Maryse-Anne Couteau

"Anything could inspire me but I am very fond of mixing the representation of human beings with complex constructions in an imaginary world.”

Les fruits défendus / The forbidden fruits - Colored pencil 12 x 8,5 cm

Maryse-Anne Couteau is a self-taught French artist. Her preferred medium has long be the pencil and she employs a colored pencil technique not widely used by grown-ups!  In recent years, Couteau has been also working in ink.

In her early work,  Couteau used very little color with very fine graphics and successfully suggested volume by a black stroke gently underlined in color. Subsequently, color increasingly imposed itself, and eventually supplanted the line. At first, the tones were quite assertive but were gradually refined. By superimposing different colors, the artist creates mixes and nuances, which are one of the characteristics of 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.

Croire / Believing - Colored pencil 19 x 28 cm
La mémoire des lieux / The places memory - Black pencil 202 x 20 cm
Vertiges / Vertigo - Colored pencil, ink 23 x 31 cm
Croissance / Growing - Ink - 18 x 24 cm
Passé simple - Black pencil 12 x 22 cm
L'autre rive - Ink 20 x 20 cm
Le double - Colored pencil 10 x 10 cm
L'enfant à a coque - Colored pencil 20 x 20 cm
Entre Toi et moi - Colored pencil 28 x 40 cm

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Mikoazule

"Through watercolor, nuanced narratives, beeswax, plant magic and paper-cuts, I respond to human metamorphosis and the many rivers forged through close encounters of the unusual kind. I'm interested in visually documenting the nuanced human narrative as seen from the individual cosmic biosphere."

Playa Akumal - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on rosewood panel 48 x 48 in.

Noelle Correia aka Mikoazule was born in 1977 under a full moon in Scorpio in Fresno, California. After spending time tinkering around at her father's auto repair/welding shop as a child, Noelle began to create an imaginary world out of carpenters chalk drawings of discarded car parts. This world turned the industrial environment of downtown Fresno into a delusional paradise. Noelle left Fresno at eighteen but took her imaginary world with her and continues to process the nuance and grit of everyday cultural collision through fluvial imagery.

Her creative process begins with color. Noelle is inspired by how the color schemes pop in biodiversity, such as a poisonous dart frog's epidermal layers resting on a muted green leaf. The biodiverse thread within her creative practice is that of Botanical Surrealism. She begins her work by thinking about the relationship between emotions and color and allows color theory to drive the outcome. Symbols that represent the feminine mystique and practical magic are a reoccurring thematic backdrop. The process has become a life metaphor in which she works through obstacles, obtains epiphanies, and understands herself as a tiny part of a much larger whole.

She conveys the beauty and complexities of human nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout her work. Her work has been exhibited in California Galleries and collectives exhibitions, including Radius Gallery, The Art Cave, The Art League of Santa Cruz County, Pajaro Valley Arts Gallery, and Arte Americas. Noelle's work further explores the botanical world through watercolor painting, paper-cut collage practices, and encaustic medium. Through wax, water, and human narratives of all kinds, Noelle creates a vibrant play on color and form. 

Ojo Tecero N0.2 Cancer - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on birchwood panel 10 x 10 in.
Vita Aquatica No.4 - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on canvas 30 x 28 in.
Moth Muse - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on canvas 11 x 17 in.
Struck - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on canvas 28 x 30 in.

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Berni Stephanus

"I make one collage every day. I chose collage in 1967 in order to express myself about the outer and my inner world and stopped painting in 2000 after a period of collaged paintings. I also create in-camera double exposures."

Cocagne - Collage 29 x 41 cm

Born as "Mischling" in Nazi Germany, I knew by age fifteen that I would be a painter. In 1960, I left Germany forever and settled in Geneva. After art school, I did different jobs and finally became a teacher. Later, I studied German Literature and Art History and mainly taught Art, Photography and Art History. I was active in teaching to adults (art therapy.) At my retirement, I decided to create one collage per day. I have also done some artistic coaching.

Where have all my people gone? - Collage 37 x 42 cm
Ice - Collage 37.5 x 33 cm
The Scholar - Collage 40 x 30 cm
No title - Collage 30 x 40 cm

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Benoît Tremblay

"As a self-taught artist, I do still concentrate on studying the postwar artistic avant-garde as well as the political and social life that surrounds us. For me, abstract art doesn't mean that it is abstracted by our day by day living, but that it goes beyond to reach a biggest dream."

Who's degenerated now? - Collage on paper 11.6 x 17,4 x 0.1 in.

Multidisciplinary artist, Benoît Tremblay aka Bent was born in Montreal’s Southwest Borough in 1975. An autodidact, he never studied art in an institution and he happily sees himself as an anti-academic artist. His influences are as wide as a 1000 colours you might place on a palette at the same time.

From Pollock to Basquiat, via Asger Jorn, Lee Krasner, Georg Baselitz or Gil Joseph Wolman and Guy Debord, the painter Bent tries his best to create visual reflections that can disturb life. Since 2004, he has had over 10 solo exhibitions and participated in 7 group art shows. He loves to travel and he sometimes creates work abroad that he finishes in the comfort of his workshop in his garage in Montreal.

Cut dead inside me - Acrylic, paper and ink on canvas 36 x 36 x 2 in.
À propos du soleil de minuit - Acrylic, tempera and ink on canvas 24 x 30 x 2 in.
Saouler l'ennuie aux abords des vides - Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 24 x 30 x 2 in.
These unknown roads - Acrylic, enamel, charcoal and ink on canvas 40 x 48 x 1 in.

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Sheila Eder

“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” - Edgar Degas

Oculus 2 - Collage on plastic 8 x 10 in.

Sheila Eder was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and raised in Detroit. She has lived in New York City since 1970. After considering a career in music, she earned graduate degrees in psychology, public health and public administration. More recently Ms. Eder has pursued an interest in collage and mixed media, studying at Cooper Union and at the Art Center of the 92nd Street in NYC. Her work has won two "Best in Show" prizes and has been exhibited in New York and Miami, and in many online exhibits. 

Ground Zero - Collage on paper 21.5 x 18 in.
Iriwaddy - Collage on paper 11.5 x 14 in.
Gene's Party - Collage on paper 10 x 12 in.
Pandemic - Collage on board 6 x 8 in.

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Bernd Reichert

"I have always been interested in surrealist art and magic realism. The figurative aspect is important there. Coming from printmaking, I started out with using existing imagery, but more and more I have been combining collages with painted elements up to the point where the painting takes full control."

La Belle Machiniste - Acrylic and collage 70 x 70 cm

“I was born behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany. I am now living on the surreal shores of Belgium. I studied printmaking in Germany (Berlin, Magdeburg) and Ireland. After many years of producing limited edition prints in all forms, I stopped for a few years my art production and traveled the world extensively. Now I have moved my area of interest to collages and paintings. I like to see myself as a kind of surrealist artist in the tradition of Leonor Fini, Eileen Agar and the likes.

My collages are a juxtaposition of elements, images, and objects incoherent to each other, thereby exercising a de-contextualizing form of violence on language and image alike. They contain a kind of strangeness, a disturbing element disquieting the spectator/reader who is confronted with a series of elements taken from one's everyday life which, being put one next to each other, provoke, suddenly, an incoherent situation, a source of obscurity and vagueness. Working with text and images, I like to encourage the viewer to oscillate between reading and looking. It is about reusing, recycling and re-contextualizing the over-abundance of images and information we can choose from Time, the various cultural influences of the placed I traveled to and a Babel-like plethora of different languages are recurring aspects of my work.

The artwork is telling stories, influenced by my travels, but also often containing autobiographical elements."

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

Gallery Kaire-Desine, Vilnius (LT), 2005

Gallery Meno, Cultural Centre Jonava (LT) , 2005

Musée de l’Art Spontané, Brussels (BE), 2008

Gallery 89, London (UK), 2010

Kunstwerkstatt, Magdeburg (GE), 2010 and 2013

Gallery ORT, Birmingham (UK), 2012

Cultural Centre, Minden (GE), 2014

L’Apparition - Acrylic and collage 70 x 70 cm
Merz N°2 - Collage 15 x 10 cm
Waiting - Acrylic 70 x 70 cm
Heize Elektrisch! - Collage 30 x 21 cm

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Fay Wood

“I’m inspired by the materials I work with (usually found objects); the touch, feel and intensity of them. The pleasure of working with a beautiful piece of wood, the visual impact of applied color, and the textures of fabrics; how I can imagine the ways to use them is intensely moving.”

Bird in Flight - Collage 20 x 20 in.

“Art using found objects has attracted me since 1965, when I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and saw large sculptures by local artists made from detritus on the Bay shore. They were fantastic, noisy, beautiful works with great humor and form - I never have forgotten them. As an art student at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Mass. I began studying painting, but later, when I was attending a life drawing group, a sculptor encouraged me to carve directly in wood. This began what has become a deep love for sculpture and, later found object assemblage.

In 1992, when I finally had a permanent studio in the Hudson Valley of New York State, I began combining found objects with the cherry wood carvings I had been doing and continue to do so; adding found rag paper, wire, and paint to the mix.

I have also continued to paint, draw, and create tapestries and, recently I have completed an 18 piece portfolio of collages. I have an extensive exhibition history, including The Proskauer prize from the National Sculpture Society, exhibitions at Brookgreen Gardens, S. Carolina, Biennale Dell Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, where I have been invited again in 2019, as well as many solo, group and invitational exhibitions in the USA. I will also be a featured artist with Artrepreneur, a website assisting artists to further their careers, in a film on PBS worldwide in April 2019.”

Reunion - Found object sculpture 44 x 42 x 44 in.
Mantis - Found object sculpture 60 x 16 x 18 in.
I Thought I Stood - Collage 28 x 21.5 in.
Goddess of Light Work - Found object sculpture 62 x 23 x 47 in.

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