Vol. 6 • November/December • 2012
art beyond from artist to artist - market, promote, succeed
Juggle oil • acrylic • watercolor • mixed media • photography • digital art sculpture • glass • ceramic • jewelry
Amy Beth Cohen Banker
CORSAGE. oil on canvas. 24” x 30”
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Vol.6 • November/December • 2012
art&beyond Art & Beyond Magazine is the bridge between artists and the art world. It is an essential marketing and promotional tool every artist needs to have when exhibiting their work, whether at art shows, art expos, or small exhibitions. 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 for 2 covers, the amount of talent presented to us made it very difficult to choose two winners, so at the end we had to add two more Publisher choice award for a Back Cover and Inside Back Cover as well. Congratulations to Kerry Rolewicz, her work "Juggle" was chosen as this months Art and Beyond Front Cover Competition winner. The Inside Front Cover was awarded to Amy Banker for artwork “Corsage”.
CONTENTS Point of Interest
Mike Menius Lilianne Milgrom Kerry Rolewicz Mila Ryk Sara Swan Tim Woodhouse
Latin American art trove in the Middle East? by Lilianne Milgrom 6
From Artist to Artist Open letter to artists by Debbi Chan 8
Sculptire Mixed Media
Fine Art Banker Amy Rosemarie Bloch Olivia Boa Elinore Bucholtz JF Caro Debbi Chan Ione Citrin Joachim Gerschler Peggi Habets Tom Heflin Semproniu Iclozan Marina Izrailevich Gregory John Darlene Kaplan Paula Laflamme
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
26 27 28 29 30 31
Robin Antar Mickey Bond David Flower Francene Levinson Anne Nye Irena Orlov
32 34 35 36 37 38
Photography Digital Art Guy Belair Arthur Jacob Daniel R. Johnson Keith Parks Yasmine Samiry Christel Sobke Max Tzinman
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Kerry Rolewicz. Juggle.
Joachim Gerschler. F9-W09.2011-11-1
Inside Front Cover
Inside Back Cover
Amy Banker. Corsage
Robin Antar. Soda Can.
The Back Cover was awarded to Joachim Gerschler for work “F9-W06-2011-11-1” and the Inside Back Cover has been awarded to Robin Antar for work “Soda Can” as a Publisher Choice. We would also like to congratulate those artists who bave been chosen as Publishers Choice Award winners in this issue for their outstanding artwork: Rosemarie Bloch, Ione Citrin, Tom Heflin, John Smolko, JF Caro, Francene Levinson, Anne Nye, Mickey Bond, Tim Woodhouse, Gregory John, Christel Sobke, David Flower and Peggi Habets. Ww thank all of the amazing and talented artists who participated in this competition.
Art & Beyond would like to send a special congratulations to one of our featured artists, Yasmine Samiry, for winning the Best In Competition award for Man Made Space & Structures competition held by Exhibitions Without Walls for her work "Mirror" (p. 44).
Alina Ryk Lampert
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point of interest
by Lilianne Milgrom liliannemilgrom.wordpress.com liliannemilgrom.com
Latin American art trove in the Middle East? After looking at a dizzying array of modernist works by artists from Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Columbia, I was particularly struck by the generalized, exaggerated aesthetic with which these artists portrayed the human figure. Being in the presence of such a concentration of artists from this region made me realize that the über-voluptuous curves of Columbian superstar Fernando Botero’s nudes is not without precedence. The museum was awash with curvaceous, massive nudes, their painted and sculpted flesh barely contained by the skin’s casing.
Ralli Museum in Caesaria, Israel
srael’s art scene is alive and well, despite being overshadowed by the infernal political and military conflicts in the region. Tel Aviv in particular is teeming with contemporary galleries, alternative art spaces and museums, and the city’s vibe is hip, cutting edge and very artsy.
After spending two weeks immersed in the Tel Aviv art scene, I needed a break from the city’s relentless energy and headed off to Caesaria, about 30 minutes drive north of Tel Aviv. It is the site of some of Israel’s most impressive archeological discoveries, as well as home to a little-known gem of a museum tucked in amongst residential villas and golf courses. At first glance, the austere architecture of the Ralli Museum lends it a rather forlorn and abandoned air. The vast grounds are peppered with massive bronze sculptures and the sporadic orange trees throw lone purple shadows onto the white stucco walls of the museum’s two wings. This private museum (part of a group of five Ralli museums throughout the world) was founded by banker Harry Recanati (19192011) to showcase Latin American and Spanish art in honor of his Sephardic ancestry. The wealth and breadth of the collection is, in a word, breathtaking. As a non-profit institution, entry to the public is free. One entire floor is dedicated to Dali sculptures – I personally was unaware that Dali created such a large body of sculptural works. But there I stood before dozens of original sculptures showcasing the artist’s iconic melted clocks, anthropomorphic cabinets and giant elephants on spindly legs.
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The Ralli museum is unique in many ways, and has even been described as an ‘anti-museum’ because of its concerted lack of effort to help the visitor navigate the collection. Recanati himself was adamant on this point. "To expect to be guided in a museum is silly. After all, in many cases even the painter or the sculptor admits that they created without knowing in advance what would emerge. The problem is that over time a whole community of people developed who live from writing art criticism, from interpretations and notations. Those who come to the museum are invited to decide for themselves whether they like the works or not." I can't help but feel chastised by these words. So in keeping with the wishes of its founder I will conclude without further critical input and allow those fortunate enough to visit this superb museum the chance to explore it on their own terms.
Shalom, salaam, peace.
Dali gallery, Ralli Museum, Caesaria. Courtesy of Ralli Museum
from artist to artist
by Debbi Chan
Open letter to artists s an up-and-coming artist I was thrilled to receive an invitation from Lisa, an art representative contacting me about my portfolio. It was a bit of an ego boost, at least in the beginning. The cost for accepting this offer as a starving artist was prohibitive. I needed to come up with $1500... the invitation included one year of representation for the artist, inclusion in a hardcover coffee table art book, and a group show at a local gallery to open in January and run two weeks. In the first two weeks things were moving quite quickly. I spoke several times on the phone to Lisa and she seemed glad to have me aboard. It sounded as if she enjoyed my work and I got no hints of the trouble brewing ahead. That month, another invitation had arrived but this one was from a gallery in New York City. It would cost more money, $1900, but I liked the offer. It was then that I began to notice a problem. I had done some research on Lisa and the Art Approach invitation, there did not seem to be any warning signs. On the other hand, the New York gallery was flagged everywhere. If you have ever tried asking friends or relatives their thoughts on finding a good doctor, you know that things can get heated pretty quickly and no one seems to agree on anything. The strangest part of this was that all the friends and relatives advised me to take the invitation with Lisa and Art Approach. No one trusted the Press Release posted on April 19, 2012 by Artist Voice New York gallery. No one. Pages of warnings and red flags http://www.free-press-release.com/news-art-approach-llc-new-york-1334847473.html popped up all over the internet about the New York exhibition. I stress this strongly but only to make an important point. Just How could the complaints from artists whose event had not occurred doing research on scams does not boast a successful outcome. I yet be causing such anger and outrage? Reception night came and decided to take BOTH invitations and signed the second contract as I went and once again, as I could not attend in person, I viewed it through parted with the $1900 the New York offer required. photos uploaded to Facebook. It appeared there was a real reception, but now I may never know. October 2011 came and went and the New York exhibition was a success, if that is what one says after an event such as this. Although only three pieces One thing did however did NOT happen. It was a huge warning sign. The were called for, four of mine hung and the turn out was nice. I was unable to first red flag in my mind. Not one hardcover coffee table artbook was attend the opening, all of the evidence I have is from the online photos I saw. present, it was not there being unveiled on opening night as promised. And it was NEVER to be unveiled. It was all a lie, part of a huge and vicious The days inched on and the promised hardback coffee table book from scam. The hateful emails increased in number for several weeks after and Art Approach was proofed and on time. The publisher promised it for the accusations had not changed. Only now they were validated. They opening night and the ten copies would begin going out to all the were true. There was one email I received one which said the artist had artists. By the way, the number of artists was near or over one hundred. gotten his books. It was even more evident now that this was all part of As the January date approached I picked and sent four scrolls to the the lie, not one other artist after ever said they received a book. address given for drop off. It was at this time, about a week before opening night, that something a tad bit odd began to occur. Forwarded I scheduled FedEx to pick up my four scrolls. Almost immediately I emails started showing up in my email inbox. An alarming number of received a call from Lisa asking me to stop the pick up because all four artists that had signed Lisa's contract were starting a very negative hate scrolls had potential buyers. Big buyers like lawyers and hotel owners. She campaign against her. But what was odd to me at that time was the discussed giving them a small deal for encouragement. I agreed. This went content of the emails. “Our work is not going to be on the wall, no one on for weeks, then months. They wanted to buy, but... I received several knows how I want my video installation installed, or I don't think my calls from Lisa who had all but disappeared. The main offices of Art work arrived and I sent it in with plenty of time to spare,” were a few of Approach became unreachable immediately after the exhibition's closing the more popular emails. I received about ten to twelve of these a day date. The hateful emails from now angry and confused artists continued. in those few days before the reception.
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In fact, some ten months later I am still receiving them. The last email from Lisa was removed from my computer as a fraud or fishing attempt. So then Lisa called a few more times but now, with news that the two larger scrolls had indeed sold. Finally. Hurray. But no money arrived. Just a call or two came with Lisa confused that her accountant had sent it to a "wrong address" or something. She promised to have a check and the other two scrolls in my hands. But the money never came. The books never came. The scrolls never came. I am not even certain the reception was real, or set up to look real. A photo shoot to appease the artists who did not make it there personally. I am out about $1800. The most devastating part is that my paintings, my work, is gone. Sold, I would guess. And what I am the most upset about is the unknown. The artist circle keeps track, as best they can, of incidents like this and we think this is more like a BIG SCAM RING. More than likely, these same people are back out there using fake names and continuing to rake in unbelievable amounts of money from artists whose profession goes by the name of "STARVING ARTIST". How many artists lost money and their work in that infamous scam last January? Do the math. There were about 100200 artists and each lost a minimum of $1500. Some paid more. Some, like me, lost their art. It was never returned as it was most likely sold. And sold for how much? The artists never saw it. Lisa or who ever she, he, or they call themselves today are still out there. We see the pattern. For instance. The same galleries being used with different names. Is there a ring leader? It was not just I who was fooled. Remember that I wanted to do the other New York show but too many red flags were flying high on that one. And I might have been scams there. But several things were different. My art was returned, and I got the publicity I was promised, I was in the brochure and magazine as promised. I got what I paid for, if that kind of thing can be weighed. I can understand vanity galleries. Nothing is free any more. But I do not understand a person or persons who scam not only once but possibly continue scamming on a regular basis. Continuing the carnage over and over taking money away from a profession that brings beauty into this world and gives the rest of the population a chance to see this beauty and to see the world through the eyes of an artist. Shame. Shame on you Lisa and all the Lisaâ€™s in the world. You are taking away the little money that allows an artist to buy his or her art supplies in order to continue creating this beauty. Beauty, that you steal from the world. We may not stop you. But creation will NOT stop...
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CHERRY BLOSSOMS. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 40” x 40”.
Amy Beth Cohen Banker has been exhibiting in New York and worldwide since 1992. A Cornell University graduate, she studied environmental design, education, business and fine arts. A native New Yorker, Amy resides in New York City and Massachusetts. Her paintings, installations, videos, multimedia, photography are exhibited in museums, public and private collections including the Hermitage Museum, The Barcelona Modern Arts, The Jewish Museum London, MOMA and the Whitney Museum. She works in a variety of mediums, acrylic, oil, pastels, aquarelle, oil sticks, varnishes, glazes, finishing and surface techniques. She explores the basic issues of opacity, color,
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form, depth, obfuscations and revelations in life, language and art. She uses a background in design, two and three dimentional techniques and aesthetics. Amy's background is integrated with her writing, psychology, early chiildhood and life experiences evolving as a woman and mother combining internationalstudy to explore these issues in an organized but abstract way. She tends to reinvent the same themes, works from a structure and then proceed by distressing, demolishing, recreating and conserving. Amy's major themes areinner restoration and survival challenging always reality vs. myth.
TAKE THE 'A' TRAIN. Acrylic. 20" x 32"
Rosemarie Bloch Rosemarie drew and painted from early childhood. Over the years her investigations have led to an obsession with the grid that humans impose on the natural world. “The grid is particularly prevalent in America. This was brought home on a trip across Iowa in the 60’s. Drive a mile, then make a right angle turn. Drive another mile another turn, for miles and miles this pattern was repeated.” Later she saw the pattern from the air over many areas of the country. And of course, the neighborhood she grew up in featured the gridded streets typical of cities, a north south – east west layout. Curving streets are now seen more often, but most houses are still a grid of rooms. “I have come to realize that the grid is, for me, symbolic of our divided world with its isolation into groups based on wealth,
religion, politics or other categories. Everyone wants to belong to something to proclaim identity, but only succeeds in cutting away from society as a whole, where in a 24/7 world we do need to rely on more than those who we think are like ourselves.” She has extended the grid to 3 dimensions, with canvases mounted onto other canvases. Rosemarie Bloch was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, and now lives in nearby Okeana OH. She received training in all mediums in high school under the tutelage of a talented nun. She won a scholarship to the art academy of Cincinnati. Among her instructors there was Julian Stanczak, a prominent op artist. She mentored with a talented teacher, Steve Perucca, at the Middletown arts center, where she is now an instructor.
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CHESSBOARD OF LOVE. Acrylic on canvas. 80x100cm. 2012
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.
couple representing the same landscape and being entitled: the first generation.
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 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.
In 1998, Boa decided to release hersefl from conventional structures of the academic painting, by turning on the abstract art. 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
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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. www.oliviaboa.sitew.com • email@example.com
Elinore Bucholtz After her education at UCLA, Adelphi University, and the Art Students League, Bucholtz started an art career that has gathered momentum quickly in the past couple of years with numerous shows through various organizations here in Manhattan: WSAC, Women In the Arts, Metropolitan Artists, Manhattan Arts International (on-line), and American Society of Contemporary Artists; and through solo shows (five this past year here in Manhattan). Her work has also been displayed more recently on various websites. Her artistic development has also moved rapidly from representational to abstract art in a very brief period of time. Her abstract art is loose and free flowing and has been described as "intuitive", " spontaneous", “creating a sense of "limitless space", having "light interact with matter in a way that breaks down the barriers between the physical and the ethereal ", offering "a cosmic, dreamy experience", conveying "the immediate pleasures of paint itself...with sensuous satisfaction and ...autonomous beauty.” "Bucholtz ...boldly carries the torch of Abstract Expressionism into the postmodern era by virtue of her energetic paint handling and unerring sense of form and color." Her latest review had this to say: “...her work calls to mind the definition ‘color construction’ since she employs broad strokes of the brush and possibly the palette knife to lay down brilliant hues that function as the actual building blocks of her composition.” DRAGONFLY. acrylic. 30" x 40".
Bucholtz has used all drawing and painting media excelling in acrylics and watercolor. Her work is now in numerous collections both on the east and the west coast as well as in England.
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CELEBRATION OF WATER. Pastel on suede paper. 22” x 28”.
JF CARO My great granduncle, Rafael Eiroa, was an artist in the late XIX century Spain. One of his paintings was in my parents’ home. It was a middle age woman sitting in a dilapidated straw chair. Her eyes were unfixed and gazed into space. It was almost as if she was waiting to catch the opportunity she did not have. Every night I fell to sleep thinking about her, about opportunities, the future, and most definitively that I wanted to paint like my uncle Rafael. After the Spanish Civil war, my family like many others immigrated to Argentina looking for the freedom they did not have. I still remember vividly those 21 days crossing the ocean aboard the ship Buena Esperanza (Good Hope). My uncle’s large canvas was carefully removed from the frame by my father, rolled and stored into a trunk labeled “memories from Spain”. Many years had passed before my mother decided to open the trunk. The canvas was severely damaged. I was a teenager and 14 • Art&Beyond • November/December 2012
had forgotten the woman sitting in a chair. Nevertheless, my parents knowing my interest for art suggested that I repair her. I bought oils and brushes and I did it! I knew then what I wanted to become. But when I told my father about my desire to enter the school of art he said “study son, you will always have time to paint”. I became a physician and soon after graduation I moved to the USA with my wife and daughter looking for freedom and opportunities, like my parents did. It has been a great 40 years journey but I never found time to paint like my father said. Thus, I left medicine and science at age 60 to find time to paint. My youngest son Rafael after reading this statement he smiled and firmly said “I will start a career in art this fall semester”. If I finish wanting to paint like my uncle Rafael and my son Rafael, I would say it is not a bad way to end.
BRABRANTS THRU THE NETHERLANDS. Watercolor and ink on silk. 33" x 21".
Debbi Chan On the cusp of two creative signs, the tiger and the rabbit, I was born in Houston, Texas. With a creative push from day one, I took up the brush by age ten. In my early years as a budding artist I decided that oil painting was not my thing but watercolor and ink were. That really never changed but the style vacillated from realism to fantasy throughout those formative years. It was not until a bit of aging wisdom came to me that I sought out a teacher and found Frank Chiu, a master artist in traditional Chinese painting. He mentored me for over a decade and was later joined by his wife, Judy. They showed me that just taking Sumi lessons was not enough. I involved myself in Chinese culture, philosophy, and art until it coursed through my veins and I saw the world through different eyes. My teacher gave me an artist name – Sosum. He said I always do what I say I will do and SOSUM was the He chose. What He did not know is that the main reason I got in to traditional Chinese art was to paint on silk. Sosum also means,
through the root character, threads of silk. I learned much from this wise teacher. then I took an invitation to visit Idaho for a three weeks vacation. Four days before my departure for home, I decided to live here and when I went back home it was only to pack my apartment and say two goodbyes: one to the Buddhist Temple where I was an ordained nun; the other, to the Chiu's, my mentors and teachers who had become family. Frank Chiu threw the IChing without my knowledge and four days later in my new home he told me what the sticks had said..... GO TO THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS...so now a decade has passed. I own a farm on ten acres of paradise, and my heart and art are reaching heights not reached by many... I can truly say that I am rich – rich with no money. And art is still as exciting as it was when I picked up that paintbrush fifty years ago.
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THE ART COMMITTEE. Oil on canvas. 36" x 32".
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! 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 16 • Art&Beyond • November/December 2012
numerous awards for her painting, sculpture, mixed media, and assemblage. 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.
310.556.4382 http://www.artbyione.com ICitrin@aol.com
W09.2011-0010. Oil on canvas. 120cm x100cm.
Joachim Gerschler Joachim Gerschler is 67 years old. He has been working for a few decades as the top restorer on historical buildings in Berlin doing analysis of the building`s history, the technical requirements of restoring them in the original sense and doing the restoration work himself and with his staff. Since 2010 he has begun to paint oil on canvas in rakel (spatula) technique and has produced up to now more than 100 such paintings, mostly in sizes of one to two m2, some in smaller
sizes and some up to 10 m2. In this field of art he is up to now completely unknown. He is still most busily producing new paintings. Now it seems to be time to get known internationally and he is looking for a competent party which is best suited to promote his works. Representing him is Dr. Hergen Heinemann who may be contacted under
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STROLL. Watercolor. 20” x 16".
Peggi Habets Peggi is an award-winning artist and instructor who works primarily in watercolor and mixed media on paper. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally and has been included a variety of publications, including "Best of America: Watercolor Artists", and the following magazines: Watercolor Artist;Watercolor Magic; Palette; and the Portrait Society of America's The Art of The Portrait. Most recently, she authored "Watercolor Made Easy: Portraits" and she was featured in "The Art of Drawing and Painting Portraits", both books published by Walter Foster Publishing. Peggi's painting was one of 125 selected from over 8,000 watercolors worldwide to be exhibited in the Shanghai Biennial Watercolour Exhibition in Shanghai, China. A watercolor instructor, Peggi has taught students from around the country and internationally. 18 • Art&Beyond • November/December 2012
“Although my portraits capture the likeness of the person I'm painting, I don't attempt to create portraits that look like photographs. Instead, I let the personality and characteristics of my subject guide my decisions. I bring my own style and ideas to the paper using color, brushstroke and composition to create mood and emotion. My greatest reward is to complete a portrait that captures not only the subject's likeness, but more importantly, their unique story. “
HOPI MAIDEN. Acrylic, gold leaf, canvas, thread collage. 36â€? x 48â€?.
tom heflin I usually paint realistic landscapes but every now and then I like to tap into that mysterious, sometimes dark, place in my heart and see what's hiding there. using pencil and sketch pad I begin by just letting the pencil go with no preconceived idea. Sometimes it works sometimes not but that's the fun of the adventure. I have done a series of strange little watercolors that I call "the visit". Viewers often ask me the meaning of the paintings....I didn't have an answer at first but after thinking about it I realized they are funny little self portraits portraying my 28 years of solitary
isolation in an abandoned farmhouse that had become my studio. This was self imposed because I had a studio in my home in the city. But those years of isolation made it possible to work uninterrupted for 14 hours a day five days per week. I have since moved back to my home/studio in the city but have fond memories of that peaceful place.
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SUBSEQUENT DOOR. Oil on canvas, 20" x 24"
Semproniu Iclozan is an intentionally known American artist, born in Transilvania, Romania. He received his MFA from Nicolaie Grigorescu Art Academy, Bucharest, Romania. His work has been shown at more than 51 exhibitions in Europe and United States. Iclozan’s art was published in many European books and catalogs around the world. Iclozan’s work is in the permanent collections at the Chicago History Museum, National Museum of Art in Bucharest, Romania, Museum of Contemporary Art, Poland, Royal Art Collection in Stockholm, Sweden and many others. For almost two decades, Iclozan was exhibited as a solo artist in numerous galleries around the world including; Ambassador 20 • Art&Beyond • November/December 2012
Gallery, NY, Portals Gallery and Hansen Gallery, Chicago, Fontanella Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy, Craiova Museum of Art, Romania, Drottinnggatan 100 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden. Iclozan has also participated in numerous of Art Expos, including the Vancouver, Chicago and Miami International Exhibitions. Iclozan’s artwork is also in many private art collections in United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, The Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
UNTITLED. Oil on canvas. 24” x 32”.
Marina Izrailevich The roots of my life and work are steeped in Russian art and culture. My earlier works had a whiff of Russian Constructivism (purely unconsciously; I was thrilled when it was pointed out to me). I am still searching for a way to express the breadth of feelings and emotions and the struggle for meaning and life’s anchor. My major influences are Mark Rothko, Wassily Kandinsky and Marc Chagall. My heart leaps when I see their work and I think ‘how do I do THAT’. My work is color, texture, and flow. Movement of pencil on paper, brush on canvas, and lines and shapes on a surface, any surface. The excitement of watching hot metal bending under acetylene torch and the flow of melting metal as two pieces are joined together and a sculpture emerges. It's about the
impossible, the discovery of a potential, and the excitement of seeing a completed work. And I continue the search. I like to work with almost all media: oil on canvas; watercolor, chalk, charcoal, and pastel on paper; occasional painting or drawing in acrylic; welded steel sculpture. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts at LIU in New York. I have had several shows in galleries in Manhattan and Long Island, and one of my shows was featured in the New York Times. I currently live and work in Santa Cruz, California.
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BULLDOG WITHOUT TEETH. Ink on paper - crosshatched
Gregory John As a very young child it was apparent that I had a great deal of energy, both in school and at home, for misbehaviour, breaking rules and not doing things the way we were told to. I struggled for inspiration in school, although I found learning easy it didn’t stimulate me and my inability to focus my attention on any given task caused me many problems. However, rebelling against the banality of the system as I understood it was not my only form of escapism because it also became apparent, at a very young age, that those times when I did seem highly motivated, energised and stimulated with ideas was when I was painting or drawing. Only then did I experience a feeling of true liberation. It doesn’t seem fair to describe art as some kind of antidote to everyday life, because life of itself has been an amazing adventure for me, although I struggle with the malevolence of our world to the point that I can become overwhelmed. It is during these moments that I feel compelled to create something that will exorcise my fear and confusion, or simply give me greater clarity and understanding, a sense of catharsis. When I think about what I want to achieve in a piece of art, I don’t consider what technique I’m going to use, or about adhering to one particular tradition or another, or how others are going to perceive me. I enjoy the freedom of abstract expressionism and its power at appearing visually simplistic whilst conveying highly complex and poignant subject matter. Many of my paintings are realistic in technique with a strong metaphorical theme, and this has worked for me at the time. I find myself being inspired all the time by many of the great 22 • Art&Beyond • November/December 2012
artists that are around today but I believe that when creating art an artist’s primary consideration must be to fulfil their own needs creatively without fear of judgement. When it comes to selling work I’ve sold many commissioned pieces of art but despite some attractive offers my own original paintings and sculptures are not for sale, strange as that may seem they are all very personal to me although other people are touched by them, which is very rewarding for me. However surely there will come a time when I’m ready to let them go. http://www.thegregoryjohngallery.co.uk/index.html
YELLOW LOTUS WITH LITTLE FISH. Oriental Brush Painting. 29” x 29”.
Darlene Kaplan Darlene Kaplan is an award-winning artist who has been captivating art lovers worldwide with her energetic Oriental Brush Paintings using Chinese watercolors for more than 40 years. Her many awards include First place at the Campagna Center, Alexandria, VA, First place at Green Spring Gardens, Annandale, VA, and Finalist at the 27th Annual Arts Competitions-Artist Magazine. She grew up in the country in Tennessee and states, "All of my spare time was spent walking in the woods searching out bugs, plants and anything else that was alive. Those childhood days spent with nature is brought alive every time I put a brush stroke down on paper. All of my paintings are derived from nature." Darlene paints in the Lingnan style of Oriental Brush Painting which is a combination of Western and East Asian art. She has been studying with Henry Wo Yue-Kee from 1994 till present. Mr. Wo paints and teaches this freestyle of ink and color on rice paper that originated in China centuries ago. "For many years I painted realism in oils before making the change to oriental brush painting. Studying martial arts/Tai Chi’ for years inspired me to try this medium, which I fell in love with
right away. The calming effect of grinding the ink before painting, the energy that is put into throwing ink on paper is just the greatest of pleasures that only this style of art allows me to feel." In her paintings Darlene attempts “to show purity in painting the snow, brightness in the moon, fragrance in the flower, sounds in the waterfall and spirit in people.” Before beginning, she has a vision in mind. "The mind has the plan and the hand follows. Once started, the brush and ink require full attention. Without the mood, brush and ink do not have anything to attach to; without brush and ink, the mood cannot be expressed. These are inseparable elements.” The artist has had many solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States including an exhibition of over 100 paintings representing Oriental Brush Painting during the Cherry Blossom Festival 2012 in Washington, DC. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums including Charles Sumner School Museum in Washington, DC, SoHo District in NY City, and many, many more locations. Her art may be viewed at Soft Brush Studio in Alexandria, VA and The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, and on her on-line at
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PLAISIRS OU LA NATURE A ̀ L'E ́TAT BRUT HUILE SUR TOILE. 60” x36”.
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.
Gold Medal Winner CAPSQ 1996, 1997, 1998 Winner of Gold Medal Krolin Tcheck Republik, Mutiple Gold Medal Winning painting 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002. Painting on exposition in Prague, Mexico, New York, Florida, California, Montreal, Canada, Domenican Republic, Costa Rica and Chicago. ART WORK “THE CHILD WITHIN ME FROM THE ROOTS OF LIFE COLLECTION” WINNER COVER PAGE ART & BEYOND MAGAZINE SUMMER EDITION 2012.
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
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.
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NATIVE AMERICAN ABSTRACT. Oil on wood panel.12" x 18".
Mike Menius lives in the wine country of Northern California. He is a plein air painter of the entire California coastal area. As a member of the "Monday Morning Painters" group, he goes outdoors to paint ocean side vistas, vineyard settings, the lagoon of Santa Rosa, etc. He also paints architectural interiors, as well as abstract work. Art training has included the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC the Torpedo Factory School in Alexandria, VA; the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, in Sebastopol, CA 26 â€˘ Art&Beyond â€˘ November/December 2012
He is a member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Southern California Plein Air Painters Association Sonoma Plein Air Foundation Former President, San Francisco Chapter, Colored Pencil Society of America
TALKING HEADS. Porcelain sculpture.
YOLK SOLEIL. (Martha Stewart Sereis)
Lilianne Milgrom can well be described as a “global artist at large.” Born in Paris, growing up in Australia and living for extended periods in Israel and the United States, she now resides in the greater Washington DC area. She exhibits extensively in local and international galleries and museums and her work can be found in private and institutional collections.
Milgrom’s diverse cultural background has been influential in shaping a multi-disciplinary approach to her art. “I resist selfimposed or external limitations. I have found that combining different art forms allows for the creation of a more complex visual language - as my work has evolved so has my palette.” Though the artist’s subject matter is equally eclectic, her body of work is defined by a conscious balance between the conceptual and the aesthetic.
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Original artwork photographed by Michael Gowin, www.gowinphotography.com
KERRY ROLEWICZ My formal art education began in high school with Early College Courses at the Art Institute of Chicago. I continued on to earn my BFA from Creighton University, where I spent a semester abroad with Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. My undergraduate work consisted of mainly large-scale oil painting and metal sculpture. Upon finishing school my work evolved from large to small and from paint to pencil and pastel. Over the past ten years of work I have been finding the balance between artist and motherhood.
JUGGLE. Oil Pastel and Pencil. 16” x 20”.
My work begins with an old frame, a blank sheet of paper and a handful of sharpened pencils. I trace the size of the frame on to the paper and begin scribbling. If all goes well I’m thinking of nothing at all. I scribble and erase, and scribble and erase, flipping the paper until I see something in the lines. I like when I find a nice nose or an arm or an eye. The piece evolves from there and is defined through colored pencil, oil pastel and oil painting mediums. It’s a great way to play with lines and color.
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BLOOMING ORCHIDS IN THE VASE. Oil on canvas. 24” x 30”.
Mila Ryk is a 3rd generation artist born in the Ukraine, she immigrated to United States in 1991. Shortly after moving to Chicago, she was introduced to Leon Oks, an artist whose work has inspired her greatly. She has been taking art lessons in his studio for several years. “Leon has helped me free my mind and express myself in ways I never thought possible” she said.
Inspired by Art Nouveau and amazed by the endless beauty of Orchids, she developed her unique style and technique, which gave her the ability to share her vision and feelings with a viewers. Mila Ryk unites line work of figures, brushstrokes, colors and nature in one single form of harmony and beauty. In 2009 Mila’s artwork has been published in the Best of America Oil Artists, Volume II book. Her art was listed in the International Dictionary of Artists 2011.
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BACKLESS. Oil on canvas. 10” x 10”.
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 30 • Art&Beyond • November/December 2012
swimwear 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. www.saraswan.com • email@example.com
AS THOUGH. pastel/graphite. 5” x 7”.
Tim Woodhouse I am a self taught artist. I was a very nervous and angry kid, so I chose drawing as a way to channel all that energy and emotion. I have no education in art, so I do things...just how I do them. I use common household items to draw with...such as brillo pads and sandpaper. Every brush I have is custom made for a specific use.
My work has been published in 'The worlds greatest erotic art of today. vol 3” (my work is tame compared to what all was in that book) and have won over 30 contests/competitions including a prize of my drawing on a billboard in NYC (see christiNaked.com) or you can visit my web site at
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HELLMAN'S carved travertine 13"h X 8"w X 8"d
robin antar Robin Antar works have been exhibited in various shows and galleries, including Sotheby’s, NY; the National Art Club, NY; Nabisco Gallery, NJ; Fine Art Management Enterprises, Miami, FL; the City Museum of St. Louis, Mo.; the Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA; the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, and others. Recent commissions include Dr. Marten Boots, England; Skechers Boots USA; California and Chateau HautBrion wines, France as well as private collections. She have been featured in newspapers including The New York Post, New York Daily News, Las Vegas Tribune and others, and magazines such as Fashion Manuscript, Art Business News and Sportswear International and NY Home, to name a few. Also she have been
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awarded The Allied Artist of America (Gold Metal of Honor and asked to become a full member), Match Up (first prize) in sculpture, work selected to be in Best of America artists and artisans, Best of New York Artists Books (second place) in sculpture, United Creators, (second place), Sculptural Pursuit (4th place in their national annual competition), Broadcasts include Today in New York, Fox News in Las Vegas, NV, HGTV’s “That Clever”, and 1010 Wins radio in NY. Memberships include Pen and Brush, NYC; National Association of Women Artists and the National Sculpture Society.
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sculpture • mixed media Mickey Bond My mixed media paintings explore nature's forces & the mystery of creation through acrylic paint, acrylic mediums and a wide variety of resists to paint combined with torn tree-fiber paper. My current series "Runes" emphasizes organic shapes, outlines and other marks made by embedding (and later removing) rocks and gravel from acrylic mediums and paint. Runes are symbols of language and also stones used in meditation and prognostication. A rune is also a mystery. I enjoy the inherent unpredictability of my process which allow me to collaborate with nature to make art. I was born in Israel to parents from Poland & Bulgaria but raised in west suburban Boston. After attending Colgate University as an undergraduate, I spent some years in Ann Arbor where I received my MA in American Literature from the University of Michigan. I have lived in Santa Fe since 1994 and show at the Jay Etkin Gallery. I teach private (DIY) workshops in acrylic and mixed media in my Santa Fe studio.
MESA NOON 2. Acrylic and torn tree-fiber paper on canvas. 48” x 30”.
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JOURNEY (2010). Mouthblown glass, wood, steel. 1200cm x 40cm x 1000cm.
David M Flower has been a leading light in UK glassmaking for 13 years. He has worked exclusively by commission to the worldwide glass collecting fraternity and has pieces in collections as far afield as Saudi Arabia, Denmark and the United States. David’s extensive expertise as a craftsman enables him to take on commissions of varied scale and complexity. He has led on £250,000 sculptures alongside completing chandeliers, dining tables and his own beautiful pieces.
“There is nothing that is impossible in glass. The material must be listened to, respected and worked with but ultimately will be coaxed into becoming. You cannot force it, but then again you cannot let it force you, you are in a symbiotic relationship with it; if you don’t love it then it will not love you back.” – David M Flower
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glass • sculpture • mixed media Francene Levinson I was born in Brooklyn, New York. My first art exhibits were held in my mother’s kitchen. Her patronage was invaluable and carried me through to my art studies at Brooklyn College, N.Y.C. There, I studied with Ad Reinhardt, Philip Pearlstein, Albert Terris, and Jimmy Ernst, obtaining a B.A. fine arts and a M.A. Art Ed. These artist-instructors significantly influenced my love of color, form and design. I also studied stone carving at Montoya Studios, Palm Beach, FL. My art career included 15 years as an art teacher: five years in New York and ten years in Florida. I now reside in Boca Raton, Florida. I earned a post-graduate ED.S degree from Nova University, Davie, FL for SLD instruction. Many of my Florida art students were new residents in the U.S.A. and often shared their multicultural artistic experiences. The discovery of Chinese Zhe Zhi modular paper folding was such a cultural experience taught to me by one of my art students. Now, after researching the technique, working in this unique paper medium allows me to create my own sculptural forms and give a singular voice to the unity of many. My paper sculptures have been juried into many exhibitions in Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma and Florida, including: The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, City Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, Paseo Originals Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK, The Scripps Research Center, Jupiter, Florida: Nexus: Science + Art ‘09,’10,’11,’12; The Rosen Gallery International Biennial, ‘08,’10,’12; The Armory Art Center; The Von Liebig Art Center; Rossetti Fine Art Gallery, The Artist’s Guild Gallery; The 110 Art Gallery; Cornell Museum-Crest Theater; 2010 Biennial- Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL and The 2011 - 60th Annual - All Florida Exhibition and Competition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. I have numerous first place awards and a great many other honors. More recently and importantly, my work has received the First Place Award at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, 2010
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PHOENIX. Paper Sculpture. 15”h x 10.5”w x 11”d.
Biennial, in Boca Raton, Florida. Also, my portfolio of work has been awarded the Mastermind Art Grant for South Florida; The Art Craft Award for Sculpture: Rosen Gallery “Biennial 2012”; Best in Show at Delray Beach “On the Avenue December, 2011” and Best in Show and People’s Choice at Rossetti Fine Art Gallery,” Summer Heat” Juried Exhibition Aug.2012. I have lectured on the history and technique of Chinese Zhe Zhi paper sculpture to various professional art groups. My portfolio may be seen on the web at www.francenelevinson.com. The possibilities are endless. The exploration is engaging. The results are inspiring.
SEASONS. Acrylic painting on wood panel with kiln glass inclusions Size: 36'' wide x 40'' tall x 2" deep
Anne Wren Nye Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Anne grew up as the only daughter of an ‘artist wannabe’ in a time where career choices for women were severely limited and certainly didn’t include art. Though her dream (and that of her mother) to making a living from an art career appeared unobtainable, she stubbornly pursued its often-circuitous route, completing course work for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting at the University of Idaho and California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
Today, Anne’s glass wall art, table sculptures and paintings are available at many fine galleries across the country. Her work is held in private collections all over the world including: China, Australia, Korea, Japan and Germany.
Anne has worked full-time as an artist since 1998. In 2000 she discovered the beauty of kiln glass, approaching it in her own painterly style and often using it to enhance her paintings.
Anne lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband Richard, who works alongside her as chief “engineer” and encourager.
Her work is a celebration of life, whether focusing on nature (as seen in “Rain Dance” and “Koi Pond”) or exploring the journey of women and ageing (shown in “Seasons”).
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THE NEW YORK TIMES 1863 Mixed media.
LADY IN BLUE CLOUD. Mixed media.
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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photography • digital art
RUNNING NATURE. Digital photography.
Guy Belair My passion for photography goes back to thirty years ago during my university education in science and my first and only scientific photography class. Since then, I have been pursuing my skills, mainly in nature photography. For the last 7 years, I have shifted to digital photography and I have participated regularly in contests on this topic, especially in macro photography. Last year, I participate for the first time in an art & craft exhibition to sell my photos. Recently, I became a member of ArtxTerra web site (http://artxterra.com/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=viewowner&user_id=645&Itemid=101 ) to spread my artistic work. Since 2010, I have started exploring more creative ways of making nature photography using digital techniques, with the objective of maintaining and expressing the spontaneity and freshness of nature photography.
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OFFICE BUILDING V. Digital art.
Arthur Jacob Throughout my life I have always had a greater visual sense about how the world looked versus other senses. This visual dominance in perceiving the world has profoundly affected my work as an artist. My art offers an infinite variety of visual perceptions and interpretations for the viewer. The viewer is told what the “real Life” image is in the title of the piece, but through abstraction and reconstruction of that image, the viewer is then asked and challenged to explore the shapes, colors, movements and forms, which the abstraction and reconstruction presents. Colors and shapes become emotion, while form and movement become attitude. Even when a work is easily recognized there is still a predominate thread of color, movement, shape and form. The techniques to achieve these photographic abstractions and reconstructions are a thoughtful and purposeful digital manipulation. Using a mouse rather than a brush to achieve a powerful medium of expression and communication, creates this style of fine art.
Prior to retiring in 2000 and devoting all of my time to photography and digital art, my professional career encompassed activities from social services to becoming involved with marketing, promotion and public relations in three large healthcare corporations. I later became the publisher of a small publishing house in Minneapolis that focused on adult and children’s books that addressed many types of family issues. After leaving the work-a-day world, I moved from Portland to Las Vegas. It was there that I began to promote myself as a serious artist focusing on creativity with photography and digital art. In 2008 I decided to return to the Portland area via Coos Bay where I presently resides. I also have a strong belief that one should be involved in the communities I live in. Putting this belief in to action, I have actively served on several community boards and committees, most recently, the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas and the Coos Bay Art Museum in Oregon.
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PLANES GO. Digital art.
Daniel R. Johnson A fascination with art started early with Daniel, but he really found his direction during his first year at Salt Lake Community College studying Graphic Design. It was then that he was introduced to the still-fledgling world of computer art. Graduating from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Illustration, he continued working with digital art and animation. In addition to freelance illustration, he began his career in computer games, eventually moving to northern California to pursue further opportunities. Daniel was eventually hired as an onsite digital illustrator for a Sonoma county design firm, where he honed his skills through years of
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commercial art for high tech, construction, infrastructure, and transportation clients. He also began teaching at colleges throughout the Bay Area, including the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. To continue teaching, Daniel became an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash. He has won national awards for his digital illustration, has been interviewed in industry publications, and has given presentations where he demonstrates his techniques. Daniel currently resides in Petaluma, California, where he works as a freelance digital artist, teacher, and author.
BLOODSHOT Digital Art.
Keith Parks Born in Los Angeles, Keith Parks grew up in the lovely town of Oxnard, California, where his father converted an old shed in their backyard into a darkroom to "keep him off the streets" while he was in high school. Keith began college at California State University, Northridge as a photography major, but as graduation approached and he realized there were no "Help Wanted: Photographer" ads in the classified section, but plenty of entry-level graphics jobs, he switched his emphasis to graphic art in his final year. In 1980 he got his BA in Art. That led to a 30+ year career in graphic design. In 2008, with his daughter about to depart for college, and his midlife
artistic crisis in full bloom, he felt the time was right to take a stab at some purely personal artwork. He devoted a couple of years to building up a body of work, and posted the resulting images to an online artist's community, eliciting positive reviews and valuable feedback. By 2010, with his hard drive filling up with image files, he took the advice of one of his old art professors to "enter every show you can", which lead to pieces being accepted into a variety of juried exhibitions around the country (thanks to the internet). Now, in his midfifties, he's looking for his "big break".
email@example.com â€˘ keithparks.daportfolio.com
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MIRROR BUILDING (Barcelona, Spain). Photography
YASMINE SAMIRY Fashioned by experience, feelings and vision Yasmine Samiry is an emerging photographer-artist the world should keep an eye on. Award winning, published and exhibited, she is drawing attention around her. Her life has been a journey of discoveries. Granddaughter of an archeologist-photographer, she remembers in her childhood, being drawn to the technology of the camera. She was fortunate to be surrounded by different cultures and able to see new places. At an early age, she was experimenting with her own SLR. Photography was first a form of escaping her traditional and sheltered environment; she was often characterized as a daydreamer. Drawn to “exotic” lands, her imagination would run free.
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In her adulthood she went to live and work in China and Asia, an experience that definitely changed the course of her life along with a year backpacking from Asia to America and later tour guiding in Austral-Asia. From then on she could finally fulfill a lifelong ambition: to explore the world with her camera. Curiosity and creativity have always been her guides; living in different cultures has been an experience that definitely enriched her life and that she loves to transmit. Yasmine is an art sourcer, photographer and artist, graphic designer and founder of a photographers’ collective. Yasmine will have an exhibition in London on November 30. You are of course welcome if you are going to be in the city, just send her an email.
BODIES. Digital. print on alu. 2012
Christel Sobke Christel Sobke was born in Paderborn, Germany as Christel Schneider. Christel grew up in Gelsenkirchen, Ruhr-district. In 1952 Christel began taking private lessons drawing architecture and nature with an artist in Gelsenkirchen. In1954 Christel was a First Prize Winner of the WAZ-artcompetition. WAZ was one the leading newspapers in Germany. During years between 1964 to 1970 Christel studied German and English literature. From 1978 to 1982 she studied art and design at the University College Niederrhein in Krefeld.
In 1976, Christel began her intensive work and preparation studying art and design taking numerous art lessons using oils, watercolor, and pencil drawing in the adults’ University in Krefeld. Christel’s main points of study in art and design include: nudes, portraiture, drawing of plants, animals and nature and architecture. Experimental painting (abstract), photography, theory of colour, projects of objects in public area, e.g. the “Kreisendes Streifen-Objekt“ (kinetic object with stripes) from 1983 freelance and from 1995 art studio in Essen-Kettwig actually living in Berlin and in Tacoronte, Tenerife.
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MOBSHAFT. Digital art.
Max Tzinman Max Tzinman was born in Romania and lived in Israel and Canada, immersing himself in a multitude of cultures that influenced his artistic philosophy. Formerly an architect, since his move to New York City he has returned to his first love, art. He has recently participated in art and photography shows at LACDA (Los Angeles Center For Digital Art), The Center for Fine Art Photography (Ft. Collins, CO), BAG (Brooklyn Art Gallery), Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Gallery, Moss Rehab/Einstein, Atlantic Gallery, MOCA (Museum of Computer Art), and the William Penn Foundation. He explains: "I am not a photographer or a conventional painter but an image storyteller. I am not trying to freeze the moment with a beautiful image, but to transform it to reveal the disturbing emotions that are buried beneath the surface".
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SODA CAN. Carved Yule marble. 19"h x 11"d x 10"w
F9-W09.2011-11-1. Oli on canvas. 40cm x 130cm.
Published on Nov 7, 2012
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