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PORTFOLIO magazine

issue 23



PORTFOLIO magazine

cofounder ben walker cofounder ingrid reeve

Artist Portfolio Magazine is an independent and free online digital art magazine. In this issue you will find the art from our LA vs NY II Art Exhibition. All artists submitted their art through our website and we narrowed it down to what we think are the best 20 works of art submitted. Make sure to follow us to see all the art from every artist who submits art through Artist Portfolio Magazine.

Cover Artist Paige Emery Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Anxious Oil on Wood 14" x 23"

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Ivars Jekabsons - Fontona, CA

Snowman - Oil on Canvas - 26" x 26"

-->> Ina Oil on Canvas 36" x 24"

Randy Sprout - Los Angeles, CA Randy Sprout began his art career in 1964 at the University of Iowa, printmaking and studying with Mauricio Lasansky and Dr. John Schultz. He graduated with a BA in fine arts from the University of Iowa in 1968 Army service in Korea interrupted his art for two years, after which he studied with Robert Heinecken, Jan Stussy, Ray Brown, Sam Amato, Richard Diebenkorn and Stanton MacDonald-Wright, in the UCLA Graduate School of Fine Arts. He was awarded an MA and an MFA at UCLA in 1973. He had many shows during that time, including a One Man show at the Santa Barbara Art Museum. He also worked during that time for the LACMA museum, with Ben Johnson, and got to restore many priceless prints for Norman Simon. Working closely with Jan Stussy and Stanton McDonald-Wright, he began painting and his drawings began to get larger and better. In 1973, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to restore some Goya steel-faced etchings at the Prado, in Lisbon. Then Ruth Weisberg of the USC Department of Art reached out to him, and he worked there as a Associate Instructor in printmaking for 2 years. After that, he taught painting and printmaking for 4 years at the UCLA Art Extension then taught painting, printmaking and drawing at Pierce College. He coauthored the book “Innovative Printmaking� 1977 Crown Publishers, New York. His work can be found in the following Collections: Archives Ohlone College, Fremont, California Grunwald Graphic Art Center, U.C.L.A. Photographic Collection, School of Fine Art, Ohio State University, Photographic Collection, Oakland Museum of Fine Art, California 44 U.S. Embassies around the world, Photographic Collection, U.C .L A Fall River Art Association, Mass. Photographic Collection, School of Fine Art, University of lowa. Print Collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Flint Institute of Arts He still lives in the foothills of Los Feliz with his wife of 45 Years, the former Dawn Eberle and has 3 children, Barrett 33 Laurel 36, and Robert 39. He now divides his time between painting, real estate management, and fishing on his boat the FORTUNA.

1st Street Train Station LA - Pen, Ink & Acrylic Washes on Paper - 8.5" x 11"

Boys on the Dock - Acrylic on Canvas - 30" x 30"

Hyewon Yoon - Torrance, CA My recent work deals with portals, more specifically things that are evoked around the openings in organic structures such as sea shells. There is a sense of mystery within the dark openings in these forms. This mystery is what draws me towards these forms. The organic forms are like abandoned structures, left over habitations and pieces of smaller ecosystems. What was there or where did it go? What is there now and how do these micro-universes relate to our own civilization? What similarities are there between the natural environment and humanity? How are the actions of mankind affecting the civilizations of these creatures? This work of art was formerly realized through oil paints, but has transformed into drawn works on paper. The organic nature of paper brings out a different visual interpretation of my mental thoughts. The action of drawing fine onedimensional lines on a permanent platform forces me to meditate deeply about my experience and express it with precision. This permanence does not allow me to retreat or correct which is in likeness to true life. And as in true life, the interpretation can only be reshaped in the future.

Abandoned Structure_01 Pen on Paper 49.5" x 38"

Abandoned Structure_03 - Pen on Paper - 45.5" x 35"

Kristine Schomaker - Los Angeles, CA

KRISTINE SCHOMAKER is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles California. She received her BA in Art History and her MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge. Kristine has taught art history at Antelope Valley College and Pasadena City College, she has formed an artist collective in Los Angeles, has organized and curated numerous art exhibitions and she is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association, Southern California Women's Caucus for Art, College Art Association and Siggraph. Currently Kristine is the president of the Brewery Artwalk Association. In 2011, she won honorable mention in the Fabrik Magazine juried competition and in 2010 she won the jurors award at the Annual Juried art Exhibition at California State University at Northridge.

A Comfortable Skin, Installation

A Comfortable Skin Fiberglass, Acrylic 6' x 2'

A Comfortable Skin, Avatar Simulacrum Digital Variable

Anton Godard - Los Angeles, CA I push the limits, if there are any, using canvas and paint. I cut and paste canvas as if working with paper,, lifting, folding and flowing loose to create a three dimensional painting. Love of fantasy writers have inspired my subjects. My recent experiments leave the frame entirely to free the painting to be hung anywhere no longer confined to the wall.

Magic of Youth - Paint on Canvas - 47" x 45" x 5"

Forest Creature - Paint on Canvas - 44" x 43" x 6"

Preston M. Smith - Los Angeles, CA Through my artwork, I am mainly interested in exploring the existential experience of the human being. I find myself constantly infatuated by “scenes”, almost “freeze-frames” of the human experience, ranging from the ordinary to those bordering on insanity. I am not concerned with adhering to specific genres that exist in art; in fact I will sometimes mix many different techniques in the same painting. Rather, my work focuses on and is an expression of the human condition, incorporating feelings of confusion, suffering, depression, wonder, nostalgia, empathy, happiness, etc.. Though my work many times features strong elements of realism, these “scenes” come mainly from my imagination and therefore can be quite abstract. However, I do deal with the human figure in many paintings and when doing so I am concerned primarily with emotional content. Eyes are a focal point in many of my paintings, and I also deal with the appearance of human skin much as I would with fabric. This makes my work stand apart from many figurative paintings. I keep myself constantly inspired by surrounding myself with music, literature, movies, and by cultivating my own everyday experiences. I use all of these elements to completely access the present moment, where all true creativity flows from, and which allows ideas to adapt and evolve. This is what feeds my art and helps it to grow and change with every passing day and moment.

-->> Just Bee Oil on Canvas 24" x 36"

Force of Nature Oil on Wood Panel 24" x 36"

Joanne Wu - Irvine, CA

Diamond in the Blue - Digital - 15" x 20"

Hope - Digital - 15" x 20"

Paige Emery - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Paige Emery is an Orange County-based fine artist currently attending school at Laguna College of Art and Design. She plays between oil painting, drawing, and printmaking to depict life the way she sees through her eyes. Specializing mostly in portraits, she expresses the character of subjects with an illustrative and impressionistic touch. She uses vivid color and bold brush strokes to capture the emotion of her subjects and force that emotion on her audience. Her paintings display people caught in a moment of time and truth among the rushing motions and patterns of life.

Daydream Oil on Wood 24" x 42"

Anxious - Oil on Wood - 14" x 23"

Adam Greener - Venice, CA In his large-scale loose-leafs, seemingly torn from the notebook of a distracted grade-schooler, Adam Greener explores the ways in which the youthful imagination processes the chaotic swirl of social and cultural imagery that seeks to shape, stimulate, and confine it all at once. As a kid, Adam spent most of every 56-minute class period doodling in his spiral-bound, visual wanderings that often landed him in detention, repeatedly writing “I will not…” With this series of ink illustrations, created on handmade “notebook” sheets, he taps into his memories of his early visual preoccupations and re-presents them with a witty and subversive not-so-grown-up eye. In Greener’s vision, movie monsters cast an ominous shadow over a pop quiz; Star Wars characters intrude upon the passage of a love note: All of early experience — cognitive, social, emotional — is circumscribed, for better or worse, by our cultural iconography. In May, Greener participated in Create:Fixate, a prestigious art organization that puts on group shows featuring 30 emerging artists from the Los Angeles area where he sold out and won BEST IN SHOW. In October 2013, Greener participated in Artworks for the Cure event and in December, The Kimball Art Center in Park City hosted Greener’s first solo show.

-->> Artist Prismacolor on Board 32" x 40"

Heat & Matter Ink, Prismacolor on Board 32" x 40"

Curtis Brooks - Santa Monica, CA My work is an exploration of something deep rooted within me. It is a connection to my lineage, heritage and the harsh desert terrain on which I was raised. It is not an intellectual pursuit but rather an instinctive process. I create a visible history for each piece and through my efforts I am able to connect with and examine my own personal history and spiritual present. I am motivated, inspired and driven most by the material that I work with. All the wood and paint used in my work is essentially scrap wood and leftover paint from my many years of restoring and painting homes and furniture. I use sheets of acrylic and latex enamel paintskins to create paint sculptures. It is a technique that I have developed and been experimenting with for many years. I also use plywood and stir sticks with paint and wood finishes to build wood sculptures. The titles are the names of actual paint colors found on a stick in each piece, or used in the making of the paintskins in the sculptures. I am expressly interested in the potential that paint and wood have to offer as a medium in sculpture.

Sunbeam - Paintsticks - 72" x 48"

Cupids Dart - Paintsticks - 39 x 48"

Sedi Pak - Los Angeles, CA Sedi Pak was born in Korea and spent her early years living in the middle east, Europe, and South America. Sedi studied at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She has successfully directed large commercial and residential design projects here and abroad. Her work as an experimental artist is widely appreciated.

Amoebus II 3/4" Plywood and Steel 97" x 52" x 24"

Amoebus III 3/4" Plywood and Steel 93" x 61" x 29"

Alexander Churchill - Norwalk, CT Through my art I want to explore an underlying anxiety and uncertainty towards the natural world and human interaction. I attempt to do this by creating images that will incite certain feelings of vague uneasiness, confused intrigue and ominous portent. I also make an effort to subtly include themes of fundamental human concerns with the use of ambiguous symbolism, absurd imagery and abstract elements. The intention of this is to trigger an elemental and animalistic part of the viewer in a way that is suggestive to powerful controlling cues like sexuality, violence, personal interaction, relationships with children and abstract thought. All of this portrayed as a delicately painted picture, having some semblance of a narrative, attempts to create a conflict between beauty and repulsion and a tension between empathy and mistrust. Ultimately I want to use my art as a way to observe humanity's interaction with itself and the extramental and to try and learn something about myself and find some truth in the human experience, while at the same time make the viewer do the same.

Beauty of Nature - Oil on Canvas -24" x 30"

A Girl Needs a Grub - Oil on Canvas - 24" x 32"

Tatiana Mitra - New York, NY

After I gave birth my life changed forever. It acquired a new meaning and so did my art. I've been sculpting for many years but I never felt I could give people as much with my art as I do now. For me, motherhood is a unique state of body and soul that is not created by simply giving birth to another being it blooms into its full strength from interaction between a mother and her child: from touch, eye contact, body warmth, love and care. Through my sculpture I attempt to share my own deeply human and yet unique experience of being a Woman and a Mother.

Listening to the Life Within - Sculpture - 15" x 8" x 8"

Mother's Love - Sculpture, 11" x 9" x 7"

Christopher Kennedy - Doylestown, PA

To create the Photo Luminism technique, I have combined my loves of photography and colored illuminations with the effect of static light sources on a digital sensor in motion. The complex images are created in a long exposure using meticulously staged illuminations while the camera and lens are manipulated to achieve the intended goal. Photo Luminism abstractions of ‘light unseen’ are created entirely in-camera in a single exposure with no creative post additions. The challenge for me in creating this series was to result in something different; something fresh and alluring; to show how beautiful light can be and to capture the imagination, stimulating thought and conversation. I believe that if art is to be bold, the statement it makes should be equally outspoken. To that end I print my images onto large sheets of lightly brushed aluminum, a medium whose inherent reflectivity enhances the images of light with an almost 3-dimensional luminosity. The dye sublimation process is utilized for exceptional color, brilliance and longevity.

Passage 2 - Digital - 96" x 43"

Playful - Digital - 60" x 33"

Xiao Fu - Brooklyn, NY Xiao Fu is a Chinese artist who is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China, and her MFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Her experiences visiting and living in a variety of cultures has given Xiao an appreciation for the unique characteristics and complexities found in diverse communities. Her journeys continue to impact and influence the imagery she employs in her works.

Did You See Me? - Neon, Steel - 32" x 50" x 18.5"

Two Squares - Steel - 15.5" x 21" x 12.25"

Cross - Steel - 7.5" x 17.5" x 9"

Abie Sussman - New York, NY

Wait Until Morning - Digital Print - 48" x 58.33"

Mandela - Digital - 48" x 70"

Gregory Maroun - Redding CT

Gregory Maroun, a native of South Africa, is affectionately known as Boffa. Gregory has only recently decided to share his Art with the world after many years of creating. As an artist, Gregory utilizes a vast array of materials to create unique designs, pushing the envelope with his intricate, expressive images that are drawn by hand.

-->> Love is Blind Pen & Ink 16" x 20"

Lonely Child Pen & Ink 16" x 20"

Joseph O'Neil - New York, NY

-->> Benches Digital Photography 11" x 17"

Time Square Digital Photography 11" x 17"

Raisa Nosova - Woodland Park, NJ

Raisa Nosova is a Russian-born American artist that has received her formal art education from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Vesalius College in Brussels, and the Art Students League of New York. Curiosity in cultures and in clear perception of the world has driven Raisa to begin encountering the world through travels to Europe, Near East, and Southeast Asia. She shares the discovered essence through her “atmosphere-capturing� paintings. Raisa has shown at galleries throughout the New York City metropolitan area, with solo shows in Brooklyn, Newark, and Montclair, NJ. Her work has also been exhibited in group shows at the Monmouth Museum, the Whistler Museum of Art, Bakhrushin Central State Theatre Museum in Moscow, the SCOPE art fair in Miami, Armory Art Center and NJIT Museum. She has created public artworks with colleagues as well as autonomously in Brussels, Miami, New York, and Northern New Jersey. Raisa is a recipient of George T. Dorsch Award, 2012 and Fannie Kipnes Memorial Award for Oil Painting, 2014.

Avenue d'Auderghem, Bruxelles - Oil on Canvas - 44" 68"

33rd Line, Rostov-na-Donu - Oil on Canvas - 60" x 60"

Steve Sangapore - Milford, CT My philosophy on art is very much parallel to my philosophy on life. The greatest beauty is the dynamism within the endeavor. Our philosophies, education, experiences and interests are always changing, keeping the intrigue high the will for progress higher. As an artist, the chase is often more rewarding than the final conception of the objective. I create because I enjoy the act of creating, not just the final result. My work is hard-edged, geometrically illustrative renditions of themes relating to my observations of reality and experience. My objective within the work is the capturing of socially objective scientific themes and personal, visceral reflection. Visually, my art is a gathering of matter strongly focusing on the nature and physics of reality and themes in my own personal philosophies. Each canvas bears a tangible and detailed capturing of profound moments of focus through arrangement, depth and texture. My passion for science and investigative will for understanding reality, truth and the symmetries in life are all aspects of my being in which I feel may be the most worthy subject of my visual expression. Within my process, I abstractly and implicitly convey ideas and implications of my own subjectivity. Sex, mystery, growth of knowledge and deep philosophical emotions are themes in which I break down into visual shapes with texture and form. Through visual means, I attempt to express humanities’ deepest questions and marry together some of the most profound scientific theories humans’ have ever devised. Like phrases in music, my work's leitmotif and creative spirit will forever remain a watermark in the web of our never ending, dynamic, and collective conscious manifestation that is existence itself... I am a recent graduate (December 2013) of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. During my four years I earned my BA in Graphic Design as well as Traditional Studio Art, and minor in Music. In November of the same year I completed a seven month internship with All U Design in Branford, CT and am currently working as a Graphic Designer in the greater Boston, MA, area. I am currently exhibiting nationally receiving gallery representation from Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, USA and Uforge Gallery in Jamaica Plain, MA, USA.

The Place - Acrylic on Canvas - 40" x 30" x 2" <<-And then There was Life Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 30" x 2"

Artist Portfolio Magazine - Issue 23 - LA vs NY II  

Artist Portfolio Magazine is an independent and free online digital art magazine. In this issue you will find the art from our LA vs NY II A...

Artist Portfolio Magazine - Issue 23 - LA vs NY II  

Artist Portfolio Magazine is an independent and free online digital art magazine. In this issue you will find the art from our LA vs NY II A...