The City of San Jose, Cathedral Stoneworks Inc., The Denver Public Library, Yale University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Cloisters), The Cathedral Church St. John the Divine, The Jewish Museum NYC, Alabama Limestone Co., & Artists and Architects. www.lobykin.com

ANDES EMPRESS. Argentinian Onyx on Honduran Mahogany.

Steven Lustig This art is born out of a love of the human form and its natural motion. Throughout time, man has studied virtually every aspect of himself in great depth. These sculptures represent a further step in that long lineage of study.

beautiful art form of life drawing. Live models, many of whom are artists in their own right, bring their art of human motion into the process. It’s in capturing the flow of these beautiful human beings in drawings that the sculptures are born.

They are founded in the very basis of the ancient tradition of human anatomy. A study that dates back to the Greeks and beyond. The sculptures incorporate aspects of human motion that started with Kouros figures and developed during the renaissance. These modern versions of this ancient art form are further influenced by the works of the Italian Futurists, Umberto Boccioni, Balls and others. They take flight through the sheer force of human biomechanics and the internal energy that stones and human models bring to the process.

You can follow the development of this work on Instagram and FB. Recently the works have been featured at Sculpture in the Park 2016, Loveland Colorado, Spectrum Miami, Art Expo New York, Blue Azul Collection, San Diego, and Trousdale Modern, Palm Springs.

Each one of these sculptures comes directly from the

This year, I will be at the La Quinta Arts Festival, March 2017 for the first time, Sculpture in the Park, Loveland Colorado, 2017 and more. . . www.stevenlustigfineart.com

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Pendant is a Beautiful Piece of MOUKITE SET IN STERLING SILVER. Captivated by African Amber, Ebony Wood banded with Silver, Agate, and Old African Brass finished off with Moukite Column Gemstones.

Pendant is a 300 million years old AMONITE. Continuing the Necklace are Gold Fresh Water Pearls, Old African Hand Made Brass Beads and Hand Faceted Black Onyx. Repeating the pattern to the end.

Sandy Den Hartog is a Native Californian. She now resides in Lake Havasu City Arizona. Her current home, she and her husband had built for themselves, faces the water with the desert a short distance behind and as a backdrop a dramatic and rather large mountain range. With this view Sandy has taken the time to absorb the impact of this beauty and pieced together jewelry that exemplifies each geographical characteristic, blending them into original jewelry objects. She is an Award Winning Artist. Sandy has placed in numerous Juried Art Shows throughout Arizona. Her romantic pieces of art continue to be showcased at David Rafaels in the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Other distinguished pieces of jewelry designed completely from within her personal workshop are in the James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, Arizona and Africa and Beyond Gallery in La Jolla, CA. Malouf on The Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a self taught artist. Her jewelry displays both serene and harmonious qualities that have

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been regarded as the highest of models. Her work covers a wide range of Style, from Ethnic, Classic, to Over the Top and Everyday Chic. She refers to herself as displaying "ARTISTIC FREEDOM." Sandy loves to mix everything up. The old with the new, and the big with the small. Although quite versatile in her design she leans toward the large and Ethnic Style. Many of Her Designs are created as she sleeps. She considers them to be her most excellent art pieces. Gemstones and Artifacts used in her talented designs have been found in her many World Wide Travels. These and and so much more from the nations she has visited, are incorporated into the designs made by Sandy. Sandy also feels, "If you can't see your JEWELRY from across the room, why bother." sandzibarjc@hotmail.com

Jon Bøe Paulsen

NOTORIOUS. Oil On Canvas. “Notorious” Oil on canvas. Jon Bøe Paulsen ARC Associate Living Master™ Group exhibition “Portrait Now 2017”. Frederiksborg Castle. Denmark. 11.5. Ljungberg Museum. Sweden. 2.9 – 29.10. 2017

Stephanie Holznecht

CELEBRATION. Acrylic, Tempera and Ceiling White on Canvas, 36" x 36"

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