Marju Must

"My paintings explore the relationship between a person’s feelings and their emotional memories. The moments in my paintings are depicted in my own visual vocabulary, where self-expression of emotions is limitless. By highlighting aesthetics, I create intense personal moments taken from experience."

Remember, you're part of nature

Marju Must is an Estonian artist born in Tallinn and currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from Tartu Art College, Estonia with a BA (2017) in Painting and Painting Restoration. She has been on exchange studies in Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences' restoration department in Kouvola, Finland. There, after a second semester she completed thesis with Finnish artist, Kaapo Rissala, transferring to wallpainting restoration and conservation. In 2011, Marju graduated from the Euroacademy with BA degree on Interior Architecture.

Marju's art reflects her interest in human nature and emotions. Currently, her primary focus is on juxtaposing elements of reality with surrealism. Depicting a visual incentive and an emotion revived on the canvas are equally important for her. In her earlier work, she was more focused on depicting realistic details and developing technical skills, while lately her work has transformed into expressing emotional states in a freeer form of paint, with textures and layers.

Marju’s artwork has been shown in several exhibitions in Estonia. She has been participating in group exhibitions since 2012. Her first solo show "Painted Poems" took place in Võru Town Gallery in Võru, Estonia, where she illustrated poems with paintings. Marju has illustrated and had exhibitions about the children’s book “Story Cellar” in Saare Country Central Library and Orissaare Library, Estonia. Her first participation in an exhibition abroad, was the show "Fear" which took place online in Krakow, Poland 2021.

Needle for Freedom
A Girl with a Doll
A Girl with the Birds
Gravity

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Bingxuan Tan

“You get talent when you discover the ground of your pain.”
- H.R.Giger

Echo of The Abyss - Digital media 13 x 6 in.

San Francisco-based concept artist and award-winning illustrator, Bingxuan Tan, graduated from the Academy of Art University and is currently working in the game and animation industry. His work is highly influenced by Studio Ghibli and artists like Zdzisław Beksiński and H.R.Giger. The media of Bingxuan's work are mainly digital, however, he loves to give his work a 'traditional approach'. The recreation of oil-painting-like brushstrokes on the digital canvas and the use of color are his most significant features.

“I love to give my digital painting a traditional look, when you look at it you might think it's an oil painting. I welcome my audience to enter the world I created in my painting. Through color and depth, I have a story to tell..”

The Church of Agony - Digital media 26 x 15 in.
The Lighthouse - Digital media 12 x 10 in.
Those Who Leave - Digital media 17 x 8.5 in.
Make It Through The Last Night - Digital media 25 x 12 in.

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Pinar Ture Gursoy

"The artworks by contemporary Turkish artist Pinar Ture Gursoy are immediately charged with feeling and deep emotion. Her expression is figurative and the subjects of her paintings are described in a beauty that is not only corporeal but also metaphysical. "
- Curator Francesca Brunello

Awakening - Oil & Fusain on canvas 120 x 100 cm

Pinar Ture Gursoy is a portrait, figurative and abstract figurative painter and photographer who was born in 1965 in Istanbul. She has been in many group and solo exhibits and auctions in various Turkish cities and abroad in Tokyo, Lucern, Zurich, Deventer, Venice, Napoli, Milan, Marakkesh, Thessaloniki, Tiran, London, Fuerteventura, Tolentino, Pennsylvania etc... Some of her works are included in the collection of TEV (Turkish Education Foundation) and Portart by Hakan Körpi/ UPSD, Museum of Tolentino in Italy for Biennial BIUMOR. Pinar currently lives and works in her own atelier/homestudio in Istanbul.

Pinar was shortlisted among thousands of international competitors and works at the UK- « VAO Visual Art Open 2021 Art Awards », where she participated with a single work. In the NNC (No Name Collective Gallery) Collective 2021 contest, Pinar chosen by the curators to the shortlist for the 1st level and she also published in NNC Gallery UK November Issue 2021 Art Magazine, October.

Pinar Ture Gursoy’s two artworks were selected for Exhibition of “Blue Competition and Exhibition” in the USA at December 01-31, 2021. She one of the 100 finalists in the WWAB/World Wide Art and Artavita Online 50th Contest Santa Barbara, USA February 17th, 2022. She was selected as 1 of 10 selected artists who participated in the 50th Contest on Artavita Online Santa Barbara, USA March 23rd, 2022.

Pinar was awarded Bronze at CamelBackGallery.com Faces 2022 International Juried Painting Competition

Camelback Art Gallery Scottsdale, AZ, USA April,25 2022.

In 2022, she was invited by Founder and Owner Myrina Tunberg for ‘Art Ideal Magazine’ Volume 2  March 2022 CFA/ Circle Foundation for the Arts  https://circle-arts.com/artideal-2/

Nude on Blue - Oil on press canvas & imitation gold leaf 20 x 20 cm
Melancholic - Oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm
Les Filles - Oil on canvas 100 x 120 cm
À la Plage - Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm

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Michael Cheung

Michael Cheung is a Chinese artist living and working in Hong Kong. His approach is edgy, sophisticated and creative; one that understands the value of good art. His art creation is deeply embedded within perception, memory, identity and communication in contemporary life.

BLACK OR WHITE153 - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm

A self-taught artist, trained as a graphic designer, Michael Cheung has exhibited in New York, Seoul, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Moscow, with publication in magazines such as Art & Beyond and Don't Panic magazine. His works are held in private collections in Europe, USA and Asia. Michael always seeking challenging projects to expand his artistic repertoire. He is currently available for commissions.

BLACK OR WHITE144 - Acrylic on canvas 75 x 50 cm
BLACK OR WHITE208 - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 50 cm
BLACK OR WHITE167 - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 50 cm
BLACK OR WHITE137 - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 50 cm

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db Waterman

""Kids inspire me. Their ability to transcend any given rotten situation is astounding. Playing tag in the ruins of a bombed Syrian city. Playing football in the most miserable neighborhoods. They are always looking for the light. They will save the future that our generations have really messed up, not even blaming us for it. If we only could keep the kid in ourselves a bit more, we wouldn’t be in such a mess. Art can help us to re-find our childlike innocence."

THE RAINDANCE - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 70 x 2 cm

"Kids inspire me. Their ability to transcend any given rotten situation is astounding. Playing tag in the ruins of a bombed Syrian city. Playing football in the most miserable neighborhoods. They are always looking for the light. They will save the future that our generations have really messed up, not even blaming us for it. If we only could keep the kid in ourselves a bit more, we wouldn’t be in such a mess. Art can help us to re-find our childlike innocence.

I think that now more than ever, the recurring themes in my portfolio are highly relevant. My art depicts the current state of the world, and how our children grow up in an often unfair as well as the deteriorating environment. Yet, it is precisely the children's ability to transcend difficult situations and find joy and light in the darkest surroundings that are the much-needed hope for the future. Sustainability is also integrated in my works through the materials I use. Most of these materials have been repurposed to be used in my artworks.”

YOU OUGHTA KNOW - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 70 x 2 cm
CHILD IN TIME - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 80 x 4.5 cm
A HARD RAIN'S A GONNA FALL - Mixed media on canvas 110 x 110 x 2 cm
FOR A BETTER FUTURE - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 70 x 2 cm

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Giulia De Martino

"My latest artistic works seek a primordial contact with the essence of nature."

Metamorphosis - Acrylic, oil and pastel on jute canvas 80 x 80 cm

Sicilian abstract painter, Giulia De Martino has exhibited nationally in Italy. As a Clinical Psycology graduate, her path began with psychology and she is also very inspired by the study of the subconsious, neuroesthetics as well as her travels around the world. Giulia's forcus lies in chromatic research, a dimension suspended between dream and inner reality, seeking the spontaneity and immediacy of color.

Untitled - Oil pastel on mulberry paper 27 x 41 cm
Anima Mundi n1 - Oil pastel on mulberry paper 27 x 41 cm
Anima Mundi n3 - Oil pastel on mulberry paper 27 x 41 cm
Anima Mundi n2 - Oil pastel on mulberry paper 27 x 41 cm

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Mieko Nakamura

"In my daily life, I value cheerfulness, energy, and humor. I hope that those who have seen my work will also have a bright, energetic and enjoyable daily life. Now is the time to treat people with this simple and peaceful spirit! I want to tell you."

Heart Flower Blue 3 - Pastel and ink on paper 55.0 x 46.0 cm  

Born 1952 in Japan, Mieko Nakamura was fascinated by the 53rd stage of the Tokaido Highway in Ukiyoe when she was in the third grade of elementary school, and began sketching when she was in junior high school. During her high school years, she met a calligrapher who introduced her to the joys of calligraphy.

She studied art at Kanazawa University's Faculty of Education, where she became fascinated with Van Gogh's paintings. Mieko also took up tea ceremony and learned about the spirit of tea, as well as philosophy and religion.

After graduating from college, Mieko worked at a public elementary and junior high school, then as an assistant for a community development consultant, and in 1998, she met the world-renowned avant-garde artist Tadahiro Ono, who greatly influenced her. While working and continuing to paint, she also continues to create works in tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arrangement, and tanka, haiku, and essays.

Mieko says she likes brevity, clarity, and marginal space. Where does this come from? The beauty of margins in calligraphy. In the tea ceremony, the arrangement of space and the depth of spirituality, the combination of utensils, and the exquisiteness of the space between the guest and the master. Waka and haiku express deep humor through the combination of simple and clear words. In ikebana, flowers are delicately positioned to help each other come alive with beauty. Each of these aspects of Japanese culture is subtle, deep, and profound. These are the concepts that run throughout her work.

Mieko has exhibited at art fairs in Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and New York, beginning in Paris in October 2018, and her art practice is expanding globally. In 2022, she will have a solo exhibition in Tokyo.

Hear Flower Sumi 211 - Sumi ink and shells on board 45.7 x 53.3 cm
Heart Flower 54 Collage - Japanese color paper on paper 41.0 x 31.8 cm
Heart Flower Sumi 77 - Sumi ink on paper 53.3 x 45.7 cm
Heart Flower Sumi 82 - Sumi ink and pastel on paper 39.2 x 33. cm

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Teresa Martins

"With my abstract painting, I wish to create connections with the viewer, allow him or her to feel the pleasure and the joy of discovery in a sea of coloured spots, to be surprised by each line of contour, patch of color or transparency and in this way connecting emotionally with the work of art."

Christ - Stained glass on acrylic D. 80 cm

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2022 Exhibition Gallery Restaurant, Almada. Entitled "Bridges".

2016 Exhibition Braço Prata, Prado Coelho room, Lisbon. Entitled "Colors with flavors".

2016 Exhibition at the Arts Coffee in Santa Apolónia, Lisbon. Entitled "Happy Trails".

2016 Exhibition at the Maria Pimenta Restaurant at Gunpower Factory, Barcarena. Entitled "Symbiosis".

2015 IX VERA World Fine Art Festival, National Cordage, Lisbon. Entitled "Tributes".

2014 Stand in the VIII VERA World Fine Art Festival, at the National Cordage, Lisbon.

2011 Exhibition Municipal Library José Saramago in Feijó. Entitled "Ambientitudes".

2010 Exhibition Hotel Costa Caparica, Almada. Entitled "Colourful Tales".

2010 Exhibition at the Municipality of Armamar.

2010 Exhibition at Oliveira do Bairro Municipal Library. Entitled "Green Breathing".

2009 Exhibition Nazaré Cineteatro, Portugal. Entitled "Ambientitudes".

2006 Exhibition Quinta dos Lobos - Sintra. Entitled "Encounters and Overseas"

 

Select Group Shows

2021 Exhibition at Nora's room. Castelo Branco.

2020 Exhibition at Lamego Castle. Lamego.

2019 XIIth Florence Biennale, at the Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy.

2019 Exhibition of Contemporary Art “Barcelona Art Contest”, at AAC Palace, Spain.

2019 4th International Contemporary Art Fair of Toulouse, France

2018 29th International Contemporary Art Fair of Padova, Italy.

2018 Exhibition “Cruzar el Támesis” at Gaudí Gallery, Madrid, Spain.

2018 Exhibition “Roma Art Contest”, Art Gallery, Rome, Italy.

2018 Gran Exposición de Arte en Londres, London, England.

2018 Exhibition “From Northern Europe” at Gaudí Gallery, Madrid, Spain.

2018 5th International Contemporary Art Fair of Cologne, Germany.

2018 4th International Contemporary Art Fair of Paris, France.

2017 2nd International Contemporary Art Fair of Brussels, Belgium.

2017 Exhibition "Encantando colores" - Club of the entrepreneurs - Tambre, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Piano - Stained glass on paper 65,5 x 48,5 cm
Ballet dancer 1 - Stained glass on paper 50 x 70 cm
Fishing - Stained glass on paper 58 x 42 cm
Elephant taking a shower - Stained glass on canvas 100 x 100 cm

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Anne Gro Starefoss Greve

"I’m inspired by being close to nature. My atelier is between the fjords and mountains, at the historical Bryggen, in Bergen, Norway. I interpret Nordic landscapes and creatures, in acrylic paint on canvas. For the past several years art has been my full-time occupation."

Swan Family - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 70 cm

Anne Gro Starefoss Greve (b.1955) is a Norwegian painter. From her atelier in Bergen, she interprets her native region’s fjords, mountains and inhabitants in acrylic paint on canvas, pastel chalk and watercolor. Starefoss Greve’s works have been exhibited in several European countries. She continues to explore visual expressions of relationships between humans and nature. She is represented by Van Gogh Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain and she has shown nationally in 6 group and 8 solo shows in the past two years. Internationally, Starefoss Greve has shown in Artportable Stockholm, Sweden, Hägernes Strands Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden, Contemporary Art Fair, Paris, France, and Art Nordic, Lokomotivværkstedet, Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Publications

Circle Foundation of Arts, Spotlight Contemporary Art Magazine November 2021

Circle Foundation of Arts, Art Ideal Magazine Issue 2, Mars 2022

Circle Foundation of Art, Spotlight Contemporary Art Magazine 28th Issue May 2022

 

Art Contests

Artist of the Month Competition and received the Certificate for remarkable artwork, Circle Foundation on Cirle-arts.com. January 2022

Artboxy artist sponsorship by Thomson Gallery art prize, selected as one of 100 winners, publish March 2022

Artavita, contest theme Hope, one of 100 finalists, totally 609 artists participated, February 2022

Worldwide Magazine issue 9, Artavita contest 1 of 40 winners. April 2022

CFA Artist of the month, Exellence Award,  June 2022

 

Memberships and Portfolios

Portfolio Artavita

Portfolio Artportable, Sweden

Konstnaralliansen, Sverige

Reindeer resting - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 140 cm
Sea Eagle at Bjørnarfjorden - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm
Timberwolf Family - Acrylic on canvas 130 x 100 cm
Oselvar at the Bay - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 100 cm

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Linda Rauch

“My art is somewhere between fantasy and reality. I am a painter that paints when I have an emotional reaction to the subject matter. I love to paint outside in nature. I try to portray what I am feeling at the time I am painting. I want the viewer to be able to see the beauty that I see.”

Early Morning Glory

"I began being interested in art at the very early age of 16 when I won first place in a Hallmark Cards contest for the state of New Mexico. I taught art for 23 years in Australia as well as the USA before retiring and returning to my home state of New Mexico. I presently live in Taos, NM which has always been a mecca for artists.  I have my own gallery in the historic district of Taos right next door to the Harwood Art Museum. I have shown my work in multiple galleries across the United States.  Artists that I admire deeply include Gustav Klimt, Monet, Van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe.  Flowers have always been magical to me and their rainbows of color have always attracted my attention. I love to paint the striking northern New Mexico landscape. I am deeply attracted to the light refraction in northern New Mexico just like many other artists have been. Many of my florals have been painted on location in my very own gardens."


Linda Rauch was born in Carlsbad, NM, USA in 1947 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. When we asked her to describe her work in three words she said “nature, colorful, fantasy.”

Garden Fairies - Acrylic on canvas 11 x 14 in.
My Garden - Acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 in.
Garden Fairies - Acrylic on canvas 11 x 14 in.
Tinkerbell’s Playground - Acrylic on canvas 20 x 24 in.

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