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FOLIO magazine




PUBLISHER ben walker

EDITOR ingrid reeve

JUROR joe biel

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CopyrightŠ 2013 Artist Portfolio Magazine All contents and images cannot be reproduced without written permission from artists. Artists in Artist Portfolio Magazine retain rights to all their images.

Artist Portfolio Magazine is an art magazine that contains the art of both emerging and established artists from around the world. The artwork featured in this issue of Artist Portfolio Magazine comes directly from the Artists who participated in the Portraits Art Exhibition at The Winners were chosen not by their status in the art world, but by the merit of their work. Artist Portfolio Magazine does not sell art. If you are interested in any of the art in this magazine then please contact the artist directly by clicking on the link under their name. We hope you enjoy the art in this issue and if you would like to get your art into Artist Portfolio Magazine then please visit us at the website below.

6 Top 3 Artists

14 Honorable Mentions

34 Interview with AJ Nafzinger

40 Editor's Choice

AJ Nafziger Indianapolis, IN

Self-Portrait. Oil on Panel 33" x 18"

Flowers Oil on Panel 48" x 28"

David Bender Brooklyn, NY

Emergente - Oil on Linen, Mounted on Board - 15.25" x 15.25"

A Painter's Doubt - Oil on Linen - 15" x 15"

Matthew Cook Perrysburg, OH

Equanimity - Graphite Mounted Paper - 12" x 12"

Ablution - Oil on Canvas - 36" x 48"


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Thomas Acevedo - Syracuse, NY

Justice - Ceramic, Steel, Concrete - 24" x 20" x 90"

Nash Bellows - Huntington Beach, CA

Kate - Acrylic on Panel - 60" x 48"

Jennifer Bilek - Woodside, NY

Portrait of Kyle - Oil on Canvas - 26" x 26"

Alison Brockel - Portland, OR

Aaron's Sexy Model Face - Acrylic - 18" x 24"

Armando Cabba - Montreal, Canada

Matthieu - Oil on Canvas - 24" x 36"

Dustin Farnsworth - Penland, NC

Promontory Pine, Basswood, Poplar, Plywood, Veneer, Bendable Plywood, Steel, Luan, Human Hair, Various Polychrome 42" x 42" x 44" (7' tall with pedestal)

Andrea Feldman - Hinsdale, MA

Artful Warrior - Watercolor and Oil Pastel - 12" x 18"

Addie Fisher - Durham, NH

Untitled - Digital Print - 17" x 11"

Sheila Fletcher - Saint Cloud, MN

Portrait on a Train Oil Linen on Canvas 21" x 23"

Katie Getz - Savannah, GA

Outlaw - Analog Photography, Platinum/Palladium Print - 4" x 5"

Alexander Landerman - Stevens Point, WI

Spyros Heniadis - Charcoal, Ink, Graphite on Paper - 16" x 29"

Greta Grigorian - Los Angeles, CA

Marta - Acrylic and Joss Paper on Masonite - 11" x 14"

Michiko Ito - Gardena, CA

Fujimi no Hana - Only a Precious Person in My Life. Part of Series Young and Pretty #1 Charcoal on Paper - 78.5" x 53"

Erin Gilson - Loveland, FL

Gazing Into the Future - Oil on Canvas - 36" x 48"

Brian Moreland - San Diego, CA

Tony - Oil on Canvas - 84" x 84"

Armin Mersmann - Midland, MI

Face Study of Steve Parkhurst. Pencil. 22" x 22".

Vernon McCombs - Chicago, IL

En-Genderer 63 - Digital Photo - 20" x 30"

Kaz Ooka - New York, NY

A Warrior Adrift - Oil - 60" x 48"

Angela Rassenti - Montreal, Canada

Fangirl 1 - Acrylic - 10" x 10"

Allison Geyer Brown - Yucaipa, CA

A Goddess Revealed - Oil - 24" x 30"

AJ Nafziger

Bear - Charcoal, Carbon Pencil - 12" x 12" - 2011

APM: AJ, thank you so much for taking a moment to tell us more about you. WeĘźre fascinated by your self-portrait, which was awarded first place in the 2013 Portrait Art Contest & Exhibit by our esteemed juror, Joe Biel . Can you tell us more about this piece? AJ: I am very interested in exploring symbolism and the feelings and ideas people have come to associate with specific objects. Christmas Tree lights, because of their relation to the holiday, have associations of joyful celebration and family togetherness. In this piece I tried to play with their symbolic quality by taking them out of their predictable context and using them to invoke the opposite, a somber lonely feeling. I also wanted to play with the image of a light bulb as being symbolic of a thought or an idea, like when one appears over a characterĘźs head in a cartoon. In contrast to the clear, vivid type of idea usually illustrated with this symbol, I wanted to use light bulbs to imply a fleeting or unconscious type of thought, which is usually more common for me concerning my artistic inspirations. This is a unique painting because in addition to being another piece in my portfolio, it is kind of a reflection on the rest of my work as well. APM: I'm surprised to hear the lights are "Christmas Lights;" I hadn't recognized them as such, primarily because to me they first reference Hanukkah due to their positioning. "Chrismukka" comes to mind, and I think of interfaith families and celebrations, but ultimately the piece does indeed invoke a somber feeling, which leads to the contradictions you're after and some interesting narratives. The colors and application help create the somber mood. Can you share some aspects of your painting process for artists who feel an affinity with your piece and would like to paint in a similar manner? AJ: My painting style is fairly direct, with no real layering or glazing processes or use of different mediums added to the paint. I do most of my mixing of colors and values on the palette and use small flat brushes to paint. I then use a slightly larger filbert brush to go back and blend values, hiding brush strokes and giving the work a smoother, less expressive finished look. I would compare this to the way a blending stump is used for drawing, which makes sense because I think the way I paint is based heavily on the way I have learned to draw, which I have been doing for much longer. I always paint over everything at least a second time, basically painting the same thing over top of itself. This helps me to heighten details, create more vibrant colors and levels of value contrast, and to make any changes or adjustments. APM: Tell us about your background and current studio life. AJ: My dad is an art teacher, so my informal education in art started at a very early age. I have always loved expressing myself and seeing my thoughts and ideas come to life visually and have been fortunate enough to have had encouragement to do so starting early on. I graduated from the University if Indianapolis in 2008 with my BachelorĘźs degree in drawing and psychology, and again in May of 2013 with my MA in painting and drawing. Currently, there are some big changes taking place for me. I am preparing to move to Phoenix, AZ in several weeks, where I will be pursuing my MFA at Arizona State University. I am looking forward to seeing what kinds of inspiration the move and the change of pace might bring to my work.

APM: Wow. Congratulations! That's very exciting. On behalf of all of the staff at Artist Portfolio Magazine, we wish you the best. We hope you'll share your work in the future so we can see how it has evolved. Now that you mention it, your work does seem quite psychological- it seems to be about the state of mind of the character and whatever is happening internally. How does psychology influence your artwork? AJ: Since I studied psychology in college, I have always been interested in the mind, especially theories concerning unconscious thought. I feel that most of the time over-thinking a piece of artwork ruins it for me and probably for the viewer too. I think that once a problem is solved or a question is answered, it is no longer interesting to think about. Overthinking a piece can cause this to happen, so I like to let my mind wonder and explore irrational thoughts and associations when IĘźm conceiving the idea for a painting or drawing. It makes my art more difficult to explain but I think it keeps me more interested as I work and the result I hope is more provocative to the viewer. A lot of this I have learned from studying psychology and from other artists who have recognized psychological theories of the unconscious in the past, namely the painters of the surrealist movement. Duplication Oil on Panel 35.5" x 16.5" 2012

APM: The dark background works well for this idea of exploring the unconscious mind. Who are some of the artists that influence your work? AJ: Stylistically I have always been an admirer of Caravaggio and in college began mimicking the dramatic lighting of his work. It has become a huge part of my aesthetic and something I cannot see myself straying too far from. I also love the visual appeal of fabric draperies. I remember really noticing and appreciating this for the first time when seeing a picture of Rogier van der WeydenĘźs "Descent from the Cross." As far as content is concerned, I take a lot of inspiration from surrealist painters. At the moment I am very interested in Rene Magritte and Kay Sage. I have been reading a lot about both lately as well as obsessing over their paintings. They were both intentionally enigmatic, which makes their paintings really fun to try to understand, since there was not likely any strict intended meaning at which the artists wanted the viewer to arrive. Most artists I connect with seem to be more interested in thinking freely than explaining something specific.

Big Eye Oil on Panel 48" x 36" 2012

Hearts - Charcoal, Carbon Pencil - 12" x 12" - 2011

AJ Nafziger

Ip Pang - Hong Kong

Good Night, No Super Flu - Oil on Canvas - 100 x 55 cm

Gale More O'Ferrall - North Vancouver, Canada

Daydreaming Oil on Canvas 38 x 76.5 cm

Paul Daniels - Montebello, CA

Kobe Bryant "Mamba" Acrylic 48" x 48"

Daniel Dust - Springfiled, OR

Fire Rising - Acrylic on Canvas - 48" x 60"

Kodachi Miroc - Japan

Irohauta Digital

Jill Sanders - Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Gentl - Photography - 5" x 7"

Neal McDannel - Hilton, NY

Paul - Pastel - 21" x 31"

Jordan McAfee - New York, NY

Shane - Digital

Jill Pabich - Salem, MA

They See it Coming (But You Don't) - Oil on Canvas - 24" x 24"

Marv L Roussan - Sheridan, WY

Eddy - Oil - 20" x 16"

Brian Henry - Metairie, LA

Murray - Acrylic Paint Pens - 36" x 48"

Michael Reeder - Brooklyn, NY

Inbreathe - Acrylic, Gouache on Wood Panel - 12" x 9"

Eddy Chang - Athens, GA

Echo - Graphite on Paper - 18" x 24"

Kayli Rideout - Concord, NC

Ben - Acrylic Paint - 24" x 30"

Shang Ma - San Francisco, CA

Rain - Mixed Media - 30" x 40"

Laara Cassells - Medicine Hat, Canada

Alicia and The Countess Golovin (after Elisabeth Vigee Lebrun) Acrylic on Dibond Panel 33.5" x 38"

Meeg Conroy - Denver, CO

Mr. Limpett - Pen and Ink - 11" x 17"

Simon+Kim - Kriend, Switzerland

Lifestory Woman - Digital

Noah Gallo-Brown - Seattle, WA

Self-Portrait - Oil - 33" x 47"

Claudia Bicen - San Francisco, CA

Tat Tvam Asi - Pastel on Wood - 12" x 12"

Ulrike Scheuchi - Laguna Beach, CA

Memento I - Digital - 20" x 24"

Reyhan Ayter - Adana, Turkey

Portre - Digital - 80 cm x 100 cm

Silvia Marieta - Entroncamento, Portugal

Looking for Balance - Oil on Canvas - 180 cm x 180 cm

Michael Wiens - Belmont, CA

Tendai - Oil and Gold Leaf - 24" x 30"

Jennifer McNulty - Oak Park, IL

Lincoln - Mosaic Tiles, Photo Prints - 28" x 33"

Sandrine Pelissier - North Vancouver, Canada

Day Off - Watercolor, Mixed Media on Paper - 29" x 22"

Dan Pyle - West Hollywood, CA

Paparazzi - Charcoal - 19" x 29"

Michael Kennedy - Laurinburg, NC

A Gift - Pen and Ink - 18" x 24"

Deborah Stabile - Flemington, NJ

Jess at Work - Crayon - 18" x 24"

Artist Portfolio Magazine is branching out and zooming in creating new opportunities for community based artists by restructuring the magazine to feature smaller regions, communities and particular cities. In each new issue, Artist Portfolio Magazine will showcase two distinct cities or regions. Each artist who submits artwork will be featured in the Artist Portfolio Magazine blog, and 20 select artists will be included in the popular online art magazine. These will include artists who present a unique voice, and also artists who seem to exemplify common themes in their community, such as the colors, media, or ideas that repeat themselves. Artist Portfolio Magazine is accepting work in the following mediums: visual art (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography mixed media, etc.), video art (short films, performance art, conceptual art, experimental film, etc.), and short stories. Each artist should select their region or city from the following categories:

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