Denise Jones Adler

Born in: 1953

Lives in: New York, NY

Media: Mixed media, Collage

Describe your work in 3 words: Fantasy, Expressionism, Surrealism

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Same Battles, Same Victims

"My collages are made by cobbling together work from disparate snippets of media, advertisements, newspapers and photographs, type and found objects, the detritus of my yesterdays, lost and found and given a new place. This work is the outcome of my journey through life."

What themes does your work involve?
Myths, fairy tales, legends and fantasies are key themes.
Describe your creative process.
I try to tell a visual story, using trash and everyday items as symbols for a updated and relatable mythology.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
In the same way that mythology gave us hints at our shared humanity, I want to give voice to those symbols and continue to tell the stories, visually. As we continue to try and make sense of existence, the glorious and the horrid, the wonder and the injustice. The need to express, interpret and understand is what inspires my work.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
When someone can blend honesty, passion, ability and a tenacious willingness to dig deeper, and a little bit of self-awareness with an idea, great art can happen.
What is the role of the artist today?
Making art fulfills a need in me, it’s hard work, it feels like living, it has all the same components, the flow - passion, sadness, love, joy, grief. Art is slow, it needs you to slow down, interacting means attempting to understand and relate to another human’s thoughts and ideas. Art is a connection to the past and a guide to the future. it is the best we as humans can do and it’s as fleeting and temporary as we are, yet it has a spirit or energy that, I believe, is the reason for everything.


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Le Collagerie

"As an artist, the genre of collage art allows me to create an optical illusion for the viewer. While from a distance one sees the full image, close-up the piece reveals a myriad of details. All through my collections, one finds the continuous elements of curiosity and all things whimsical."

Arizona - Collage 10 x 15 in.

"Collage initially started as a form of meditation for me. Having been diagnosed with a mild case of Tourette Syndrome at a young age, looking through magazines and cutting clippings to create works of art provided a sense of calm and focus needed during a time of drastic change. I quickly realized my passion for giving old, recycled images from magazines a new life and meaning through collage. Having grown up on the border of Mexico and now living in San Francisco, my work is greatly inspired by color, fashion, culture and exploration.

As an artist, the genre of collage art allows me to create an optical illusion for the viewer. While from a distance one sees the full image, close-up the piece reveals a myriad of details. All through my collections, one finds the continuous elements of curiosity and whimsy conveying a spirited quality to each piece. Each collage is composed of donated recycled magazine clippings (or paper) making it Mother Earth-friendly."

Raíz - Collage 10 x 15 in.
Blanc - Collage 10 x 15 in.
Giovanna the Great - Collage 10 x 15 in.
Sedona - Collage 10 x 15 in.

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Reiner Langer

"I have worked my whole life for Freedom. For more than 35 years, doing Mail Art projects titled, "AGAINST WAR" by Reiner Langer. I employ a very special technique: Old-masters mixed media collage, including free drawing, all elements are hand made including the coloration."

Jesus - Mixed media collage on paper 7 x 14 cm

German artist, Reiner Langer studied with Prof.  Lajos Sebök and had his first exhibition in 1979 followed by a wide range of international shows in Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, France, the USA and many more. Multi-award recipient including Revierkunstpreis, Germany, UNESCO AWARD, Kremlin Gallery, Moscow, Dante Award, Italie, Michelangelo Award, Italie, UNESCO AWARD, Greece, Langer has done masterclasses and workshops worldwide. He did "Big Fire" Installations in India and Germany, two countries which he has also done successful performances in.

The Storm - Mixed media collage on paper 8 x 15 cm
Freedom - Mixed media collage on paper 15 x 20 cm
Not Free - Mixed media collage on paper 15 x 25 cm
Angel Trusted - Mixed media collage on paper 18 x 24 cm

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TAMARRA

“Photographer and mixed media artist.
Brilliant, saturated, colors are most inspiring.
Painting my own backgrounds for my still life/conceptual photographs.”

Swimming Braids - Photograph
Marais Tea - Photograph
Midnight Seine - Photograph
57 Perfumes - Photograph
Germain Collage - Photograph

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Ritva Georgiades

"Mainly working in mixed media I combine abstract with realism depending on my mood and see my art as an ongoing journey, where I can use my inner thoughts to create. My preference is for paper and I like to experiment with different materials to make the collage and textures in my work."

Blue Moment - Mixed media on paper, hand coloured and cut paper 40 x 40 cm

Born and raised in Finland, Ritva Georgiades has lived in England since 1969. Her art has been in many group exhibits and international art fairs. Ritva enjoys experimenting with different materials to express her ideas. Rather than focusing on a single style, her practice covers themes from figurative to abstract. The artist holds a BA (Honors) in Fine Arts Degree from Surrey Institute of Art and Design.

Cascade - Hand coloured and cut paper on painted paper 50 x 50 cm
Purple Poetry - Hand coloured and cut paper, thread, feathers on paper 40 x 40 cm
Grand Bazaar - Mixed media Each panel 25 x 25 cm
Butterflies - Collage, acrylic, hand stitching 49 x 49 cm
Mountainscape - Mixed media 27 x 15 cm
Pansies - Mixed media collage 67 x 65 framed
Flower - Mixed media 39 x 39 cm

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Maryse-Anne Couteau

"I draw with colored and black pencils, and also with very fine Rotring. Anything can inspire me but I enjoy drawing the human body in a fantasy world."

La Gardienne du Temple - Color pencils 30 x 30 cm

Maryse-Anne Couteau is a self-taught artist living and working in France. The pencil has long been her favorite medium and she employs a coloring pencil technique, not widely used by grown-ups! In recent years she has also been working in ink.

In her early work, Couteau used very little color and instead focused on fine graphics to successfully suggesting volume with a black stroke gently underlined in color.  Color increasingly imposed itself and eventually supplanted the line. At first, her tones were quite assertive but gradually became more refined. By superimposing different colors, Couteau creates mixes and nuances, which are a strong characteristic in her work.

Although the human body and face have a great place in her world, Maryse-Anne Couteau is not limited to any particular style or type of representation; staging objects as well as animals and people. The artist finds an inexhaustible source of inspiration in the real world; the fertility of her imagination and her keen sense of observation intermingle a wonderful inner universe and a precise and detailed reality.

In her surprisingly original compositions, we see the impossible desire to get right up close to the subject and reach its very essence. The covering, the sliding, the transparency of surfaces, in reality opaque, the repetition of shapes at different scales or the modification of angles of view on the same subject testify to a wish to see higher and deeper; to embrace the subject in its totality instead being limited to the superficial; to see further by projecting into the future and the past; to explore beneath the surface of things; go beyond the limit traced by the outlines and reach the infinite riches that hide in every aspect of reality.

After years of studies and a professional life, which was far from artistic, Maryse-Anne Couteau has decided to invest herself entirely in drawing and has devoted herself for nearly thirty years to her passion.

Le Vin Nouveau - Pencil 15 x 19 cm
Empilement - Ink 18 x 18 cm
A Fleur De Thé - Color pencils 14 x 30 cm
Chaussure à Son Pied - Color pencils 38 x 38 cm

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Astrid Ufkes

“Astrid finds inspiration in taking photos of simple day to day objects around her. On top of that her traveling, visits to other countries and cultures and photographing them are also a tremendous source of inspiration. By overlaying those photographic impressions a new magical world arises.”

Brazil - Photographical images, digital composite 16,5 x 11,5 in.

From the Netherlands, Astrid Ufkes is a photo artist, specializing in magical landscapes. She studied for a number of years at the Academy of Arts and completed the School/University of Applied Photography. She is an interior designer. Since 2013 she has been developing photographic images in both black and white and color. Her work is exhibited and shown in galleries and musea in Italy, Germany, and The Netherlands and has found its way to art collectors. She is a member of Art Collectives Stichting Ateliers Apeldoorn, Salon West in Amsterdam and joined the organization ‘OverdeKunst’. In April 2017 her first booklet Contrasten ‘Oog om oor’, with writer Adam van Donk was presented. 13 Photographic images, accompanied by 13 written impressions.

Amphibious - Photographical images, digital composite 31,5 x 31,5 in.
The Journey - Photographical images, digital composite 31,5 x 31,5 in.
Imprisoned - Photographical images, digital composite 31,5 x 31,5 in.
Eclectic - Photographical images, digital composite 31,5 x 31,5 in.

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Jaco Putker

Jaco Putker composes vivid, fantastical scenes reminiscent of strange dreams that transcend the boundaries between magical and dangerous, nostalgic and futuristic.

Jaco Putker is a contemporary artist and printmaker from The Hague, The Netherlands. He combines digital and traditional techniques to produce images that are both playful and sinister, nostalgic and magical.

His preferred medium is photopolymer, or solar plate, etching. This technique is a non-toxic way of etching which allows for photorealistic depictions. Rather than impose a meaning to his work, Jaco Putker invites the viewers to associate freely and give his etchings personal significance through individual perceptions and filters.

The titles of the etchings are non-descriptive and give no handle as to the meaning of the works. The artist considers his works to be illustrations to fables that don't exist but hopefully take shape in the viewers' minds.

Jaco Putker was awarded the Dutch national Business Art Service competition for Graphic Arts in 2010. He won the Awagami Paper Factory Prize (at the Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition) twice; in 2015, and again in 2017. In 2017 he won the ON PAPER International Printmaking Award 2017.

His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, as well as in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Australia, Argentina, Canada and the USA.


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Kelly Marshall

Kelly Marshall is a San Diego-based abstract painter with a background in painting, printmaking, and art of the book. Her work is a reflection on her shared experience as an artist and educator. Kelly works in acrylic paint, found pages, collected bits, and materials sourced from student projects.

Photoinhibition Acrylic, charcoal on Arches paper 36 x 48 in.

Kelly Marshall’s upbringing in Southern California has shaped her work and perspectives.  She spent her childhood in her suburban San Diego neighborhood creating games and making countless messes.  In Art School, at San Diego State University, Kelly took her love of the art of mess-making to the next level and refined her eye with printmaking and artist books.  During this time, Kelly was awarded a grant to study the art and cultural heritage of Japan with fellow members of the art department at SDSU.  After a near 20 year career as a teacher and owner of Color, Construct, Create Studios, her full-inclusion children’s art school, Kelly has returned to her passion for process and intentional mess as an abstract painter.  Her social practice of teaching art to children and adolescents with disabilities has informed her visual language. Kelly has won awards, participated in several group shows, and currently displays her art in regional galleries. 

  

"The artwork I produce is a reflection on my shared experience as an artist and educator. Teaching deepens my understanding of the human condition and painting is my avenue of expression. After almost 20 years of working with children with special needs, I have honed my urgent commitment to thinking about and making art with people who move and think differently. My artwork juxtaposes these conflicts through beauty and delicacy of light as well as the harmony of colors. Each painting begins with bold colors and is layered, scraped, built, and deconstructed through neutrals and additive negative space. Hidden colors and implied shapes contemplate the relationships in nature, structures in organic matter, and subtle nods to the return of the 19th century in our current societal dysfunction. I work in acrylic paint, found pages, collected bits, and materials sourced from student projects. Each painting is deliberate, organic, intuitive, and a reflection of my social practice."

Corraline - Acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 in.
The Populated Sun - Acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 in.
Lady's Slipper - Acrylic, collage on canvas 24 x 30 in.
Peacock Begonia - Acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 in.

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K.A. Letts

“My work looks both forward and back in time. I describe the present Anthropocene age by referencing myths and stories from our shared cultural history, in order to imagine our trans-human future, where all of nature is touched by humans and all humans are touched by technology.”

Dreamer, 2019 - Acrylic on dibond 36 x 48 in.

K.A. Letts is a working artist (http://kalettsart.com) and art blogger (http://rustbeltarts.com) based in Detroit, MI. She brings an unusual skillset from her background in set and costume design for the theater to her richly detailed and strongly narrative drawings and paintings.

Three Angels and A Harpy, 2019 - Acrylic on paper 38 x 50 in.
The Wolf and the Cassowary, 2019 - Acrylic on paper 24 x 18 in.
La Chasse Galerie (Tales of Detroit), 2017 - 50 x 38 in.
Odd Couple, 2019 - Acrylic on dibond, applique 24 x 18 in.

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