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Circle Quarterly Art Review #4
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Presenting a wide range of media and an even broader variety of styles, we investigate the diversity of practices and perspectives in contemporary art. Although at first glance, juxtaposed works can appear radically different, we have found that a bold, recurring element across all the artists’ approaches, is a kind of 6th sense, an intense sensitivity to observation and detail. Reading the artist’s statement it becomes evident that the drive behind their work is about noticing, whether that refers to an aesthetic observation, a social, political, intellectual or emotional observation.
Artists On Review
The Power of Illustration: Jieyu Deng
“It is inevitable that art is being commercialised, but apart from catering to the market needs, the artists must learn to keep their own styles and originality.”
Colors of Australia: 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 color to interpret the way I see the world.”
Romance: Asta Caplan
"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."
Master of His Art: JingFeng Li
From Beijing, China, JingFeng Li graduated from Shenyang Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and is a member of American Portrait Society, a contractor of the Sena Art Gallery in France, and a representative painter of modern Chinese painting.
Yes, that's a painting! Jose Luis Quinones
Contemporary artist's Jose Luis Quinones' passion for perfection and artistic ability combine for an exciting blend of dazzling colors and the illusion of a three-dimensional surface. His oversized paintings are shaped on the outer edge to conform to the object which enhances the idea of realism.
The Abstractionist: Mary E Morgan
"My artwork is an expression from my soul, influenced by the enmeshment of inner and outer world experiences: nature, people, places and events along life's journey. It is a developmental process that involves both conscious and subconscious thoughts."
Beauty Everywhere: Giacomo Giannelli
Italian fine art photographer, Giacomo Giannelli is based in London. He has a background as videographer and storyteller which provides an emotional advantage and perspective in his photography. Bathed in masterful light and with a mysterious undertone, each of Giannelli's picture tells a very unique story. His cinematic photographs convey a kind of drama and invite the viewer to consider an intriguing narrative.
To Innovate and Create: Zu Sheng Yu
Born in China and living in Long Island, Zu Sheng Yu received his Bachelor's degree (Sculpture, 1987) from Guang Zhou Academy of Fine Arts and is ARC Affiliated Living Artists™. Zu Sheng Yu constantly challenges himself in an artistic sense. His versatility and creative passion lead him through life to create a diverse array of innovative work that includes architecture, painting and sculpture.
A Particular Mythology: K.A. Letts
“My work looks both forward and back in time. I describe the present Anthropocene age by referencing myths and stories from our shared cultural history, in order to imagine our trans-human future, where all of nature is touched by humans and all humans are touched by technology.”
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."
What Can't Be Seen: Newel Hunter
"I'm fascinated with the idea of exposing what can't be seen, what's underneath it all; the history, the story, the abstract and random image. And while some of my work is very precise and structured, I revel in the unfixed nature of things. Imperfections are so much more interesting.".
Giving Form to Non-Visual Things: Anneli Di Francis
"I want to give a visual form to non-visual things that matter; feelings, right and wrong, hopes that go unfulfilled and love, that is bitter and sweet at the same time."
The Universal Language of Motherhood: Weiting Wei
"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."
Textures: S.O. Sivertsen
"I know a great deal about unrest. White paper makes me uneasy. I like it raw and far from picturesque and have put on some marks to guide the painting. Often I get surprised. In fact always. Then I’m happy for a while. Style? Don't know. What it's about? Can't say – because then everybody knows."
Eye Open: Christine Norton
"When you are quiet and observe everyday life there is drama and emotion even in stillness - that is the story my photography conveys."
The Simplicity of Beauty: Egon Gade
"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."
Porcelain Dreams: Eva Cocco
"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."
Mixing Elements: Fay Wood
"I've been an artist for many years and creating sculpture using found materials is my favorite form of expression. I love a quote by Virginia Woolf: ‘Arrange whatever pieces come your way.’ I also have portfolios in painting, tapestry, collage, and drawing."
Contemporary Legends: Gill Bustamante
"I am a professional artist based in East Sussex and I paint large oil paintings featuring landscapes, seascapes, animals, birds and fish. My painting style is a fusion of semi-abstract, traditional, expressionist, impressionist, a little art nouveau and something I refer to as 'Memory Impressionism'."
The Purpose of Art: Leon Oks
“It is important that my audience, in a very simple way, draw satisfaction and pure pleasure looking at and living with my art. This is the power of art: to overcome the problems and realities of everyday life and offer a hopeful view.”
Deconstructing the Experience: Kelly Marshall
"After almost 20 years of working with children with special needs, I have honed my urgent commitment to thinking about and making art with people who move and think differently. My artwork juxtaposes these conflicts through beauty and delicacy of light as well as the harmony of colors."
Creatures in Clay: Satomi Sugimoto
"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."