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The first issue of Art IDEAL magazine includes the work of 116 contemporary artists from around the world. We explore 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.
Artists On Review
Transitions: Weiting Wei
"Transitioning from girl to mother feels like the moment that we acquire our protective layers, our feathers, scales and armor. But our interior becomes softer, more sensitive with the love and bond we develop for our children. So in some ways, we are weaker should something pierce through our armor."
The Classicist: Luba Stolper
I paint directly from life, trying to create an interesting set-up with different objects. It is important to capture color harmony and a sense of movement. I draw my inspiration from the timeless work of the old masters. I truly believe it is never too late to be passionate about learning."
Unique Technique: Derek Morris
"I have always been stimulated by landscapes and certain kinds of architecture, particularly Romanesque and British Arts and Craft. But I am not a copyist and consider myself to be an Abstract/Concrete artist. Geometric form and the increasing use of colour as structure animate my reliefs."
Visible/Invisible: William Catling
"Using the figure as a vessel for ideas and concepts, the work is about the continual discovery of the true human condition residing deep within the earth and the human form. The art is a blending of the visible and the invisible; Matter and spirit joining. The work of the artist, the alchemy of art."
Marks: Joyce Pommer
"My paintings evolve out of my subconscious in a free-flowing intuitive process; I do not start with a preconceived idea or plan – the art is my reflection. The work I create makes people feel good and instills positive emotions and harmony, along with a curiosity. My work frees the mind and spirit."
Feminist Perspective: Yvonne Welman
"I recycle cultural pictures and put them together to make my feminist opinion visible on all kinds of issues in our society."
Total Mood: Donglai Meng
"My artistic practice is to constantly capture and feel the inner state of human beings in different contexts, such as dreams, fantasies, hallucinations; these subconscious activities that cannot be observed with eyes. I question their significance in real life."
Eastern Subtlety: Hsiung Yu
"My inspiration comes from the veins of the leaves and the texture of minerals. I use the interactive characteristics of oil paint, water and oil to invent a unique way to integrate human figures and text lines, painted on linen, to complete unique abstract expressionist works."
Ode to Nature: Kimberly Wurster
"Nature is the inspiration for my art. I have discovered joy and peace in the creation of paintings that depict the beauty that surrounds me. Realizing that my work sometimes touches the heart of another person gives wonderful significance to my artistic expressions."
Order out of Chaos: Silaro
"Ignoring actual trends, the paintings are inspired by social phenomena and nature. My works are images of inner memory. They create themselves through me."
Beautiful Abstract: Jan Cristaudo
"Colour has always fascinated me. It is the first thing I see, then comes shape and form. As an abstract artist, I use colour to interpret the way I see the world."
Bold Rhythms: Rosario Bond
"In my work, the process is where the excitement is. I really need to be in the present, it is like a meditation, my work is completely intuitive and develops as I go along. It is also very physical, gestural and dynamic. I tend to work very fast at the beginning then I start slowing down, observing and editing. I like the element of surprise."
Textural Discourse: Bernd Steinert
"There are two complementary directions in my paintings. On the one hand, I create mostly abstract pictures and on the other hand pictures in which a predominantly figurative scene must assert itself against non-figurative picture elements."
Canvas that Speaks: JHoward
"Drawing can be the most direct way of bringing what is in the mind on to a chosen surface. I enjoy the sheer spontaneity of drawing. I strive to take hyperrealism further, developing ways to include a narrative, charm and emotion into a drawing. I never want to leave it void of 'personality'."
Esoteric Explorations on Canvas: Dominique Meunier
“I aspire to a spirituality, to a harmony of man and nature, often through the prism of nostalgia, questioning what seems to be in question: the unity of man and the cosmos, the unity of man and meaning, the interdependence of phenomena.”
Imperfections: Joakim Sederholm
"My focus is on the human experience, on what it feels like to be human. The warmth and kindness within us inspire me. Like us humans, my sculptures have their shortcomings and defects. Patches and stitches hold parts together. By sharing things life becomes easier for everybody. Nobody is perfect…”
Glitz in the Landscape: Ruth Lantz
"I use paint to question how screens have shifted our understanding of the landscape. I merge landscape images with abstract techniques to create works that capture the tension between a painted surface and a screen. Using applications that are both controlled and improvisational, I play with flatness vs. depth and opacity vs. transparency. Condensing the digital impression and the painterly into one surface, I create an image that is at once familiar but also removed, thus challenging the viewer to question technology’s role in our perception of nature."
Moon & Stars: Jisoo Kang
"We are passengers traveling together on a spaceship called Earth. I circled the sun 44 times in this spaceship, which is spinning around itself once a day. One of my favorite works is the panning shot about this spin with color slide films."
The Big Picture: Stephen Mauldin
My work has always addressed "the big picture," that is, the nature of the universe and the intelligence(s) that inhabit it. It is an attempt to explore the possibilities that our universe presents. I have done this by a variety of means, most recently by slinging very small quantities of paint."
Perfect Relections: James Hartel
"Watercolor is an inspiration, it has a mind of its own, no matter how much I try to control it, it does its own thing..."
Hybrid Recollections: Denise Jones Adler
"My inspiration is life itself, rediscovering the past, creating a vintage future."
Porcelain Dreams: Eva Cocco
Art Magazines by CFA Press
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News from our Latest Contest
This month, we asked artists to show us work that was recently created which was inspired by and dealt with the current pandemic and social distancing. This novel situation has had an impact globally, not only on our political and economical lives as citizens, but maybe most importantly, on our personal and social life, our everyday habits, and the way we connect with each other and with our communities. Artists have a distinctive way of perceiving, visualizing and communication and in this important historical moment, artists’ voices become immensely important in providing insight into the present moment.