Susanne Lyoubi-Burk

"For me, ICM technology is a means of expression in photography. The intentional movement of the camera often results in exciting "painterly" effects. A detachment from the form and color of the representational motif fascinates me and allows for a broader artistic interpretation."

Building with Red Bow - Photograph 6000 x 4000 px

Self-taught, German contemporary artist, Susanne Lyoubi-Burk has been intensively engaged with abstract photography (ICM) since 2017. She is a member of Kunst International, Stuttgart e.V. Check the artist's website for a detailed list of exhibitions.

Hamburg Elbarkaden I - Photograph 3000 x 4500 px
Reflections II - Photograph 4000 x 4000 px
Brookfield Place - Photograph 4000 x 6000 px
Hamburg Hafencity II - Photograph 4000 x 6000 px

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Atom Hovhanesyan

After refining and continuing to develop the post divisionist technique by painting not so much in a narrative sense, Atom painted bits and pieces of thoughts or emotions/memories, at times incidental, at times directed consciously, unified in one mood or an atmosphere.

Sleeping Venus (Study After Giorgione) - Oil on canvas 30 x 48 in.

Atom Hovhanesyan was a New York-based artist working in oil and ink. Atom lived a life not many would understand. To this day, his family and friends still don't understand the struggles and depression he faced for nearly the past decade, but his art speaks volumes. In his abstract works, Atom's goal was to create a unified atmosphere and sense of luminosity. Bits and pieces of forms from memory were utilized as building blocks for constructing the composition. Atom was trying to create a  complex space compelling enough to act as a point of departure while retaining the often accidental mystery and painted energy.

As a faithful and respectful learner, Atom loved traditional media and ground his own colors. He committed a colossal dedication to his art, beyond any imaginable passion or love. Sometimes spending 72 hours nonstop working on a painting or drawing, Atom unintentionally, or maybe subconsciously even, created a unique and unprecedented style and technique in post divisionism and ink drawings never observed before.

Atom's own statement about his art: "The goal here is to utilize the whole surface of the support, challenging the viewer's perception of negative space. Essentially divisionist, the figure/composition is woven into the fabric of the plane and the space warps into the figure. In the painting process, repetitive, almost automatic, application of the cross-hatched lines allow the subconscious the opportunity to direct the composition. There is a tension between the desire to hide vs. the need to reveal, conflicting within the human mind. As far as drawings, I worked with ink with the same approach, because of the fine lines unique to this medium and the texture that arises from multiple built-up layers of cross-hatched lines, allowed me to focus on light and texture and the feel of the drawing ended up being quite different from the paintings."

MG - Oil on canvas 40 x 30 in.
Burlington Cartoon (Study After Leonardo) - Ballpoint pen on paper 30 x 22 x 1 in.
Untitled - Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in.
Portrait of Annie Clark - Oil on canvas 36 x 24 in.

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Newel Hunter

"I'm fascinated with the idea of exposing what can't be seen, what's underneath it all; the history, the story, the abstract and random image. And while some of my work is very precise and structured, I revel in the unfixed nature of things. Imperfections are so much more interesting."

Nick of Time - Acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 in.

"I rarely know what I'm going to paint beforehand, choosing to let my subconscious direct the work and guide my hand, allowing chance to play an important role in shaping the final product."

Newel Hunter is an award-winning American artist who has developed a dynamic style of painting crafted around action, drama, and vitality.  His stated ambition is to create a body of work where, "ideas, discovery and surprise reign supreme." And in doing so, he skirts the boundaries between realism and abstract, fiction and fact. Every image is a whole body exercise in storytelling.

Hunter is proud to be one of only 44 international artists featured in Aleatoric Art in the 21st Century. At 240 pages, this coffee table-sized book is the definitive volume on the role of chance in contemporary fine art. He has exhibited globally, and his artwork is in the private collections of many international collectors.

Whistle Stop - Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 in.
Dancing In The Dark - Acrylic on canvas 24 x 36 in.
Quitting While I'm A Head - Acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 in.
Homecoming 2 - Acrylic on canvas panel 16 x 20 in.

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Francesca Falli

"In my art, there is an exercise in thought that blends with visual communication. I love new digital techniques, even if for me the computer is only a mean; the ideas come first in my mind. I combine technology and painting techniques inspired by Pop Art."

JE SUI POLLOK - Digital media, acrylic, mirror 80 x 80 cm

Francesca Falli began painting as a child, under the guidance of her maternal grandfather, and made arts her professional sphere. She studied at the Art Institute, the European Institute of Design and the Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1983 she began her career as a freelance graphic designer, carrying out graphic projects for public bodies and private companies, while she devoted herself to painting. In 2010, she began working with digital techniques. She is the creator of numerous editorial-artistic publications: in 2000 she designed and created the "International Peace Prize" assigned to the Holy Father Pope John Paul II. In the 90s, she attended the studio of Fabio Mauri.

Falli's works are exhibited in several contemporary art museums and she has received prizes and awards in Italy and abroad. She is a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Contemporary Landscape. She exhibited her "Pollage" in the large galleries section of the main Italian contemporary art fairs alongside the works Warhol, Festa, Angeli, and Schifano. She is documented within the Catalog of Modern Art Mondadori and the Atlas of Art de Agostini. Falli exhibited her "PollArte" at Palazzo Albrizzi Capello to coincide with the review of the Guatemala Pavilion, present at the 16th Venice Biennale.

Her attitude to experimentation has pushed her towards the creation of an innovative mode of "artistic work" in which painting and decoration are contaminated with the possibilities of new digital techniques. Continuous research has led her to the production of "Pollage" which are gaining interest from critics and historians and are spreading in the world of collectors. The chaotic, distorted and emphasized landscapes we find in her mirrored artworks are an expression of the mental and visual chaos caused by the earthquake that struck her city in 2009.

ALLARME POLLO - Digital media, print, acrylic, mirror 100 x 100 cm
I'AM - Digital media, print, acrylic, mirror 75 x 95 cm
VAN COC - Digital collage, spray, aluminum 70 x 90 cm
POLL GAUGUIN - Digital collage, acrylics, print, pictorial canvas 70 x 90 cm

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Mathieu Nozieres

"I'm inspired by humanity and its various cultures. Through my artworks, I aim to create a bridge between the past, the present, and hopefully, the future."

Boy On Horse - Acrylic on canvas 180 x 200 cm

"Mathieu Nozieres was born in Grenoble, France in 1988. Growing up as a free-spirited and inquisitive individual, Mathieu soon discovered his love for comic arts and drawing. For him, the most interesting way to spend his time was observing and experiencing the world - telling stories, through his drawing.

Graduating from the St. Lucas School of Arts in Belgium at a young age, and armed with a basic comics drawing background, Mathieu then pursued and graduated with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts (Painting) in Belgium in 2012.

His oil paintings developed around a deep interest he has for humankind and the world; his topics often feature protagonists accompanied by a horse or a bird, symbolizing a certain kind of freedom that surges within our desires. Mathieu's artworks are often inspired by Jean Giraud (comics), Rubens, Delacroix and Géricault (painting) and Rimbaud (poetry.) Combined with a certain sense for contemporary themes, Mathieu has cherished the opportunity to bring forward the lust for the co-existence between past and present, imbuing a lingering continuity in his artworks.

Mathieu has also begun to specialize his art experience and culture by teaching European art across countries like China, Belgium, France, and Morocco for the last five years. His extensive travel has enriched his creative viewpoint and experiences, extending his main field of exploration, reflection, and experimentation in his artworks.

Mathieu's paintings have been selected for showcase throughout France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, England, The Netherlands, and China, including his solo exhibition “Nouvelles Peintures” in La Louve Gallery, Belgium, Mobil'Art 2019, 9th Biennale of Contemporary Arts, Belgium, Art Karlsruhe with Galerie Charron, Germany. His works also have won several awards, like the Artslant 2017 showcase (1st place), Nominee of the Louis Schmidt painting prize 2018 and Nominee of the Montaigne prize 2017, Culture category."

- Written by Ashling Aileron, 2019

Man Listening To The Wind - Oil on canvas 100 x 90 cm
The Night - Acrylic on canvas 200 x 180 cm
The Door - Oil on canvas 205 x 195 cm
The Escape - Oil on wood 15 x 19 cm

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Bernd Steinert

"Whenever I realize that a picture is becoming too harmonious and slick, I intervene and destroy what is pleasing."

Untitled - Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm

German artist, Bernd Steinert was born in 1964 in Wegeleben and today lives and works in Friedrichsbrunn. He has studied at the University Potsdam (1985-90), the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, Germany (1998-2002) and was a member of Ramberk Artists' Association from 1999 to 2003. A founding member and chairman (2003-7) of the Kunstverein "Arbeitskreis 7Kunst - Kunstlervereinigung E. V., Steinert directed the 7kunstgalerie.

He has lived and worked together with Sylke Steinert since 2011 and since 2012 he has been a member of art association “Art | Quitilinga" in Quedlinburg. In 2016 he established Studio Steinert & Straka in the cotton spinning mill in Leipzig.

"There are two complementary directions in my paintings.  On the one hand, I create mostly abstract pictures and on the other hand pictures in which a predominantly figurative scene must assert itself against non-figurative picture elements."

 

July Horizon - Oil on canvas 100 x 150 cm
Horizon II - Mixed Media 78,5 x 53,5 cm
January Horizon - Oil on canvas 100 x 150 cm
Horizon I - Mixed Media, 78,5 x 53,5 cm

“Stories of political power and of day-to-day politics do not particularly interest me. There are too many imposed patterns and simplified versions of the truth in play. I find the subjective approach much more fruitful. My pictures are not simple to read. Already in their technical realization, they are too complex for easy access.  Whenever I realize that a picture is becoming too harmonious and slick, I intervene and destroy what is pleasing.”

Urforme Bernd - Oil on canvas 70 x 100 cm
Horizontal - Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm
The White Room - Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm
Urforme Sickl - Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Urforme Kanu - Mixed media 47 x 60 cm

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Paul Kingsley Squire

“For me, art and music have always served as a form of escape, toward a freedom of sorts. I am expressing an inner state of being, a yearning for other worlds and realities, whether through painting, digital art, drawing or music composition.”

Shelter from the Storm - Oil on canvas 122 x 92 cm

Across each medium, Squire's artistic signature retains a consistent ethereal quality and boasts polish and thoughtfulness that allows ideas of psychology, nature, and consciousness to be pondered by each viewer.

“SUPERNATURE” is a series of abstract landscape paintings which use thick layers of oil paint to create textures and depth. Paul is interested in how the medium of oil paint can be used to create effects and suggest forms within the painting itself.

These landscapes generate an otherworldly yet naturalistic image, leaving the subject open to interpretation. The intention is to create paintings using experimental techniques, producing work that is abstracted and expressionistic. The rhythmic weaving of the brushstrokes creates energy and flow, enhancing the suggestion of a natural process creating swirling mists and organic forms.

“METAMORPHICA & The Danse Macabre” is a series of works that draws inspiration from mythology, symbolism, pop culture and contemporary fashion. These animal headed hybrids and dead beat fashionistas mix humans with paganistic totemism and skeletal decadence, resulting in a highly stylised ultra modern icon.

Using a digital pen & tablet, a framework is digitally drawn in exquisite detail and then meticulously colored, to create the finished artwork.

Continuing the themes of Metamorphosis "SPACETOURS 2149" journeys into outer space, meeting the strange inhabitants of a universe teeming with life. An ongoing portfolio of pencil drawings explores the interlinking relationship between natural landscapes with human and animal forms, combining detailed drawings of woods and trees within silhouette outlines.

Orb 1 - Pencil on 200 gsm paper 42 x 59.4 cm
The Danse Macabre - Digital pen & tablet - prints available as perspex & Giclee editions
Human Nature 2 - Pencil on 200gsm paper 42 x 59.4 cm
Paint it Black - Digital pen & tablet - prints available as perspex & Giclee editions

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Annabelle Frenette

"I undertook photographic research on the transformation and representation of reality. I'm doing researches in actual photography using photography, installations and mixed media. In 2009 I founded Nag, an international group who is working on non-anecdotal photography."

Dans Son 1 et Demi 4 - Photograph

Canadian Artist, Annabelle Frenette lived in Paris between 2000-5 and then to Madrid for 2006 and in London, 2007. The next year her work began being auctioned and in 2009 she discovered NAG, an international group working on non-narrative photography. Annabelle is currently living and working in Québec, Canada.

Exhibitions

Artifact, New York

Rogue Studio,  New York

Espace Alleray, France Télécom, Paris

19th District of Paris Town Hall

Espace Contemporain, Québec, Canada

Copenhagen Rahuset, Copenhagen

Ride Amt Kunst Museum, Denmark

Alborg Kunst Museum, Denmark

Art Gallery of Xiamen University, China

Art Gallery of Guanzhou University, China

Galeriazero, Barcelona

Usine 106U, Montréal, Canada

Primo Piano Living Gallery, Italy

Publications

Oeil sur la Photographie d'art, Julien Grill, Institiut Européen des Arts Contemporains Edition, 2013 France.

Art in America, 2012 Guide Museums Galleries Artists.

Everything is Art, New York

References

Catalogue of Iris Collection deposit at the London Library.

Dictionary 2019-2004 Drouot Cotation, Paris, Larousse Edition.

Catalogue des collections de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Forêt 2 - Photograph
Voiture 05 - Photograph
Forêt 3 - Photograph
Voiture 09 - Photograph

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Stéphane Vereecken

"With my images of the Rabid Animals series, I explore the relationship between human beings and beasts; A realistic universe and also surreal - an image photographed and also painted and drawn. The drawings on the walls, the floor, and the body show an unfinished project of life."

Hotel Mutation 001 - Photograph 40 x 40 cm

Belgian photographer and artist, Stéphane Vereecken holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Academy of Brussels. He has been actively exhibiting from a young age in cultural centers and galleries in Brussels. Classical studies in several art academies and different media have allowed the artist to develop a multidisciplinary vision. His Rabid Animal series began in 1999. Vereecken photographs models and landscapes and follows on to draw a story on the wall and their bodies.  Each image creates a mystical, open-ended narrative and in the artist’s own words, they “tell an unfinished story…”.

Hotel Mutation 010 - Photograph 40 x 40 cm
The Garden 020 - Photograph 42 x 30 cm
Hotel Mutation 006 - Photograph 40 x 40 cm
The Garden 012 - Photograph 42 x 30 cm
The Garden - 001
Rabid Animals Series - Portrait 002
White Wall Series - 008
The Garden - 002
Rabid Animals Series - White Wall 012

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Max Werner

"My work is generally based on observation of my environment, or what surrounds me. Landscapes, public places such as museums, libraries pubs, etc... This feeds my imagination, produces ideas, and the result of this has variously been described as realist narrative, with a touch of surrealism."

Con Art - Acrylic and graphite on canvas 38 x 58 in.

Born in Ghent, Belgium and currently residing in the USA, Max Werner studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London, and the Slade School of Art, University College London where he later taught Printmaking in both schools until 1990 when he set up his own etching workshop in London.

In 1997 Max Werner moved to Argentina, and until 2003 worked in Buenos Aires. Commissioned for 3 years in succession by the Art House Gallery of Buenos Aires, he travelled extensively across the different regions of Argentina, producing a body of work which consisted in its majority of large landscapes painted on canvas, although a lot of those landscapes contain observations of the various rural activities of those regions, such as cattle auctions, gauchos, and their horses, etc…

In 2003, Werner moved to the USA. Two of the most important public commissions Max worked on were in 1991, with the decoration of the Lisbon "Enter Campos" Underground Station, using the unique technique of etching on limestone. The other was a painting for the Household Cavalry (Queen Elizabeth II personal regiment) in 2003 for an event in London called "The Presentation of Standards and Guidons Parade" in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. Max has exhibited over the years in many countries in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Areal Display In The Northfork - Acrylic on canvas 23 x 12,5 in.
Entering the Ghost Forest - Acrylic on canvas 57 x 41 in.
Mule Deer Chilling Out - Acrylic on canvas 33 x 18 in.
Waiting At The Gate - Acrylic on canvas 30 x 43 in.

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