Cocteau

"My practice includes a variety of media. The images shown here are part of a free-assosiative series where I let the feeling of the moment guide my hand and eye building up the rhythm of each composition."

Untitled - Digital media drawing

Cocteau is the artistic name for Sarah Ping, an artist born in China in 1987 and living in New York since 2012. Cocteau produces a variety of works in an array of different media and style, the combination of which she considers describe her as an artist. Here we focus on her digital paintings, a variety of momentary marks which are involved more about rhythm and compositional balance rather than content or place. 

Untitled - Digital media drawing
Untitled - Digital media drawing
Untitled - Digital media drawing
Untitled - Digital media drawing

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Laura Peretti

"My work is based on the atmosphere of a moment and its intimacy; the secrets behind it. I have always believed that stories have a life of their own. I like to silently intrude into different private scenes of ongoing stories, inviting you to come along with me as a silent spectator."

Luxurious - Digital painting 20 x 10 in.

Hope Tian, a self-taught oil painter, born and raised in Beijing, China. She came to the USA to attend graduate school in NY, now resides in the greater Boston area. Hope has developed her own style distinctly rooted in French impressionism. A keen interest in master painters has influenced her brushwork, color and technique. When looking at her work you can clearly see her influences, from art, from travel and from life.

Clothes Off - Digital painting 19 x 19 in.
All Along - Mixed Media 8 x 11 in.
No Tomorrow - Mixed Media 8 x 11 in.
The Girl Who Wanted it All - Digital painting 14 x 19 in.

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Hope Tian

"Art in its purest form elicits thoughts and deep feelings. What I perceive through my eyes to my heart gives back through my paintings."

Farewell - Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.

Hope Tian, a self-taught oil painter, born and raised in Beijing, China. She came to the USA to attend graduate school in NY, now resides in the greater Boston area. Hope has developed her own style distinctly rooted in French impressionism. A keen interest in master painters has influenced her brushwork, color and technique. When looking at her work you can clearly see her influences, from art, from travel and from life.

Autumn in New England - Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in.
Autumn Journey - Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in.
Sunflowers 1 - Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in.
Highland cattle - Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in.

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Gerhard Rabe

"My picture compositions unite aspects of the naturalistic area with abstract elements. Visual art gives me the opportunity to bring my innermost to the outside. My art always oscillates on the border area between objectivity and abstraction."

Stratifications - Acrylic on paper 27 x 43 cm

German artist, Gerhard Rabe received formal education as Organist, Choir Director and Composer the Musikhochschule Dortmund, Germany. He has worked as an organist for two renowned churches in Dortmund, Germany. Rabe also studied to become a retail salesman, holding several leading positions in design and furniture shops. He was the Purchase Manager at Rosenthal Studio House for graphic edition and art objects. He was also employed as the Head of Music Publishing company Rabe-Spiess-Hartkopf. Rabe had a guest performance contract with Theater Dortmund, Germany. Since 1970 he has been an independent music composer with more than 300 published compositions as well as numerous awards. Rabe is the founder and owner of Concertino music publishing company.

Gerhard Rabe's artwork is inspired by musician and painter Vincenz Frigger. He utilizes linoleum and screen printing techniques and his works are often accompanied by music compositions. After multiple participations in Akademie Eigenart, Rabe established his own artistic studio. He has followed various workshops including with Thomas Beecht, Carola Czempik, Christopher Eymann, Eva Großhennig, Andy Ilmberger, Gerhard Marquard, Anni Rieck and Martina Wald. He has done numerous study trips in Italy, Scandinavia and the USA. Rabe is a member of the board Kunstverein Tölzerland e.V.

Braid II - Acrylic on paper 34 x 48 cm
Monterey Bay Aquarium I - Acrylic on canvas 40 x 60 cm
Braid I - Acrylic on paper 34 x 48 cm
Waymarks - Acrylic on paper 26 x 36 cm

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Janni Nyby

"I paint colorful nature and landscape abstractions. The inspiration I get from nature's incredible colors, shapes and elements. My approach is best described as abstract expressionist and I love using all colors in the palette."

Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 150 x 100 cm

Danish artist, Janni Nyby's has an active career with national exhibitions in Denmark and internationally. In 2015, Janni exhibited in Spain and Italy and as a result her work really took off. In 2020 she showed work in Paris and New York (postponed) among others. She has a solo show scheduled for January 2021 in a gallery in her hometown. She has exhibited with a number of art associations and organizations and she also operates her own gallery where she displays her colorful nature and landscape abstractions.

"At some point, back in the 90s, a dimension/source opend up in my by chance, which I had not seen coming, as I am academically educated and did not spend much time in the creative universe. But after germinating for a few years, this dimension slowly but powerfully and persistently came to fill more and more in me, and today is completely "dependent" on the painting in the right way."

Janni Nyby is a member of The Board and Advisors in ICSA (International Society of Contemporary Art), based in New York and affiliated with international galleries.

 

Select Exhibitions

Art Nordic, Copenhagen, Denmark 2015

Galleri Omegalfa, SOLO, Saltum, Denmark 2015

Galleri Kunstnernes Hus, SOLO, Svendborg, Denmark 2016

Kunst i Hasseris, Aalborg, Denmark 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020

Ateneo de Madrid, Madrid, Spain 2016, 2017, 2018

Galleria de Marchi, Bologna, Italy 2015, 2016, 2017

Kunst på slottet, Dronninglund, Denmark 2015, 2016, 2017

Kunst på Slottet, Bratskov Herregaard, Brovst, Denmark 2017, 2018, 2019

Kunst for alle, Skive, Denmark 2017

Tidens Kunst, Aars, Denmark 2018

Galleri Atelier DYHRBERG, SOLO, Frederikshavn, Denmark 2019

International Art Fair, Carrousel du Louvre - PAKS Gallery - Paris, France 2020

Galleri Vognporten, Mariager Museum, Mariager, Denmark 2020

Galleri Jarsbo Contemporary Art, SOLO, Aalborg, Denmark 2021

Artexpo New York - Almhaga Art Gallery - New York, USA 2021

Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 120 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm

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Iris Schiebener

"My painted landscapes are inspired by the rough north coast of Germany with its unique light, the dramatic changing sky and the rough sea. So my paintings are quite expressive and semi-abstract because I prefer to indicate the natural parts instead of detailed painted elements."

The Rising - Oil on stretched canvas 100 x 140 x 2 cm

German artist, Iris Schiebener was born in 1971. In 1991 she was a trainee digital media designer and since 2003 she is self-employed with SGS:grafic&fotoART in Hamm, Westfalia. Between 2007 - 2011, Iris did additional studies in Painting and Graphic Art at IBKK and in 2011-2013 she did a master class with Piotr Sonnewend. In May 2013, Iris received her diploma. She works as an indepedent artist and art teacher. She is a member of the Federation of international artists e.V. (Bik) and Sylter Kunstfreunde e.V.

Coastline - Acrylic on stretched canvas 70 x 70 x 2 cm
Clouds across the sea - Oil on stretched canvas 80 x 60 x 2 cm
Wasserlandschaft - Acrylic on stretched canvas 100 x 100 x 4 cm
Clouds across the sea - Oil on stretched canvas 100 x 70 x 2 cm

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Jen Sterling

"My goal is to inspire energy and excitement – to empower the viewer to be bold. My paintings are meant to make you feel strong and powerful — to burst into your morning or invigorate your senses after a long day. Ideally, my art reminds you that life is for feeling and stretching and truly living."

Under the Wave #3 - Acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 in.

"Color has always had a profound effect on my mood and on my state of mind. I can feel an entire shift in my thinking and my emotions when viewing a strikingly bold and colorful piece of art. The goal of my work is to inspire energy and excitement from within – to empower the viewer to do something bold and take risks to achieve their dreams. My paintings are not meant to “be vanilla” or just match someone’s couch. These images are meant to make you feel strong and powerful — to help you feel the excitement I had in creating them. My art is meant to burst into your morning with a zing, to prod you into action when you reach your mid-day lull, and/or to invigorate your senses after a long day. Ideally, my art evokes a reaction and reminds you that life is for feeling and stretching and living.”

American artist, Jen Sterling graduated from George Washington University earning a BA in Visual Communications with a minor in Psychology. She lives with her husband, daughter, and “furry children” in Annapolis, MD.

Rising on the Wings of Hope - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 40 in.
Falling Water - Acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 in.
Peekaboo - Acrylic on canvas 40 x 40 in.
Cardinal Rule - Acrylic on canvas 72 x 36 in.

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Kay Sleking

"My paintings explore space, dynamism and tranquility. Birds can also be a metaphor for the desire for new beginnings. My work is calm, quiet and comprehensive."

Flight of Gulls #1

Kay Sleking (b.1968) has his roots in both The Netherlands and Kenya and grew up in a suburb of Amsterdam, the Bijlmer. He started drawing and making music at a young age. After a short academic study at the university, Kay followed an evening course at the Graphic School and then worked for a number of years at a graphic design agency.

Nevertheless, music caught his attention and he started study in classical guitar at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. After obtaining his Bachelor's degree, he continued his studies in the Master's program, and received the talent incentive prize as well as was offered an appointment as a principal subject teacher at Codarts (Rotterdam Conservatory). Since then, he has performed internationally in various ensembles and orchestras and gives workshops and masterclasses.

Kay Sleking decided to pick up visual art again in addition to making music. His exhibition 'Expansion' is an overview of an inspiring year; a journey to different ways of expression. The birds and seascapes that he paints represent spatiality, dynamism and tranquility. Based on the Wadden Archipelago nevertheless, they stand for any place in the world where seas, lakes, space and birds can be found. They can also serve as a metaphor for the desire for new horizons.

A visitor to the 'Expansion' exhibition said: “Dynamic silence. Like the gulls “hang” in the air; infinitely silent yet moving.” Another description: "Wow, they look like they could leave the canvas immediately, but stay for reasons of kindness to the viewer."

In addition to free work, Kay paints on commission. His paintings are bought by art lovers from various countries of the world; from the USA, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Taiwan to the United Arab Emirates.

He had solo exhibitions in Terschelling, Amsterdam, Xanten and Cologne (Germany). His work would have been shown this summer in Leeuwarden. In December his work will be exhibited in Paris.

Flight of Sterns #1
Three Gulls
Flight of Terns #2
Geese | Diptych

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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."

Pine trees and Stars - Color slide film 60 x 60 mm

Jisoo Kang is a Korean artist born in 1976 in Seoul. Self-taught in photography since 2007, Jisoo focuses on capturing the mesmerizing night skies.

Lighthouse and Stars - Color slide film 60 x 60 mm
Moon and Stars from a Sea Cave - Color slide film 60 x 60 mm
Bouquet on a pine and Stars - Color slide film 60 x 60 mm
Winter Tree and Stars - Color slide film 60 x 60 mm

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Claudia Junge

“My work includes both figurative and abstract painting. The pictures exhibited here display both styles."

o.T. - Mixed media on canvas 70 x 90 cm

1986 - 1988 Study of Painting and Sculpture at the Waldorf Institute for Education in Witten

1988 – 1992 Study of Free Painting with Prof. Schubert, University of Dortmund.

Study of pedagogy, Gender Studies in Cultural, Social and Humanity Sciences at the University of Dortmund

1988 - 2008 Lecturer in Painting at the Senior Academy of the University of Dortmund and the VHS Witten an der Ruhr

Artistic design, Breast Center of the University Witten / Herdecke with my pictures

1988 – 2018 Various solo and group exhibitions in Bochum, Dortmund, Essen, Witten, Academy Loccum / Hannover, Lindenberg / Bavaria Pfaffenhofen a.d. Ilm, Rain (Bav.), Landshut (Bav.),  Cannes (France), Florence (Italy), Zürich, New York, Art Innsbruck, Paris, Versilia, Como

Since 2016 Atelier in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm

2020 Atelier in Brandenburg a.d. Havel

 


“My work includes both figurative and abstract painting. The pictures exhibited here display both styles. I am fascinated by nature and allowing and experiencing inner concentration and tranquility when looking at nature, for example in the face of water and landscapes in Scotland or on Lake Constance. The concentrated memory and its deepening lead to an intensive processing on paper or canvas. In the quiet and seclusion of the studio, my feelings, thoughts and imaginations condense into new interpretations and color spaces.

“Sometimes I imagine colors as living thoughts, beings of pure reason with which I can grapple. Nature does not exist on the surface, it goes deep. "

I agree with this quote from Paul Cezanne and can only confirm it - again and again and again and again.”

Silence - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 120 cm
Darkness - Mixed media on canvas 50 x 70 cm
In the Evening - Mixed media on canvas 50 x 70 cm
Paradise - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 120 cm

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