Nancy Hull Kearing

"I paint within the conventions of non-objective art using circles, squares, rectangles and trapezoids to improvise in the spirit of the many different kinds of music and dance that I enjoy. Using these forms, colors and lines, I aim to stimulate sensations of movement, rhythm and harmony."

Poulancs Suite - Acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 in.

"I like to make color and shape interact in the same way that sounds and rhythms interact in a musical composition. Fast, slow, buoyant, lyrical or discordant - it's an intuitive pursuit.

As Hilda Rebay, the accomplished and influential painter, wrote, "Non-objectivity is intuition made audible and visual." I try to put into my paintings the spirit that moves me, from pieces like a merengue, the waltz from Der Rosenkavalier, anything by Charlie Parker, J.S. Bach, or Francis Poulenc. Geometric shapes give me the means to do this because they are like musical notes - without reference to anything other than what they are.

I work on sheets of canvas and paper spread on the floor - splashing, pouring, scraping, burying, and drawing without any plan in the beginning. An image begins to reveal itself and I paint it - moving back and forth from the floor to the table.

The collages are inspired by the accidental drips and splashes on my drop cloths and paint rags. The bits of graphics make a counterpoint to the torn cloth.

The artists I like to look at are Malevich, Kandinsky, Mondrian and the non-objective painters. Chinese calligraphy appeals to me too.

I studied with Josef Albers at Yale, where I was awarded the Bruce Rogers Scholarship in graphics, and later with Richard Pousette-Dart, Leo Manzo and Bruce Dorfman at the Art Student's League. I worked with I.M. Pei and Partners, Architects and currently in my own design firm."

American artist, Nancy Hull Kearing has worked as Curator and Exhibition Designer for New York State Council on the Arts and was the recipient of the Bruce Rogers Award, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Her paintings are in public and private collections in Tokyo, Stockholm, Montreal and around the USA, as well as at the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC.

Red Rain - Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 in.
Blue Splash - Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 in.
Rondo - Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 in.
Listening to Stravinsky - Acrylic on canvas 62 x 52 in.

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Leon Oks

"I paint for the satisfaction of the created work. It is important for me that my audience, in a very simple, perhaps old-fashioned way, gets pure enjoyment and pleasure from viewing and living with my paintings. This speaks to the power of art to transcend the troubles and realities of life."

LATE SEPTEMBER - Oil on canvas 24 x 30 in.

Leon Oks is one of the world's most acclaimed contemporary artists. Not yet old enough to really understand what he saw, Leon Oks looked at the world and was captivated by the beauty around him. These all touched his little boy’s heart, and he knew even then that he was imbued with a passion for creating art.

Many European publishers of art anthologies have included examples of the art of Leon Oks' in their compendiums of significant historical paintings of the past 5 centuries. The top six museums worldwide have acquired his art for their permanent collections.

Leon Oks has been awarded First place awards in numerous international art competitions. In December 2012, he was personally invited by the organizers of the prestigious World of art Showcase, an international expo held at the Wynn Resort, Las Vegas. The artist was one of top six internationally acclaimed artists.

Leon Oks works in several styles that reflect the uniqueness of his experience and the complexity of his creative process. In a bittersweet nostalgia of his years in the Ukraine, Leon Oks is able to retrieve the sweetness and ignore the bitterness; his paintings capture these memories with hopefulness and joy.

"It is important to me that my viewers, patrons and collectors, in a simple, way, get pure enjoyment and pleasure from viewing and living with my paintings."

Leon Oks was born in 1939 in Ukraine (former Soviet Union) and currently keeps his studio in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

DREAM - Oil on canvas 30 x 24 in.
ATTRACTION - Oil on canvas 36 x 30 in.
EUROPEAN SCENERY - Oil on canvas 30 x 24 in.
DAY IN VILLAGE - Oil on canvas 30 x 30 in.

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Michael F. Stitt – ステット マイケル

天国の山々の精神 The Spirit of Heavenly Mountain - Oils 145 x 70 cm

Michael Frank Stitt スティット マイケル (b.1961) is an Australian artist, composer and twice-award-winning landscape architect. After working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a landscape architect, in 2016 an opportunity became available to spend three months studying the Naguata Shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese instrument, in Chofu City, Tokyo. It was there that Michael became fascinated with Japanese gardens, music and ink painting (Sumi-e). At the heart of his Sumi-e works is the desire to achieve both the Zen philosophy and the Japanese notion of wabi-sabi.

Wabi-Sabi 侘寂 is an almost unique concept in Japanese culture. It can be defined as a worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. An aesthetic beauty that is derived from the "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically “impermanence, suffering and emptiness” (or absence of self-nature). Characteristics of the Wabi-Sabi aesthetics include simplicity, economy, asymmetry, roughness, austerity, and modesty.

The objective of Michael’s artistic expression is to obtain the maximum visual effect with the minimum of ink applied. Hence, enough ink to convey the idea, and for the viewer to complete the picture through their imagination.

In practicing Sumi-e he applies different shades of grey using water and black ink providing an infinite array of design capability. The narrative conveyed is a reverence and respect for nature, with humanity being depicted, metaphorically, as being in harmony with the ecologically rich natural world. Mountains and landscapes are portrayed as the most important element of the painting, aiming for both the painter and viewer to meditate on the ideal paradigm of the natural order of the landscape.

Michael now paints Sumi-e landscape and uses them as musical inspiration for piano improvisations. 

最後の松。 The Solitary Pine - Watercolour/Chinese ink 41 x 32 cm
無心の心 。 Mushin No Shin - Watercolour/Chinese ink 41 x 22 cm
浮かぶ風景。 The Floating Landscape - Watercolour/Chinese ink 41 x 32 cm
竹のようになりなさい。Be Like Bamboo - Acrylics 140 x 90 cm

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Peter Nicholas Van Giesen

"Above and beyond all else, I’m an artist. I have always known that creativity and inspiration are part of my life force. I discovered my artistic [talent] early in elementary school as I sold some of my first works of art at recess for snack money. At every phase of my life, I exercised my creativity."

Afternoon Interlude - Acrylic on canvas 16 x 40 in.

"Doing art, for me, is a mystical process, a spiritual work, and an exercise of creativity.  When I paint it as if the veil of the common life is momentarily lifted allowing me to be embraced by the underlying essence of the universe. I consider my artistic expression a gift to be shared.

Naturally, I am drawn to the mystery that is implicit in the natural world. I feel more spiritually alive when outside.

My art is the result of sporadic surges of energy that percolate past my consciousness. My style hovers between representation, impressionism with a dash of abstract. I attempt to reach into the fabric of the world exploring the dynamics of tension and elasticity. Using paint, I create images based on the interplay between darkness and light, the interconnected aura of the natural world."

Born in 1959 in Canada, Peter Nicholas Van Giesen completed a college degree in Religion and university degree in Psychology. Encouraged by his family, Peter Nicholas Van Giesen worked in the church but after a few years, he naturally gravitated away from the church environment and into the business and charitable sectors. For most of his working life, Van Giesen has been a business owner or senior executive in the business and non-profit sectors. At the same time, he always took the time to exercise his creativity.

"When I had a studio space, my creative expression flourished and when I had no such space my creativity was channeled into my other endeavors."

In 2011, Van Giesen renewed his commitment to fine art and sharing this particular gift with others. With a number of international awards, the artist's work is in the permanent collection at the Government House of British Columbia.

“After using oil-based paint for many years I switched to acrylic paint in 1993 and currently it is the sole medium I use. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my talents with those interested and am pleased to have you consider joining me on my journey.”

Malahat View Finlayson Arm - Acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 in.
Twilight Whispers - Acrylic on canvas 18 x 24 in.
Arrival Awakening - Acrylic on canvas 24 x 36 in.
Forever Mystic Forest Path - Acrylic on canvas 18 x 24 in.

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Lannie Hart

"My work examines the perception of women in contemporary society as informed by their portrayal in history and myth. My figurative sculpture, installation and painting embrace ornate found object assemblage as I work to merge the past with the present."

ST. LUCIA - Brass, steel, polymer clay, glass eyes, pigment, patina and found objects. 38 x 18 x 27 in.

New York area artist Lannie Hart, is a sculptor, painter and installation artist with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Hart had her first solo show in 1982 at Julie Artisan Gallery, NYC. She was published in 'Art to Wear' and is in the permanent collection of Julie Schaffler Dale. Other solo shows were at SOHO 20 NYC, Azarian McCullough Sparkill, NY and Gallery Broadfoot & Broadfoot Booton, NJ. She has also shown at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond VA, Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY, AIR Gallery Brooklyn, NY, Jim Kempner Gallery NYC, Westbeth Gallery NYC and many others.

In 2012 and 2018, Lannie Hart's sculptures won first prize and were acquired by Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY for their permanent collection. Hart won a $10,000 grant in 2015 from Historic Hudson Valley for a sculpture in Van Courtlandt Manor, Croton-On-Hudson, NY. Hart was a member of SOHO20 for 7 years and is a current member of Sculptors Guild since 2012 where she was VP of Publications.

ADAM & EVE - Oil on canvas with collage, fabricated brass and aluminum frame with found objects 49 x 45 in.
BIRTH OF EVE - Water fountain and brass mobiles: powder coated steel, bronze, brass, water, pebbles, rock and found objects. Installation size varies Sculpture 63 x 29 x 49 in.
THE LOVERS - Two pedestal sculptures that fit together. Bronze, brass, polymer clay, wood, gold foil, black marker and found objects 71 x 25 x 9.5 in.
THE ANNUNCIATION - Oil on canvas, collaged brass leaf, fabricated brass frame and found objects

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Jeanette Adams Art

"I'm guiding you to the place where I live, using oil paint and medium as watercolor wash or thick sculptural texture as perspective with white to symbolize the purity of the Mountain Ash Forest. Things that could be interpreted as traditional are removed blurring the line between realism and imagination.”

First Spring Of Water - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.

Born in eclectic Melbourne when starting art and asked to select her first subject in oils from a heap of magazine pages, Jeanette selected a portrait of Van Gogh the complexity of his shirt collar although white was intriguing with many shades of color, she has loved mixing color ever since - evolving from traditional art and portraits to contemporary expressionism. As a young adult, Jeanette's business was a Shell Service Station with hundreds of customers, she exhibited her art there as well as other hospitality and services industries annually holding art shows together with vintage car shows.

After moving to the Dandenong Ranges to live on 100 acres in a National Park, she joined with other artists painting plein air, portraiture, still-life and contemporary expressionism supporting the Rotary Club of Emerald & District and managing the Gembrook Market.

Jeanette changed direction in 2002 to build 'Gembrook Cottages' two luxury accommodation cottages with a boutique shop, perfect for her artwork.  Jeanette met an abstract art teacher at a party who invited her to join her personal group. The group of five established Yarra Valley artists would take their artwork to have it critiqued by her, Wanting to improve Jeanette had private tuition with her for over a year in the studio and outdoors painting Williamstown beach and Gembrook country.

2012 - Jeanette entered a large community art show and was awarded Gold Prize Contemporary, there she met like-minded artists wanting to lift the profile of  Contemporary Art in the area, they formed SECAN South Eastern Contemporary Art Network in 2013 where she became an inaugural committee member.

Jeanette Adams is an awarded artist: International Prize Caravaggio 2018 - CFA Finalist Certificate 2019 - International Prize Botticelli 2019 - Contemporary Art Curator Certificate Artist of the Future 2020 - 2021 Invited to Tokyo Art Exhibition - Artist Residence Italy - Barcelona International Art Awards.

Around In The Forest - Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.
Mother Tree - Oil on canvas 40 x 48 in.
Cool Climate Forest - Oil on canvas 24 x 30 in.
Grass Trees In The Forest - Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.

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Lize Krüger

"I am passionate about giving a voice to the sometimes voiceless. Mostly children who are victims of a system that does not protect them, refugees and mental health issues. This is what drives me, and not being an orator, this is my most effective way of communicating my concerns."

Lize is always curious about ’man’ and his/her thought processes. She prefers to delve deep into the psyche of humans and their circumstances and struggles. Despite that, she always seeks and finds meaning and beauty in the most painful situations and darkest nights of our existence.

Current issues of the day, addressing injustice, creating awareness about certain aspects of life, for instance, mental health, abuse, fear, angst, loss and grief, are all issues that she aims to convey in her work. She feels passionate about the global refugee crisis, the increasing suicide rate, growing intolerance and the threat of the global rising of fascism.

In other words, her work is mostly about the human condition, regardless of age, race, culture, or religion. She feels that she needs to give it an image, make it concrete. Lize confronts her viewer, without scaring him/her away. It is usually seen as depressing topics or themes by the general public. To her, it is part of Life. She aims to turn these unspeakable and unapproachable topics into life-and love-affirming works.

Lize has to dig deep into her own psyche and confront her own fears and demons in order to tackle these themes with authenticity.

Lize received her BA in Fine Art Degree in 1988 in South Africa.

She had numerous solo exhibitions and partook in various group exhibitions through the years. In the early 2000s and before she moved to the UK in 2014, she taught art lessons to students of a quadriplegic facility, and a center for underage rape victims. After a silence of ten years, she started her career in the arts again in 2018, by accepting a Commission from the Directors of The Lost Gardens of Heligan

* Inclusion in the 3rd Annual Women Artists - 15th Quarterly Art Competition 2020, Online Juried Art Exhibition.

* 44Degree Art Exhibition - solo, 2020

* Castle Gallery - solo - 2020 https:// www.framingcastle.co.uk/castle-gallery

* To be featured in “The Best Modern and Contemporary Artists."


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Jos Stumpe

"My abstract paintings, prints, and drawings investigate the perception of chaos in nature. Reflecting on complexity is part of my creative process. My visual language is abstract, my way of working by chance. Taking chances to interact spontaneously with mediums and to achieve the unpredictable."

Spraymotion - Oil pastel on black Arches paper 22 x 30 in.

Visually responding to questions posed by Romare Bearden; "The artist confronts chaos. The whole thing of art is, how do you organize chaos?" Jos Stumpe's abstract paintings, prints and drawings accept this challenge as they investigate the perception of chaos in nature. For the Dutch-born, New York-based artist making art is like a refuge where he can process the complexities of the world.

After more than twenty years of having put his creativity into translating other people’s ideas into word and image, Stumpe felt the need to create something of his own. Initially, the medium to realize this became clay. He studied Ceramic Design at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and graduated in 2012.

Having moved from Amsterdam to New York in 2012, he has been exploring sculpture, painting and printmaking, at the National Academy School. In September 2015 Stumpe finished the Studio Art Intensive program at the National Academy School. Since then he works in his own studio in Chelsea where he dived into the world of Mokuhanga, the Japanese technique of water-based woodblock printing. During the lockdown due to Covid-19 he started drawing with oil pastels.

By balancing the quiet and the chaotic, my non-representational oeuvre resonates with sharp contrasts, oscillating from moments of intensity to empty space. Comparable to a person’s shifting moods, my work goes from one extreme to the other, forging an open relationship between the composition and the viewer, employing color, line, and shape. My visual conversations ask the viewer to push the boundaries of abstract art, finding the personal in the non-representational.

Opposites Attract #13 - Mokuhanga collage on panel 24 x 36 in.
A Mediterranean Blue - Oil pastel on Rives BFK paper 30 x 22 in.
Opposites Attract - Mokuhanga collage on panel, Triptych Ea. 55 x 29 in.
Plaid #8 - Oil pastel on black Arches paper 30 x 22 in.

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Ingrid McMillan

"I am interested in humanity, how we relate to ourselves and to one another. I think about relational conditions that either support or interfere with human connection and construct narratives using figures or nature to metaphorically describe our human experience."

Winterdance 2020 - Oil on linen 30 x 40 in.

Ingrid McMillan is a German-Canadian painter whose work is about humanity. Her collections are imaginative meditations on compassion and idealism. Each body of work consists of multiple oil paintings grouped around specific themes. “I construct narratives using figures and nature to metaphorically describe our interiority. I intuitively play at making the intangible tangible.” Ingrid’s work is influenced by Jungian psychology, spirituality and the psychological nuances in the work of great painters. Ingrid holds a BFA (Honours) and MEd (art) degrees from the University of Manitoba, Canada. She worked as art educator, school counsellor and art consultant in a progressive public school division before painting full-time since 2018.

Spring 2020 - Oil on canvas 30 x 38 in.
Summer 2020 - Oil on canvas 30 x 38 in.
Tribe 2020 - Oil on canvas 30 x 38 in.
Summer II 2020 - Oil on canvas 30 x 38 in.

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Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger

Auf Magenta Nr.2, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Born in Backnang, Baden-Württemberg, German painter Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger has studied German and French Language and Literature and has been a professional artist since 1996. She studied at Atelier CSE at Schwäbisch Hall with Prof. Hans Schlegel Stuttgart, Prof. Martin Schmid (Tübingen), Prof. Rolf Thiele (Bremen, Académie Galan-France).

 

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2020 "Corona Milliarden Projekt" solo show Sparkasse Schwäbisch Hall- Crailsheim, Galerie Böhner Art Karlsruhe, Salon d´Automne Paris

2019 Galerie Böhner Mannheim, Salon d´Automne Paris, Discovery Art Fair Cologne, 8. Künstlermesse Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart

2018 "Sichtbar" solo show Kreisdiakonieverband Schorndorf Edition VII LDX Artodrome Gallery Zebbug Malta, Skulpturenpfad Rechberghausen/Fils Baden-Würtemberg

2017 Kunstverein Ebersberg/München, 7.Künstlermesse Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart , Edition VI LDX Artodrome Gallery Zebbug Malta

2016 solo show "Üppig" IG Kunst Gaildorf Baden-Württemberg

2015 Shanghai Art Fair LDX Artodrome Gallery

Üppig 3, 2015 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Line des Augen-Blicks 1, 2019 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Linie des Augen-Blicks 3, 2020 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Linie des Augen-Blicks 2, 2020 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 c

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