Franco Margari

"I look for a way to every beyond, every mystery, enigma beyond the boundaries of knowledge, to worlds in which I feel I exist, where bright white calms my thirst for infinity."

TEMPESTA - Mixed media on metallic sheet 65 x 45 cm

Italian Artist, Franco Margari lives and works in Florence. He began his artistic experience in the graphic field in the 80s and specialized in engraving techniques, from the early 90s he also devoted himself to painting.

During this time, he has qualified his exhibiting activity by participating in numerous prestigious collective exhibitions and has set up many solo exhibitions, including at Art Point Black Gallery in 2000 in which he presented his "Horizons" series for the first time. He has solo shows at Puccini Art Center and at the Villa Medicea in Poggio Imperiale and the Diocesan Museum of Florence (2004) with 12 works inspired by the Gospel of John, one of which is present in the Museum's contemporary collection and the one to the Council of the Tuscany Region, where he exhibited 20 works of intense evocative abstract art, one of which is part of the Regional Art Gallery.

Also in 2004, Margari participated in the International Competition in Florence and won the first Golden Florin award for Painting. In 2008 he was present at the Italian art pavilion in Beijing for the Olympic Games, one of his works is part of the CONI collection. In 2010 he began a collaboration with the American gallery Damoka Gallery which led him to do two solo shows in Los Angeles and New York. An important personal exhibition was in 2011 in the prestigious spaces of the Circolo degli Artisti Casa di Dante in Florence on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the unity of Italy.

In 2013, he presented his latest works in the series "Breath of the Elements." In 2016, he showed at the deconsecrated church of Santa Maria dei Laici in Gubbio. The last appearances of his works was in 2016 in Amsterdam - Institute of Italian Culture, in 2017 in Berlin - The Ballery Gallery - and London - ART MOOR HOUSE, 2018 Stockholm SVEA GALLERY. Moscow GALERIA MASTERSKAYA LEGA.

Margari has numerous presences in public and private collections.

INCANDESCENZE - Mixed media on metallic sheet D 80 cm
APPARIZIONE - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 100 cm
L'ATTESA DEL NUOVO GIORNO - Mixed media on metallic sheet D 80 cm
LE PAROLE NON TROVATE - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 70 cm

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Jieyu Deng

“It is inevitable that art is being commercialised, but apart from catering to the market needs, the artists must learn to keep their own styles and originality.”

Self Portrait - Digital illustration 10 x 13 in.

Jieyu Deng holds a Masters degree in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design as well as a Bachelor's in Animation.

"Most of my works are done digitally with Photoshop and are inspired by nature, my hometown, emotions of people I have met and everyday subjects around me. My background as a graphic designer informs my work. I love to illustrate all things from life and nature like food, plants, landscapes, and females."

Depression Fish - Digital illustration 11.7 x 8.3 in.
Shower Party - Digital illustration 15 x 10.5 in.
The Shame Game - Digital illustration 8.5 x 11 in.
Shangri-La - Digital illustration 15 x 6.4 in.

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Patti Samper

"Throughout my work, I experiment with color, perspective, and its possibilities. I look to reinterpret tangible and intangible subjects of daily life in an unexplored fashion. Within this realm, I seek to express the beauty in the simplicity that lies within the layers of complexity."

Bår - Oil on panel 16 x 20 x 1 in.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Patti Sampler is also French and American. She attended the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, BA program where she majored in Photography, with minors in Art History and Romance Languages (84-88). While a student at NYU, Patti worked as a photographer in the music and fashion industries. She co-founded Bear Records, an indie record label that produced cutting edge post-punk bands like Flower (NYC), Tinker (Montreal). Patti executed the graphic design and creative direction for the record label. She continued to live for many years in NYC, and later in Paris, working as a commercial photographer and creative director in the music and fashion industries. She appeared seasonally on tv news and print media forecasting color, fashion and fabric trends.

Patti also holds a Master Pastry Chef diploma from the French Culinary Institute (Int’l Culinary Center) in New York City and was the first student invited to execute her stage at Le Bernardin in New York City (2005).  After completing her stage and studies, Patti launched Patti*Cakes, Ltd., an award-winning, custom cake company.  This momentous event in Patti’s life was the catalyst between photography and painting. Patti enjoyed the artistry involved in creating unique cakes with hand-sculpted and tediously painted, life-like sugar flowers and other decorative motifs.

In 2009, Patti began to study painting.  She attended the Yard School of Art in Montclair, New Jersey, followed by The New York Academy of Art in New York City. Patti exhibits her work in the USA and internationally, and has works in private collections.

Patti now lives with her family in Montclair, New Jersey and her studio is located at the Manufacturers Village Artists Community in East Orange, New Jersey. 

Chatter - Oil on panel 12 x 12 in.
Baggage Claim 2 - Oil on panel 12 x 18 x 1.5 in.
Book Shelf - Oil on board 12 x 16 in.
Fruit Basket - Oil on board 12 x 16 in.

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Gill Bustamante – Artist at Sussex Paintings

"I am a professional artist based in East Sussex and I paint large oil paintings featuring landscapes, seascapes, animals, birds and fish. My painting style is a fusion of semi-abstract, traditional, expressionist, impressionist, a little art nouveau and something I refer to as 'Memory Impressionism'."

A Summer Place - Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.

"As a child, I taught myself to draw and paint by copying animals and horses out of books on an almost daily basis. Then in 1979, I did a foundation course at Chelsea and then a degree course at Brighton where I graduated in 1983 with a Fine Art Degree in Sculpture. I then worked in a studio on the seafront for a while making sculptures, with an architect, for clubs and hotels.

On moving to East Grinstead in the late '80s, I began painting for an art agent that specialised in animal, people and bespoke portraits and soon became skilled at painting dogs and horses in a classical style. I also took on mural painting commissions and wrote and illustrated a few children's books.

In the late '90s I began teaching art adult education courses for Central Sussex College as well as running my own art courses. I sell my paintings via my own website and through online art galleries."

Gill Bustamante has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London, the Chelsea open exhibition, Chequer Mead, East Grinstead, The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, Sheffield Park, Brighton festival, Art at 5 Gallery, Brighton, Wills Art Warehouse London, Gabriel Fine Art, London, Blue Moon Gallery Tunbridge Wells, Shoreham gallery, Ashdown Gallery, Forest Row and many others.

The Promise - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.
Forest Dynasties - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.
Jungle Portal - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.
Spirit Guides - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.

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A. Saez de Lafuente

"My artistic works are the expression of feelings and emotions of experiences I have lived. The photography is the beginning of the idea. The paper as a support for watercolor painting interacts with the work intervening with the textures obtained after its treatment, with the aim of being an integral part and protagonist, at the same time, together with the painting of the treated subject. I paint, tear, paste, sew the paper, to create a pictorial work in which the paper takes center stage and interacts with the concept to be expressed."

En la Costa III - Photograph with acrylic 70 x 52 cm

Versatile and multidisciplinary artist, Arantzazu Saez de Lafuente (Bilbao, Spain 1966) works as a fashion stylist, fashion designer, personal image consultant. Art is her vocation and an allergy to chemical products has marked her pictorial technique and her artistic training in painting, sculpture, and photography.

En la Orilla II - Acrylic with varied materials collected from the seashore 30 x 30 cm
Más - Watercolor 29 x 20 cm
Forma - Watercolor 29 x 20 cm
Dreaming - Handmade paper, watercolor, shells, jute on canvas 55 x 46 cm

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Marc van der Leeden

"Utilizing a very limited palette with graphite outlines and simplicity of design I create contemporary paintings with a panoramic view of the world."

The Tortuous Tree - Watercolor 10 x 30 in.

Born 1951 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Marc van der Leeden earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and M.D. Degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Largely a self-taught artist he has exhibited nationally in solo shows in New York City and Vermont. A member of Northeast Watercolor Society and Academic Artists Association, Springfield Massachusetts, van der Leeden’s art has been published in Watercolor Magazine and "How Did You Paint That? One Hundred Ways to Paint Landscapes, Vol. 1."

Very recognizable and cohesive, van der Leeden’s series of works seem to utilize the full capacity of the watercolor medium. Although free and painterly, his brushstrokes become contained within the outline of each juxtaposed shape, creating a puzzle-like field where each form, hue, or brushstroke seems to be exactly in place allowing for the generation of a representational and very structured, architectural composition.

Lighthouse with Visual Aura - Watercolor 10 x 30 in.
Goldfish #1 - Watercolor 10 x 30 in.
Pemaquid in Black - Watercolor 10 x 30 in.
Three Koi - Watercolor 10 x 30 in.
Lighthouse #4 Watercolor on paper 22 x15 in. (unframed)
Harpswell Maine Watercolor on paper 22 x15 in. (unframed)
The Bungalow Watercolor on paper 22 x15 in. (unframed)
Three Irises Watercolor on paper 22 x15 in. (unframed)
Lighthouse #7 Watercolor on paper 22 x15 in. (unframed)

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Arrachme Art

"I have found a place where science, spirit, and art converge. It is in this peaceful place where time expands and endless possibility exists."

Qualia Playful Sequence - Mixed media, palette knife, tools, brush on canvas 30 x 30 x 1.5 in.

Peaceful World Series - International Awards in mixed media, creating a journey to familiar and unfamiliar places.

Arrachme is a known contemporary abstract fine artist and art educator with paintings that suggest something more in a world underlying; inviting the viewer to finish the story.  Her artworks are consistently awarded, published, curated in museums, collected and recognized worldwide, including humanitarian an environmental cause which is her foremost passion. Not limited to galleries and events in New York, Monte Carlo, Art Basel Miami, South Korea, Portugal, England, Iran, Norway, etc., her paintings are collected privately.  Arrachme's works are as unique as her background; from an education with a master painter, sculptor, and philosopher from the Caucasus Mountains to a client who held the title of the most powerful man in the world.

Closed Door Open Passage - Mixed Media, palette knife, tools, on canvas 36 x 36 in.
Expanded Time (curated into Ahvaz Museum Iran) - Mixed Media, palette knife, brush on canvas 24 x 24 in.
Precipice of Life (Published in Home & Garden UK)  Mixed Media, palette knife, brush on canvas 36 x 24 in.
Falling Water Rising Tide (Awarded cover Artist Network Creative Energy, USA) - Mixed Media, palette knife, brush on canvas 30 x 30 in.  

Additionally, she has developed an endorsed educational program which she offers both online and in person at the Enrichment Academy. In classes, she says to the students, “It’s all about you, not where you’ve been or where I have been but the peacefulness that is in your heart. This is the place where I start and where I end. You are welcome to journey with me.” Visit the artist’s website to see a detailed list on numerous exhibits, awards and accolades she has received over many years of being active as a full-time international artist.

Breath Of Nature - Mixed media on canvas 28 x 22 in.
Liquid Dreams in Flowing Sea - Poured mixed media on canvas 36 x 24 in.
Windrose 2, Mixed media, palette, tools, brushes on canvas 36 x 48 x 1.5 in.
Embracing Freedom - Mixed media, brushes and tools on canvas 48 x 36 in.

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Marina Koraki

"I've always been concerned with humanity and how things always "worked" on our planet. That's why I'm trying to discover and understand through my art, basic terms of existence. I'm trying to depict the soul, always in an optimistic way, by using archetypal symbols with Art Deco influences."

Lightbodies - Mixed media 120 x 90 cm

Greek contemporary artist, Marina Koraki graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Athens in 2006, supervised by Chronis Botsoglou. She further studied the art of Mosaic, Stained Glass as well as Digital Arts and Scenography at Academia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. Since 2002, Marina has been actively exhibiting in group and solo shows in Greece, Cyprus, Italy and USA.

Butterfly Flower VI - Mixed media on gold leaf 40 cm
Lightbody - Mixed media 150 x 50 cm
5th Dimension Earth II - Mixed media on gold leaf 40 cm
Lightbody - Mixed media 150 x 50 cm

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Eva Cocco

"I am a self-taught sculptor and by far my favorite narrative tool is porcelain. Besides other things, I am a sci-fi geek and through my pieces, I talk about meandering cities and tortuous architectures, about heritage and ancestral stories, entropy and chaos, life and death in this and other planets."

N.025 - Stoneware 16 x 14 in.

Ceramic artist, Eva Cocco was born on the beautiful island of Sardinia, Italy where she grew up surrounded by nature and wild things. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Architecture Roma TRE University, a Master’s of Urban Design at Roma TRE University Italy (2007) and Master’s in Landscape Design at The City College of New York (2011). She lives and works in New York City.

“I strongly feel the nature of my island is in me and the sea I grew up with is always, sometimes even unconsciously, represented in my pieces. My passion for ceramic came early on, when I moved to Sag Harbor where I lived several years, I discovered this life-changing material and practice and it grew in me fast and exponentially. Now I am a self-taught sculptor and by far my favorite narrative tool is porcelain.”

N.027 - Aegean white porcelain 13 x 10 in.
 N.000_C - White porcelain 12 x 4 in.
N.004 - White porcelain 19 x 12 in.
N.015 - White porcelain 19 x 13 in.

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Elin Hannah Helland

"My art is a quiet voice from within, a visual translation of my soul journey. My love for nature and studies of TAO philosophy and the theory of Yin and Yang plays an important part of it all. The philosophical goal of achieving balance is the guiding light in my creative process."

VINTAGE LANDSCAPE - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 150 cm

Elin Hannah lives and works in the outer West coast district of Norway, where the sea meets the sky. The expansive surfaces of the artist’s paintings express in minimalist form, the convergence between the natural coastal landscape where she grew up, and also has returned – and life its self. Elin’s art is deeply rooted in her temperament, and her creative expression is directly connected to her emotional impressions. Where there are contrasts, balance and harmony is created – both in her life and on canvas. Although technique can be learned, genuine emotion must be experienced in order to be transferred into visual art. The character of her paintings is a result of who she fundamentally is.

In 2013, following a rigorous admission process, she became a jury-recommended member of NFUK, the Norwegian Association of Independent Artists. Elin’s motivation has always been the joy of expression and developing as an artist – nevertheless; this membership, which is awarded solely on artistic grounds, has provided further inspiration to reach her simple goals: to evoke, to inspire, and to complement. Elin’s works feature delicate, minimalistic forms painted with rough techniques. From absolute contrasts she draws a balance and equilibrium, producing thought-provoking harmonic landscapes. Stormy seas, meditative light on the horizon and dramatic, intense feelings convey, in an interplay with the title of the work, an atmosphere, a story or a journey of life. Her paintings often resemble an emotional approach. 

ARTIC - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 50 cm
EPIC - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 80 cm
PULPIT ROCK MOUNTAIN - Acrylic on canvas 175 x 140 cm
CONCRETE - Acrylic on canvas 110 x 90 cm

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