Ori Aviram

"Color, specifically oil paint, is the main focus of my art. Color is a matter that can be sculpted, shaped, engraved, and shoveled. In most of my paintings, color is strong and dominant, while line and composition—though not neglected—are secondary."

Consciousness Born - Oil on Canvas 120 x 160 cm, $7,000

Ori Aviram was born in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1965. His self-taught art journey began during military service, where he would create clay portraits of his comrades in the Air Force's rescue and evacuation unit to pass the long standby hours. After his discharge, he pursued a degree in philosophy and cinematography at university. For several years, Ori worked as a producer and editor in both public and commercial sectors of the communication industry. During this period, he gradually shifted his focus to painting, transforming what began as a hobby into a full-time career.

Currently based in Tel Aviv, Ori dedicates his time to oil painting, raising his three children, and occasionally teaching. He also participates in exhibitions from time to time. Beyond traditional canvases, Ori often paints on unconventional surfaces such as old books, Bibles, and art books. Initially a mostly figurative painter, he has increasingly found himself drawn to abstract forms and the interplay of colors.


Ori Aviram's artwork is a vibrant and dynamic exploration of abstract expressionism, characterized by its bold use of color and energetic compositions. His paintings are a testament to his mastery of form and texture, often evoking a sense of spontaneity and emotional depth. Aviram's work reflects a deep connection to the Abstract Expressionist movement, reminiscent of the gestural brushstrokes of Jackson Pollock and the emotive intensity of Willem de Kooning. His vibrant palettes and dynamic forms also draw parallels to the Fauvist movement, particularly the works of Henri Matisse, where color is used not just to represent reality but to convey profound emotional truths.

The visual rhythm in Aviram's pieces is created through a meticulous layering of colors and textures, resulting in compositions that are both complex and harmonious. This approach aligns with contemporary trends in abstract and mixed media art, where the process of creation is foregrounded, and the boundaries between different artistic practices are fluid. His paintings often feature a rich interplay of organic shapes and vibrant hues, creating a visual experience that is both captivating and thought-provoking.

Aviram's work, demonstrates a commitment to exploring the possibilities of abstract art. His paintings invite viewers to engage with their own emotional responses, making his art not just a visual experience but a deeply personal one. By blending elements of abstract expressionism with a modern sensibility, Ori Aviram's art stands out as a powerful statement in the contemporary art scene, offering a rich tapestry of ideas and aesthetics that resonate on multiple levels.

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Heaven 2 - Oil on Canvas 80 x 160 cm
Consciousness in Orange - Oil on Canvas 120 x 160 cm, $7,000
Heaven 1 - Oil on Canvas 100 x 150 cm
Leviathan - Oil on Canvas 100 x 150 cm, $6,000

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Betsy Stewart

"I create paintings of microscopic and macroscopic nature: origins of life from a drop of water to systems in the vast cosmos I honor the words of the naturalist John Muir: "when we tug at a single thing in nature we find that it is attached to the rest of the world"."

Fontis Diptych - Acrylic and sumi ink on wood 5 x 5 x 5 in.

"I have had over 43 solo exhibitions in the USA, Canada and Saudi Arabia. My work has been included in group exhibitions worldwide. Museums and corporations have included my art in their permanent collections: for example, embassies of Finland, Egypt, Barbados and Mexico, US embassies in Pakistan and Barbados, the Kreeger Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Convention Center, World bank Headquarters, Ogden Museum of Contemporary Art, Bellagio Hotel, Robert Lehrman Foundation.

In addition, as a selected artist by the US Department of State's Art in Embassies Program, my work has been installed in U.S Embassies of France, Greece, Egypt, Barbados, Bangladesh and Mexico. Group exhibitions include France, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, India, Denmark, Greece and Mexico.”

Natos No. 6 - Acrylic and sumi ink on canvas 16 x 16 in.
Microaquea No. 1 - Acrylic and sumi ink on canvas 36 x 36 x 3 in.
Bioverse No. 4 - Acrylic and sumi ink on canvas 84 x 84 x 3.5 in.
Biocriticals No. 3 - Acrylic and sumi ink on canvas 48 x 48 x 3 in.

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Karen Kurka Jensen

“As an artist who specializes in sumi-e art, I am deeply passionate about exploring the relationship between art and spirituality. My artwork is a reflection of my innermost thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, and is intended to serve as a vehicle for self-expression, meditation, and contemplation.”

 

Celestial 1 - Ink & watercolor on rice paper 23 x 33 in - $3,000

Karen Kurka Jensen, an accomplished sumi-e artist, channels her profound connection to nature through mystical landscapes and abstract imagery. Originally from Minnesota, her career path shifted after a life-altering car accident redirected her from a planned library career. Struggling with chronic pain and seeking alternative healing, she discovered traditional Chinese medicine, which not only healed her but also introduced her to the rich cultural heritage of China.

This serendipitous encounter sparked Jensen's passion for sumi-e, a traditional East Asian ink wash painting technique. She embarked on a journey of artistic exploration under the guidance of American sumi-e masters Susan Frame and Susan Christie, who had studied under prominent teachers in China and Japan. Frame and Christie not only became Jensen's mentors but also close friends, nurturing her development in this ancient art form.

Continuing her artistic growth, Jensen has expanded her knowledge through workshops with renowned artists like Cheng Khee Chee and Lok Tok. Additionally, she pursues independent research, drawing insights from respected sumi-e practitioners such as Diana Kan and Gao Xingjian.

Karen Kurka Jensen's artistic evolution embodies a fusion of personal healing, cultural exploration, and mastery of sumi-e techniques. Her artworks resonate with a spiritual depth and reverence for nature, reflecting her ongoing dedication to this traditional yet ever-evolving art form.

Walkabout in Timberlakes 5 - Ink & watercolor on rice paper 34 x 24 in - Sold
Stars Hollow - Ink & watercolor on rice paper 34 x 24 in - $3,500
River of Dreams 1 - Ink & watercolor on rice paper 63 x 36 in - Sold
May This be a Morning of Innocent Beginning - Ink & watercolor on rice paper 63 x 36 in - $8,500

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Gao Muyan

"Experimenting with humble materials like pulp and exploring their potential is a slow but playful process. It involves gradually developing a personal relationship with each piece through a dialogue with the material. Starting with a typical shape and gradually transforming it into a character full of uncertainty."

Fake Vases No.18 - Paper, Glue, Color Paint 33 x 32 x 9 cm £570

Gao Muyan, a visionary Chinese artist born in 1991, has established a dynamic presence in the global art scene through a rich tapestry of solo and group exhibitions. Known for his inventive approach and meticulous craftsmanship, Gao's career spans from the bustling streets of Shanghai to prestigious galleries in London and beyond. His solo showcases, such as "Paper Islands" at Zuoyou Gallery and "Urban Confession" at Beijing Yintai Center, reveal a profound exploration of contemporary themes rendered with exquisite detail and artistic flair.

In addition to his compelling solo exhibitions, Gao Muyan has left an indelible mark in numerous international group exhibitions, including appearances at the Canton Fair Exhibition Hall in Guangzhou and the Galerie Francis Barlier in Paris. His artworks, ranging from the ethereal "Fake Vases" to the intricate "Pulpbulb" series, blend innovation with cultural resonance, inviting viewers to contemplate the intersection of tradition and modernity. With a master's degree from Chelsea College of Art and Design and a bachelor's from Glasgow School of Art, Gao merges technical prowess with a deep-seated exploration of identity and societal dynamics. His publications in prestigious magazines and books underscore his influence in shaping contemporary art discourse, making him a pivotal figure in the global art landscape. 

Fake Vases No.5 - Paper, Glue, Color Paint 41 x 34 x 8 cm £670
Fake Vases No.23 - Paper, Glue, Color Paint 43 x 52 x 7 cm £790
Fake Vases No.21 - Paper, Glue, Color Paint 29 x 52 x 9 cm £570
Fake Vases No.16 - Paper, Glue, Color Paint 49 x 22 x 10 cm £670

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Jason Shih

"As a professional sculptor, I like to experience the essence of life through perceptual observation of subtle moments. I also enjoy exploring the ever-changing interplay of forms in poetic imaginary spaces. For me, art creation is about sharing various moods and stories from everyday life."

Harmony - Cast Bronze 35 x 30 x 74 cm €6800

    Jason Shih was born in 1972 in Lukang Town, Taiwan, renowned for its traditional crafts. He relocated to Taipei City during his school years and attended art classes at Minzu Elementary School, Minglun Junior High School, and Zhongzheng High School. In 1991, Jason enrolled in the Fine Arts Department of National Taipei University of the Arts, studying sculpture under Professor Lee Kuang-yu and graduating in 1996. Following his military service, he pursued further education at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, USA, studying metal sculpture under Leonard A. Urso at the School for American Crafts, where he earned his MFA degree in 2001. Subsequently, he served as an assistant to renowned New York metal sculptor Albert Paley, gaining valuable experience in metal crafts and large-scale public arts.

Returning to Taiwan in 2002, Jason embarked on a prolific career in public art. Over the next two decades, he completed over 80 large-scale public art projects in Taiwan. His international engagements included residencies at the Wangsan Kaitian Festival in South Korea (2003), JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design in Adelaide, Australia (2004), and as the inaugural artist-in-residence at the New Taipei City Gold Museum (2008).

Alongside his creative endeavors, Jason pursued advanced studies in art theory, earning his Ph.D. from the China Academy of Art in 2015 and an MBA from National Taiwan Normal University in 2022. With a diverse cultural background spanning Taiwan, the United States, and mainland China, and extensive professional training in fine arts, crafts, public art, and management, Jason decided in 2022 to refocus on his sculpture creations. He currently resides in Taoyuan City, Taiwan, continuing to explore the diverse realms of sculpture and public art.

Goldfish - Cast Bronze 30 x 30 x 45 cm €5800
Wind - Painted ABS 74 x 32 x 48 cm €6800
Chasing - Painted ABS 88 x 28 x 58 cm €6800
Glory - Cast Bronze 38 x 32 x 86 cm €7300

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Michele Simonetti

“I paint minimalist abstract compositions that explore the relationship between real and imagined worlds, personal and collective memories. By exploring a shared visual language, I discover the fascinating complexity of human perception.”

Untitled [White & Gold] - 2021 - Acrylic, Pumice, Salt, and Gold Leaf on Canvas - 91 x 61 cm - €3,600

Michele Simonetti, born in 1976 in Italy, currently resides and works in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his Masters in Architecture from the University of Florence in 2002, where he cultivated a deep appreciation for architectural brutalism and minimalism. Upon relocating to New York in 2014, Simonetti expanded his artistic interests to encompass the intersection of architecture and contemporary art.

In his painting practice, Simonetti explores the dynamic interplay between abstraction and representation, delving into the nuanced relationship between the tangible and the imagined, as well as individual and collective memories. His work serves as a visual exploration of the borders between real and imagined worlds, inviting viewers to contemplate the intersections of personal narratives and broader societal themes.

Simonetti's recent exhibitions include group shows in prominent art hubs such as New York and Miami in the United States, as well as Milan and Florence in Italy. Additionally, he has held a solo exhibition titled "The Advent of Modernity" at Agora Gallery in New York, further solidifying his presence in the contemporary art scene. Through his thought-provoking and visually compelling work, Simonetti continues to captivate audiences with his exploration of the complexities of the human experience and the built environment.

Untitled [Blue & Pink] - 2024 - Acrylic, Salt, Pumice, and Paper on Canvas - 91 x 61 cm - €3,200
Untitled [Black & Gold] - 2021 - Acrylic, Pumice, and Gold Leaf on Canvas - 91 x 61 cm - €3,600
Untitled [Green] - 2023 - Acrylic Paper on Canvas - 91 x 61 cm - €3,200
Untitled [Black] - 2023 - Acrylic on Canvas - 91 x 61 cm - €3,200

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Fred Maës

"I do not belong to any movement in art. My works move between matter and mixed media, always seeking innovation. I started as a material painter. I am also a graphic artist, installation artist, and creator of objects and short films. Additionally, I work as a curator for contemporary art exhibitions."

Fred Maës, born in 1939, is a multifaceted artist, engraver, installation artist, short film maker, and curator of contemporary art. Since 1983, Maës has showcased his diverse body of work in numerous exhibitions around the world, spanning prestigious venues and international art festivals.

Some notable exhibitions in Maës's career include Fondacio Joan Miro in 1986, Taipei Fine Art Museum in 1986 and 2004, and Stedelijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Ostend in Belgium in 1992. He has also exhibited at V.C.C. "De Brakke Grond" in Amsterdam in 1997, "Het Belgisch Huis" in Cologne in 1997, and the International Print Triennal in Cracow in 2000. Maës's artwork has been featured in various events such as L'année Simenon in Liège in 2003, the 12th Cheminement de Sculptures de Gigondas in France from 2005 to 2006, and the International Painting Competition Laives-Bolzano in 2006.

In addition, Maës's work has been displayed at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in their Summer Exhibition in 2011, as well as in Lima, Peru in 2011. More recently, his art has been exhibited at CAM Museum Casoria-Naples from 2016 to 2017 and 2018 to 2019, as well as at the Lessedra Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2021. Throughout his extensive career, Maës's artistic contributions have left a lasting impact on the contemporary art world, showcasing his versatility and creativity across various mediums and forms of expression.


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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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Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger

Erinnerung Landschaft 3, 2022 - Ink Acrylic on Canvas 100 x 100 cm €3,200

Born in Backnang, Baden-Württemberg, German painter Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger has studied German and French Language and Literature and has been a professional artist since 1996. She studied at Atelier CSE at Schwäbisch Hall with Prof. Hans Schlegel Stuttgart, Prof. Martin Schmid (Tübingen), Prof. Rolf Thiele (Bremen, Académie Galan-France).

 

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2021 Salon d'Automne de Paris

2022 solo show "Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger" at Gallery Böhner Mannheim

     "Ich - Kunst - Du" together with sculpturer Michael Schützenberger, Kulturmühle Rechberghausen

     Art Karlsruhe , Gallery Böhner Mannheim

2023 solo show "Stück - Werk - Erinnerung", Wintergarten Hällisch Fränkisches Museum, Schwäbisch Hall

     Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Böhner Mannheim

2020 "Corona Milliarden Projekt" solo show Sparkasse Schwäbisch Hall- Crailsheim, Galerie Böhner Art Karlsruhe, Salon d´Automne Paris

2019 Galerie Böhner Mannheim, Salon d´Automne Paris, Discovery Art Fair Cologne, 8. Künstlermesse Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart

2018 "Sichtbar" solo show Kreisdiakonieverband Schorndorf Edition VII LDX Artodrome Gallery Zebbug Malta, Skulpturenpfad Rechberghausen/Fils Baden-Würtemberg

2017 Kunstverein Ebersberg/München, 7.Künstlermesse Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart , Edition VI LDX Artodrome Gallery Zebbug Malta

2016 solo show "Üppig" IG Kunst Gaildorf Baden-Württemberg

2015 Shanghai Art Fair LDX Artodrome Gallery

Automne (Herbst), 2023 - Acrylic on canvas 90 x 90 cm €3,200
Evocation automne 5, 2022 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm €3,200
Evocation automne 4, 2022 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm €3,200
Fin d été (Spätsommer), 2022 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm €3,200
Üppig 3, 2015 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Line des Augen-Blicks 1, 2019 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Auf Magenta Nr.2, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Linie des Augen-Blicks 3, 2020 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Linie des Augen-Blicks 2, 2020 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 c

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Robert Pearson

Born in: 1952, New Zealand
Lives in: Prague, Czech Republic
Describe your art in three words: mapped exploratory decontruction
Discipline: Painting, Photography, Film/analog photography, Digital Media
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"I continue to try and find my unique visual voice. I am a photographer, digital explorer, and film Production designer. I have won an Emmy, D&AD wooden pencils, Cyclpe design awards and many other design and Photograghy awards."

What themes does your work involve?
New Topographics, deconstruction.
Describe your creative process.
Every piece is different, the art in life finds me, not vice versa. but I am always looking for it.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Functionalism, Bauhaus, Cubism.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Something unique and personal that is different and belongs to one person.
What is the role of the artist today?
Same as always, to describe the indescribable. to highlight the unique.

 


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