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Artists On Review
Design & Technology: Scott Troxel
"I draw on the aesthetics of bygone technology and the forward-looking designs of the Atomic Age and mid-century modernism to make dynamic, retro-futurist wooden sculptures that evoke nostalgia for the past as much as they look to the future. I am fascinated by the way pieces of technology, culture, and design reveal their age and aim to make work that cannot be pinned to a specific era."
Dark Romance: Jiabao Sun
"I enjoy the silence and appreciate the rich thoughts that being alone brings to me. At the same time, I deal with ambiguous and incomprehensible darkness hidden deep in my heart. The project aims to visualize my inner dialogues and thoughts, which are sensitive, fragile, and dark."
Click & Go: Denise M Dethlefsen
"My photography is often spontaneous, unplanned, and serendipitous. I don't follow the pattern of traditional landscape and nature photographers who pre-plan their images; my style is more instinctive with an element of 'let's just go and see what happens!"
Guided by Instinct: Sylvia Galos
"I would like to give the viewer the opportunity to search for traces and to find his individual associations and interpretations. Usually, without a title, my paintings, therefore, do not indicate any associations. I feel lucky when my pictures become mediators of the unspeakable in conversation with the viewer."
Beautiful Bizarre: Lukas Kandl
“What matters to me is to show paintings in front of which the attentive spectator will settle down, enter into communion, take his own waking dream walk and dress, if only for a moment, in a rare, unusual sensation.”
Carved Aspen: Elizabeth Frank
"Every summer or fall, I visit an aspen forest to collect wood for my carvings. Each visit is like a pilgrimage. Every time I return, I’m moved by the strength and the delicacy of the natural world. My love for the natural world and my concern for the environment often translate into works about the complex relationship between humans and nature in this modern age."
Perfect Balance: Peter Zarkob
Born in Spain, Peter Zarkob has a degree in Information Sciences from the Advertising department of University of Seville. From the beginning, Zarkob specialized in the creation of logos and corporate identity manuals, embodying the philosophy and personality of his clients in simple and geometric designs.
Attention to Detail: Abdelfettah Karmane
"I am a laureate of the School of Plastic Arts in Rabat, my career spans more than 36 years of artistic experience in which I have organized several individual and collective exhibitions at the national and international level I also have several interviews, reports and press articles, the last of which was a very nice encounter with the watercolorists' magazine l'art de l'aquarelle."
Pointilism: Sushila Oliphant
“I love to capture that wondrous spiritual feeling of awe that certain places in nature emit. I paint from those memories and the peace and joy of having been there - even if only in my imagination. Painting nature is so inspiring and is the food for my soul on its journey."
Mixed media: Wendy Cohen
Wendy Cohen is a Sydney-based artist whose practice focuses on the relationship of colours, shapes, lines, and forms with the relationship of natural and urban environments. Her aim is to highlight the interconnection of life by the integration of various shapes into a cohesive body of forms in conjunction with recycled or interesting collage elements.
Painterly: Cora Vogtschmid
"I've been drawing and painting since I was young. In my father's family there were many painters, so I kind of grew up with it and was encouraged by them. After a visit to Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam at the age of nine, I was determined, that was what I wanted to be, a painter."
Total Mood: Antoine Dutilh
"My work is evolving towards creating scenes that subtly exaggerate reality. Patience is really important to me in art, it clearly shows when someone puts thought and time into a piece; Jeremy Geddes is the perfect example of this, I really admire his work."
Lyrical Explosion: Jerielyn Mao
"I keep a notepad of ideas that I would one day life to draw from. Sometimes I get a spark in my mind, and I will begin sketching. There are many times where I perform the act of automatic drawing--simply putting down line or brushwork continuously as if my hand is led by something greater than I am, without having a specific purpose in mind. I've recently come to realize that this is a form of channeling energy. Many pieces have been formed this way, and this is definitely my most preferred way of creating."
The Minimalist: Maj-Britt Niklasson
"My inspiration: shadow and light. Tension pulling in different directions. Suspense, endurance and patience until the right moment is there for that which has to mature and be born into something new. Thesis and antithesis become a synthesis. This is a big part of my inspiration."
Subtle Gestures: Isabel Herrera
"The images I capture reveal my dreams, my fairy tale; that irrational language that feeds my spirit; an illusory encounter with myself, where I revisit my childhood, and where ordinary experiences become poetry. In stillness, I have found life to be a succession of vanishing, ephemeral moments."
Art as Healing: Hiromi Watanabe
recurring theme in Hiromi paintings is the "smile" and for her it represents painful experiences of the past. The artist has suffered from Myasthenia gravis (MG) and has faced death. It also has to do with the bitter memories of school days that she was not allowed to express. It was a very painful experience and she seems to have been desperate to live in the future. After treatment and rehabilitation, Hiromi has been able to think positively and create art that provides healing: "If it helps someone who has a hard time like me.
Observing Nature: Yvan Bédard
"After dedicating my life to describing in data the different scales of cartographic perception of the world, I now photograph its landscapes. As I described the earth on small and large scales, I now photograph grand vistas and intimate scenes. As I mapped immaterial as well as material phenomena, I photograph both fuzzy and precise subjects. As I mapped evolving and static phenomena, I see a temporality in everything I look at. Trees and rock particularly inspire me, because in my imagination, they symbolize two significant temporal scales, namely the duration of a life and eternity."
What is Beauty: Asta Caplan
Asta Caplan is a Finnish-born visual artist living and working in Germany. Her work concentrates on the search and study of beauty: The works are spaces for contemplation allowing time for a closer look deeper inwards. Her search of beauty is also a search for the human sense of belonging to the world.
Juxtaposed: Anna Belleforte
"Observations on the built environment are the springboards to my work: the history and stories, the patterns and geometries, and how structures impact our lives or communicate values and experiences. I build compositions piece by piece with paper (from books/maps) colorfully tinted in acrylics.”
Spiritual Histories : Emiko Aida
Why do I make art? Because I need it to live. I am losing my self-esteem and even reason to live, if I am not able to produce art. As some saying, one can choose own partner, but job chooses one.
Part of the Process: Bea Last
"I am a professional contemporary artist. My creative practice is process-based and currently, I am exploring drawing in its broadest sense, creating sculptural drawings and art installations. The materials I use are either recycled or upcycled, from plastics to newspaper, found objects & fabrics.”
Perfect Fantasy: Guigen Zha
Zha's paintings are rooted in his cross-cultural life experience, superimposing Eastern subject matter and aesthetics with Western techniques and conceptual approach. Zha brings to us, cut flowers symbolize the isolation and yearning of the pandemic era and hope into constraint and loneliness.
Textures: Torhild Frøydis Eid
Acrylic on canvas: Elahe Jalili
"I am a painter who creates detailed landscape paintings using acrylic paint on canvas. My work is often photorealistic, showing open views of nature. With these pieces, I seek to represent the rich variety of colours and textures of the plants, rolling hills, lakes and more dramatic elements."
The search inward: Eric Wixon
The Perfectionist: Gerard Huber
"My strategy is to employ beauty as a subversive instrument of seduction, a peacefully sensual way of drawing the viewer into a space that challenges heteronormative assumptions of male competition, and which demonstrates that same-sex relationships are wholesome, healthy and life-affirming."
Discover the latest issue of Spotlight Magazine presenting a unique selection of remarkable contemporary artists from around the world. Through the pages of this magazine we offer our readers a wide variety of perspectives, techniques and approaches to visual art. Flip through the magazine to discover artwork and contact us or the artist directly to inquire about purchasing a piece.
Art Magazines by CFA Press
Explore Contemporary Aesthetics
The first issue of Art IDEAL magazine includes the work of 116 contemporary artists from around the world. We look at a variety of practices; from painters working in traditional oil on canvas, contemporary realism and abstract expressionism, photographers capturing in film and digital in the studio and outdoors as well as a variety of unique techniques in 2D, 3D and digital media. This diverse anthology provides an opportunity to discover mid-career and established artists and explore a wide spectrum of contemporary aesthetics. To find out more about each artist, visit their website and inquire with us or them directly to collaborate or purchase a featured artwork.
News from our Latest Contest
CFA Artist of the Month
(Painter, South Africa)
Angela Banks is a fine artist living and working in Johannesburg. She received a BA (Fine Arts) in 1999 and MA (Fine Arts) in 2003 from the University of Pretoria. She has since exhibited in various group and solo shows and has been on residencies in both France and China. These residencies afforded her the opportunity to engage with European as well as Eastern art, artists, galleries and exhibits and allowed her to exhibit internationally too.
Angela received the 1st Place Award in the CFA Artist of the Month competition. Visit her website and contact the artist directly to inquire about a collaboration or collecting her artwork.
Arjun Kamath is an award-winning, internationally published photographer and filmmaker. He is known for creating photo stories that entail crucial social messages which have been published by the United Nations, Nat Geo, Vogue, BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and other reputed global media houses. His professional expertise is supported by a Master's in Film and Television Production from one of the world's finest film schools, the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. Kamath finds a unique approach in photography, marked by dramatic compositions, vibrant imagery, and heart-stirring stories.
Arjun received the 2nd Place Award in the CFA Artist of the Month competition. Visit his website and contact the artist directly to inquire about a collaboration or collecting his artwork.
Michael Herbert Dorn
(Painter, Bermuda (UK) / USA / Belgium)
Michael Herbert Dorn holds a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA, 2018) from Lesley University College of Art & Design (USA), graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (USA) with a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Visual & Performing Arts (emphasis in Film/Video), and has studied traditional painting and drawing at ateliers in France and Italy. The artist was born in St. George's, Bermuda, and he is a citizen of both the USA and the UK. Michael resides in and works in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium.
Michael received the 3rd Place Award in the CFA Artist of the Month competition. Visit his website and contact the artist directly to inquire about a collaboration or collecting his artwork.