Miya Ozaki

"I am fascinated by abstract expressionism. My feelings, sensations, intuition, and impulses become works that can be visualized by layering forms and textures with media such as Sumi (Japanese black ink) and water. The work aims to be a metamorphosis that assimilates with the breath of nature.”

Blue Love - Poncho 2O - The Road, Mixed, 90x144cm, $1,000

Miya Ozaki, born in Japan, is a renowned artist specializing in installation and mixed media art. With a strong passion for creativity, she has been recognized and celebrated for her exceptional talent. In 2022, she received the prestigious First Prize Installation Award at The Art for Peace organized by ICM GESTORA CULTURAL, SL. in Spain. Her remarkable contributions continued to be acknowledged internationally, as she participated in exhibitions such as "AQUA and ECOLOGY AS A FEELING," curated by Rossocinabro in Italy, and the XXXVIII PREMIO FIRENZE-SEZIONE ARTI VISIVE at Palazzo del Pegaso in Florence, Italy. In 2021, her work was showcased at the "Sense of this Combination - G6 in Seoul" exhibition held at 이음 갤러리 (ieum Gallery) in Korea. In 2020, she contributed to the exhibition "Tales of the end of summer," curated by Simultanea Spazi d'Arte in Italy, and also participated in the 6A BIENNALE DI VITERBO ARTE CONTEMPORANEA in Italy. Miya Ozaki's artistic endeavors have captivated audiences around the world, and her profound creativity continues to inspire and engage viewers with its thought-provoking nature.

Blue Love-Poncho 2P (front) - Stars, Mixed, 90x144cm, $1,000
Blue Love-Poncho 2Q&2R - Farewell, Mixed, 90x144cm,$1,000 each
Blue Love - Poncho 2P back) - The Moon, Mixed,90x144cm, $1,000
Blue Love-Poncho 2Q - Dance, Mixed, 90x144cm, $1,000

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Dina Klumbys Art

"My pieces have a laid-back simplicity and my art is abstract realism. I do commission pet portraits. Painting, for me, is a poetic expression, a state of mind; it is my meditation, my happy place. In a world where is so much darkness, I choose to be a light of positivity. EARTH without ART is just EH."

Day dreaming - Acrylic 40 x 30 cm

"I am a self-taught artist, 46 years old, and started painting only a few years ago. I am inspired by my upbringing in Lithuania, in Kaunas, the beauty of nature, and vibrant colours in everyday life."

Fragility - Acrylic 35 x 28 cm
Commission pet portrait - Acrylic 30 x 30 cm
Blue adventure - Acrylic 40 x 30 cm
Blissfulness - Acrylic 40 x 30 cm

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Holger A. Baehr

“Living in Ireland, the breathtaking beauty of the countryside has inspired me to pick up my brushes and paint, capturing the serene landscapes on canvas. In this day and age of hustle and bustle, I aim to draw the viewer into my paintings, inviting them to take a stroll through the enchanting Irish countryside. My hope is that they find tranquility and beauty in my work, drawing positive energy and inner peace from these scenes.”

ELLBOGEN, SYLT - Acrylic on Deep Canvas 140 x 190 cm €19,000

Holger A. Baehr, born in 1963 in Germany, currently resides in Ireland, where he finds inspiration for his evocative acrylic paintings on canvas. Baehr's artistic process involves working with layers of paint or sketching directly onto the canvas, often simultaneously developing a series of paintings that complement each other and contribute to a cohesive body of work.

Deeply rooted in the Irish landscape, Baehr's paintings reflect his continuous exploration of the countryside, particularly the Shannon region where he resides. Drawing from memory and inspired by his surroundings, Baehr's work captures the visual and atmospheric elements of his environment, offering viewers a meditative experience imbued with quiet beauty.

Baehr's paintings invite personal connection, aiming to evoke memories or stir unexpected emotions within the viewer. His love for Ireland and its countryside shines through in each composition, which, although recognizable as landscapes, possess an abstract quality that simplifies and distills the essence of the natural world.

With close observation, viewers can appreciate the intricate layers of paint that contribute to the depth and complexity of Baehr's work, encouraging an intimate and immersive viewing experience. Through his art, Baehr invites audiences to journey with him through the landscapes of Ireland, capturing fleeting moments in time and inviting contemplation of the inherent beauty found in the world around us.

WINTER SKY I - Acrylic on Deep Canvas 200 x 200 cm €19,000
GLOWING SKY II - Acrylic on Deep Canvas 150 x 150 cm €8,500
BLUE MOUNTAINS - Acrylic on Deep Canvas 120 x 120 cm €8,000
AUTUMN GLOW III - Acrylic on Deep Canvas 150 x 150 cm €8,500

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FERRARO

"When my artwork is created, it can transport you within its depth to experience a magnitude of emotions in a physical form. I am what I Paint, I Paint what I am."

Angel of Hope - Acrylic on canvas 24x30 in. $3,800

Ferraro is a studio artist with a passion for painting stories that emphasize dynamic human emotions, allowing her to intimately celebrate the connections of the soul beyond the confines of the physical world.

Before creating a painting, Ferraro envisions it in every corner of her mind, considering it as the ultimate truth that instantly exists upon conception. All that is needed is to transform this conception into a tangible work of art that gives voice to injustice or simply invites exploration of an ethereal perspective on one's reality.

Ferraro executes her images on canvas or wood panels, utilizing vibrant acrylic colors that inspire her to express her own ideologies. She firmly believes that each piece of art she creates has the potential to provoke thoughts and provide a voice to causes, thoughts, and emotions.

A Second Chance - Acrylic on canvas 24x30 in. $3,800
Tribute to the Fallen- Acrylic on canvas 24x30 in. $3,800
Vision Quest - Acrylic on canvas 20x20 in. $3,200
When Spirits Touch - Acrylic on canvas 18x20 in. $3,500

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Sotaro Takanami

"I paint every day because I have a strong desire to paint. I am particularly inspired by the things I see in times of hardship and sadness."

The Beginning of Space - Oil on canvas 29 x 107 in. $40,540

Sotaro Takanami, a renowned Japanese artist, was born in Tokyo in 1949. His artistic talent lies in the realm of painting, and his career has been marked by numerous notable achievements. In 1986, he achieved a significant milestone by simultaneously releasing the print book "Nature" in Tokyo and Paris, through the prestigious Française Collection. In 2002, Takanami held a solo exhibition at the esteemed Yoshii Gallery in Paris, showcasing his captivating artworks. Two years later, in 2004, Yoshii Gallery exhibited the original paintings of his acclaimed work "12 Monkey Haiku" at the RMN (Reunion des Musees Nationaux ARLYS), and the collection was subsequently published. His remarkable success garnered him an invitation to the Elysee Palace, and his works were made available for sale at renowned bookstores in Paris, including those at the Louvre and Guimet.

In 2010, Takanami's publication titled "The Beginning of Space: The Beginning of The Gods" was published in the Middle East, thanks to the support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Additionally, his makeup sketches of Yokozuna Hakuhoseki, a sumo wrestler, were also featured. Over the years, he has held more than 100 solo exhibitions at Takashimaya department stores across Japan and various galleries throughout the country. 

Takanami's talent and recognition extended beyond his homeland, as he participated in numerous exhibitions at international art fairs starting from 2019. In 2021, he had the honor of holding a solo exhibition in New York, further establishing his global presence. Looking ahead, in 2024, Takanami is scheduled to have a two-month solo exhibition at the Takashimaya Archives Museum, marking a significant milestone as it is his first solo exhibition at the museum since the company's founding in 1831.

Field Flowers - Oil on canvas 29 x 36 in. $140,000
Fall in Love - Oil on canvas18 x 10.7 in. $7,100
Field Flowers - Oil on canvas 29 x 36 in. $140,000
Field Flowers Celosia Argentea - Oil on canvas 21 x 16 in. $8,900

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Lynne Roberts-Goodwin

Lynne Roberts-Goodwin’s practice utilizes photographs as a personal vehicle for contemplation and activation of narratives. She sets out to take pictures, but not with a definitive goal or end-point, giving her the space to be continuously reflective and allowing the work to develop in unpredictable directions. Her images have an aura of ambiguity at times, holding many tensions in a single frame. The work includes field and studio-based typologies, observations at sites of atmospheric events, and historic images. This follows the idea that terrains, both at ground level and aerial perspectives, can be looked at from many different angles: cosmological, astronomical, geological, philosophical, historical and emotional.

TEMPO SQUISITO the north parallel 1 & 2, Diptych, 2020, Hahnemühle™ Archival Photo Rag Ultra Smooth archival digital print, 100 x 66.67 cm (unframed) and 180 x 120 cm (unframed).

Lynne Roberts-Goodwin is an Australian-based artist whose work engages photographic imagery, sculptural objects & video, interrogating contexts and topographies of cultural and environmental tension. Roberts-Goodwin has exhibited extensively, and her work is held in private and public collections. The recipient of national and international grants, awards & commissions, the artist’s work is held in prestigious private and public collections and was awarded the 2017 Inaugural Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship and Studio Residency at the American Academy in Rome.

The artist's photographic/video and installation practice evidences concepts centered on the foundations of extreme topographical and aerial landscape as a record, document, contemporary archive and aftermath of human values and actions imposed and impacted over time, both culturally and politically. Work and research surrounding these concepts are primarily photographic and moving imagery drawn from topographical landscapes that appear as estranged within locations, through histories of contested sites or elevated/aerial topographical territories. Artistic practice over 35 years has actively sought to confront representations, both human and animal, of environmental conflict and sites of impact, aerially and at distance.

TEMPO SQUISITO the north parallel 3 & 4, Diptych, 2020, Hahnemühle™ Archival Photo Rag Ultra Smooth archival digital print, 100 x 66.67 cm (unframed) and 180 x 120 cm (unframed).
TEMPO SQUISITO the north parallel 9 & 10, Diptych, 2020, Hahnemühle™ Archival Photo Rag Ultra Smooth archival digital print, 100 x 66.67 cm (unframed) and 180 x 120 cm (unframed).
TEMPO SQUISITO the north parallel 7 & 8, Diptych, 2020, Hahnemühle™ Archival Photo Rag Ultra Smooth archival digital print, 100 x 66.67 cm (unframed) and 180 x 120 cm (unframed).
TEMPO SQUISITO the north parallel 5 & 6, Diptych, 2020, Hahnemühle™ Archival Photo Rag Ultra Smooth archival digital print, 100 x 66.67 cm (unframed) and 180 x 120 cm (unframed).
Deadcalm Distance 132, Closeupatadistance Series - Silver Rag photographic paper 150 x 240 cm
Beyond this Point Everything Remains #6, TEMPO SQUISITO Series - Hahnemühle™ Photo Matt Fibre 200 acid free paper 180 x 120 cm
Beyond this Point Everything Remains #3, TEMPO SQUISITO Series - Hahnemühle™ Photo Matt Fibre 200 acid free paper 180 x 120 cm
Beyond this Point Everything Remains #4, TEMPO SQUISITO Series - Hahnemühle™ Photo Matt Fibre 200 acid free paper 180 x 120 cm
Deadcalm Tower 21, Closeupatadistance Series - Silver Rag photographic paper 150 x 240 cm

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LATANA

"My art is a celebration of life, beauty, and human connection. Through my work, I invite the audience to explore the world with open eyes and an open heart. I hope that my art has the power to inspire, transform and connect people across cultures and generations."

Forza - Transparent Sculpture 10 x 11.5 x 2.75, $1800.

LATANA, a talented artist originally from the USA and currently residing in Singapore, has gained recognition for her diversified art practice that encompasses various mediums and approaches. With a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from St. Thomas Aquinas University, she brings a unique perspective and creative flair to her work.

LATANA's artistic expression knows no bounds as she skillfully navigates through different art forms, including photography, sculpture, painting, mixed media, and even ventures into the exciting world of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens). Her ability to seamlessly blend these mediums allows her to bring her visionary concepts to life in captivating and distinct ways.

Driven by a love for experimentation and exploration, LATANA continuously pushes the boundaries of her artistic endeavors. Her relentless pursuit of innovation has led her to embrace cutting-edge technologies, including the utilization of NFTs. Through this revolutionary technology, she masterfully creates digital artworks that come alive in dynamic and interactive ways, captivating viewers and engaging them on a whole new level.

LATANA's artistry goes beyond geographical boundaries, as her works have garnered attention and admiration both locally and internationally. Her unique perspective and creative approach have garnered her a strong following and numerous accolades in the art community. As an artist who fearlessly embraces new territories and mediums, LATANA continues to inspire and leave a lasting impact with her captivating and thought-provoking creations.

Vietnam - Digital Media, w.digital Frame 29 x 18 x 5 in. $3,000.
Anguished Soul - Bronze Sculpture 8 x 6 x 10 in. $6,000.
Bacio - Digital Media, w.digital Frame 29 x 18 x 5 in. $3,000.
Sabah #12 - Archival Photo on Canvas 40 x 60 , $1,200.

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Linda Reymore

Born in: 1949
Lives in: Stuart, Florida
Describe your art in three words: Whatever you see
Discipline: Painting, Mixed media
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana
Master of Science in Marketing Communications, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois
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The Anniversary - Acrylics, Ink, Modeling Medium on Canvas 36 x 24 in

"My artistic process resembles a puzzle where each piece contributes to either the overall harmony or intentional dissonance of my composition. Thumbnail sketches combined with several computer programs are useful tools that allow me to increase my creativity and refine my ideas."

What themes does your work involve?
Typically, my creations are abstract, non-objective, and experimental, without adherence to any specific theme. However, currently, I'm delving into the manipulation and assembly of distinct shapes into broader, overarching forms, frequently imbued with anthropomorphic qualities and arrangements. This marks my "Whimsy" phase.
Describe your creative process.
My art practice focuses on abstraction and experimentation, rotating shape, form, line, texture, and color, using varied materials on canvas without a specific narrative intent. This approach provides me with a dynamic range of creative possibilities, continual challenges, and inspirational sources. Currently, I find myself veering toward a whimsical style, often featuring anthropomorphic subjects, where the playfulness of form and color take precedence.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
After completing my visual art studies in college, I ventured outside the art realm professionally. However, my passion for the arts never waned. I became extensively involved with various art organizations, including a notable 17-year stint as the volunteer executive director of a youth symphony. I've always been inspired by the dedication of the musicians and visual artists I encountered, and by the 20th-century contemporary artists. Their relentless pursuit of beauty, emotion, and intellectual stimulation through fundamental principles continues to fuel my artistic aspirations. Having retired, I can reconnect with my own artistry, driven by the sheer joy of creative exploration and aesthetic appreciation.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
“Good” art necessitates the artist's complete conceptualization—an adept understanding of the idea conveyed and the medium used—and the artist's discernment of when a piece reaches completion. Exceptional art emerges through a universally understandable expression of a concept while offering a deliberate ambiguity, fostering viewer engagement through personal experience both intellectually and emotionally.
What is the role of the artist today?
I don’t believe there is a single designated role for artists today. Just as each member of society fulfills a unique role in relation to others, artists also adopt diverse roles. Some may seek to convey personal emotions, articulate opinions, champion ideas, or narrate stories. As an artist, I perceive my role like that of a researcher in other disciplines—engaging in exploration and experimentation with artistic principles and recording my discoveries in physical form.
What Does a Bot Look Like? - Acrylics, Ink on Canvas 24 x 24 in
Queuing - Acrylics, Ink on Raw Canvas 24 x 48 in
The Cocktail Party - Acrylics, Ink on Canvas 24 x 48 in
Wobot - Acrylics, Ink on Canvas 30 x 30 in

 


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Yanping Lu

Born in: 1965, Shanghai, China
Lives in: Dublin, OH, USA
Describe your art in three words: Expressive; Meaningful; Communicative.
Discipline: Painting, Digital Media, Illustration, Watercolor, Mixed media, Collage, Drawing, Video, Textile Arts, Crafts
Education: Master of Educational Informatics from Japan Tohoku University.
Bachelor of Fine Arts from China Hubei Institute of Fine Arts.
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"I am Yanping Lu, merging Shanghai's vibrancy with Hollywood's allure. My art, inspired by my mother's bold textiles, blends traditional Chinese craftsmanship with Japanese digital precision. My collections, viewers on a profound journey of beauty and introspection."

What themes does your work involve?
1. Character theme series: Charm Symbol: Glamour Gaze Series Charm Symbol Series Elegance Spectrum Series . 2 Flowers and Birds: Feather Hues Series Vivid Bird Series
Describe your creative process.
My creative process begins with inspiration, often drawn from a deep connection to the beauty of nature and human emotions. I start by sketching out ideas and experimenting with colors and forms that can convey the emotions I intend to express. For instance, in my "Glamour Gaze" series, I explore the interaction of facial expressions with visual effects of balance and anamorphic design on a two-dimensional canvas, creating a dynamic sense of movement that symbolizes the vitality of the character’s features. Throughout the painting process, I meticulously control the relationship between overall and local forms, as well as the contrast between warm and cool colors, layering colors and textures until I achieve the depth and intensity of emotion I envisioned.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I grew up in a family where both parents had a deep love for music, dance, and fashion, profoundly influencing my understanding of art. The graceful elegance of black-and-white Hollywood movie stars ignited my artistic inspiration and has become an indispensable element in my work. Additionally, my mother's exquisite skill in tailoring, especially her exaggerated Hollywood-style bras, shaped my appreciation of the feminine form's beauty. These influences are deeply embedded in my artistic creations, driving my lifelong pursuit of beauty.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is the harmonious integration of "Art" and "Technique." Here, "Art" is not just about an idea or concept, but deeply ingrained in cultural traditions and artistic cultivation, encompassing design principles and aesthetic functions that serve the profound significance and practicality of the artwork. "Technique," on the other hand, focuses on the technical aspects of artistic expression, such as proficient use of painting tools, a wealth of painting skills, and the expressive power of forms and colors. The success of an artwork largely depends on how effectively these elements are combined, thereby not only satisfying visual aesthetics but also touching the viewer's heart.
What is the role of the artist today?
As an artist, my motivation stems from a deep need to express my inner world through art. Art provides me with a unique language that allows me to explore and articulate the complexities of human experience. By engaging in art education and professional creation, I seek not only personal expression but also to inspire others to discover and appreciate the diversity of beauty. My journey into art began with a profound fascination with beauty and a desire for creativity. The power of art lies in its ability to transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries, touching people's hearts through visual and emotional resonance. My curiosity drives me to continually explore different forms of art, with each creation being an exploration of self-expression and artistic potential.

 


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Peter Dee

Born in: Ireland
Lives in: Dublin, Ireland
Describe your art in three words: Simple, colourful, peaceful
Discipline: Painting
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Vintage Enamelware with Lemons - Oil 50 x 50 cm

"Still Life is the main subject matter on which Peter has concentrated. He paints all his subjects from life, using only natural light. This light transforms simple objects in Peter’s still life compositions into visually exciting images full of vibrant colour combinations. He strives to capture the effects of light as it affects various surfaces on objects such as fruit, bottles, earthenware, etc."

What themes does your work involve?
Still Life is the main subject matter on which I have concentrated in my art career. In the tradition of still life painting, I paint all my subjects from life, using only natural light. The theme or concept for my still life paintings can be anything from a simple arrangement of fruit to a more complex setup with various objects that tell a story or convey a mood. I select objects based on the theme and objects are chosen for their shapes, colours, textures, and how they relate to each other. I arrange these objects on a surface, considering composition principles such as balance, contrast, harmony, and focal points. The arrangement is often tested and adjusted until I achieve the desired visual effect.
Describe your creative process.
In planning to create a still life painting, I begin with looking at the composition and how it will work on the canvas. I arrange objects within the canvas frame so that they are visually pleasing and well-balanced and create a harmonious composition. I use of natural light to greatly enhance the mood and atmosphere of my still life set-ups. I try to create interesting shadows, highlights, and reflections that add depth and dimension to the objects. I capture intricate textures in my work, such as the roughness on rusted enamelware, the vibrant colours of various fruits or the smoothness of a ceramic vase. I generally choose a colour palette that complements the objects and creates a visually appealing harmony.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My work can be influenced by numerous factors including the beauty and complexity of the natural world. This inspires me to create beautiful paintings using contemporary still life objects. I love the vibrant colour of various fruits, brightly red and green apples, coloured green grapes, vibrant oranges, etc. My still life painting include antique objects such as rusted vintage enamelware objects, shiny copper jugs, antique oriental vases and bowls, etc. Other still life artists influence and inspire me and I love the works of contemporary Dutch artists such as Willem de Bont and Henk Helmantel. I continue to make art because I love painting and I am inspired by people who admire or purchase my work. I try to paint for a few hours daily as I find it very peaceful and a very relaxing.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
This is a difficult question to answer because people often have different opinions of what is good art. On a basic level, if someone likes a piece of art, it is a great piece of art in their eyes. Personally, I think what makes art great is how a painting makes you feel emotionally. The greatness of a painting is subjective and can vary from person to person. However, there are certain qualities that are often associated with great paintings such as paintings that demonstrate a high level of technical proficiency, have the power to evoke strong emotions and have the ability to transcend time and remain relevant and impactful across different eras..
What is the role of the artist today?
I am an artist because I love to paint. As a teenager I always loved to draw and paint but it wasn’t until I grew older that I began to take up art seriously. I am drawn to still life because I like the stillness and colour of objects on a table top and the objects don’t move or change under controlled light. I believe the role of the artist today is the ability to express our unique perspectives, emotions, and ideas through our chosen art medium. As artists we play a vital role in preserving and celebrating cultural heritage. We have the ability to captivate and inspire audiences through our creativity.
Stoneware Bottles & Jars - Oil 30 x 30 cm
Box of Eggs - Oil 30 x 30 cm
Bowl of Rainer Cherries - Oil 30 x 30 cm
Vintage Enamelware with Cherries - Oil 60 x 60 cm

 


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