Shirley Werner

Shirley Werner is an abstract artist known for her strong compositions and sophisticated command of color and contrasts. Her work stands out boldly against the conventional, showcasing a unique approach to artistic expression.

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Shirley Werner is an abstract artist known for her strong compositions and sophisticated command of color and contrasts. Her work stands out boldly against the conventional, showcasing a unique approach to artistic expression.

Instead of traditional mediums like oils or acrylics, Shirley chooses to digitally paint her art. This allows her to create large-scale pieces on various mediums such as metal, acrylic, canvas, and more.

Drawing inspiration from her walks in nature, Shirley captures photos of tree bark, rocks, rusty metal, concrete, and then digitally paints them to imagine new forms and expressions. Despite not being proficient in Photoshop, she adeptly uses the clone tool to manipulate lines and colors within her photos.

Some of Shirley's artworks take over a month to complete, reflecting her meticulous attention to detail and dedication to her craft.

Shirley Werner can be contacted for sales and collaborations at s.w.art7@shaw.ca

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Rey Zhong

“Influenced by my background in the gaming industry, I have developed an interest in sculpting and designing fantastical creatures. I have been encouraged by ambitious fellow artists who view their creations as a career and dedicate themselves to constant improvement through daily practice.”

The Chinese Lacquer Sculpted Monster-Tunkou02 Digital Art 70 x 119 cm $2300

Born in 2000, Rey Zhong graduated from the Ringling College of Art and Design. He began his career as a 3D artist in the game industry, contributing to notable projects such as Halo Infinite (2021) and Forza Motorsport (2022). Currently, he holds the position of Senior 3D Environment Artist in an unreleased AAA game project. His focus lies in 3D rendering art, digital sculpture, and concept art.

The Haughty Gaze of the Dragon Digital Art 60 x 40 cm $2700
Hello World Digital Art 90 x 67 cm $2300
Knight in the Painting Digital Art 97 x 63 cm $2500
The Chinese Lacquer Sculpted Monster-Tunkou01 Digital Art 72 x 72 cm $2300

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Georg Douglas

Born in: 1945, N. Ireland
Lives in: Mosfellsbær, Iceland
Describe your art in three words: Joyful, colourful, complex
Education: BSc, PhD in Earth Science
See More Work: artgeorg.com

"I like my paintings to be strong, whether from colour, form or something else. I want them to invoke an immediate reaction, either confronting the viewers or drawing them in to the work. They do not require much analysis or philosophical consideration, but rather appeal to the emotions and create an atmosphere. The world of flowers and Irish dance have been my inspiration for some time."

What themes does your work involve?
For several years my themes have been the plant and floral world and Irish dance. Although disparate themes I emphasize movement in both and often get comments on how similar the work is.
Describe your creative process.
The majority of my paintings originate as random ideas which come to me when outside in nature, lying in bed, at the theatre or elsewhere. Some have been turning over in my head for a long time, others not. I start with a very simple basic drawing which I try to keep throughout. Otherwise I let the painting evolve very much on its own.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My inspiration is the beauty of nature. I was born and raised in the country and have always had a close connection to nature both in work and play. I have never had doubts about its beauty. My art is probably to some extent an attempt to express this in its many aspects and convey it to others.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I think good art needs to be original or even unique in some way, whether subject, style colour or whatever. Even so, great art may be great only for the viewer, for I think the input in all visual art is 50% from the artist and 50% from the viewer.
What is the role of the artist today?
Do what he or she must do and let us see it. Art was always close even when I was working in a completely different field and it never went away completely. I later years I slowly realised that this is what I should probably have been doing all along. Art is such a huge field that it´s hard to define its function in modern society. However I think that exposure is the key element. It needs to be everywhere and varied. With the Internet I think that this has already happened to a large extent. Circle Foundation For the Arts is an excellent example of an organisation making this possible.

 


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Nicolas Castell

Born in: 1998, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lives in: Granada, Spain
Describe your art in three words: vivid, graphic, dreamy
Education: MFA in Drawing from the University of Granada (Spain)
See More Work:  https://www.nicolascastell.com/ | Instagram 

"I have been working as an artist with more than twenty exhibitions in recent years, as a freelance illustrator for advertising, children's books, comics, cinema, music, and more. Some of my clients have included The Times, The Washington Post, Dupuis, SM, Adobe, Mercedes-Benz, Paradores, and Santillana. In my illustrations, I strive to create narrative scenes that blend elements of history and fantasy, weaving together compelling visual stories that captivate and engage viewers."

What themes does your work involve?
Dreams, fantasy, history, biographies, Japan and science fiction.
Describe your creative process.
I read the briefing few times while I try to make the perfect scene in my mind. Then I play with it doing my sketches with pencil. After the composition y settled I ink it and then I play with the colors!
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Life in general, a ride with the bicycle can be inspiring, a trip to a different culture as well. When I can't travel I enjoy books and movies. An interesting dream or meditation can inspire me too. I make art because I love it, and I need it too. It's something beyond my will, if I not do it I'm not feeling myself.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art happens when the artist is able to portray his emotions and ideas in the piece. Sometimes you can have a good idea, but if you didn't master the craft enough, that idea can be lost during the process of that piece of art. Maybe because the artist is not skillful, or maybe because the artist is confused.
What is the role of the artist today?
To connect with the people, to make this living experience less horrible inviting the people to dream, to travel with the imagination and to know there are more like us, that people of other countries they love, work and suffer too, we're not that different, art is the best way to connect first with oneself, and second with the world.

 


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Howard Harris

"Visual reality is an ever-shifting, highly individualized experience. In any given moment, what we see reflects both our inner state and a synthesis of outer qualities—light, color, movement, space. My exploration in dimensional photographic art represents an attempt to recreate the perceptual experience, with its dynamic nature and hidden complexities. In my patented process I use photographic constructions, a single often abstracted image is layered over itself on clear acrylic surfaces and superimposed on a subtle grid. The resulting visual phenomenon infuses the image with a sense of dimensionality and fluidity affected by such changes as the angle of viewing and light."

Ayers Rock - Sublimation Print on Aluminum with Acrylic overlay 36 x 30 in.

Howard Harris has long been fascinated by both visual perception and design. The Denver Colorado USA native earned a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, MID (Masters Industrial Design) from Pratt Institute in New York studying with internationally renowned design theorist Rowena Reed Kostellow.

Harris has spent more than 35 years combining design and technology where he has won many prestigious professional awards. Now his creative energy has turned to his lifelong passion, photography. With an iconoclastic streak that had seen him consistently forging new directions in design, he was bound to approach the photographic image in an unconventional way as well.

In 2017 Harris was granted a United States Patent no: 9,753,295 titled Apparatus and Method of Manufacturer for a Layered Artwork proving the uniqueness and inventiveness of his photographic work. Since then his work has appeared in many books and publications such as The Great Masters of Contemporary Art, ARTtour International Artists of the Decade, Art Collectors Choice Japan, International Contemporary Masters, and Top 10 Contemporary Artists, to mention a few. He has also been awarded Artists for a Green Planet Artist of the Decade, International Prize Raffaello, International Prize Giulio Cesare, International Prize Leonardo Da Vinci, International Prize Caravaggio, Contemporary Art Curator Magazines Artist of the Future, and more.

Howard Harris serves as a Trustee of The Kansas City Art Institute has won the Who’s Who Worldwide Lifetime Achievement and the USA Small Businessperson of the Year. His work is shown internationally and represented by galleries in the United States, U.K., and Europe and appears in the South Korean Yukyung Art Museum.

No Monkeys - Sublimation Print on Aluminum with Acrylic overlay 36 x 30 in.
Puffer - Sublimation print on Aluminum 36 x 30 in.
Tuscany Landscape - Sublimation Print on Aluminum with Acrylic overlay 36 x 30 in.
Albers Unleashed - Sublimation Print on Aluminum 36 x 20 in.

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Maria Stella Polce

“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, with their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." - P. Picasso
"I transform a fractal (computer generated), into a horse or a nude or a landscape or an abstract."

Omaggio floreale - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 50 cm

Italian artist, Maria Stella Polce is a Professor at the M.P.I. (Ministry of Education). Originally from Abruzzo, she traveled throughout Italy before moving permanently to Francavilla al Mare, where she currently resides. 

A versatile artist, from an early age, Maria Stella showed a passion for art by painting mainly landscapes and animals with a realistic approach. From the age of 20 onwards, she began to paint with oil colors on canvas (self-taught), had her first solo shows as well as participations in collective exhibitions, obtaining acclaim and prizes. 

After a long period of research and artistic experimentation with various techniques and materials (including oil pastels, acrylic colors, watercolors, tempera, glass painting, mixed techniques, etc.), Polce discovered fractals. From 2000 onwards, her way of making art radically changed, to "Fractalism." 

Polce draws fractals with her virtual brush, guided by the mouse, bringing out various themes including horses, female figures, landscapes and more, with a unique technique of painting the interior and producing an original, surprising effect. 

Later, Polce also experimented with new types of modifications to fractals, occasionally moving away from the figurative. All her digital works are born from fractals and their transformations (including fragmentation, overlapping, etc.). 

With this new genre of digital art, she has received notable awards and feature in various art catalogs, including, Mondadori and L'Elite 2019, Artisti 20, Atlante dell'Arte Contemporanea De Agostini 2021. Since 2015, Maria Stella Polce has continued to actively exhibit her work in Italy and abroad. 

Impatto - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 60 cm
Adolescente - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 60 cm
Chiaro di luna - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 60 cm
Fiamme nel bosco - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 50 cm

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RIKXECOM

RIKXECOM, an ultra-contemporary abstract artist strives to create meaningful pieces of art that spark joy, imagination and exploration. My artwork is a reflection of my spiritual journey, and I draw inspiration from the beauty of nature and the power of the human spirit.

RIKXECOM Flower Horizon - Acrylic on Gallery Canvas, 24 x 24 x 1.5 in., $2,159

“As a multi-disciplinary North American born artist based in Palm Beach, Florida. From a young age, I was inspired by my mother to explore the world of art and expression. In addition to my artistic pursuits, I was also a youth chess champion by the age of 10. Despite being diagnosed with Marfan’s Syndrome in my pre-teens and having many surgeries, this did not stop me from pursuing my passions.

The artwork suggests a captivating and complex piece designed to engage viewers with its artistic intricacy and visual richness. The combination of abstract and multi-dimensional elements, as well as the use of rich and elegant components to create a visually stunning and emotionally evocative work of art. Such piece's prompt viewers to delve deeper into their artistic interpretation and appreciate the depth of creativity and meaning behind the artwork. Art with these characteristics offer a unique and thought-provoking experience for those who engage with it.”

RIKXECOM Coeur de Bijou - Acrylic on Gallery Canvas, 24 x 24 x 1.5 in., $2,259
RIKXECOM Tear Drop - Acrylic Epoxied on Aluminum, 24 x 24 x 1/4 in., $2,459
RIKXECOM Rayon Soleil - Acrylic on Gallery Canvas, 24 x 24 x 1.5 in., $2,359
RIKXECOM Vision - Acrylic Epoxied on Aluminum, 24 x 24 x 1/4 in., $2,459

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Tadashi Nishida (西田忠司)

"When I come into contact with images that have undergone various transformations in the process of retouching digital photographs, they evoke deeply buried memories. I attempt to express this perspective as an observer.
"In quantum physics, the observer and the observed cannot be separated. They are one."

May it be (2023) - Digital photo retouche in Photoshop 20 x 27 cm €475

“Walking continuously under the sun, one can see various natural phenomena. Things weathered by the passage of time, stains, scratches, and dirts that have been randomly placed on the surface. The process of photographing and retouching them is very interesting. Coming into contact with images that undergo various changes in the process of retouching evokes deep memories. In other words, as an observer, it is a pleasure to interact with the world created by the subconscious through the manifest consciousness. And the world of the subconscious mind as embodied is one of the important themes of my work.”


"Japanese artist, Tadashi Nishida was born in 1962 and resides in Tokyo. He graduated in Painting at the Tokyo Zokei University, Department of Art. The artist actively exhibits work in Europe and has been featured in publications like Art Anthology 2023 by Guto Ajayu Culture and World Art Guide 2023 by Bellamonti Art, to name just a few. 

Nishida's digital creations are characterized by a distinct originality and uniqueness that demands attention. One finds themselves particularly captivated by his "Damaged Art" series, evoking reminiscences of Robert Rauschenberg's iconic "Combine" paintings. These compositions are a harmonious interplay of vivid color palettes, expertly juxtaposed rectangular forms, meticulously arranged to strike a perfect equilibrium. Nishida's creative wellspring draws inspiration from the intricate realm of quantum physics and the subconscious echoes of forgotten memories. The fusion of these two concepts provides a rich and profound foundation for his emotionally charged, abstract compositions.

Intriguingly, the pieces in the 'Damaged' series often conjure the visual sensation of stained glass, with uneven, colored rectangles permitting the passage of light, giving birth to an intricate tapestry of harmoniously fused shapes.

Tadashi Nishida's portfolio also includes an array of mystical landscapes, where digital alchemy transforms ordinary images into extraterrestrial topographies. These surreal, inverted colorscapes are replete with textures that beckon the viewer to embark on an exploration of the intricate corners of each extraordinary world. Nishida's artistic prowess shines through, especially in his aptitude for employing unexpected color palettes. His digital art distinguishes itself by offering a rare treasure in the realm of computer-based art: rich and captivating textures, refined color schemes, and a compelling continuity that threads through the various narratives within his limited series of works.

Tadashi Nishida's art demands to be collected, whether in traditional print form, original pieces, or NFTs. His boundless creativity and singular vision mark him as a rising star in the art world, promising even greater artistic achievements in the future.” 

- Myrina Tunberg Georgiou, Curator at Circle Foundation

1 Activation (2023) - Digital photo retouche in Photoshop 30 x 30 cm €666
Entrance to parallel worlds (2023) - Digital photo retouche in Photoshop 20 x 20 cm €435
Emotion (2023) - Digital photo retouche in Photoshop 25 x 25 cm €538
Sentimental landscape (2023) - Digital photo retouche in Photoshop 20 x 20 cm €455

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Shu Yu

We Are Used To Giving Meaning To Things - Digital media 67 x 36 cm

2017, Awarded in the 2017 American Art Awards, juried by America’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums (category 47, digital art – representational).

2018, Won the 1st place in the 28th latest Artavita Online Contest in the category of Digital Art.

2018, Became a 4X winner in the 2018 American Art Awards. Won the 1st place in both “Orientalism or Asian” subject and “digital art – representational” subject; Won the 4th place in futurism; Won the 6th place in surrealism. 

2019,Won the contest Finalist Award exhibited in San Diego of  Unite state.

2019,Artworks were published on spotlight contemporary art magazine in 2019. 

2019Was selected as one of the artist in the information of Contest Finalists, exhibition at spectrum Miami.  

2019,  Was invited to participate in the 12 th Florence Biennale of Italian  in 2019. 

2019 Was selected in the ArtGemini Prize, London& Singapore (London  Global Art Prize). 

2019 ,Was invited to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Culture and Art Exhibition. 

2019 ,In 2019 American Art Awards, won 8 prize  and 1 masterpieces prize by the committee.

2019 , won the 1st prize in the Circle Quarterly art magazine art awards, artworks were published on the circle foundation art magazine for free.

2020 Was selected in the SCA2020  (Society of Canadian) International Open Juried Online Exhibition

Double Trouble - Digital media 124 x 160 cm
Look at Here - Digital media 180 x 166 cm
Temptation of Summer - Digital media 120 x 92 cm
Ah Ah Ah - Digital media 160 x 151 cm

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Don Porter

"My art affirms to me that meaningful action, self-realization, and transcendence are possible and eminently desirable. I may not always know what will come next, but I am enlivened and pleased enough with the process and the results that I often regard it as an addiction to abstract spirituality."

Solvō - Photograph (temporary sculpture) 24 x 24 in.

Don Porter, a lifelong California artist, was taught and mentored by some of the finest: Gui Ignon in Ojai, California and, at the University of California, Berkeley, by Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, Peter Voulkos, Jerrold Ballaine, - and influenced by others along the way (e.g. Hoffman, Munch, Ryder, Delacroix).

Winner of numerous awards, Porter has exhibited his photographs, paintings and sculptures in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, North Carolina, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs. His photographs and paintings are collected worldwide.

Coincidental with his career as an artist, Don has been an award-winning architect and builder in Nevada and California, where, beginning in the 1970s, he helped pioneer sustainable design and recycling practices. 

In addition to painting and traditional photography, Porter’s most recent work involves photographing temporary sculptures that persuade him to see beauty in each moment (Venus principle). As he manipulates various inanimate materials and substances, he introduces them to baths of pigmented liquids and subjects the ever-changing configurations to layers of light (filtered, reflected and refracted). He photographs these fabrications as they transform, dissolve, disintegrate … cease to be what they were. He does not use Photoshop or the like.  “By intentionally designing the sculptures to transcend a preceding moment of existence,” Don explains “I can record that exact instance of transformation as a requiem for each moment that was, all the while conceding, even celebrating, the impermanence of all that exists …. did exist.”  

“The cohesiveness of my images is with the process itself, not so much with the images or series of images - which I tend not to do. No moment is the same as any other, nor is one of my temporary sculptures the same as any other. Each of these images is a self-portrait of my artistic intentions and decisions at a particular time - a metaphor for my existential being."

Rilke - Photograph (temporary sculpture) 18 x 13 in.
Odysseus - Photograph (temporary sculpture) 30 x 40 in.
Sigourney - Photograph (temporary sculpture) 24 x 20 in., 12 x 19 in.
When Morn Purples the East (Blake) - Photograph (temporary sculpture) 25 x 32 in.

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