Sadaf Kobari

"I use playing with colors, darkness and brightness, the methods of displaying nature and its changes in an abstract way, to picture what I see and feel from nature and the material world. Human beings as a part of nature find that portion of existence by seeking it and finally will be harmonized."

Pond - Acrylic on canvas 25 x 25 cm

Maryam (Sadaf) Kobari was born in 1957 in Iran. She has been a professional architect since 1980. She began painting at a very young age when she was in high school. She practiced painting under the guidance of Faramarz Pilaram, Aydin Aghdashlou, and Ali Faramarzi. Since 2011, she has been continuing her practice in abstract painting under the guidance of Nosratollah Moslemian.

The main inspiration for her artworks is the glory of everchanging nature. She turns her mindful vision of nature into abstract images, each focusing on a specific color spectrum and overlapping brush strokes. “Change” as a characteristic of nature is a very interesting subject that leads us towards self-recognition and self-awareness. Sadaf’s paintings are not simple reflective illustrations of nature, but they represent humans' footprints in nature formed by the repeated integration of monochromatic and two- dimensional geometric elements in her paintings.

Excitement - Acrylic on canvas 85 x 65 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 70 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 70 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 65 cm

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Mohsen Modiri

"I use abstract expressionism in most of my works as my favorite style. "Earth" and "Earth and Water" form the core of my works that is collectively called "Grounding". In some of my works, I've merged the style of abstract expressionism with surrealism and I have called it “abstract expressurrealism"."

Earth and Water #13 - Acrylic on canvas 105 x 70 cm

Born in Tehran, 1950,  to a family of artists, Iranian painter Mohsen Modiri has been involved in visual arts, music and literature since adolescence.  His works have been selected, exhibited, sold and in private and public collections in Italy, Belgium,  France, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Iran, the United States and Canada.

Landscape - Acrylic on canvas 105 x 70 cm
Grounding #19 - Acrylic on canvas 105 x 70 cm
Earth and Water #11 - Acrylic on canvas 105 x 70 cm
Girl and Bicycle - Mixed media on canvas 105 x 70 cm

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Fanou Montel

"My work is based on a "readable" abstraction in the sense that it allows the viewer to find keys to enter their own imagination. I paint to live the intense moments that creation gives me in search of a harmony that is unique to me between architecture, colors and feelings."

Japonaiserie - Acrylic on canvas 150 x 50 cm

"My work is based on a "readable" abstraction in the sense that it allows the viewer to find keys to enter their own imagination. I paint to live the intense moments that creation gives me in search of a harmony that is unique to me between architecture, colors and feelings."

"I have known artistic exaltation from an early age. Nothing would disturb my momentum, nor the refusal of my parents to start the studies in Fine Arts that I coveted, nor my job as a Professor of Economics and Management, nor the education of my two children. Globetrotter, I will draw from my travels countless creative sensations from the encounters that I meet, landscapes that I admire ... armed with a notepad and colored markers."

French painter, Fanou Montel has had 15 personal exhibitions and numerous participations in French and international art fairs as well as collaborations with galleries.

"I like to confront my painting with the eyes of those who will know how to see something that moves them."


“The abstract paintings of Fanou Montel are perfectly balanced compositions with primarily angular shapes building up intricate surfaces. Her canvases are structured and architectural and give the impression that each shape has systematically found its exact right place. Yet her disciplined way of structuring each new abstract world is not rigid. The eye easily flows from one section to another and the shapes are bound together in a serene yet dynamic rhythm that allows the viewer an open space for gazing, contemplating and imagining.

With a unique sense for color palettes that are harmonious and resonant, Montel's analogous earth tones and subtle gray hues provide an embrace for the stand out shades of sophisticated reds, yellows, blues and greens.

Among the juxtaposed shapes our eye often meets recognizable elements alluding to a tree or a building; elements that accelerate our imagination and make Montel's artworks even more perceptive. As the artist herself describes it, the works are "readable abstractions". 

The recognizable motifs provide just enough invitation for the viewer to come in and explore the "landscape"; a welcoming environment to rest your imagination and make each work your own. Often abstract works are too open to interpretation and the viewer can feel lost. But Montel's canvases provide a perfect mix of freedom and structure to keep the viewer on the path of following their intuition to complete each piece according to their personal perception.”

- Circle Foundation Curator

Un Moment de Lumière - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm
Musique Secrète - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm
Le Sens du Vent - Acrylic on canvas 150 x 120 cm
Abstraction Nautique - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 81 cm

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Francis Moreau

"I have always been attracted to painting but I have worked with drawing for a long time. I have always felt more comfortable in abstraction, which appears to me as the essential means of building and translating my vision of the world, by the choice of shapes and colors."

Orage - Oil on canvas 46 x 55 cm

French artist, Francis Moreau was born in 1940 in Garches and worked as a commercial agent from 1960 to 1980 and as an interior architect from 1980 to 2002. Since 2002 he has worked full time as an artist painter. Largely self-taught he has observed couses in design and engraving. Since 2008, Moreau continues to actively exhibit individually and collectively.

Captif - Oil on canvas 55 x 46 cm
Tomorrow - Oil on canvas 81 x 61 cm
Le Point Vert - Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm
Aven - Oil on canvas 55 x 46 cm

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Liliana Stafford

Born in: 1950, England

Lives in: Fremantle, Western Australia

Media: Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Collage, Drawing, Textile Arts

Describe your work in 3 words: Energy, nature, line.

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In the Wind - Mixed media 12 x 130 x 60 cm

Liliana Stafford’s work is inspired by seen and unseen world’s colliding, referencing simultaneously the natural world and layered human relations. She is fascinated by the unseen manifested physical: an invisible wind moving a visible leaf. Through her use of abstract acrylics and wired sculptures, these messages are hummed with reveled abandonment.

What themes does your work involve?
In my work, I am constantly striving to show how we are connected both to each other and to the natural world. I weave shapes with wire, paper, silk, wood and stones. They are feminine energy made manifest, guided by a strong inner connection to my body and the natural world. I sense an energy in my hands and am guided as to what they wish to create. My mostly ink drawings on paper are done with my non-dominant hand, sometimes with my eyes closed. It is all about making the connection and bringing what is there to life. "Nature cannot speak for itself so we must find a way to do so."
Describe your creative process.
The work comes out of long walks in a natural wetland near my home. I often bring home from my walks, sticks, leaves, seeds and images to use later in the studio. Other work arrives in that morning time between sleep and waking. I 'see' a small image of the finished piece and then have to work backwards as to how to make it. In the process I allow the piece to change and grow or connect to other pieces hanging in my studio. Time in the studio is a small part of the overall process..
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I make art because I must. Without the creative process manifest in my life, I would be empty, unable to cope with the cruelty and greed of our modern world. Art and writing for me are the way forward. My way to make sense of the world around me.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I love to experience art that has 'weight'. The kind of art that touches the feelings and wakes you up. I once visited the Tate Gallery and stood in a room full of paintings by Cy Twombly. I stood in the middle of that room and cried. I carried those paintings with me throughout our trip to the UK. Good art comes from a very deep place few of us access. I want to go there.
What is the role of the artist today?
You are not made into an artist, you are born with a sensitivity to the world that needs to be expressed. Artists are like the canaries in a mine. They see the danger before it arrives. They sound the alarm. They celebrate the beautiful and expose the bad. They are essential parts of a well-balanced society. Without art in all it's forms life would be incredibly dull bad policies would go unchallenged. We shake things up.


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Riitta Klint

Born in: 1961, Helsinki, Finland

Lives in: Fort Worth, Texas

Media: Painting

Describe your work in 3 words: Intuitive, Ethereal, Organic

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Nest - Acrylic and pencil on clayboard 36 x 48 in.

"My work is organic and abstract, my inspiration is wild untamed nature. In a continual transformation of material and medium, a magical alchemy occurs, inviting the viewer to return to pick up a new thread in a continuing conversation with the work. My work is ethereal, delicate and spiritual."

What themes does your work involve?
My paintings are my connection to the Earth. There is a sadness as I witness the loss of our last wild places. My work is an attempt to keep alive those places and offer my audience a sanctuary in which to reflect. The paintings are abstract yet reference nature from multiple perspectives; from a distance to deep within. My work embraces the interconnectedness of the physical realm with the spiritual realm in an elaborate tapestry of nature untamed, enchanting and rife with hidden secrets.
Describe your creative process.
I start my work with no particular predetermined idea about the outcome. I work on the table and allow my first layers of paint to pool and congeal. Within those first marks, I start to build structure, turning my panel in all directions I work it from multiple perspectives until one begins to stand out and then I go with it. I always work on many paintings at once and usually work in a series of a particular subject matter. My paintings are multilayered, lots of thin washes over thicker coats.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Nature and our connection to the earth inspire me. I fear we continue to move away from that connection, and destroy the planet we live on. My art gives me a place to reflect and rejoice in the beauty around us. Many of my paintings are very abstracted landscapes where the viewer is seemingly on a threshold peering in. I make art as a healing mechanism for me and hopefully others.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
A great piece of art is one that moves the person looking at it. It could be feelings of love, anger, hatred etc, but it moved the person. A great piece of art I believe comes from the devoted artist, the one who has honed their skills, developed their unique message and style, honors the long history of art, and works hard to create their own unique vision.
What is the role of the artist today?
Art is my passion. I think the role of the artist is to communicate their vision in their own unique way. I believe my job is to make work with integrity, dedicated to making the best I can and continually evolve. I strive to communicate the power of intuition. We become increasingly disconnected from our inner wisdom, which threatens our human family, our human kindness and our Earth. If I can make even one person see, tap into, and trust their own gift of intuition I feel accomplished.


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Annamarie Dzendrowskyj

“If the world were clear, art would not exist.” - Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

Twilight - Bruges XI - Oil on linen 80 x 46 cm

Annamarie Dzendrowskyj trained on scholarship as a classical ballet dancer at Central School of Ballet (London, UK), followed by a career as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor Examiner/Educational Consultant, Asia Pacific Region. Holding a BA Hons Degree in Philosophy (Lancaster University, UK)  emphasis on Existentialism and Aesthetics and holds a BA in Fine Art and BA Honours Degree in Painting (National Art School, Sydney, Australia).

Annamarie seeks to examine the indeterminate nature of 'ways of seeing' and 'ways of being'. She realizes this ambiguous ‘grey area’ by exploring fleeting moments of a world in constant flux. Moments in time that are seen as suggesting a space, rather than defining a space, one that exists between what is seen and unseen, a zone of indiscernibility.

Indiscernible zones are at the heart of Annamarie's life experiences, acting as a catalyst for her work. She brings her years of experience of the underwater environment to the surface. What is seen underwater is affected by interference - water movement, light, weather conditions - nothing appears clearly defined. This is reflected in her work, presenting the emergence and dissolution of forms and settings in ethereal landscapes.

Employing a process of creation and erasure, concealing and revealing, her work evokes the sense of a netherworld that conflates time, place, vision and memory. Exploring the tension between figuration and abstraction, inviting the viewer to question their perception of time, place and space.

Selected Distinctions: 2020 and 2019 Circle Arts Foundation Artist of the Year - Finalist Award. 2019 and 2016 - Finalist Arte Laguna Prize, Venice - recipient of a Biafarin Honours Award & Fallani Serigraphy Residency Award. 2016 and 2013 Finalist Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize. 2016, 2015, 2014 Finalist Art Gemini Prize, awarded 2nd Place in 2015. Exhibited internationally in UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, Egypt and Australia with work held in public and private collections.

Twilight - Murano VI - Oil on linen 23 x 40 cm
Twilight - Bruges XII - Oil on linen 80 x 46 cm
Twilight - Murano VII - Oil on linen 46 x 80 cm
Twilight - Bruges IX - Oil on linen 40 x 23 cm

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Daria Martinoni

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing

Drawn By The Light - Photograph on archive paper 117 x 78 cm

"I am a non-professional photographer working and living in Zurich, Switzerland. As a Geographer, I use photography to playfully (de-)construct urban spaces, to spatially re-stage urban contexts, and to play with our perception of space and reality.

I exploit the geometry of the built urban environment, and I play with perspectives and angles to create a sense of direction and an impression of depth. I use the design elements of reproduction, reiteration and repetition - created by experimenting with long shutter speeds and several zoom settings or camera positions in one exposure - to “compress space” and remove all context and sense of scale. The thus created compositions become like another world where subjects merge and transform to become new geometric structures. This procedure creates a moment of irritation, but also conveys a sense of calmness in the chaos, and transfers the scene into a transitional world somewhere between reality and dream.

I transform common scenes into geometric, abstract dimensions that produce new and unexpected perspectives. With this work, I hope to evoke ideas around vantage point, perception, and imagination, and to question our making of the world through experience and knowledge."


Daria Martinoni has been awarded Honorable Mentions in both the 2018 and 2019 International Photography Awards (IPA @photoawards, @iphotoawards), in the 2019 IPA “OneShot: Street Photography” Awards (@photoawards, @iphotoawards), in the 2019 Budapest International Foto Awards (BIFA, @budapestfotoawards, @ifotoawards), in the 2019 Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA, @ifotoawards), and in the 2019 Annual Photography Awards (APA, @annualphotographyawards).

She was accepted to the photoSCHWEIZ 19 and the photoZURICH 20 (www.photo-schweiz.ch), which is the largest photography exhibition in Switzerland, and to the XIIth edition of the Florence Biennale of Art+Design (www.florencebiennale.org, @FLRbiennale, @florencebiennale)

Words Shape Reality - Photograph on archive paper 96 x 64 cm
Memento Of An Industrial Past - Photograph on archive paper 78 x 117 cm
City in The Making - Photograph on archive paper 96 x 64 cm
Halfway Through The Turbulence - Photograph on archive paper 64 x 96 cm

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Brigitte Kratochwill

"When I paint I embark on a journey into my subconscious. I integrate sensory experiences into the painting process. What emerges is a confrontation with something like a reflection of my soul. I search for suitable forms, structures, colours, hues/shades, and sensitive surfaces."

Verstecktes Juwel (Hidden Jewel) - Mixed Media on paper 21 x 29 cm

Austrian Artist, Brigitte Kratochwill was a music, art, and German language teacher in Salzburg until 1999. She led art projects for various institutions and became Headmistress of the Secondary Modern School Bürmoos, Salzburg (1999-2013). Kratochwill actively exhibits since 1988 in  Austria, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Great Britain, Czech Republic, South Africa, Spain, Finland and China including at the Galerie Artlet in Salzburg, BOS,  Berlin Open Studio, Galerie M Beck, Saarland, Galerie der Zülow Gruppe in Linz, Galerie ARTtime in Udine, Palazzo Ca' Zenobio in Venedig (Biennale Venedig), Galleria La scala d'Oro in Rome, Royal Arcade Opera Gallery in London, European Museum of Modern Art of Barcelona, Galleria KOOKOS in Helsinki, Klebelsberg Cultural Center in Budapest, Art.Fair Köln, Luxembourg Art Week, ART Innsbruck, Luxembourg Art Fair, Art Karlsruhe.

In 2018, Kratochwill received the Audience Award "Il Premio Borgo" at Galleria La scala d'Oro Roma and the same year she was the winner of ArtConnection 2018 Münster, Germany. In 2019 she received Woman Art Award at Venezia Biennale and in 2020 the Artist of the Year title by World of Art, London.

Donauwalzer (Blue Danube) - Mixed Media on canvas 20 x 20 cm
Umarmung (Hug) - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Träumen (Dreaming) - Acrylic and ink on canvas 50 x 50 cm
Die Seele Sanft Berühren (Gentle Touch) - Acrylic and ink on canvas 50 x 50 cm

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Priscilla Dale Jones

"Abstract forms ...remembered, dreamed, imagined.”

Cloud over Cerulean Sea - Digital photograph 36 x 24 in.

"I took my first photographs as a young child growing up in Coronado, a seaside town near San Diego, California, with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye my father gave me. His enthusiasm for photography inspired me. I am particularly interested in macro photography and in capturing overlooked details and exploring miniature worlds hidden in ordinary objects, and in the relationship of color, light, shadow, form, perception, and imagination.

My abstract photography captures forms of water and variations of light, all interacting with glass. Each image provides an unrepeatable glimpse of water at the macro level, its forms, natural patterns, and chance combinations that constantly change during the process of capturing the image. The images are titled, but they are open to interpretation by viewers, guided by their own intuition, perceptions, experiences, and memories. The images invite an interaction between the image and the imagination of the viewer. The photographer sees one thing in these abstract images. What do you see?"

American photographer Priscilla Dale Jones earned her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and holds a Master’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, San Diego, California. Today she lives and works in Columbia, Maryland, USA.

Starting Grid - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.
Ship on the Horizon - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.
Black Hills Sunset - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.
A Great Wave - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.
Woodblock Storm - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.
Shoreline Reflections - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.
Ocean Horizon - Digital photograph 36 x 24 in.
Lake View - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.
Coast, Highway 101 - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.

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