Saba Besier

"My sculptural works are inspired by delightful freaks of nature, bringing awareness to their plight, but also celebrating the bizarre beauty of the many species we are losing due to climate change. The luminosity of porcelain adds an element of hope to the despondency of my subject."

Recovery - Porcelain and quartz on wood and iron base 36 x 83 x 26 in.

“I am a Pakistani-born, American artist and hold an MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. I am currently based in Dallas, Texas and have been an exhibiting artist for 25 years; showing my work both nationally and internationally.

My sculptural formations are both a celebration of oceanic organisms as well as an acknowledgment of the ecological trauma that is disrupting ecosystems as they disappear. Because of climate change, the ocean as a system is at risk, struggling to keep pace with human-caused conditions. The sculptural forms intermingle what could exist through caustic mutation or evolve on other planets, colonized if we deplete our own resources. These science-fiction-like growths combine plant, mineral, metal and human representations depicting the existence of other-worldly creatures, beauty molting out of hardened places.

In a way, this fantastical fluid transformation out of rigid materials symbolizes my own story. I found porcelain to be my primary medium due to its luminous characteristic, adding an element of hope to the despondency of my subject. I subscribe to the Bauhaus sensibility of combining intense relationship with the process of craft and Fine Art. Each work draws on a hard-earned expertise in the techniques of slab building, throwing, hand sculpting, metallurgy and alchemy. Mystical tension culminates from the unlikely organic mix of media combined with a nonconventional merging of artistries and a sense of movement constantly envisioned from years of professional video development.

Methods used in other cultures and eras meld with the discipline of formal art training. All of which conspire to bring these aquatic sculptures to life. I have chosen to maintain the inherent ivory coloration of porcelain in the forms to echo the bleaching that is happening to many sea organisms, and at times accompanied by black to signify the disruption they face.”

Inversion - Porcelain 26 x 26 in.
Detrahamus - Porcelain, quartz, copper, brass, steel and glass on wood base 36 x 38 x 38 in.
Dark Denial - Porcelain, chain link, glass, brass 18 x 32 in.
Pan's Peculiarities - Porcelain, glass, copper, brass, steel 27 x 17 x 14 in.

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Joejene C. Santos

"My works are mostly abstract paintings and when people ask me about my practice, I say my art is an expression of self-discovery. A discovery of the beauty of who we are within. A celebration of being alive and thankful to life that I am here."

XO - Acrylic, gesso, spray paint, pencil on canvas 30 x 24 in.

"Art is a discovery of who we are and the greatest that we will be."

Self-discovery as the one true purpose and joy in life has always been the subject of Joejene's works. Discovering the beauty and wonder of the existence of life and nature fuels his creative process.

Joejene’s artistic practice springs from consciously engaging in and feeling the moment of creation with a sense of joy, wonder and curiosity like a child discovering life. His medium acrylic on canvas translates these artistic ideas into abstract paintings with his unique style and skills at rendering rich colors, textures and depth.

Born in the Philippines, where he earned a degree in Fine Arts and practiced his artistic passion professionally, Joejene is now making his mark as an abstract artist in the Ottawa art scene. He has held numerous exhibitions in Ottawa and Toronto since moving to Canada with his family in 2006.

His work is currently represented by the Orange Art Gallery in Ottawa and held in private collections in The Philippines, United States, Japan, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and Canada.

“Painting intuitively and trusting my inner self in complete surrender are the core of my creative process. To me, knowing the beauty of who we are within is a liberating truth… it keeps me to be in constant awe of the world around us, to be one with all its creation, to soak in the moment and to fully and truly live the gift of life.

It is about allowing the process and the moment to happen, to take place and surrender yourself in your purest, most authentic self, without worry or fear... To just trust in your intuition until the process takes its own shape and reveal itself… and the result is like LIFE in visual form, in its truest physical presence.”

Lucky 7 - Acrylic, gesso, spray paint, pencil on canvas 30 x 24 in.
Joy of Life - Acrylic, gesso, spray paint, pencil on canvas 48 x 60 in.
Not So White on White But I Like it - Acrylic, gesso, spray paint, pencil on canvas 57 x 45 in.
Start Fresh - Acrylic, gesso, spray paint, pencil on canvas 57 x 57 in.

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Patrick Webb

"I first discovered the humorous and serious figure of Punchinello in the work of G.D.Tiepolo and realized that Punchinello could become the protagonist for my contemporary narratives. My Punchinello is distinctly different — slimmer without the hump, driven by his sexual appetite and search for self."

Covid: Home Together House of Cards - Oil and metal leaf 48 x 24 in.

Select Grants & Awards

2020 First Place Award "Covid Dreams”, Artavita Competition (Artavita.com) 

2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship

2004,8,11,15,19 PRATT Institute Faculty Development Grant

2007 MTA Arts for Transit Finalist

1998 Thomas B. Clarke Award in Painting, National Academy Museum

1995 and 1989 Ingram Merrill Award in Painting

1992 Art Matters Inc. Fellowship

1984,6,8 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

 

Solo Exhibitions

2020  PUNCHINELLO STORIES, Ray Wiggs Gallery  Provincetown, MA

2020  PUNCHINELLO IN CRISIS, Leslie-Lohman Project Space, NYC NY

2019 THE TINKER TAILOR PAINTINGS, an installation of 62 paintings in honor of Stonewall 50

Pfizer Building Brooklyn NY

2018 WHAT MAKES THE ENGINE GO, IPTAR exhibition space, NYC NY

2018 AT HOME WITH PUNCHINELLO, Rice Polak Gallery, Provincetown MA

2016 PAINTINGS, Rice Polak Gallery, Provincetown MA

2015 TINKER TAILOR SERIES I & II, The Painting Center, NYC, NY

2014 FIRE! Rice Polack Gallery Provincetown MA

2013 LOVE’S PROGRESS: 1989-2013, The Painting Center, NYC, NY

2012 ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT, The Painting Center, NYC, NY

2012 PAINTINGS, Rice Polack Gallery Provincetown MA

2011 NIGHT & DAY, Julie Heller Gallery Provincetown MA

2010 PUNCHINELLO AS OTHER, The Painting Center, NYC, NY

2008 25 YEARS OF WORK, Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA

2007 PROVINCETOWN-NEW YORK, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown

2005 CHEAT, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2003 HOME, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2002 PUNCHINELLO’S CITY, CJG Projects, NYC, NY

2001 PUNCHINELLO YOUNG, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1999 IN NEW YORK WITH PUNCHINELLO, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT

1999 PUNCHINELLO UNDRESSED, Julie Heller Gallery, Ptown, MA

1998 PUNCHINELLO WORKS OUT (PWO). Cortland Jessup Gallery, NYC

1996 PUNCHINELLO GOES WEST, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1995 PUNCHINELLO IN AMERICA, 55 Mercer Gallery, NYC, NY

Covid Fo;eu Square - Oil and metal leaf on linen 54 x 66 in.
Swimming Hole: Plunge - Oil on linen 60 x 60 in.
Swimming Hole: Family Outing - Oil on linen 60 x 60 in.
Covid Flatiron Wait - Oil and metal leaf on linen 24 x 72 in.

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d.W. Whitfield

Untitled - Acrylic 80 x 60 cm

“Born a long time ago in the North East of England studying at Sunderland College of Art. To support myself, I took many jobs, mostly in cartography, land surveying and later for many years as a qualified psychiatric nurse before retiring at the age of 55 to concentrate fully on art. Throughout I drew and painted, illustrating books published by Heron(Steinbeck, Wheatley, Graves, Iliad) and exhibited in Manchester, London, Scotland and the USA.

My work at this time was in the surrealistic style using an airbrush and inks. Within the last few years, I felt my work did not develop, becoming stranded in technical expertise and lacking an emotive truthfulness. So I changed the medium to watercolor and brush, and this more freer fluid medium was reflected in the more expressive style I wished for away from the more exact, tight, controlled style inherent in surrealism.

Whilst still working in the figurative tradition, I believe as Francis Bacon stated, that a new realism is called for; and with this in mind, I attempt to create 'meaningful' painting rather than a decorative picture?

I believe that art needs to reflect and challenge the changes within all societies and attempt an insightful approach of challenge to avoid sinking into complacency and banality.

My specific interest lies in the interactive play of an individuals psyche within a personal or group dialogue; The 'truer' personal nature of such an individual is often hidden behind a bland mask of social etiquette; With this concept in mind, my work is not labeled or titled; so allowing the observer a greater and freer interpretation of my work without any preconceived ideas."

Untitled - Acrylic 120 x 80 cm
Untitled - Acrylic 120 x 80 cm
Untitled - Acrylic 120 x 80 cm
Untitled - Acrylic 120 x 80 cm

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Weiting Wei

"Transitioning from girl to mother feels like the moment that we acquire our protective layers, our feathers, scales and armor. But our interior becomes softer, more sensitive with the love and bond we develop for our children. So in some ways, we are weaker should something pierce through our armor."

Seed - Polymer clay 5 x 12 x 5 in.

Born 1984 in China, and currently living in the USA, Weiting Wei received her MFA in visual art from Columbus College of Art & Design in 2018. She is a multimedia artist creating works out of paper, wax, clay, and soap.

In her work, Wei sculpts air-dry and resin clay to represent the struggles of a new mom; helpless but hopeful, sensitive but peaceful, exhausted but beautiful...

Other aspects of her work include the use of white porcelain to represent pregnancy, and the use of tinct rice paper to represent the muscle state around the cesarean incision. Her sculpture uses traditional elements to explore very personal, yet universal, experiences of motherhood.

Armor - Polymer clay 22 x 36 x 2 in.
My Armor - Polymer clay 24 x 6 x 1 in.
Armor - Polymer clay 12 x 12 x 3 in.
Light sleeper - Polymer clay 14 x 11 x 3.5 in.

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Jan Cristaudo Abstract Artist

"Colour has always fascinated me. It is the first thing I see, then comes shape and form. As an abstract artist, I use colour to interpret the way I see the world."

The Waterhole - Oil on canvas 94 x 89 cm

Australian abstract artist, Jan Cristaudo has always been interested in abstraction.  Cristaudo has completed a  three-year course in Color & Design, Sydney, and attended workshops with artists that have inspired her throughout her career. Jan also conducts her own abstract art workshops on a regular basis, as well as artist talks/demonstrations on behalf of art societies and galleries. Jan has shown in several solo exhibitions.

Ormiston - Oil on canvas 93 x 93 cm
Parched - Oil on canvas 92 x 92 cm
Meander - Oil on canvas 75 x 75 cm
Turon - Oil on canvas 122 x 122 cm

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Elizabeth Frank

"Every summer or fall, I visit an aspen forest to collect wood for my carvings. Each visit is like a pilgrimage. Every time I return, I’m moved by the strength and the delicacy of the natural world. My love for the natural world and my concern for the environment often translate into works about the complex relationship between humans and nature in this modern age."

Together Flying Through the Sky (Migration Series) - Carved found aspen, bronze, acrylic paint, metal leaf, wax 16 x 20 x 18 in.

"What did the earth learn from the trees to be able to talk with the sky?"

- Pablo Neruda

Arizona-based artist, Elizabeth Frank feels a communion with trees. It began in her early years spent exploring the outdoors. From ages nine through eleven her family lived in Olympia, Washington. There the rainforests near her home became her sanctuary. Now she visits the forests of Northern Arizona or New Mexico to gather aspen for her carvings.

A native of the desert southwest, she grew up sixty miles from the US/Mexico border. Her father, a social worker, worked part-time in a border community. Her family often visited Mexico. As a young adult, she explored the country more thoroughly. One such trip led to studies in language and sculpture in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The art and culture of Mexico continue to inspire her.

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University, Frank worked for several years in the film industry. On her jobs buying for and decorating sets she enjoyed transforming spaces to create believable locations. The quest to find the perfect objects to help propel a narrative ignited her love of found things. She now incorporates this same quest into her creative process.

Elizabeth Frank's artwork can be seen in galleries and festivals throughout the United States. It’s been featured in television, film and books. She is honored to have her pieces included in collections around the country and abroad.

Raven Shaman (Anthropocene Series) - Carved found aspen, bronze, found objects, acrylic paint, wax 75 x 15 x 15 in.
Spirit Stag (Animal Spirits Series) - Carved found aspen, oak, acrylic paint, steel stand 27 x 32 x 12 in.
Midnight Spirit - Carved aspen, reclaimed wood, antique tintype photograph, acrylic paint, wax 33 x 8.5 8.5 in.
Bear Journey (Animal Spirits Series) - Carved found aspen, acrylic paint, metal leaf, steel stand 14.5 h x 16 w x 4 in.

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Stephen Mauldin

"My work has always addressed "the big picture," that is, the nature of the universe and the intelligence(s) that inhabit it. It is an attempt to explore the possibilities that our universe presents. I have done this by a variety of means, most recently by slinging very small quantities of paint."

Inception Nebula - Acrylic on canvas 17 1/2 x 36 in.

"I grew up in the Deep South of the U.S. and moved further west, until right after college, when I moved to Portland, OR. I have lived here since 1976 and have been an actively producing painter since 1974. I taught Basic Design, Drawing, and Painting at Mt Hood Community College for over twenty-five years and Painting and Drawing in the Continuing Education Program of the Pacific Northwest College of Art for over twenty years."

Dipole - Acrylic on canvas 25 1/2 x 34 1/8 in.
IMP16 - Acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 in.
Poles No. 16 - Acrylic on canvas 43 1/4 x 42 3/4 in.
Five One - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 50 in.

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Angela Banks

"Living and working in the rat race city of Johannesburg, I am inspired to create a quiet world of my own away from all the daily noise. Within this still space, I am able to filter the busyness by creating paintings of people and their counterpart animals in an ordered world of alluring calm."

Homebound - Oil on canvas 110 x 130 cm

Angela Banks is a South African fine artist living and working in Johannesburg. She received a BA (Fine Arts) in 1999 and MA (Fine Arts) in 2003 from the University of Pretoria. She has since exhibited in various group and solo shows and has been on residencies in both France and China.

Banks is inextricably connected to the portrait as a subject, both human and animal. Her work, however, is not just a simple documentation. Banks is interested in what the individual projects but more importantly, she is after what lies behind the projection. She describes her work as "a surface search for the hidden reality or identity of the individual, the real story behind the facade."

In her work, Banks aims at capturing in permanent paint, a beautiful yet impermanent moment in time. Her meticulous attention to detail and form produce whimsical narratives of identity through the idiosyncratic relationships between human and animal.

The Shepherdess - Oil on canvas 100 x 180 cm
The Windy Way - Oil on canvas 152 x 102 cm
All dressed up, and everywhere to go - Oil on canvas 100 x 120 cm
Plunged dark and deep, he will surface again - Oil on canvas 102 x 80 cm

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Joyce Pommer

"My paintings evolve out of my subconscious in a free-flowing intuitive process; I do not start with a preconceived idea or plan – the art is my reflection. The work I create makes people feel good and instills positive emotions and harmony, along with a curiosity. My work frees the mind and spirit."

Fragmented Spaces - Mixed media on canvas 24 x 30 in.

American artist, Joyce Pommer was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and studied at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco, The Art Institute of Boston and the Art Students League in New York City. She has exhibited widely in solo, group shows and art fairs in New York and across the country; her work is in numerous private collections.

Joyce's larger earlier more colorful works on canvas were in a solo exhibition at Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum in Marshall, MN in the summer of 2008 and her work was purchased for their collection. Her painting “To a Land Beyond” received an Award of Merit from Four Points Contemporary January 2014. Joyce’s work was on the cover of Art Voices magazine summer 2014 issue with a feature story by Robert Curcio. Her painting “Pathways” was selected to be in the 2016 Art Annual at the Danforth Museum in MA. Works were selected for the winter 2016/2017 issue of Studio Visit magazine curated by Jessica Roscio, Curator at the Danforth Museum. “To a Land Beyond” was on the winter 2017 cover of Women Arts Quarterly magazine, University of Missouri with 10 more images inside; she was included in Art Market Magazine’s 2017 Gold List/Top Contemporary Artists. Her work was in the 2017 spring invitational Freedom of Expression at Miller White Fine Arts in South Dennis, MA and a 3-person exhibition Transitions curated by Jessica Porter @ The Yard in NYC through Oct. 2017. She participated in The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Brooklyn, New York 2018. In 2019 her work was presented at the Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston MA. Her work is included in the Textile Study Group of New York’s recent publication The Language of Making and Art Folio 2020.

Joyce lives and works in New York City.

Pathways - Mixed media on canvas 48 x 48 in.
In My Space - Mixed media on canvas 50 x 40 in.
Hope Eternal - Mixed media on canvas 24 x 20 in.
Free Fall - Mixed media on canvas 36 x 36 in.

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