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Youri Messen-Jaschin Symphony I


• Issue 17 • On the Front Cover Youri Messen-Jaschin Symphony I, 2014 Bas Relief, Plexiglas 142 x 120 x 0.4 cm On the Back Cover Svetlana Cameron Portrait of Ballerina Natalia Osipova Pastel on paper 70 x 50 cm Designed & Published in France Printed in the Netherlands Distributed Internationally All Rights Reserved ® No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in retrieval systems, or transmitted in any form or any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher and copyright holders.

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Select Artwork By ARIANE AHLMANN A N D R E A A M E LU N G CELIA CARL ANDERSON K AT E R Y N A B I E L I KO VA LU C I A B R AU B U R G E R DANIEL BUTTERWORTH SVETLANA CAMERON A S TA C A P L A N D E N N I S C A S E Y P H OTO G R A P H Y YVONNE CHEAH NIRA CHOREV CYNTHIA COLDREN LY N D E N C O WA N JIEYU DENG J O C E LY N E D E S C H A M P S - K U S E U OY C H U N VA S S O F R A G KO U KEITH M. FRANCIS LARRY GARMEZY ELENA GEORGITSA GIACOMO GIANNELLI MARSHALL GOULD C L AU D I A G R I M M J. HUGHEY MONICA IKEGWU JOLIC A N A J U N KO MONIKA KIVINIEMI B R A N DY K R A F T LY N N L E TO U R N E AU JASON M LEVI

L I A KO S S U S A N L I Z OT T E M O N I C A LO N C O L A MAHOOD CAROLINE MARCANT K E L LY M A R S H A L L DONNA K MCGEE YO U R I M E S S E N -J A S C H I N MOVING ELEPHANT BY MARK GABRIELE MUSEBRINK LU C Y O ' D O N O VA N ROBERT OLSZOWSKI D O M I N G O C PA R A D A ALEXANDRO PELAEZ JACO PUTKER J E A N - M A R I E R E N AU LT CARMEN REY JOE FORREST SACKETT PAU L S A N TO L E R I M O L LY S C A N N E L L MIRO SEDLAR ALISA SHEINSON ALEX SHER TEJBIR SINGH L E S L I E P L ATO S M I T H M A R Y C AT H E R I N E S O L B E R G INGRID STECKELBERG E D UA R D O V I LC H E Z I R I N A V Y S OTC K AYA S T E P H A N I E WA D E K E N C H LOT T W E AT H E R S WEITING WEI M I KO Ł A J W ŁO D A R C Z Y K N ATA Z V I A D A D Z E


Youri Messen-Jaschin Symphony I, 2014 Bas Relief, Plexiglas 142 x 120 x 0.4 cm

Youri Messen-Jaschin Color in motion Dressed in pink from head to toe, wearing a shirt with moving patterns, at least when abstracted, Youri is firmly camped in these ankle boots – always Dr. Martens! – with equally flashy colors: pink with green laces for the left foot, and blue with an orange lace for the right. A 78-year-old youngster who dresses in colorful gaiety according to time and mood, to bring color right onto the street, points out the guy who adds mischievously: “The day I die, I’ll be part of dusty collections of photos taken by many passers-by who immortalized me through their lenses.” This color, that the artist loves so much – and which is incidentally the basis of his work, plus movement – still doesn’t make for an entertainer. Quite the contrary. When he is in front of a canvas or a sculpture project, it’s serious: “I am very meticulous and picky.” It is a guarantee of quality in his work. Besides, he immediately clarifies, “I am and have to be very quiet because if I paint a straight line, it must be perfect and not curved.” In the old days, the designation “Master” was reserved for a painter who succeeded in drawing a perfect circle freehand. In that respect, this designation is well deserved since, in addition, it allows him to control ... the square! Color has dwelled in him all his life, “I was born in a rainbow! As a child, my parents dressed me very colorfully.” Thus, this love for color represents a positive attitude due to his upbringing rather than an artifice of fashion to stand out. Born in Arosa in Grisons in 1941, Youri is the only child of a Russianborn father and a mother from Berlin, “And here is the cocktail at the exit,” he quips. “For me, color plays an important role, especially in optical art because the basic colors are always set in opposition to each other. And it is precisely by their confrontation that we obtain optical movement of the work. Op Art is certainly created with geometry, but mainly by color. By playing with it, you arrive at a third dimension.” Laurent Delaloye, Contemporary Art Critic

www.yourimessenjaschinopart.com https://yourimessenjaschinbibliography.wordpress.com/2019/01/


Ariane Ahlmann ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 8 ▫︎

The Load Mixed media 14,5 x 3,5 x 7,5in.

“My work approaches the universal aspects of power and ignorance, and their interconnections. Even though I focus on timeless attributes, my paintings and sculptures are not detached from urgent contemporary matters. The man-made challenges that we face today, such as climate change, are recurrent themes in my work and are clearly the result of power and ignorance.”

ARIANE AHLMANN www.arianeahlmann.com


▫︎ 9 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Celia Carl Anderson See Me If You Can Acrylic on canvas 42 x 42 in.

Often with sociopolitical overtones, Anderson uses images, particularly the human form, to express ideas, emotions, and to make people think.

CELIA CARL ANDERSON www.celiacarlanderson.com


Andrea Amelung ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 10 ▫︎

Rust and Patina Oxidation techniques on canvas 140 x 170 cm

Andrea Amelung’s works are created with different oxidation techniques with iron powder, iron filings, sand, pigments, copper particles, brass and bronze chips, and various rust solutions. Working with different solutions or exposing her material to the weather, she attentively follows the slow development, the exciting change, the alternating patination and the gentle play of colors. Amelung’s passion is the rust and its traces of corrosion.

A N D R E A A M E LU N G www.pigmentmaster.com


▫︎ 11 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Kateryna Bielikova Odin, 2016 Acrylic on cardboard 30 x 21 cm

“My work “Odin” is about a handsome pet that is a symbol of devotion. To paint is a very important part of my life. Thus, my desire to create my own inspiration, which I usually find in emotions, music, and animals; in all that makes a person feel. That is why a great number of my paintings are created just within a night. A new loop in my art had come off the birth of my daughter. Discovering a huge world for her as a child I reopened it also for myself. As an autodidact, I’m not fixed on a specific medium. I experience new opportunities and open new horizons with great pleasure.”

K AT E R Y N A B I E L I KO VA http://arts-ua.com/artists/zooengineer


Lucia Brauburger ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 12 ▫︎

Irma 1 (Hurricane) Acrylic on canvas 110 x 110 cm

"I only discovered painting as a form of expression a few years ago. Since then I have not stopped creating works on canvas. On the basis of scraped lines and applied colour fields, I create abstract landscapes and combinations of figures that build on seemingly archaic and abstract forms. I show a reality that departs from the fast-lane, leveling obsession with the future; turning away from the material, visible and contemporary and towards the ’twas-ever-thus."

LU C I A B R AU B U R G E R circle-arts.com/Lucia-Brauburger


▫︎ 13 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Daniel Butterworth Seated Self House acrylic on cardboard 180 x 180 cm

“I paint with speed, enjoying the challenges that come with painting the figure. I aim to connect to the viewer through a range of emotions.”

DANIEL BUTTERWORTH danielbutterworth.com


Asta Caplan ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 14 ▫︎

From a Dream Diary I, 2019 Oil on canvas 100 x 140 cm

“As an artist, I’m captivated by light and life. To observe shortlived, mesmerizingly manifold and constantly changing aspects of beauty in life is enough - I believe - to capture something deeper in human intellect and wonder. At their best, artworks become life companions to their viewer.”

A S TA C A P L A N http://www.astacaplan.com


▫︎ 15 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Dennis Casey Photography Island of Secrets Digital photograph Canon 5D Mark IV 30 x 40 in.

“I have been an outdoor adventurer for almost half a century and I have always had a passion for being alone in nature. My goal as a photographer is to produce images that allow other people to actually feel these experiences and to give them the feeling of what it is like to be alone in nature.”

DENNIS CASEY https://www.denniscaseyphotography.com


Yvonne Cheah ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 16 ▫︎

Untitled Acrylic on paper 11 x 14 in.

“My art lately has been focused on imaginary still-lifes; color harmonies and shapes that are somewhat ‘off’ or a little weird. I believe what makes us different, makes us unique. A little quirk, a little notch here or there, a not so straight line or an oddly shaped object... the imperfections achieve perfections in their own way. I only paint when I am in a good mood, as I firmly believe the energy of a painter transfers into their art with every brushstroke.”

YVONNE CHEAH www.yvonnecheah.com


▫︎ 17 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Cynthia Coldren Trees on A Thousand Hills Acrylic mixed media on canvas 36 x 24 in.

“My paintings are intentional contrasts, both structured and fluid. I use handpainted paper with acrylic paints, inks, and pencil on canvas and paper. My goal is to create visual tension and contrast that expresses a strong connection among disconnected things — aesthetically pleasing and meaningful.”

CYNTHIA COLDREN www.cynthiacoldrenfineart.com


Nira Chorev ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 18 ▫︎

Water Murmur Mixed media on paper 22 x 30 in.

“Painting for me is the process by which I seek Truth and the constant challenge of finding and portraying the Truth, the Balance in Nature. My process begins with the landscape. Moved by the artistic visions it inspires, I select the papers, soft pastels or oil paint and canvas. This combination of materials coming together in one work is my way to preserve Nature and give life and permanence to the memories I’m collecting.”

NIRA CHOREV nirachorev.wordpress.com


▫︎ 19 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Lynden Cowan Miners Bay Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.

“I strive to envelop the viewer with the feeling of inclusion in the mood and transformation of visual presentation, to the finished artwork.”

LY N D E N C O WA N https://www.lyndencowan.com


Jieyu Deng ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 20 ▫︎

The Shame Game Digital illustration 8.5 x 11 in.

“It is inevitable that art is being commercialized, but apart from catering to the market needs, the artists must learn to keep their own styles and originality.”

JIEYU DENG https://www.jieyudeng.com


▫︎ 21 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Jocelyne Deschamps-Kus La Dure Vérité des Petits Matins, 2019 Acrylic 116 x 81 cm

“My aim is to draw thoughts and feelings of everyday life. I paint current events in their beauty as well as in their darkness, and various themes such as global warming, exodus, joys and sorrows, and I like to add a touch of humor to everything.”

J O C E LY N E D E S C H A M P S - K U S https://deschampskus.fr


Eu Oy Chun ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 22 ▫︎

Life on the Tonlé Sap River, Cambodia Oil on canvas 60 x 75 cm

“In the past, I had been alternating my paintings between still-life and landscapes. However, in mid-2017 I began to focus more on landscapes and waterscapes of both local and overseas scenes as the beauty of nature whether in its natural habitat or man-made environment has always aroused deep and happy emotions in me. I hope that by expressing them on canvas, I can evoke emotion or touch the lives of my audience in a joyous way.”

E U OY C H U N www.euoychun.com


▫︎ 23 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Elena Georgitsa Tiffany Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Elena Georgitsa is a Russian artist producing paintings in a fantasy style with the main focus of her creativity directed toward beauty in all of its manifestations.

ELENA GEORGITSA https://gridinalena777.in.gallerix.ru


Vasso Fragkou ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 24 ▫︎

Path of Waves White ceramic sculpture on black wooden board mounted on wall 300 x 130 x 24 cm

“My sculptures vacillate between malleability and stability giving a tangible form to my feelings, memories, and ideas. Energy flows directly into each piece incorporating the spirit and desire, emerging emotions and thoughts as each piece develops. Harmony and balance dictate to me how to move and specify when a project has taken its final form. Starting with my admiration of organic forms, I create sculptures inspired primarily by nature. I want the static of the material to come into conflict with the mood of the sculpture, to wave in space, creating illusions. It is difficult to resist the charm of the seascape and not be inspired by the feeling that livens you up.”

VA S S O F R A G KO U vassofragkou.blogspot.com


▫︎ 25 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Keith M. Francis Democracy, It’s A Game, 2018 Wood, graphics, glass and electronics 178 x 142 x 74 cm

“'Democracy, It’s A Game' (2018) is a conceptual, multi-layered, artwork exploring the idea of democracy in the US. Our broad individual interpretation of democracy adds another level of complexity to this piece. Democracy has rules, exhibits competition, challenges, skills, strength and luck; in the negative case the system is manipulated and unscrupulous behind the invisible walls of speculative Capitalism.”

KEITH M. FRANCIS www.keithfrancisart.com


Larry Garmezy ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 26 ▫︎

In the Flow of Time Photograph 18 x 24 in.

“My photographs chronicle what I find visually and intellectually intriguing in the natural world. Understanding the physical processes that create patterns in nature allows me to capture unusual impressions/abstractions of the visual landscape. The common thread across my work is the effect created by the distortion of light, color, and shape created either by ripples in a spring, the convoluted fracturing on a cliff, or the impurities in a 400-year-old pane of glass”.

LARRY GARMEZY https://larrygarmezy.com


▫︎ 27 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Larry Garmezy Time Waits For No One Photograph 24 x 18 in.


Giacomo Giannelli ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 28 ▫︎

The White Foam Ultra HD under acrylic (unframed) 100 x 150 cm

"In my art, I like that point of intimacy between my work and myself. It allows me to show my feelings."

GIACOMO GIANNELLI www.giacomogiannelli.com


▫︎ 29 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Claudia Grimm Early Morning Watercolor 42 x 31 in.

"Silent steps. Silent growing. Silent world."

C L AU D I A G R I M M www.claudia-grimm.net


Marshall Gould ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 30 ▫︎

Apache B&W digital photograph 36 x 25 in.

Marshall Gould’s sharp, high contrast black-and-white photographic prints can be characterized by diagonal framing, clean compositions, dramatic highlights and strong, luxurious shadows utilizing the full dynamic range of the zone system. Often taking candid, documentary-style shots on location with natural light, Gould’s latest subject matter might involve a landscape of the American West, a series of equine portraits or documentary images that show the intimate relationship between a mare and her newborn foal, or a culture/lifestyle image, making these gritty, regional works as conceptually dense as they are compositionally superb.

MARSHALL GOULD www.marshallgould.com


▫︎ 31 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Marshall Gould Horse Avedon B&W digital photograph 30.5 x 45.5 in.


Marshall Gould ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 32 ▫︎

Mystic Moat B&W digital photograph 36 x 22 in.

Gould’s works are about co-existence and reference the stylistic philosophies of the early black-and-white “Golden Age” of photography. Gould aims to convey a vibrant and provocative visual narrative about the land, the wildlife, and western culture of his current locale. He has exhibited at the Agora Gallery in NYC, the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece, the Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, Colorado, and the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto, CA. He has also received numerous honors in The Spider Awards and has been frequently published in Black & White Magazine over the last six years.

MARSHALL GOULD www.marshallgould.com


▫︎ 33 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Marshall Gould Yosemite Three Of A Kind B&W digital photograph 24 x 36 in. (The original image has been slightly cropped to fit)


J. Hughey ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 34 ▫︎

Open Door Color photograph

"What do you see? What feeling does the image evoke or bring memories to the surface? Art should break through our complacent thinking and evoke our feelings and memories. Working with contemplative photography, once described as "soothing yet mysterious", I seek to evoke an aloneness or serene solitude with a profound absence of the human subject and which, like a visual haiku is highly disciplined and structured. Using color, light, and form with an emphasis on minimalism, the viewer can interpret the images on a personal level."

J. HUGHEY www.jhugheyart.com


▫︎ 35 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Monica Ikegwu Ignited Oil 36 x 48 in.

"The main ideology of my work is to focus on the perception of individual people. Perception in the way that people are viewed and how they want to appear as. The personalized clothing and pose combined create an image that is definitive of the specific person. It is more real. I aim to produce work that is a culmination of people, not as subjects to paint, but as people with their own sense of self. "

MONICA IKEGWU monicaikegwu.wixsite.com/monicaikegwu


JOLIC ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 36 ▫︎

Keep On Rolling Acrylic on canvas 102 x 102 cm Photographed by Pascale Breton

Jolic is an abstract artist/sculptor living in the Lower Laurentians in Quebec, Canada. Self-taught, she has been creating artworks in various forms for several decades. Jolic’s creative process follows a consistent pattern: she begins with three black canvases to ensure that she is inspired by the forms developing before her eyes, using brush strokes and the palm of her hand. Jolic strives for an overall balance where her colours compromise on one side and are balanced out by forms on the other. Her artistic approach consists of balancing, contrasting, finding focal points and leaving quiet areas where the eyes can rest. She moves from one canvas to the next with passion and excitement to bring them to a phase she calls “detachment.” When she reaches that point, it is time for her to let go. Only then can she reach for a new canvas and feel the euphoria of creation once again.

JOLIC artistejolic.ca


▫︎ 37 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ JOLIC Flames Acrylic on canvas 183 x 76 cm


Ana Junko ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 38 ▫︎

Beyond the Reality Giclée/Hahnemühle fine art Baryta 55 x 81 cm

"Photography is an exceptional source of artistic expression. For me, images are metaphors of reality; an attempt of communication through a visual language. To achieve this communication, the images must have a certain narrative depth, essential to produce some visual impact on the viewer. I believe that what is represented in the image is not the most important thing; for me, the images don't speak of what one sees, but for oneself."

A N A J U N KO https://anajunko.com


▫︎ 39 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Monika Kiviniemi Painting Acrylic on linen canvas 180 x 180 cm

"To paint, for me, is to constantly investigate the conditions and limitations of painting. A conscious and unconscious exploration in the artistic process focusing on the surface and structure of the canvas, to work experimentally with color and materials, try to see the meaning, for example, of a single color or the effect of a single shape..."

MONIKA KIVINIEMI www.kiviniemi.se


Brandy Kraft ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 40 ▫︎

Kraftia Didymum Oil on canvas 100 x 120 cm

Brandy Kraft is currently engaged in a subversive photo-realistic series of floral oil paintings which draws upon the age-old tradition of the floral still life. She seeks to highlight the diversity of the individual while challenging the traditional practices of still life and portraiture. The exploration of beauty and harmony are exemplified through the use of bright colors and rich textures. In her practice, she seeks to explore the intriguing and extensive range of human idiosyncrasy by depicting flora in a metaphorical sense.

B R A N DY K R A F T https://brandykraft.com


▫︎ 41 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Lynn LeTourneau Butterfly Birthing Acrylic and oil on canvas 60 x 48 in.

"Painting abstractly connects me to an intuitive, emergent Source. I rely on my heart, body, and instincts to guide me. I discern, make choices and the painting mirrors back to me how to proceed. A visual language of personal and archetypal images will appear bridging the inner and outer worlds. Applying rhythmic layers of color, I find it magical to play with the infinite stream of information in the abstract universe of paint and canvas."

LY N N L E TO U R N E AU www.lynnletourneau.com


Jason M Levi ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 42 ▫︎

Running Water Photograph 16 x 20 in.

"I am an Italian-born photographer, now residing in Arizona, with a studio also in Barcelona, Spain where I was the official portrait photographer for the Spanish Royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cadiz, and personal photographer to Salvador Dali, as well as several mayors of Barcelona. My artworks are inspired by the lighting employed by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and the American legendary landscape photographer, Ansel Adams. I want to bring drama, as well as the viewer, into my landscapes and portraits by using the lighting and shadows techniques of these masters. The objective is that each image tells a story."

JASON M LEVI www.photolevi.com


▫︎ 43 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Liakos Veggos Black toner and digital color print on paper 71 x 71 x 7.5 cm

"A combination of patterns, geometric motifs, reflections and repetitions transformed into clusters of 3D paper pyramids creating various visual effects. Every piece is inspired by geometry and modular origami, combined with a 3D perspective which led me to create my 'digilogs.' Digilogs, a made-up word from digital and analog, is more of a filter than a series of works. The images are not rendered before production as all the designing and calculating is done with pen and paper. It is like trying to predict the result of an experiment in which only one factor remains fixed: the terrain's stereometry."

L I A KO S www.instagram.com/liakosliakos


Susan Lizotte ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 44 ▫︎

LA Wildfire Oil on canvas 12 x 12 in.

"These paintings are about the duality of life in Los Angeles. A city of dreams, Los Angeles is also known for weather of catastrophe. Santa Ana winds whip up wildfires that are unpredictable and terrifying. These paintings are about the fragility and impermanence of living in Los Angeles, of how close to the edge we really are."

S U S A N L I Z OT T E https://www.susanlizotte.com


▫︎ 45 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Susan Lizotte LA Dusk Wildfire Oil on canvas 46 x 40 in.


Monica Loncola ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 46 ▫︎

Volta Oil on canvas 28 x 22 x 2 in.

"My inspiration comes from an intuitive muse deep inside. I find that I'm stopped in my tracks by a guttural pull to create an impression of what's before me. My intention is to capture the essence of an object, rendering a sense of the ethereal. I take my cues from nature and follow my intuition."

M O N I C A LO N C O L A monicaloncola.com


▫︎ 47 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Mahood Dog Beach 1 B&W digital photograph

“I am a digital photographer who is heavily influenced by nature and the natural environment. I am self-taught in photography and art and use digital techniques to convey the mood and feel of the places I photograph. Early Impressionism is an influence.”

MAHOOD www.cartgalleryonline.com


Caroline Marcant ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 48 ▫︎

Ce Moment Tant Attendu Mixed media 30 x 40 in.

Somewhere between abstraction and reality, Caroline Marcant delights in creating a parallel world brimming with poetry and surprises, where, she hopes, everyone can let their imagination run wild.

CAROLINE MARCANT caroline.marcant.org


▫︎ 49 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Kelly Marshall Photoinhibition Acrylic, charcoal on Arches paper 36 x 48 in.

Kelly Marshall is a San Diego-based abstract painter with a background in painting, printmaking, and art of the book. Her work is a reflection on her shared experience as an artist and educator. Kelly works in acrylic paint, found pages, collected bits, and materials sourced from student projects.

K E L LY M A R S H A L L https://www.kellymarshallfineart.com/


Donna K McGee ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 50 ▫︎

Blue Ice Acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 in.

"Nature has a strong influence on my work as I see many organic shapes emerge into each other on the canvas. I continue to add layers of paint and texture or sometimes scraping it off until it becomes the total picture. It is my hope, that my paintings will evoke the viewer's own memories and visions and she or he will apply their own titles and be able to say: "I've been here before"."

DONNA K MCGEE donnakmcgeeart.com


▫︎ 51 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Moving Elephant by Mark Silver Digital photograph

Moving Elephant by Mark is a Zurich-based photographer and a represented artist of Agora Gallery, New York City. For Mark, the art of photography is synonymous with life, embodying a never-ending journey that is manifested in his creativity and artistic vision.

MOVING ELEPHANT BY MARK http://www.movingelephant.com


Gabriele Musebrink ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 52 ▫︎

Norge Stone II, 2019 Fresco-limestone, marblepowder and pigments on canvas 50 x 50 cm

"These structures remind us of formations of natural surfaces. The paintings almost appear to be inhabited as if they were pervaded by rock worms or as if swarms of moths could break out of them at any given moment. They appear as if time has gone over them and left its traces."

GABRIELE MUSEBRINK https://www.gabriele-musebrink.de


▫︎ 53 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Lucy O'Donovan Truth Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm

"My painting in the present day is driven by a fascination with the human body and the feelings that this invokes. For me, it is important to portray the body in as honest a way as I can, irrespective of whether it would be considered classically beautiful or not. I am aware that the motivation behind this is probably a kickback against the social pressures of achieving the perfect figure."

LU C Y O ' D O N O VA N www.lucyodonovan.org


Robert Olszowski ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 54 ▫︎

Time and Space Acrylic on canvas 140 x 100 cm

"Leonardo da Vinci's paintings are an example of classical convention. These images represent people. My paintings are an example of quantum convention. They represent eternity. These are two extremely opposite conventions."

ROBERT OLSZOWSKI Robert Olszowski @ Google


▫︎ 55 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Domingo C Parada Symphony of Emotions in Blue Acrylic 22 x 28 in.

"My creative work is a fruit of my awareness of the world which surrounds us, not only the visual world but the immeasurable of our mind, its landscape of emotions, imagination, and fantasy. The energy of the Universe manifests itself in billions of vibrations among which is light. Light is color which provides me with a palette to demonstrate the moments of my conscious experience."

D O M I N G O C PA R A D A ARTISTA PLASTICO@MimoPDF


Alexandro Pelaez ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 56 ▫︎

Eclectic - Gunnersbury Park Film Photograph (double exposure) 121, 92 x 213, 36 cm

"When I am shooting in double exposure with my 35mm film camera, in my way and style, I am trying to capture the true essence of a city or an area. What I want to convey is my perspective of "what you see is what you get" by capturing those unique moments when I catch an image. The double exposure allows me to capture all that but can take my images to a different level where I can be more creative by holding double-layered scenarios that will give the viewer a magical, almost surreal, perspective and sense of unnatural futurism."

ALEXANDRO PELAEZ http://alexandropelaez.com


▫︎ 57 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Jaco Putker Interior No. 87, 2018 Photopolymer etching 18 x 24 cm

Jaco Putker is a contemporary artist and printmaker from The Hague, The Netherlands. He combines digital and traditional techniques to produce images that are both playful and sinister, nostalgic and magical. His preferred medium is photopolymer, or solar plate, etching. This technique is a non-toxic way of etching which allows for photorealistic depictions. Rather than impose a meaning to his work, Jaco invites the viewers to associate freely and give his etchings personal significance through individual perceptions and filters.

JACO PUTKER https://www.jacoputker.com


Jean-Marie Renault ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 58 ▫︎

Les Jours s'en Vont

Visual artist, Jean-Marie Renault lives and works in Paris. After graduating from art school he developed a personal body of work over the span of several years, using a variety of media including painting, video and digital. “My work is on the border between abstraction and figuration. The pieces reveal the variations within nature and the elements; but also a metamorphosis of memory and sensation into a wide variety of paintings with changing harmonies. It is a suggestion an invitation to dream to travel.”

J E A N - M A R I E R E N AU LT http://jeanmarierenault.net


▫︎ 59 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Joe Forrest Sackett Eve Painted steel 213 x 183 x 183 cm

"I'm a New Mexico artist. My work is often abstract and sometimes geometrically-based. Themes are varied. I value craftsmanship and take pleasure in doing my own labor. I use simple materials like wood or steel and work to make something memorable from them. Techniques include welding, forging, casting, and carving. I have created sculptural works for numerous municipal and university outdoor sculpture exhibitions in several U.S. states, and also make smaller work suitable for indoor exhibition. My work is in private collections in New Mexico and elsewhere."

JOE FORREST SACKETT www.JoeForrestSackett.com


Carmen Rey ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 60 ▫︎

Lace And Tattoo Oil on linen 40 x 50 cm

"I strive to achieve an emotional representation of the figure, through realistic or imaginative details. Trying to capture the real nature of a person is what propels my art."

CARMEN REY https://www.carmenrey-artstudio.com


▫︎ 61 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Paul Santoleri Wall Tattoos Galerie Ligne13, Paris

"I draw in response to the surface, surroundings, borrowing lines from my environs to enable the work to create itself, in a variety of media. Each work is made up of layers, and I often use found objects as a surface. The density that I favor reflects an overloaded experience, often surrounding the viewer with the work in a space. I travel a lot, drawing and collecting images in sketchbooks. The artwork installations become part of the space where they exist, room sculptures that grow out of the walls, using line and transformed objects to carry their weight/meaning."

PAU L S A N TO L E R I www.paulsantoleri.com


Molly Scannell ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 62 ▫︎

GucciBlues Digital collage 22 x 29 in.

"I manipulate to expand the story, creating digitally and in real life with keys and clicks and scissors and glue. I often distort or erase faces. Replace identity with landscapes, color and shape. This allows viewers to bring their own impressions."

M O L LY S C A N N E L L https://www.a-collage.com


▫︎ 63 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Miro Sedlar Phoenix from the Ashes Acrylic and mixed media 80 x 80 cm

"In a perfect combination of bright colours, interesting scenes, and more abstract painting, I have found a new way to express myself."

MIRO SEDLAR http://www.artoffer.com/miro-sedlar/galerie


Alisa Sheinson ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 64 ▫︎

The Lily Light Wood and light sculpture D. 40-80 cm

Alisa Sheinson studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Her "Capsule Collection" series consists of unique light sculptures incorporating a play between light and shadow of 3D forms, emphasizing the beauty of nature and its spirit: the wind movement, the beach, and its fragments and sea bottom views, the plants around us with all their various forms and creatures. Alisa creates 3D sculptures and it seems that as each and every one come to life, nature is resurrected. The sculptures are available for global distribution in limited editions of up to 8 pieces, each piece signed and numbered, with a certificate of authenticity.

ALISA SHEINSON www.alisa-sheinson.com


▫︎ 65 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Alisa Sheinson The Triangle Light Wooden light sculpture with 3D projections


Alisa Sheinson ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 66 ▫︎

Octopus Suspension light from recycled materials Various sizes available

ALISA SHEINSON www.alisa-sheinson.com


▫︎ 67 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Alisa Sheinson Escher Sculpture Metal light fixture Various sizes available


Alex Sher ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 68 ▫︎

Bent Mirror, Photo 2017 Print on aluminum Limited edition of 24, 37 x 27 in.

“Once upon a time, when wheels were made of stone and phones were wired, lived my grandma. I loved my grandma and loved her stories about people and places she remembered. There was one story about a photographer. There was no name, just a guy who could make any woman look beautiful with his camera. I envied him. I wanted to be this guy. I wanted my grandma to say that about me someday. A lot of time has passed. I’ve traveled the world, changed jobs and cameras, taken pictures of unbelievable people, places, and things. But through all of life’s journeys, I am in pursuit of beauty. I want to hear someday: “He can make anything look beautiful with his camera”.”

ALEX SHER http://alexsherphoto.com


▫︎ 69 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Tejbir Singh A New York Classic Markers, soft pastels and pencil 56 x 70 cm

"My profession is quite evident in my work, not just in the choice of subjects (which do tend to veer towards the built environment) but also in the mediums I use (markers, linework) and in the treatment of the subjects (detailing/perspective). However, nature and everything around inspires me."

TEJBIR SINGH tejbir.artspan.com


Leslie Plato Smith ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 70 ▫︎

Realization Ceramic, cone 10 oxidation 21 x 15 x 19 in.

"Broad strokes, bold shapes, rich texture create form and reflect the emotion of our times while exposing our true character and our relationship to each other and planet Earth. We need to throw out our fears and embrace the wonder of life on Earth. Gesture, posturing, larger-than-life scale, and color provide insight on inner emotions and outer truths; to show both power and vulnerability; to bring the obligation of being human into the conversation. Each new beginning brings a new challenge; a new opportunity to portray my version of the truth"

L E S L I E P L ATO S M I T H www.leslieplatosmith.com


▫︎ 71 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Mary Catherine Solberg Fallen Angel Mixed media 40 x 48 in.

Solberg incorporates aspects of religious iconography, classical realism, and her own unique style to create large-scale, mixed media paintings she refers to as 'Everyday Icons.' These portraits focus on a single character to capture fleeting moments of triumph, transition, struggle and enlightenment. Her subjects tend toward the underrated, the undervalued, the unusual and the disenfranchised.

M A R Y C AT H E R I N E S O L B E R G www.marycatherinesolberg.com


Ingrid Steckelberg ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 72 ▫︎

Wie Phönix aus der Asche Mixed media 32,9 x 48,3 cm

"I was born in Breslau, I am a member of the National Association of Artists. My works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2014 I received the Volksbank Cultural Prize. This picture tells the fictional story of the red gloves, which were thrown away only to discover a new sphere of utility. Composition of forms and objects create my visual language."

INGRID STECKELBERG www.ingrid-steckelberg.de


▫︎ 73 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Eduardo Vilchez Island with Red Dots Oil on canvas 20 x 20 in.

"I am a creator of moments or images that aim to captivate and evoke pleasant emotions through the use of several styles and colors. My works are created with the intention of drawing the viewer into the painting. I want the viewer to become one with the work, to feel as if they are living in that moment. If I can grasp someone's attention and have them imagine for a split moment their interpretation of what they are seeing, then my art is fulfilling its purpose."

E D UA R D O V I LC H E Z http://www.eduardovilchezpaintings.com


Irina Vysotckaya ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 74 ▫︎

Peonies in the Garden Mixed media on paper 65 x 50 cm

Born in St. Petersburg to a family of university professors, Irina Vysotskaya's career has been a combination of artistic activities and math science. The main theme in her paintings is still-lifes with flowers (on tinted paper, with watercolor, gouache, pastel and oil.) Many of her works have been sold or donated (including VIPs) and are in private collections in 26 countries including the USA, England, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Germany, France, Russia, India. Irina is published in art catalogs in Italy, Germany and the USA.

I R I N A V Y S OTC K AYA www.vysotskaya.com


▫︎ 75 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Weiting Wei Lost, 2018 Rice Paper, wax 32 x 32 in.

"In my work, the paper lotus is inspired by the lotus pods without seeds. It brings forth a feeling of being left out. These empty lotus pods reference my experience with postnatal depression. My sculpture uses traditional elements to explore very personal, yet universal, experiences of motherhood."

WEITING WEI weiting-wei.squarespace.com


Kench Lott Weathers ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 76 ▫︎

Vorgeschichte Mixed media installation (steel, light) Photographed by Emily Earl

“Throughout history, there have been a series of patterns; from chaos to order, and from order to chaos. Complete order is authoritarian, complete chaos is destructive. Moderate amounts of the two are beneficial. Some order creates structure; while some chaos creates a level of unpredictability. The human condition tends to seek a middle path.”

K E N C H LOT T W E AT H E R S Kenchlott.com


▫︎ 77 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Stephanie Wade Mona 5 Photograph

"Using light and the camera lens, I find truths in myself and the world. My work is the creative and intuitive expression of unique points of view that explore perspective and emotion. Whether capturing the movement of light reflecting the essence of an emotion, or exploring the expressions of space and time, my goal is to uncover the extraordinary in the ordinary and share it with others so that they can see beauty in the world and themselves."

S T E P H A N I E WA D E www.stephaniewadeartanddesign.com


Mikołaj Włodarczyk ▫ Spotlight 17 ▫︎ 78 ▫︎

Czacha w Agreście Dry pastel, charcoal on paper 100 x 70 cm

Born 1983, in Poland, Mikołaj Włodarczyk now lives and works in Columbus, Ohio, USA. After completing a Master's Degree in Philosophy, Mikołaj worked various jobs; from carpenter to goldsmith to graphic designer, until 2009 when he became a tattoo artist. Now he works as a full-time tattoo artist by day and as illustrator and graphic designer by night.

M I KO Ł A J W ŁO D A R C Z Y K https://www.instagram.com/_isatattoo_


▫︎ 79 ▫︎ Spotlight 17 ▫ Nata Zviadadze Crossroads Digital photograph

"Some photographers believe that by photographing human suffering, they solve serious problems. But I do not think that poverty is "deeper" than happiness!"

N ATA Z V I A D A D Z E http://www.zviadadzenata.com.ge


Svetlana Cameron Portrait of Ballerina Natalia Osipova Pastel on paper 70 x 50 cm

“I am a classically trained portrait artist dedicated to the study and revival of Old Masters’ painting methods. I am best known for my realistic highly detailed pastel portraits in the ‘trois crayons’ technique inspired by the art of the Renaissance period. I also work in oils using the traditional Flemish painting method for more formal portraits.”

www.svetlanacameron.com


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Svetlana Cameron Portrait of Ballerina Natalia Osipova

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Spotlight - Contemporary Art Magazine | 17  

This issue includes a unique selection of 65 artists from around the globe working in a variety of media. With a wide range of aesthetic the...

Spotlight - Contemporary Art Magazine | 17  

This issue includes a unique selection of 65 artists from around the globe working in a variety of media. With a wide range of aesthetic the...