Dorothea Van De Winkel

Dorothea is an independent textile artist and designer since 1985. She operates her own gallery “Galerij Theaxus” from September 1992 with exhibition rooms and the possibility to visit the studio, where the hand-woven tapestries are designed and made.
ATB13 Highfield Hall Gardens, MA, USA 27 01-27 03 21

Moving Circle V, 2010 - Tapestry 80 x 80 cm

"I lived in the center of the town of Oudenaarde (East-Flanders, Belgium), a historic city renowned for its ancient hand-woven tapestries. I was very impressed by the skills needed and the fine art behind this craft. From this background, I started searching and collecting any information I could find on materials (wool, silk,…), the tools, the colours and the patterns. I wanted to know everything about it, from design to realization."

The designs of Dorothea Van De Winkel are abstract. She realizes wall and floor tapestries, which can be wholly integrated into a house (colours, form and size). The realizations can be seen as living, stand-alone art objects, or as the center point, elementary piece or material for interior design. Furthermore, tapestry can be used in modern buildings for muting sound transmission and it adds a feeling of warmth.

 


 

Select exhibitions

2021 ATB 13 Highfield Hall & Gardens, MA, USA – January 27, 2021 – March 27, 2021

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, CA, USA - July 18, 2021-October 3, 2021

2020 The 13th International Textile Art Biennial “Scythia”, Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine

2020 The Virtual Exhibition of UNESCO & MEADOWS artists against COVID-19, Beirut, Lebanon

2018 Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Tapestries, Mou Museum of Oudenaarde and Flemish Ardennes, Townhouse de Oudenaarde, Belgium

2017 7th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art: DIVERSITY, the SUBTE, Montevideo, Uruguay

2016 From Lausanne to Beijing, 9th International Fiber Art Biennale, Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

2016 The 11th International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Textile Art "Scythia", Kherson, Ukraine

 

Select Awards

2016 Bronze Medal, Scythia, the 11 International Biennial Exhibition, Kherson, Ukraine.

2008 Excellent Price, From Lausanne to Beijing 2008, Beijing, China

Tornado In The Field II, 2016 - Tapestry 185 x 240 cm
Blue Landscape I, 2018 - Tapestry 100 x 120 cm
In The Open Field I, 2014 - Tapestry 185 x 240 cm
Blue Landscape II, 2018 - Tapestry 100 x 120 cm

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Marie Diane Bessette

“Painting the dance of the birds; mainly the crow, the falcon, the goose, the eagle —these subtle beings with their broad wings and feathers that spread like fingers in the great circle of the living kingdom.”

“Peindre la danse des oiseaux, principalement le corbeau, le faucon, l’oie, l’aigle, ces êtres subtils avec leurs larges ailes et leurs plumes qui s’écartent comme des doigts dans le grand cercle du règne vivant.”

Refrain - Acrylic and watercolour on wood 152 x 76 cm
“C’est pas les papillons Qui dérangent vraiment; C’est les 22 oiseaux Qui décollent en même temps.”

From Canada, Marie Diane Bessette is a semi-figurative painter of nature, and above all of trees and birds. She has chosen Laurentians to live at and create. For Bessette it was always easy to express herself through drawing.

She studied arts at CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal where she worked in several media. Subsequently, she continued her artistic training at the Center des arts visuels and at Concordia University, in drawing, in oil painting, then in emotional painting with Madame Rita Brianski. Her evolution towards the semi-figurative was when she joined the Sfumato workshop in 2012. Her work is important and allows the artist to explore other corners of her creativity. She produces, with various media on both small, medium and large format paintings, several of which are also diptychs and triptychs.

Bessette practices and teaches a method of drawing that cultivates creative potential by silencing logic to better see the world to which we are linked. Out of time, the whole being participates in it.

 


 

Peintre semi-figurative de la nature, et avant tout des arbres et des oiseaux, elle a choisi les Laurentides pour y vivre et créer. Elle a toujours eu de la facilité à s’exprimer par le dessin. Elle étudie les arts au CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal où elle touche à plusieurs médias. Par la suite, elle poursuit sa formation artistique au Centre des arts visuels et à l’Université Concordia, en dessin, en peinture à l’huile, puis en peinture émotionnelle avec Madame Rita Brianski.on évolution vers le semi-figuratif, s’effectue lors de son adhésion à l’atelier Sfumato en 2012. Son œuvre est importante et lui permet d’explorer d’autres recoins de sa créativité. Elle produit avec des médiums variés autant des tableaux de petite dimension, que de format moyen et de grand format. Plusieurs de ses tableaux composent des diptyques et des triptyques.

Elle pratique et enseigne une méthode de dessin qui cultive le potentiel créateur en faisant taire la logique pour mieux voir le monde auquel nous sommes liés. Hors du temps, l’être entier y participe.

Au rythme du printemps (The Rhythm of Spring) - Acrylic on wood R. 101,6 cm
J’entends les cris des oiseaux migrateurs qui se dirigent en formation vers le nord. La bernache vit au rythme des saisons : le printemps suit l’hiver, l’été suit le printemps et l’automne suit l’été. Comme l’oiseau, toute chose a ses cycles. Il fait bon de faire partie de tout cela. (1 /4 série Au Rythme des saisons)
I hear the cries of migrating birds flying north in their V formation. The wild goose lives to the rhythm of the seasons: spring follows winter, summer follows spring, and autumn follows summer. Everything has its cycles. It feels good to be part of it all. (1/4 Series The Rhythm of the Seasons)
Au rythme de l'été (The Rhythm of Summer) - Acrylic on wood R. 61 cm
Pendant la saison de nidification, le mâle défend les abords du nid contre les intrusions. La bernache vit au rythme des saisons : le printemps suit l’hiver, l’été suit le printemps et l’automne suit l’été. Comme l’oiseau, toute chose a ses cycles. Il fait bon de faire partie de tout cela. (2/4 série Au Rythme des saisons)
During nesting season, the male defends the perimeter of the nest against intruders. The wild goose lives to the rhythm of the seasons: spring follows winter, summer follows spring, and autumn follows summer. Everything has its cycles. It feels good to be part of it all. (2/4 Series The Rhythm of the Seasons)
Au rythme de l'automne (The Rhythm of Fall) - Acrylic on wood R. 61 cm
Les oies sauvages s’envolent à l’automne pour des contrées plus chaudes. La bernache vit au rythme des saisons : le printemps suit l’hiver, l’été suit le printemps et l’automne suit l’été. Comme l’oiseau, toute chose a ses cycles. Il fait bon de faire partie de tout cela. (3/4 série Au Rythme des saisons)
The wild geese fly away to warmer climes in fall. The wild goose lives to the rhythm of the seasons: spring follows winter, summer follows spring, and autumn follows summer. Everything has its cycles. It feels good to be part of it all. (3 /4 Series The Rhythm of the Seasons)
Au rythme de l'hiver (The Rhythm of Winter) - Acrylic on wood R. 61 cm
Par ce froid glacial, un nuage a épousé la forme d’une oie sauvage. La bernache vit au rythme des saisons : le printemps suit l’hiver, l’été suit le printemps et l’automne suit l’été. Comme l’oiseau, toute chose a ses cycles. Il fait bon de faire partie de tout cela. (4/4 série Au Rythme des saisons)
In the glacial cold, a cloud takes the shape of a wild goose. The wild goose lives to the rhythm of the seasons: spring follows winter, summer follows spring, and autumn follows summer. Everything has its cycles. It feels good to be part of it all. (4/4 Series The Rhythm of the Seasons)
Between the Branches of Time - Acrylic and watercolor on wood 76 x 76cm
Nocturnal round - Acrylic and watercolor on wood 61 cm
Presage - Ink with acrylic with Japanese paper on wood 61 x 30cm
Mirage - Acrylic with Japanese paper on wood 36 x 51 cm
Morning round - Acrylic and watercolor on wood 61 cm

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Hong Liu-Sertti

“I moved to Finland, lived in a Finnish-Chinese family and received art education in both places for nearly 20 years. Over the years, my creative themes have always been freedom and love in conflict and harmony.”

Love to be free - Mixed media on rice paper on canvas 80 x 60 cm

“I have moved to Finland, lived in a Finnish-Chinese family and received art education in both countries for nearly 20 years. Over the years, my creative theme has always been freedom and love in conflict and harmony. People, birds and stamps are the main elements of my works. People are shown meticulously in the context of freehand brushwork. The bird is a metaphor for freedom. The stamp has been regarded as an important element since the composition of the painting and is closely integrated with the image. The words of the stamp include ancient Chinese poetic phrases, such as "流水香 Flowing Water Fragrant", "草惊风 Wind Blowing Grass ", etc., and some inscriptions, such as "Love" and "自由 Freedom"; there are Chinese and English as well as Finnish, such as "Running tree" and "Vapaus" and many more.

With the use of ink, color and gold foil, stamps and patterns, concrete and abstract, exaggeration and realism, I constantly transform contradictions into harmony. The forests and lakes of Finland are the backgrounds of my work. The wonderful forest contains various life forces. Everything takes its place in the crowd. The lake reflects the brilliance of various spirits. The individual's soul poured out in the silence, joyously in the constant flow. Multiculturalism gives creativity an endless drive."

Hong Liu-Sertti has had solo shows at Pori Art Museum, Finland and South China Art Museum. She has been in group shows including the Official Pavilion of Bangladesh 58th Venice Biennale as well as Art Basel Miami Beach among others.

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Spring - Mixed media on rice paper on canvas 80 x 60 cm
Walking Tree Flying time - Mixed media on rice paper on canvas 20 x 15 cm
Bliss - Mixed media on rice paper on canvas 20 x 15 cm
Dream in Coronavirus Pandemic - Mixed media on rice paper on canvas 80 x 60 cm

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Howard Harris

"Visual reality is an ever-shifting, highly individualized experience. In any given moment, what we see reflects both our inner state and a synthesis of outer qualities—light, color, movement, space. My exploration in dimensional photographic art represents an attempt to recreate the perceptual experience, with its dynamic nature and hidden complexities. In my patented process I use photographic constructions, a single often abstracted image is layered over itself on clear acrylic surfaces and superimposed on a subtle grid. The resulting visual phenomenon infuses the image with a sense of dimensionality and fluidity affected by such changes as the angle of viewing and light."

Ayers Rock - Sublimation Print on Aluminum with Acrylic overlay 36 x 30 in.

Howard Harris has long been fascinated by both visual perception and design. The Denver Colorado USA native earned a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, MID (Masters Industrial Design) from Pratt Institute in New York studying with internationally renowned design theorist Rowena Reed Kostellow.

Harris has spent more than 35 years combining design and technology where he has won many prestigious professional awards. Now his creative energy has turned to his lifelong passion, photography. With an iconoclastic streak that had seen him consistently forging new directions in design, he was bound to approach the photographic image in an unconventional way as well.

In 2017 Harris was granted a United States Patent no: 9,753,295 titled Apparatus and Method of Manufacturer for a Layered Artwork proving the uniqueness and inventiveness of his photographic work. Since then his work has appeared in many books and publications such as The Great Masters of Contemporary Art, ARTtour International Artists of the Decade, Art Collectors Choice Japan, International Contemporary Masters, and Top 10 Contemporary Artists, to mention a few. He has also been awarded Artists for a Green Planet Artist of the Decade, International Prize Raffaello, International Prize Giulio Cesare, International Prize Leonardo Da Vinci, International Prize Caravaggio, Contemporary Art Curator Magazines Artist of the Future, and more.

Howard Harris serves as a Trustee of The Kansas City Art Institute has won the Who’s Who Worldwide Lifetime Achievement and the USA Small Businessperson of the Year. His work is shown internationally and represented by galleries in the United States, U.K., and Europe and appears in the South Korean Yukyung Art Museum.

No Monkeys - Sublimation Print on Aluminum with Acrylic overlay 36 x 30 in.
Puffer - Sublimation print on Aluminum 36 x 30 in.
Tuscany Landscape - Sublimation Print on Aluminum with Acrylic overlay 36 x 30 in.
Albers Unleashed - Sublimation Print on Aluminum 36 x 20 in.

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Peter Backhaus

“My art is uncompromising and direct. It is unique in its poetic, musical expression. The heart is its abode. It connects with the soul's longing for freedom, co-creation and participatory commitment.”

Connected Living - Oil on canvas 146 x 122 cm

Peter Backhaus was born in 1947 in Germany and in 1968 he emigrated to Sweden where he studied philosophy, psychology and art. In Gothenburg, he had his own art school.

For Backhaus painting is survival. To keep sanity. Trauma Work. His paintings are internal images. They don’t talk about everyday life, temporary feelings or experiences from an external reality. They come from a level beyond time and space, beyond the personal ego, where complete stillness and total chaos coexist. They are like layers in the archetypal landscape, which are deep inside of each person regardless of culture or color.

Backhaus’ art wants to unite differences and spread optimism regarding the human psyche’s ability to bring about change in the same way art has helped him to process his personal German history. His work has been shown in different Swedish and German galleries and museums. Since 2019, he is represented by Pashmin Art Consortia on an international level and has participated in numerous museum exhibitions in China.

In 2021, Peter Backhaus was represented with three large paintings at the Florence Biennale. The artist lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden and Berlin, Germany.

Shadow Movement 3 - Oil on canvas 200 x 150 cm
Haus am Wörthsee - Oil on canvas 200 x 160 cm
Sources - Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm
Place of Ritual - Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm

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Paul Hartel

"I think of my work as celebrating the spirit of the ‘inner child’ through an improvisational energy, retained in strokes, lines, and colours. I strive to create a visual immediacy that keeps the viewer’s eye in perpetual motion."

Girl with Flowers - Mixed media on canvas 40 x 28 in.

"Informally trained, I paint and draw with mixed media including oils, acrylics, oil pastels and charcoal, in figurative, abstract and neo-expressionist styles, with influences that include DeKooning, Mitchel, Kline, Wool, Pollock, Twombly, Clemente, Basquiat, Graham, Motherwell, Frankenthaler, and Miro. I've exhibited in art shows and enjoyed representation by art galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Waterford, Sligo and Dublin with works currently in residence at Green Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. I've sold, auctioned and gifted works for private collectors and charitable organizations in the U.S., Europe and Australia. I've been privileged to be featured in many art book publications, magazines, cover art, online galleries and social media.”

Paul Hartel was born in 1969 in the USA and today lives in Sligo, Ireland.

Domingo fácil por la mañana - Mixed media on canvas 16 x 12 in.
Vase with Flowers - Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas 36 x 24 in.
Picasso's Point - Mixed media on canvas 30 x 24 in.
Arbiters - Mixed media on board 16 x 12 in.
Mind, Artist and Easel - Mixed media on canvas 52 x 44 in.
Dreams of Hers - Acrylic on canvas board 24 x 18 in.
Out of Body - Mixed media on board 50 x 40 in.
Grande Donna Grassa - Mixed media on canvas 40 x 28 in.
Restive Dreamer - Mixed media on canvas 30 x 24 in.

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Weiting Wei

"Transitioning from girl to mother feels like the moment that we acquire our protective layers, our feathers, scales and armor. But our interior becomes softer, more sensitive with the love and bond we develop for our children. So in some ways, we are weaker should something pierce through our armor."

Seed - Polymer clay 5 x 12 x 5 in.

Born 1984 in China, and currently living in the USA, Weiting Wei received her MFA in visual art from Columbus College of Art & Design in 2018. She is a multimedia artist creating works out of paper, wax, clay, and soap.

In her work, Wei sculpts air-dry and resin clay to represent the struggles of a new mom; helpless but hopeful, sensitive but peaceful, exhausted but beautiful...

Other aspects of her work include the use of white porcelain to represent pregnancy, and the use of tinct rice paper to represent the muscle state around the cesarean incision. Her sculpture uses traditional elements to explore very personal, yet universal, experiences of motherhood.

Armor - Polymer clay 22 x 36 x 2 in.
My Armor - Polymer clay 24 x 6 x 1 in.
Armor - Polymer clay 12 x 12 x 3 in.
Light sleeper - Polymer clay 14 x 11 x 3.5 in.

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Maria Teresa Guala

Perdue dans ses pensèes, 2010 - Acrylic on board 31 x 36 in.

Italian artist, Maria Teresa Guala was born in Turin in 1947. Her father was a painter and advertiser (he got the contract of Italia 61, TO Esposizioni), coming from an important family of artists in Monferrato. Maria Teresa studied at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts of Turin in the '60s with the lead of Prof. Scroppo. She interrupted her activity for a long time and resumed in 2000 with a solo exhibition at Micrò Galery, Turin and at Promotrice of Fine Arts, Turin 2001.                                                                   

Maria Teresa collaborates with the MIT Museum of Turin and spent two months in Chicago (Zhoo Center). In summer 2017, she participated in the Triennale of Rome and worked with galleries in the United States winning a contest whit Artavita Santa Barbara to participate in Art Basel. She was also contacted by VIDA, a fashion house at San Francisco to work as a designer.   

 


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Enigmas of signs, with a primordial character, evoke a cultured two-dimensional execution of interweaving, overlapping, hermetic visual perceptions

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On the intimate balance between line and colour live the pictorial emotions of Maria Teresa Guala. Abstraction and spirituality, depth and denunciation of living generate, in the artist's figuration, a spontaneous expressionism of signs suspended between topicality and archaism. The forms inspired by Outsider Art evoke mysterious entities transfigured into instinctive aesthetic devices. Enigmas of sign, with a primordial character, evoke a cultured two-dimensional execution of interweaving, overlapping, hermetic visual perceptions. The artist moulds the images with an impetuous narrative force, overcoming rigidity and superstructures to flow into a free and spontaneous dimension of the pictorial gesture. A total light pervades the substrate and is animated by vehement gestures with a restless and feverish, material and allegorical sign, generating synthetic and vibrant sensitive sequences. The two-dimensional choice of the primordial stroke goes beyond naturalistic mimesis to seek in space the revealing essence of autonomous drives that decree the absolute freedom of figuration. Graphic-ideative assonances emphasize an ancestral dimension between indefinite symbolic spaces and arcane labyrinths of a distant past. Prof. Gianluigi Guarneri, May 2020

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Enigmas of signs, with a primordial character, evoke a cultured two-dimensional execution of interweaving, overlapping, hermetic visual perceptions.

Il gatto del vicolo, 2021 - Acrylic on board 70 x 50 cm
Night working, 2021 - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 80 cm
Gust, 2021 - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 100 cm
Exstravaganza, 2021 - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 50 cm

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Hiromi Watanabe

Poet and painter, Hiromi Watanabe creates work that is about healing and fantasy.

Bodhisttva - Watercolor 410 x 318 mm

Hiromi Watanabe is a contemporary artist from Tokyo, Japan who graduated from the KWANSEI GAKUIN University. She has received the  6th Star Birth Grand Prix for "Hiro Yamagata Process" and was a Finalist in the 2021 CFA Contest for Exhbition at Spectrum Brooklyn with World Wide Art. In 2021, Hiromi also received a Finalist Award at the 47th International Artavita online Art Contest. She has shown work internationally including fourteen solo shows and four shows overseas. Also a published poem, Hiromi is the writer of "Thank you for being born" and her poerty collection "Songs spelled out in feelings for that person" is available at ePhoenix.co. Hiromi has published nine books.

A recurring theme in Hiromi paintings is the "smile" and for her it represents painful experiences of the past. The artist has suffered from Myasthenia gravis (MG) and has faced death. It also has to do with the bitter memories of school days that she was not allowed to express. It was a very painful experience and she seems to have been desperate to live in the future. After treatment and rehabilitation, Hiromi has been able to think positively and create art that provides healing: "If it helps someone who has a hard time like me."

Angel - Digital media 2269 x 2000 px
Beloved - Watercolor 410 x 318 mm
Peaceful Prayer Angel - Watercolor 267 x 193 mm
Forgiveness - Watercolor 728 x 515 mm

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Denise M Dethlefsen

"My photography is often spontaneous, unplanned, and serendipitous. I don't follow the pattern of traditional landscape and nature photographers who pre-plan their images; my style is more instinctive with an element of 'let's just go and see what happens!"

Misty Sunrise - Digital Photograph

"I began my journey into photography almost by accident when my husband bought me a 35-mm film camera for our anniversary many years ago. I'm mainly self-taught, with some mentoring and workshops along the way. I’m from a family of talented artists, musicians and writers, but somehow could never make my brain and fingers work together for any of those skills. The camera allows me to make art in a way I’d never been able to accomplish before. It frees me to be creative while not having to force the process. It gives me a view into the world that is sometimes impressionistic, sometimes real. It allows me to “see” something, then take it home and bring out either the original vision or something entirely new in post-processing. I don't call myself a nature photographer – my tastes are more eclectic and wide-ranging – but most of my imagery is taken outdoors.

My photography is often spontaneous, unpremeditated, and serendipitous. I’ll "see" an image, quickly set up for the capture, press the shutter, then look again to see how I can improve, take additional images from the more thoughtful perspective, and then go home and cull out all the later images while keeping only the one or two I first "saw." I have numerous images where the composition, colors and forms seem almost instinctive; there are others where the work in post-processing was the inspiration for the end result.

I currently live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak in the American Rocky Mountains, and close to a variety of contrasting landscapes – from the “14ers” (mountains higher than 14,000 feet) to the plains, from mountains to desert, from high country to rolling hills, from thick forests to shortgrass prairie lands. My husband and I frequently explore these areas, and they’ve provided many of my favorite images."

Autumn Serenity - Digital Photograph
Runic Reflection - Digital Photograph
Rock Garden - Digital Photograph
Sunset on Molas Pass - Digital Photograph

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