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Spotlight - Contemporary Art Magazine

Issue 15

Featuring Recent Work by

Gary Aagaard ∙ Jessica Alazraki ∙ Sharon Alviz ∙ Ana Carolina Ceramics ∙ Robert Andler-Lipski ∙ Cynthia Araf ∙ Kimberly Berg ∙ Ray Besserdin Paper Sculpture Artist ∙ Thorsten Boehm Art ∙ Johanne Brouillette ∙ Jason Bryant ∙ J. David Burch ∙ Daniel Butterworth ∙ Nira Chorev ∙ Eva Cocco ∙ Gunilla Daga ∙ Lillianne Daigle ∙ Rad Drew Photography, LLC ∙ Mally Elbaz-Almandine ∙ Fong Fai ∙ Saul Felipe Galavis ∙ Galina ∙ Larry Garmezy ∙ Wayne Geist ∙ Nancy Gifford ∙ Michael Ian Goulding ∙ Cathy Greenblat ∙ Garry D Harley ∙ Barbara Harris ∙ Ronna S. Harris ∙ Atom Hovhanesyan ∙ Kathy Fahey ∙ Kees Juffermans ∙ Aleksandra Kann-Bogomilska ∙ Chippie Kennedy ∙ Petra Knezic ∙ Spyros Kolyvas ∙ Michelle J Kowalczyk ∙ Bea Last ∙ K.A. Letts ∙ Jason Levi ∙ Birgit Lu Mazen ∙ Susanne Lyoubi-Burk ∙ Ken Macklin ∙ Tobbe Malm ∙ Shiori Matsumoto ∙ Youri Messen-Jaschin ∙ Don Mirakl ∙ Meredith Mullins ∙ Gabriele Musebrink ∙ Gudrun Nielsen ∙ Wayne Paige ∙ Katy Parks Wilson ∙ Picturewall ∙ Richard Radstone ∙ ERa, Elvira Rajek ∙ Roland Reinert ∙ Elling Reitan ∙ Cheryl Richardson ∙ Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger ∙ SO Sivertsen ∙ Fred Smilde ∙ Roxy Sora ∙ Pedro Sousa Louro ∙ Victor Steven Rosenberg ∙ Faith Taylor ∙ The Pigmentmaster ∙ Greetje Van Den Akker ∙ Maco Vargas ∙ Charles Wallis ∙ D.W. Whitfield ∙ Fay Wood ∙ Madlen Wróbel ∙ Tadas Zaicikas

Artists On Review

The Perfectionist: Ola Lis

Touch # 2 - Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm

"Despite my education, I am not so interested in Architecture as much as I am in Man. As a scientist, I explore issues regarding the relationship between Man and the environment and, aside from my research and teaching work, Man is a subject for my painting studies in various portrait impressions."

Re-imagined Landscape: John Brooks

Westminster 3 - Digital composite, Giclee print 90 x 60 cm

"The usage of color transformed my work and added another dimension to the possibilities of creativity and focused on abstraction within the areas of urban and rural landscape influenced by the work of Harry Callahan and Joel Meyerowitz. This period of my work continues to the present time with studies in both the “Deadpan” and abstracted styles."

Inspired by the Australian Landscape: Jan Cristaudo

Kaleidoscope - Oil on canvas 92 x 92 cm

“Colour has always fascinated me. It is the first thing I see; then comes shape and form. As an abstract artist, I use color to interpret the way I see the world.”

A bridge between the past, present and future: Mathieu Nozieres

Boy On Horse - Acrylic on canvas 180 x 200 cm

I'm inspired by humanity and its various cultures.Through my artworks, I aim to create a bridge between the past, the present, and hopefully, the future."

Points: Aleksandr Shablyko

Approach to the Core of Matter - Oil on MDF 50,5 x 51 cm

"I explore other worlds that sometimes manifest themselves in our world and influence it. My paintings are artifacts from expeditions to parallel dimensions. The works are united by a common concept, the interweaving of storylines and a geographical map."

Romance: Asta Caplan

An Extract from a Sleepwalker’s Diary V Oil on canvas 100 x 140 cm

"As an artist, I'm captivated by light and life. To observe short-lived, 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."

Across Media: Paul Kingsley Squire

Orb 1 - Pencil on 200 gsm paper 42 x 59.4 cm

“For me, art and music have always served as a form of escape, toward a freedom of sorts. I am expressing an inner state of being, a yearning for other worlds and realities, whether through painting, digital art, drawing or music composition.”

Half Empty / Half Full: Yi Shin Chiang

Frozen the Weakness Oil on canvas 46 x 48 in.

“I do enjoy the process of uncertainty. "Half Empty, Half Full," is my current portrait painting series which represents two opposite emotions which then conflict with each other simultaneously.”

Paint, Tear, Paste and Sew: A. Saez de Lafuente

En la Costa III - Photograph with acrylic 70 x 52 cm

"The photography is the beginning of the idea. The paper as a support for watercolor painting interacts with the work intervening with the textures obtained after its treatment, with the aim of being an integral part and protagonist, at the same time, together with the painting of the treated subject. I paint, tear, paste, sew the paper, to create a pictorial work in which the paper takes center stage and interacts with the concept to be expressed."

New Genres: Bea Last

Descent of Man, 2017 - Graphite, emulsion on recycled news papers from 2017 - 1,9 x 22 m Variable dimensions on location

My practice is process-led, exploring drawing in its broadest sense. Currently, I am exploring drawing in the landscape with recycled materials, recycled papers and digital media."

Body Landscapes: Michael Ian Goulding

"My work celebrates the beauty of the female form and spirit. While my aesthetic sense springs from wonder at the variety and mystery of the body's physical reality, my photographs are primarily aimed at recording the beauty of the female form from an abstract point of view."

From Tokyo to LA: Daisuke Okamoto

Mushpace - Ink on paper 15 x 20 in.

Daisuke Okamoto’s drawing “OKAINA IMAGE” investigates the cycle of life in the complex, biomorphic, narratives of the organic. Influenced by all that are sci-fi, nationalism and psychedelic culture; Okamoto’s drawings are intricate systems of penmanship.

Stories in Porcelain : Eva Cocco

N.025 - Stoneware 16 x 14 in.

"I am a self-taught sculptor and by far my favorite narrative tool is porcelain. Besides other things, I am a sci-fi geek and through my pieces, I talk about meandering cities and tortuous architectures, about heritage and ancestral stories, entropy and chaos, life and death in this and other planets."

The Universal Language of Motherhood: Weiting Wei

Lotus.Baby - White Porcelain 4 x 4 x 7 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."

Eastern Precision: Kexin Di

Waiting for the Wind - Oil on canvas 120 x 80 cm

"For me painting is more than creating a picture; it is about telling a story from the heart and expressing past experiences. In my work necessity and chance converge into new possibilities."

Familiar Places: Arrachme Art

Embracing Freedom - Mixed media, brushes and tools on canvas - 48 x 36 x 1.5 in.

I have found a place where science, spirit, and art converge. It is in this peaceful place where time expands and endless possibility exists."

The Simplicity of Beauty: Egon Gade

Parrot Tulip Color digital photograph

"I see things. It is what I am here for. In a pushbutton world where everything is digital and everyone a photographer, ambiance is distinction. We all have different limits and you must sometimes see the edge to find yourself."

Nature vs Artifact: IHARA

"My goal is to create a harmonious relationship between nature and artifact. By combining these two conflicting factors, we can remove nature (living organic matter) and non-natural boundaries.”

Funny Feeling: Jocelyne Deschamps-Kus

Sans Titre - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 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."

Extending the Medium: Sam Barrow

Stasis #6a - Digital Photograph on canvas 700 x 700 mm

"Photography is my way of entering a magical ‘Between World’ – a world that is more vital and real than our everyday illusory experience would have us believe. Playing with mystery and fooling with dark and light allows me to reveal half-truths within my sanctuary of harmony and serenity."

The Romance of ICM Technology: Susanne Lyoubi-Burk

Hamburg Hafencity II - Photograph 4000 x 6000 px

"For me, ICM technology is a means of expression in photography. The intentional movement of the camera often results in exciting "painterly" effects. A detachment from the form and color of the representational motif fascinates me and allows for a broader artistic interpretation."

Carving New Narratives: Elizabeth Frank


"My carving style is inspired by iconic images found in folk, tribal and primitive art. The themes I choose are personal yet universal. My love for the natural world and my concern for the environment translate into works about the complex relationship between humans and nature in this modern age."

Creatures in Clay: Satomi Sugimoto

Ballerina, 2017 - Oil, glue, and steel wire on stone powder clay 14.5 x 20 x 10.5 in. / 37 x 51 x 26 cm

"I have always been attracted to forms and lines since I was a child. I see motifs of life reflected in my work including organic forms, elemental forces, body parts of humans, insects and animals. My art-making is a spiritual process; a search for the essence of objects."

To the Perfect Extend: Gary Aagaard

Can You Hear Me Now?

"I tend to be irked by political and religious hypocrisy, apathy (relating to war, the environment, etc.) and dogma of any stripe leading to social and spiritual tunnel vision. These themes are prevalent in many of my paintings although often explored using satire and humor as opposed to a sledgehammer."

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