Vanja Basic

"Drawing is my favorite way to feel free. Each sheet of paper is a safe place that doesn’t require any explanation or adaptation from me. It takes me as I am and allows me to be in touch with my feelings."

Gigantic - Indian ink 24 x 19 cm

"I have drawn literally since I knew how to hold a pencil in my hand. As an only child, drawing has always been my way of escaping and expressing myself. From the age of 8 to 20, I took oil painting and pencil classes to improve my skills. Technique is really important to me; I have always admired M. C. Escher for his.

Several years later, during my global design studies, I found both my style and my preferred mediums, by discovering graphic design. I fell in love with this discipline and it has greatly influenced the way I apprehend my drawing sheet and my lines. Today, in my art, I love combining ink on paper with digital coloring. Pop art inspires me a lot in my use of colors. I adore impressionism as well; this movement has definitely influenced the way I draw, with urgency. That’s what I love most about art, the raw capture of an emotion."

Vanja Basic is a Serbian Artist living in France. She holds an MA in Design, Management, and Eco-Design and a BA Graphic and Interior Design.

Bottle - Indian ink and digital colouring 19 x 24 cm
MTL Madness - Indian ink, digital colouring and collage 20 x 20 cm
Funky Friday - Indian ink, digital colouring and collage 21 x 25 cm
Me, Myself and I - Indian ink and digital colouring 25 x 25 cm

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Satoshi Matsuyama

"My greatest desire is to offer my whole heart, soul, mind and strength to honor and worship God and to be mightily used to declare his glory through my paintings."

When My Back's Against the Wall - Digital mixed media printed on canvas 124 x 82.5 in.

ROMANS 1:20 "For his invisible [qualities] are clearly seen from the world's creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even His eternal power and Godship, so............"

"Looking through all things in the world, the intention of the only Creator, is that love be felt everywhere. The existence and character of our one God is to be known through his creatures. Although humans are now able to change the colors and the forms of nature quite freely by the use of a tool called the computer, I would like to utilize this technology in CONFORMITY to the will and the intentions of the Creator, to show Nature in its truest and most beautiful forms. As long as I continue to do my work within this limit and at the same time, show my appreciation, thanks, respects and admirations to the Creator, God, who made this excellent Star, called Earth, I believe The Creator will allot me the energy to continue my work forever."

Breath of Heaven - Digital mixed media printed on canvas 76 x 102 in.
The Critical Angle of All Our Eyes on Manifest Dreams Beyond - Digital mixed media printed on canvas 150 x 112 in.
Manoa Ali'i (Royal Vast) - Digital mixed media printed on canvas 124 x 82 in.
Rising Up on Ke'e - Digital mixed media printed on canvas 76 x 102 in.

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Mikołaj Włodarczyk

Czacha w Agreście - Dry pastel, charcoal on paper 100 x 70 cm

Born 1983, in Poland, Mikołaj Włodarczyk now lives and works in Columbus, Ohio, USA. After completing a Master's Degree in Philosophy, Mikołaj worked various jobs; from carpenter to goldsmith to graphic designer until 2009 when he became a tattoo artist. Now he works as a full-time tattoo artist by day and as illustrator and graphic designer by night.

"In my work, I'm trying to combine and implement experience from different art fields. I experiment with different materials and techniques in order to achieve an interesting effect and later I translate this form to tattoos. I spend several years in Belgium and Spain tattooing and making art. For the past two years, I'm working on Belgium style BD with a seriously sarcastic philosophically-existential background.  In 2018, I  moved to the USA. Now I live in Columbus Ohio and I got involved with the Evolved Body Art tattoo and piercing studio."

Przedwieczny - Acrylic, ink, marker on canvas 100 x 70 cm
Glapa - Watercolor 21 x 29,7cm
Stalker Pietrow - Mixed media media on paper 29,7 x 42 cm
Smok nie jaszczurka - Ink on paper 21 x 29,7cm

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Lori Pitten Jenkins

"My art is all about untapped beauty. I love color and enjoy painting realistically creating a sense of drama."

"Art is when you hear a knocking on your soul, and you answer."

Prawns on Prongs - Watercolor 24 x 19 in.

Lori Pitten Jenkins lives in Melbourne, Florida, USA and is an avid runner, running in over 100 races including 2 marathons and over 20 half marathons. She performed with the Florida State University Flying High Circus from 1979 to 1983 with several acts including the Flying Trapeze.

Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (1983) from Florida State University. In 2005 she revisited art by taking a watercolor class at a local museum and began entering shows in 2008. She is a member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, FL and participates in about 15 outdoor shows within the state of Florida per year, including prestigious venues like Gasparilla, Winter Park, and Mainsail. With an increasing number of collectors her unique and masterful watercolors never fail to impress. Lori continues to paint every day.

 

Select Publications

2014 - December issue of “Watercolor Artist” as “Ones to Watch”

2015 - “Splash 16”, the Best of Watercolor

2015 - “Pratique des Arts” in the portfolio galerie

2017 - “The Art of Watercolours” 28th issue as “The Judges also Liked”

 

Select Awards

September 2009 – Received Signature Status in Florida Watercolor Society.  Also Received awards at this venue in 2008, 2013, and 2015.

April 2009 – Received Signature Status in the Southern Watercolor Society.  Also Received awards at this venue in 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2017.

April 2013 – Received Signature Status in The American Watercolor Society’s 145th Annual International Exhibition, Received the Paul B. Remmey Award

November 2014 – Artworks of Eau Gallie -  Best of Show

January 2015- Images a Festival of the Arts, New Symrna Beach, FL – Best of Show

June 2017 – Received Signature Status in the National Watercolor Society’s 97th Annual International Exhibition.  Also Received awards in 2013 and 2017.

November 2018 – Cocoa Beach Art Show – Best of Show

Tools of The Trade - Watercolor 19 x 21 in.
The World Is Your Oyster - Watercolor 22 x 15.5 in.
Just Be Claws - Watercolor 19.5 x 14 in.
A Decided Fate - Watercolor 18 x 27 in.

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Dennis Casey Photography

"I have been an outdoor adventurer for almost half a century, and I have always had a passion for being alone in nature. My goal as a photographer is to produce images that allow other people to actually feel these experiences and to give them the feeling of what it is like to be alone in nature."

Oasis Water - Digital photograph Canon 6D 24 x 36 in.

Dennis Casey captures the magic of nature’s solitude. Based out of Fort Worth, Texas, his photography focuses on the splendor of mountains, deserts and oceans of the American West and Southwest. His distinctive style conveys the feeling of what it is like to be alone in nature.

A native of San Diego, CA, Dennis retired as an educator in 2013 and moved to Texas to become a landscape photographer. He continues to teach business at Weatherford College, and when he isn’t teaching, he spends his time searching for remote places of beauty from Canada down to South America.

Dennis has spent his entire life traveling the world as a surfer, climber and backpacker immersing himself in the beauty of both land and sea. These experiences come to life in his images. As for the theme of his photography, the artist states, “My goal is to produce images that allow other people to actually feel my outdoor experiences, and to give them the feeling of being alone in nature.”

Dennis’ artwork has been shown in exhibitions and art shows around the country, such as Art Expo New York, Art Santa Fe, Art San Diego, Amsterdam Gallery and Las Lagunas Gallery.

Captured in natural lighting, Dennis’ photographs provide a distinctive and fresh perspective on well-known American landscapes. His images demonstrate an alert eye capable of framing unique compositions which successfully communicate to the viewer that revered feeling of being alone in and with nature.

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Sunny Rocks - Digital photograph Canon 6D 20 x 30 in.
Island of Secrets - Digital photograph Canon 5D Mark IV 30 x 40 in.
Stillness of the Bayou - Digital photograph Canon 5D Mark IV 30 x 50 in.
Mystic Stacks - Digital photograph Canon 5D Mark IV 24 x 36 in.

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Gunilla Daga

The compelling drama of energized suspension pervades all of Gunilla Daga’s art."

Females Charcoal and oil pastel on paper 20 x 24 cm

Living in Stockholm, Sweden, Gunilla Daga produces art which, in John Austin’s words, is “drawn out of private experience, reaches out in universal terms to touch everyone on different levels."  Her use of earth tones and primitive shapes reveal a sensitive delicacy. Daga mixes red iron oxide, bone black and titanium white to achieve a sophisticated pattern that produces an organic aesthetic. Daga’s paintings are connected to each other, each image being born from the previous and forming a series of works where the artist investigates not only the nature of the materials at hand but seems to push each shape to take different forms and each time, bring forward a new vocabulary.

 Daga studied at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Gerlesborgsskolan in Bohuslän (1990-3) and Gerlesborgsskolan in Stockholm (1988-90). She is a member of Swedish Artists’ National Organization, IAA International Association of Art. She has exhibited in Paris, Italy, Poland, New York, Norway, Slovenia, and Sweden. She has been an Artist in Residence at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, New  York where she will return in the Spring of 2017. Daga had a personal show at Artifact Gallery in Lower East Side, New York 2015 and has participated at Art Expo NY and Spectrum Miami with ArtUpClose. Her art has been featured on Times Square Billboards 2014 with SeeMe and she has received the ArtSlant Showcase Prize in 2012.

Females Charcoal and oil pastel on paper 20 x 24 cm

Females Charcoal and oil pastel on paper 20 x 24 cm

Females Charcoal and oil pastel on paper 20 x 24 cm

Females Charcoal and oil pastel on paper 20 x 24 cm

TRANSFORMATION IN THE WORK OF GUNILLA DAGA by John Austin

“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.

Much of the artist’s process-oriented work has a constructed look but it is a construction that seems tentative, filled with contingency. This process gracefully brings home the point that the universe, while seemingly stilled is yet unpredictable at its core, ready to change and alter its state of being from one moment to the next. In effect, the artist is deeply immersed in delineating for us, the viewers, what she perceives as an elemental condition of life, which finds its equilibrium through an interior force of counter-harmonies. The delicate compositional balance that pervades each piece suggests, then, a momentary state of quiet and stillness within flux. This suggestion of a temporary surcease from the strains of life while poetically filled with intimations of voids and silence denergies allows the artist, nevertheless, to communicate a flurry of tensions and of struggle in her work.

Lingering in its position it offers us a visual analogy of being psychically suspended between heaven and earth, hovering between oppositions and between differences. In looking closely at the artist’s painitngs we are swayed by the mysterious rightness of her coloration which animates her planes, as in ‘From the Other Side’ and ‘Red Heat’. But what gives us pause, what stops the eye and makes it marvel at the hand of Gunilla Daga is her capacity to find that Archimedian point, acting as a perceptual lever, which upends visual expectations. This transformative effect, where materials assume another life beyond the prosaic is the hallmark of a great artist. It is artmaking’s ultimate prize: to recognize limits only to transcend them through the imaginative capacity.”

- Published by Artifact Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC 2015.

The Girl and The Bird Acrylic on canvas 69 x 69 cm

Spring Acrylic on canvas 48 x 47 cm

Feel Free Acrylic on canvas 46 x 45 cm

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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.

POP ART, ZERO CALORIES - Oil on canvas D. 52 in. $15,000

"I was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico and moved with my family to Ohio as a young child. My passion for realism lead me to pursue my career in fine art. I completed my Art Education at Cooper School of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

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.

Like Rosenquist, I had painted mural size billboards for an outdoor media company for many years. Constantly painting on such a large scale had influenced the size of my artwork. I found that size was a significant factor on the impact of the viewer. I was also captivated by the abstract quality of something so large when observed up close. My paintings are done in oils and hand brushed to look like it is created with an airbrush technique.

Recently, I am in the process of investigating paintings shaped in a circular format. I still strive for a three-dimensional feeling even though the painting is a flat surface.  My fascination with realism and the shaped canvas will enable me to envision many new and intriguing paintings. It will be interesting to see how far I can manipulate the shaped facade to create a two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional illusion of genuine excitement!"

EGGS IN THE ROUND - Acrylic on canvas D. 52 in. $18,000
CAMPBELL S TOMATO JUICE- Oil on canvas 48 x 60 in. $18,000
SMASHED SCHMIDTZ - Oil on canvas 60 x 80 in. $23,000
DUBBLE BUBBLE - Oil on canvas D. 52 in. $15,000

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Moving Elephant by Mark

Moving Elephant by Mark is a Zurich-based photographer and a represented artist of Agora Art Gallery, New York City. For Mark, the art of photography is synonymous with life, embodying a never-ending journey which is manifested in his creativity and artistic vision.

Tout De Suite, Madame ! (2/4)

Moving Elephant by Mark is a Zurich based photographer and represented artist of Agora Art Gallery, New York City.

For him, the art of photography is synonymous with life, embodying a never-ending journey which is manifested in his creativity and artistic vision. Capturing his scenes with only naturally available light as well as directly shot monochrome, his images hold power in their underlying preservation of photography in its most natural and raw form.

Mark’s practice is comprised of two parallel lines of work. The first of these lines explores symmetry and perspective in mostly urban architecture. These works capture the beauty of the order present in often overlooked architecture, which is then further emphasized by the monochromatism of the images, which renders all the lines of the symmetry all that much more visible. The second line in Mark’s work deals with the art of storytelling through images as it relates to the female body. In these works, Mark deftly wields extremely dramatic lights and shadows to create gorgeously emotive scenes that can easily stir up memories or connections within a viewer. Further, there is compositional overlap between these lines, both where elements of symmetry and repetition come into the figurative works, as well as where the symmetrical architecture begins to evoke figurative forms in its contours.

His work was recently presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) exhibition in Beijing, China.

 

Recent Exhibits

April 4-7  artExpo New York

June 5-25  Exhibition at Agora Art Gallery, New York City

July 1-31 Passeig de Gracia Station Exhibition, Barcelona

December 4-8  Red Dot, Miami

Silver
Bedtime Story
Window Light
Stripes

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Ping He

"The world is very huge and the universe is vast without boundaries. When perceiving the power of celestial bodies and deities, I found the invisible Shape, Color and Light. It presents its power in the inanimate architectural movement which I’m exploring and am very joyful for."

P Series 01 - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 55 cm

Mr. Ping He 和平 was born and living in Shanghai, China where he studied at the Art and Design Dept of Dong Hua University.

Tel: 0086-13661635368

E-mail: phelley_he@163.com

Web site: www.artpinghe.com

Instagram: www.ping_he_artist

 

Select Exhibitons

2019 May - London Art Biennale (https://www.londonbiennale.co.uk/artist/ping-he)

2019 - Enter into Art by Kurt Gerd Ries + Gabriele Walter, Germany

2018 Nov. –  Group exhibition in Xuhui Art Museum in Shanghai.

2017 Apr-May ---- VIVA Valletta International Visual Art Festival, solo exhibition in The MILL B’KARA

(http://viva.org.mt/mevents/three-perfect-things)

2016 Sep. -  Solo exhibition in ST JAMES CAVALIER, Valletta, Malta http://www.kreattivita.org/event/wirja-ta-he-ping-persistence-of-form/

2015 May - Solo exhibition in Madrid, Spain at China Culture Center

2015 Feb -  Solo exhibition in Malta at China Culture Center

2014 Dec. - Exhibition in Berlin, German at China Culture Center

2007 Nov. -Attending The 11th Shanghai Art Fair 2007

1999 Sep. - Group exhibition in Stephen Gang Gallery in New York

1997 Jan. 1-7 - Solo Exhibition in New Shanghai Library opening ceremony

1992 Feb. - Group exhibition in Shanghai Duo Yun Xuan Gallery

Publications

2019 - 100 Artists of the Future - Art Book by Contemporary Art Magazine www.contemporaryartcuratormagazine.com/100-artists-of-the-future

2018 Aug. - Another Artistic Universe by StudioByblos https://issuu.com/studiobyblos/docs/ping_he

2018 Jan. 03 - Contemporary Art Curator  http://www.contemporaryartcurator.com/he-ping/

2017 Dec. 12 Ping He  - My artistic Diary by studioByblos https://issuu.com/studiobyblos/docs/ping_he_issuu

P Series 02 - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 55 cm
P Series 03 - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 55 cm
D Series 01 - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 55 cm
P Series 04 - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 55 cm

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Lisa Powers Photographic Artist

"I don’t capture photos, I create them from nothing in my studio… not as one would perceive them in reality but as imagined images. To do this, I build from an idea. Choosing the right model to direct is crucial. I am completely self-taught and perhaps because of that, I am fearless."

The Bauhaus Beehive - Photographic Art Giclée print 16 x 24 in.

Photographic Artist, Lisa Powers was born in the South of France and moved to New York with her family when she was 10 years old. She currently lives and works in New Zealand. Lisa quit her day-job as proof reader for a small advertising agency to become a janitor in a large commercial photo studio. Ambitious to become a professional freelance commercial photographer, she learned by watching the studio photographers work in the daytime and then used the space to shoot with models at night.

“I learned more by experimentation than technical correctness since I had no technical knowledge. This was in the film era. I was one of the few women working successfully in commercial photography, an industry which was (still is) largely male-dominated.”

In 2009 she took a big risk to relocate (with her four kitties) from New York to New Zealand. 

“It took a while for the dust and kitty litter to settle but when it did I changed from commercial photographer to Photographic Artist.”

With several successful gallery exhibits to her resume, Lisa’s  "WanRong: The Last Empress of China" is currently on exhibition at The Buddhist Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand, till 17th October.

Sitting for Egon Schiele - Photographic Art Giclée print 16 x 24 in.
The Seller of Caged Birds - Photographic Art Giclée print 18 x 26 in.
Sacred Spring - Photographic Art Giclée print 18 x 25 in.
Woman with Two Chairs - Photographic Art Giclée print 24 x 24 in.

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