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CFA Artist of the Year Award
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Artists On Review
The Super Realist: Jose Luis Quinones
"My oil paintings were originally based on a series of objects from my father’s small grocery store. I was fascinated with painting objects, and soon the backgrounds became unimportant to me, so I let the gallery walls serve that purpose. I shaped the canvas to fit the contour of the object involved."
One Thousand Words: Janice Alamanou
Janice’s style is mixed as she has evolved over many years and her work adapts as she changes. The people she portrays are all beautifully individual and the landscapes she amalgamates into the bodies are a natural progression of her work, depicting more than what can be seen. Issues Janice highlights are within the role of women, their feelings and lives, the environment, people and the affect of people.
Reconstructed Reality: Jussi Pirttioja
"I paint what I would like to see and what does not yet exist. I pick random fragments from the flood of images I face every day and try to tie them together with the language of paint. Sometimes the results intrigue me, hopefully, others too. Meanings should not be imposed too heavily on my work."
Between Metaphors: Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna
"I search for the tangible surface between the inner and the observable world by introspection during the painting process. I get ignited when something gets a metaphorical meaning. I bridge the soul and reason within the concept of time. Through imagery, I consider the complexities of these dualities."
Dream and Memory: Anita Kovacevic
“My whole concept and approach to art is simple just as my philosophy of mind is. I'm inspired by the simplest and quieter side of life and enjoy peaceful natural escapes. My images reflect my inner vision and my floating between memories and dreams."
Dreamlike Realism: Grace Huang
“My work concept has captured the subject matters for the art and reality, to explore the subtleties of meaning in everyday life. I aim to share my ideas with the viewers who participate and inspire their imagination. I think, to a certain extent; we explore the art world from different perspectives.”
Strangely Familiar: Naima White
"There are many ways to articulate pattern, and my interest in them stems from the innate humane need to find them in almost everything that we look at. When we look at pictures of Mars or the Moon many times we will see a face, as if to identify something familiar in the strange and unfamiliar."
Bodypaintography: Cynthia Fleischmann
“My 'bodypaintography' has been an exploration of connecting humans visually into their environments, similar to how animals relate to their spaces using matching spots, stripes or colors. All models are naked to celebrate the body, and red hands are my signature, representing aspects of humanity.”
Transformation: The work of Gunilla Daga
“In the form of her acrylic painting this measured sense of anticipation seems to arise spontaneously and naturally out of working process. This working style, so geared to the flows and ebbs of creative energies has been honed over time in order to exploit certain factors and conditions. Gunilla Daga’s methodology favors the elusive and chance occurrence working hand-in-hand with conscious deliberation..." - John Austin Published by Artifact Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC 2015.
The Monumental vs The Organic: Lobykin
"A compelling aspect of art is its potential to transport us from the ordinary to the ecstatic, a heightened state of clarity and bliss." - Lew Carson
Cunningly Visual: Svetlana Melik-Nubarova
"I was very interested in painting from an early age. Therefore, the painting of such great masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Verrocchio, Brueghel, Bosch, Raphael, Rembrandt, had a huge impact on my style of photography."
Light On Canvas: Ronda Richley
American Artist, Ronda Richley lives in Orlando. She holds a Master of Arts Concentration in Studio Arts, Painting from California State University, Northridge, California as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from College of Design Architecture, and Art, University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Reclaiming The Sacred Source: Lynn Creighton
“I create the female form from a sacred source of inspiration and commitment. This work has evolved from my deep inner conviction that female energy, fully aware of itself, will contribute essential wisdom to critical issues facing the planet.”
Spartan Romance: Egon Gade
Egon Gade works out of Copenhagen for Danish and Scandinavian design companies. International design icons such as Bang & Olufsen, Fritz Hansen, Maersk Sealine, Carlsberg, Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen are amongst some of his clients. Simplicity best describes Egon's pictures. Growing-up in a country with famous designers like Arne Jacobsen, Paul Kjærholm and Hans J. Wegner has significantly influenced his work as a photographer.
New Realism: Jon Bøe Paulsen
"I consider myself an artist belonging to the group of New Realists where the human being is looked upon in a new light and painted strongly figuratively. The meaning of Clair Obscure, in Italian chiaroscuro, is light in the darkness. Less light, less colour."
The Subtle vs The Conrete
"In my studio I pursue an uncompromising search for new connections, concocting one-of-a-kind artworks out of common materials. I am particularly interested in the latter, for each material has its own cultural and local memory, and is part of a frame of reference and field of associations."
Dialogues: Sylvia Galos
"I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else." - Pablo Picasso
"Spontaneity switches with the painstaking search after the perfect stroke and color. From mind to guts and back. The process of painting - it is a dialogue between myself and the painting. Sometimes I receive direct answers to my questions while painting, sometimes the painting invites me to find answers myself."
The Dutch Soul: Marie-Jeanne van Hövell tot Westerflier
"Photography for me is all about beauty, sincerity, pureness, simplicity, and feeling. It should touch your soul."
Digital Art: Karin Monschauer
"Since 2010, I have been creating paintings with art and design computer programs. The knowledge of these software packages has allowed the creation of canvases with colours and shapes that were not possible with the half cross-stitch technique. The ability to use digital art tools allows me to develop my art more and more."
Pink Minimalist: Oto Rimele
“The problem of light is in its being so self-evident that we do not see it; it only becomes marked through its shadow.”