Dominique Mc Kenzie

"Everything inspires me to paint, particularly the details of my surroundings, up close designs of nature. It is a never-ending experimentation. Making art becomes meditation when creativity takes over your mind in constant search for personal satisfaction."

VARIATIONS - Mixed media 36 x 36 cm
GETTING THE BLUES - Mixed media 36 x 36 cm
TRACES 5 - Mixed media 40 x 27 cm
TRACES 6 - Mixed media 40 x 27 cm
BLACK AND WHITE - Mixed media 36 x 36 cm

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Mikoazule

"Through watercolor, nuanced narratives, beeswax, plant magic and paper-cuts, I respond to human metamorphosis and the many rivers forged through close encounters of the unusual kind. I'm interested in visually documenting the nuanced human narrative as seen from the individual cosmic biosphere."

Playa Akumal - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on rosewood panel 48 x 48 in.

Noelle Correia aka Mikoazule was born in 1977 under a full moon in Scorpio in Fresno, California. After spending time tinkering around at her father's auto repair/welding shop as a child, Noelle began to create an imaginary world out of carpenters chalk drawings of discarded car parts. This world turned the industrial environment of downtown Fresno into a delusional paradise. Noelle left Fresno at eighteen but took her imaginary world with her and continues to process the nuance and grit of everyday cultural collision through fluvial imagery.

Her creative process begins with color. Noelle is inspired by how the color schemes pop in biodiversity, such as a poisonous dart frog's epidermal layers resting on a muted green leaf. The biodiverse thread within her creative practice is that of Botanical Surrealism. She begins her work by thinking about the relationship between emotions and color and allows color theory to drive the outcome. Symbols that represent the feminine mystique and practical magic are a reoccurring thematic backdrop. The process has become a life metaphor in which she works through obstacles, obtains epiphanies, and understands herself as a tiny part of a much larger whole.

She conveys the beauty and complexities of human nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout her work. Her work has been exhibited in California Galleries and collectives exhibitions, including Radius Gallery, The Art Cave, The Art League of Santa Cruz County, Pajaro Valley Arts Gallery, and Arte Americas. Noelle's work further explores the botanical world through watercolor painting, paper-cut collage practices, and encaustic medium. Through wax, water, and human narratives of all kinds, Noelle creates a vibrant play on color and form. 

Ojo Tecero N0.2 Cancer - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on birchwood panel 10 x 10 in.
Vita Aquatica No.4 - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on canvas 30 x 28 in.
Moth Muse - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on canvas 11 x 17 in.
Struck - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on canvas 28 x 30 in.

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mySERENA

mySERENA asks the question: "We are all here to experience human life, but how?" She searches for ideals. The sense of simple yet mystical complexity is her perspective of contemporary life in relationship to the energy of the universe, placing importance on psychological serenity and humanity

Life Element 2003 - Acrylic on canvas 91.5 x 61.5 cm

mySERENA, Serena Ho May Yin, who is an exceptional artist and writer, lives in Hong Kong S.A.R. and is on her first international tour of exhibitions. She is known as a mutli-talented artist as she is well-learned in many knowledge subjects including music, sport, maths, and science; besides art and literature. She merges the essence of knowledge and experience into her work with a higher focus on humanity. Before her graduation from Stanford University, her art fashion shop (2009) opened in Hong Kong. She subsequently debuted her solo in Hong Kong City Hall (2018) and was said to be the youngest female painter to have done so. She has had a round tour of exhibitions since then in other cities around China, Asia, Europe and the U.S., while she also published three books on ‘Serenity’ with Moon Publishers (2019-2021).

mySERENA asks the question: "We are all here to experience human life, but how?"

Her critically acclaimed series ‘Life Element’ that features a mystical form of signature light halo – explores the ‘Qi’ that can connect people as well as everything else in this universe. Minimal yet otherworldly, an audience enjoying this series seems to enter the spiritual realm at close range. Each light halo yet has its own texture and colour as it was created with her original way of combining classical painting and metalsmithing methods. Then her installation-like painting, ‘Alchemy’ is just as ground-breaking. Her unique approach of using fire along with paint is different from what we would usually see in a piece of painting. It resembles the energy in nature that cannot fully be controlled by any human being is indeed thought-provoking. 

Life Element 2005 - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm
Alchemy Renewal - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm
Alchemy Breakthrough - Acrylic on canvas 95 x 130 cm
Life Element 2006 - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm

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Eric Wixon

Born 1977, United States

Lives in: Portland, OR, USA

Describe your art in 3 words: The search inward

See More Work:  http://www.ericwixon.com/

"I had a bitchin' Atari jacket as a kid that I wore while riding my dirt bike. One day I got lost and ran out of gas. After pushing my bike as far as I could I left it in a field. Crying, I walked on and eventually found a house. They called my folks and I got grounded because I was only allowed to ride close to home. Long story short, it was a shitty day. That said, exploration is never overrated."

What themes does your work involve?
Inner conflict / inner peace seems to be the most commonly recurring theme in my work. Often, my paintings attempt to process the whirlwind of emotions associated with the human experience. I find intent, meaning, and relation are all coincidental with creation, regardless truly personal work speaks to the collective consciousness.
Describe your creative process.
The house I grew up in had a bathtub with formica paneling in front of it; I remember repeatedly forming various mental images from that paneling as early as age 4. To this day I can remember a cat, the number 5, and a pair of scissors, amongst other imagery, but mostly I saw faces. I consider this to be my first artistic experience, and my creative process is still quite similar. I begin making marks without a predetermined notion, then search within the marks, and generally end up with strange multi-face imagery. It is an intuitive journey that usually gets solved about 3/4 of the way through the process. The last 1/4 of the process is just carrying out the actions to physically complete the piece. I tend to work in small series to prevent boredom and encourage exploration.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I believe my work is somehow the result of everything I've experienced, and that it primarily functions as a tool towards self-awareness.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art reflects an acute connection to, and relation of, personal experiences. Great art resonates those personal relations and connections at a societal scale over a period of time.
What is the role of the artist today?
The artists of today should be widely varied, each with their own role. As a whole though, the artist of today will reflect this period of time and affect the fundamental sense of self in the process.

 


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Nicolas Castell

Born 1988, Argentina

Lives in: Granada, Spain

Describe your art in 3 words: Dreamer, curious, hard-working

See More Work:  https://www.nicolascastell.com

The Meeting - Digital media 21 x 31 cm

“I like to explore the limits of the imagination; there is a nice sense of travel and freedom in this way of creating. I would like to offer a little journey to the spectator with my work. Where he can relax, imagine and feel free.”

What themes does your work involve?
I enjoy telling stories with my work, with one picture or several, depends of the format, a single illustration, a series, children book or a comic book. On these stories I enjoy mixing fantasy with history, creating action in a special atmosphere. I love to learn from different cultures and times, usually I take elements of cultures I love and mix them in a particular scene. I specially love the japanese culture, I've worked with many projects using elements from Japan. For this particular piece I took inspiration from the work of Hiroshige, specially his picture of the Sugatami Bridge.
Describe your creative process.
It all begins with a session of studying the themes related to the scene I want to create. If I want to portray a kabuki scene I would spend some time researching kabuki costumes and actors, the poses, the old ukiyo e pictures that depicted them in old times, etc. Research and documentation is important in my process, because assures me that I'm creating something from knowledge, even if later I will add fantasy to the scene. Later the process is drawing on pencil (digital or paper), ink the picture on clip studio and adding colors on Photoshop.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
An influence is connected to what insterest you, what do you want to learn from it. It could be a culture in particular, or a special feeling, like feeling free, or feeling as a child, like Alexander Calder or Picasso wanted to explore. In my case it depends of the moment, but usually I enjoy adventure in different contexts, could be exploring the old Edo times, the forests from the ancient incas in Peru or the literature of Jorge Luis Borges. I make art to help the reader in that process of dreaming, to enjoy a journey with his imagination. I like to think that, not sure if I can provide always that service. Let's hope so!
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is honest art, a direct connection to the within of the author, where he expresses human experience, his own personal experience. A master piece happens when the final piece within the framework and objectives the creator challenged to himself to achieve are so well executed that one can't add or substrain a single detail. All works in harmony, helping the message travel with the most powerful way to the reader.
What is the role of the artist today?
I believe that art is as important as medicine, specially in today's society. Without stories, pictures, movies and music, we become insane, we can't connect with other people, but even more important, we can't connect with ourselves. In these times of lockdowns and governments using us just as consumers entities, we only have art to feel again as humans, as living creatures. A book, a picture, is presented to you how the author wanted, not through an algorythm. That's something to think about.

Nicolas accepts his 2nd Place Award in the CFA Artist of the Month Contest (August/Sept 2021)

 


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Georg Douglas

Born 1945, N. Ireland

Lives in: Mosfellsbær, Iceland

Describe your art in 3 words: Strong, colour, joyful

See More Work:  www.artgeorg.com

Yellow flowers Oil on canvas 140 x 300 cm

"I like my paintings to be strong, whether from colour, form or something else. I want them to invoke an immediate reaction, either confronting the viewers or drawing them in to the work. They do not require much analysis or philosophical consideration, but rather appeal to the emotions and create an atmosphere of joy. The world of flowers and Irish dance have been my inspiration for some time."

What themes does your work involve?
The complex world of flowers from the visible down to the molecular scale and dancing, especially Irish dancing. These may seem disparate themes, but they inspire finished abstract works which are very comparable.
Describe your creative process.
Having embarked on a particular theme such as the life of flowers, I like to explore and develop it until I don´t know how to go on. This has not yet happened. Most often new ideas come out of the blue. I usually start with a very simple idea and design and try to keep to that, but it is essential that the painting takes its own direction and develops while I am working. I usually recognise this point fairly early on and things tend to happen quickly after that. I have always listened to comments from other artists and my wife in deciding if the work is finished. I don´t like repeating particular ideas, even if they have worked well but rather take a change in direction or simply work in a new palette. I have always felt that large works suit me and my subject matter best.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I think the main influences in my art have been a country childhood, growing up in the natural world and later my scientific training and career which has taught me to understand and appreciate the complexity and beauty of nature at all scales. Nevertheless my inspiration most often comes from light and its play on and within the floral world.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
To me great art is art which involves the emotions, especially triggering awe, happiness and a feeling of well being. In this regard it compares with music or dance. Of course others may use art to arouse feelings of anger or comment on social issues, which are of less importance to me.
What is the role of the artist today?
As a practising artist I can only comment on my own experiences. I enjoy the creation inherent in painting to the extent that I paint daily. Like most creative work, painting is a mixture of challenge, difficulty and occasionally relaxation. I like all of these, but I didn´t choose art as much as always being involved with it even as a child. I have strong feelings about what is beautiful in life, especially in the natural world and I want to convey these feelings to others. Many contemporary artists seem to be involved in stressing modern problems and social issues in their work. I feel that politicians, the news media and others do this more than adequately and that art can and should lift us to a level above this and show us things of beauty and interest.

Blue flowers Oil on canvas 200 x 300 cm
Blue grass exotica Oil on canvas 140 x 200 cm

Along the path Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm
Birth of a flower Oil on canvas 200 x 300 cm
Secret garden Oil on canvas 200 x 300 cm
Summertime Oil on canvas 100 x 140 cm
In the meadow
To catch the breezy air
By the roadside Oil on canvas 100 x 140 cm
Garden party Oil on canvas 200 x 300 cm

 


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Jack Jasper

Nature, Science, Sexuality.
"They say we have been here for 60,000 years, but it is much longer. We've been here since the time before time began."
- Australian Aboriginal elder

Nebula - Acrylic 52 x 38 in.

"My art is relational. I have always been fascinated by creation myths and I perceive the universe as having evolved from one catastrophic event. From one point, everything emerges, with the best scenarios trying to rush to completion.

I'm drawn to experimenting with combinations of elements, sometimes alluding to air, earth, fire and water. I try to represent nature's electron dance, with an ambient underlying sexuality, unfolding as a shimmering becoming—a synchronicity between disparate elements.

My theory of art and life is dialectical. From the one point of creation, all contradictions arise. My art tries to reconcile this."

Cybele - Acrylic 52 x 38 in.
Asymptotic - Acrylic 52 x 38 in.
Leviantha - Acrylic 52 x 38 in.
Paradox - Acrylic 52 x 38 in.

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Mario Sostre

"My name is Mario Sostre. I am a collage artist, living and working in New York City. In my work, I use original images that I have created or that I appropriate from different sources magazines, books, internet. I am fascinated by the world around me. I use it for inspiration.”

LIBERTY #11, 2021 - Acrylic, pencil, silk screen on 6x6inch wood panel

Select Solo Shows 

  2017       “PAST / PRESENT”          Form Plates,Union Square NYC.

  2006       “Mix-Media Collages”     LaTaza de Oro  N.Y.C.

  2006       “AS I SEE IT”        New York Art Gallery,N.Y.C.

  2002       “RANDOM ORDER/VIENNA”      Space, Vienna,Austria   

  1996        "CONTEMPORARY ICONS OF THE  AMERICAN CULTURE"

                   The Emerging Collector Gallery,N.Y.C.

  1995      "TOTEMS"         E3 Gallery,N.Y.C. 

  1993      "MIXED MEDIA SHOW"       Tatou Gallery, N.Y.C.

  1992      "TOTEMS & De COLLAGES"   Universidad Inter Americana

             Puerto Rico

  1991     "SOSTRE IN SOHO"      David Gallery,N.Y.C.

  1988     "DADA '88"           Javis Federal Center,N.Y.C.

  1987     "LATIN ROOTS"         Castillo Gallery, N.Y.C.

          

Two-person Shows

1998         "INDEPENDENCE DAY"Studio OneFront, Williamsburg, B'klyn

1996         "SYMBOLISMUS"  Galerie Seghaler,Vienna,Austria

1994         “TOTEMS”   Galerie Seghaler,Vienna,Austria

 

Select Group Shows

2021    “TAE21”              Cheltenham, UK

2020   “CELL PHONE ART”          JAG GALLERY, Key West,Fl.

2020    “OCCCA@40”       The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

LIBERTY #13, 2021 - Acrylic, pencil, silk screen on 6x6inch wood panel
LIBERTY TOTEM #2, 2021 THE CAPITOL - Inkjet transfer, gel transfer, silk screen, acrylic, collage on canvas 12 x 39 in.
BOWIE2, 2018 - Inkjet transfer, acrylic, collage on canvas 12 x 39 in.
SPIRIT OF THE CHAMPLAIN TOWERS, #3 2021 - Collage, acrylic,crypts on 6x6inch wood panel

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Widmer Tassinari

“Those who enjoy the pleasures of art are never alone.”

IL DISORDINE PERFETTO, 2020 - Mixed media on canvas 150 x 100 cm

“For me, to paint is to open the doors to my unconscious; to walk a path that is never clear, but which always leads me in search of myself. For years now, my works have been exhibited in different parts of the world and in numerous magazines and catalogs of international importance. My hobbies are biking and cooking and I enjoy inventing new dishes. I have always written poems, I don't know how to play the guitar but every now and then I like to strum it and compose songs that regularly end up sleeping in a drawer. I'm interested in psychology, I am interested in everything that is history and everything that is art. I believe in love even if it often escapes our perceptions. In 2010, I brought art to the world of international fashion (in Milan Pret-a-Porter). All this with paintings and a clothing line designed and personally followed by me in its realization on which I printed my works. My zodiac sign is ASCENDANT BULL SCORPIO which I represented in a canvas published in the MONDADORI catalog of modern art of 2020.”

LE BAISER, 2019 - Mixed media on canvas 150 x 100 cm
OBSESSION ET VANITÈ, 2019 - Mixed media on canvas 120 x 100 cm
LA LUNA AMOREGGIA CON LA STELLA, 2010 - Mixed media on canvas 150 x 100 cm
FURORE, 2010 - Oil on canvas 150 x 100 cm

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Misa Aihara

"My subject is the reality of a painting. I explore it with every kind of figurative, abstract, pictorial element. I want to give an emotional and spiritual impact to a composition of the elements. I want to invite the viewer to an exploration of deeper dimensions of consciousness."

Verko 21-15-1 - Oil on canvas 65.2 x 53.0 cm

Japanese artist, Misa Aihara was born in 1942 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from Joshibi Univ. of Art & Design, she started her career as a full-time artist in the early 1970s.

Aihara has had numerous solo shows and participated in many group events in her home country as well as abroad in the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Germany and the United States. She also participated in art events like Florence Art Biennale, London Art Biennale, Art Expo New York, Chianciano Art Awards and many more.

Verko G-5 - Oil on canvas 90.9 x 72.7 cm
Verko G-1 - Oil on canvas 90.9 x 72.7 cm
Verko G-2 - Oil on canvas 90.9 x 72.7 cm
Verko G-3 - Oil on canvas 90.9 x 72.7 cm

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