Alan Mahood

"There is no set formula for the way I work and every piece is unique in that respect."

Hall of Infamy - Digital media 30 x 30 in.

Alan is a digital photographer who is heavily influenced by nature and uses digital techniques to convey the mood and feel of the places he photographs. He sees digital photography as an outlet for creativity and experimentation. Alan appreciates art that tells a story, makes you look twice, and leaves you in doubt.

Education

Doctorate of Medicine, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico

Bachelor of Architecture, Temple University, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science, Elmira College, NY

Denied - Digital media 30 x 24 in.
Sitting in Boredom - Digital media 20 x 30 in.
Losing His Hat 4 - Digital media 30 x 24 in.
Festa di Strada - Digital media 20 x 30 in.

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FOTOKUNST Rosemarie Berger

“Digital photography - associative sceneries, photo art on topics that touch and inspire.”

“Digitale Fotografie – assoziative Szenerien, Fotokunst zu Themen, die berühren und inspirieren."

Brücke - Photography / Fine art print on Aludibond 70 x 50 cm

German artist, Rosemarie Berger worked as a designer in Advertising and for many years she was responsible for the entire photo planning of an extensive work area, certainly one of the foundations of her further development. She started working as a photo-artist in 2008 and has since shown her pictures successfully at national and international exhibitions, e.g. at Art Karlsruhe, Art Strasbourg, Art Innsbruck and many more.

Thoughts and emotions become visible in her pictures. The theme of “being and passing” often sounds like the basic tenor of her work, and she attaches great importance to the special detail. Excerpts removed from the whole, thus with a very special effect - and - it only allows itself natural light. She artistically processes the images on the computer. This can be understood as if a painter would apply several layers of paint with a brush and then partially remove some areas, also comparable to a (digital) collage.

She is a member of well-known art associations in Germany and the author of an illustrated book “Change - New Castle Baden-Baden.”

 


 

Rosemarie Berger arbeitete als Designerin in der Werbung und führte viele Jahre die gesamte Fotoplanung eines umfangreichen Arbeitsbereiches, sicher eine der Grundlagen ihrer weiteren Entwicklung. Ab 2008 begann sie mit ihrer Arbeit als Fotokünstlerin und zeigt seitdem ihre Bilder erfolgreich bei nationalen und internationalen Ausstellungen aus, so z.B. bei der Art Karlsruhe, Art Straßburg, Art Innsbruck u.v.m.

In ihren Bildern werden Gedanken und Emotionen sichtbar. Als Grundtenor ihrer Arbeiten klingt vielfach die Thematik „Sein und Vergehen“, dabei legt sie Wert auf das besondere Detail. Ausschnitte dem Ganzen entrückt, damit mit einer ganz eigener Wirkung – und – sie gestattet sich nur natürliches Licht. Das künstlerische Bearbeiten der Bilder vollzieht sie am Computer. Das kann man so verstehen, als würde ein Maler mit dem Pinsel mehrere Schichten Farben auftragen und partiell wieder einige Bereiche entfernen, auch vergleichbar mit einer (digitalen) Collage.

Sie ist Mitglied in namhaften Kunstvereinen Deutschlands und Urheberin eines Bildbandes „Wandel - Neues Schloss Baden-Baden“.

Verknüpfung - Photography / Fine art print on Aludibond 105 x 70 cm
Einblick - Photography / Fine art print on Aludibond 105 x 70 cm
Arie - Photography / Fine art print on Aludibond 70 x 50 cm
Konzert - Photography / Fine art print on Aludibond, Diptych Ea. 105 x 70 cm

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Burkhard P. Bierschenck (BPB)

"For me, painting is poetry with colors and shapes. Poetry and painting are two sides of the same coin. I address people directly with words, colors and shapes without detours. Painting is like a boxing match. You have to go the full distance!"

Anna Sutyagina, Russian Pianist - Canvas 75 x 100 cm

Burkhard P. Bierschenck spent part of his youth in the Middle and Far East, including Afghanistan and Indonesia. From 1979,  he worked as an editor for various specialist and special interest magazines, including the art magazine "Expertise", which led to numerous art trips to the USA, Japan, China, Taiwan and Spain as well as other European countries.

This was followed by professional positions as editor-in-chief, editorial director, publishing manager and managing director at various German publishers and international publishing groups. In 1995, Bierschenck had his first exhibitions in private rooms and from 2004 in publishing houses. At the same time came also, the first sales of drawings and lithographs to private collectors. Burkhard P. Bierschenck has participated in group exhibitions and had solo shows in rapid succession in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Japan and the USA. He is a member of the PEN center for German-speaking authors abroad. Today, Burkhard P. Bierschenck's work belongs to public and private art collections.

The Monk - Canvas 80 x 120 cm
Liars skull - Canvas 45 x 60 cm
Anne-de-Bretagne - Canvas 70 x 140 cm
Blue Venus of Willendorf - Canvas 90 x 120 cm

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Gabriele Gracine

"I work intuitively, enhancing my creativity by allowing my images to take the lead in my process. Each one is an unexpected story communicated initially to me. My art is primarily manifested as a result of the emotional energy generated by a conversation between my inner and external influences."

Out Loud - Digital print on metal - Various sizes available

"I spent the majority of my life believing I had no discernible artistic talent. In an unexpected twist of fate when I was in my mid 60's, I discovered an ability for digital art. I intuitively realized that after a decades-long search, I had finally found my passion. I spent the first 2 years completely immersed in my craft, spending up to 10 hours every day teaching myself all aspects of the digital medium, developing and refining a proprietary process to create my images and exploring my newly found talent. I emerged with the confidence and abilities to present my art to the public.

I began exhibiting my work for various events near my home in Colorado. In June of 2018, I traveled to New Mexico where my art was accepted for exhibition and sale at a gallery in Madrid, an eclectic artists' community located 25 miles south of Santa Fe. Immersing myself in the creative process has enriched and empowered all aspects of my existence beyond anything I could ever have imagined. I am, what I never knew, I always wanted to be...an artist."

Unruly - Digital print on metal - Various sizes available
Comfort Zone - Digital print on metal - Various sizes available
High Street - Digital print on metal - Various sizes available
Rapport - Digital print on metal - Various sizes available

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Jason Engelbart

Born 1960, Germany

Lives in: Hamburg, Germany

Describe your art in 3 words: Inspiring, touching, visionary

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FAIRY TALES TOLD BY THE WIND - Digital Neo Painting, Fine Art Print on Alu Dibond 175 x 130 cm

"My abstract-baroque works are based on my personal exploration of the diversity of our being. They are at the same time a reflection of the universal love that unites us all and they are an expression of my deep respect for our being, for the wonders of life and for every creature in this world. Against this background, my works are a homage to life, to our being."

What themes does your work involve?
The more our world is unsteady, the more the intentions for positive charging and balancing become stronger in me. It is not about painting the things in my works looking beautiful, but rather about using the tools at my disposal to trigger reflection and create a positive awareness of our daily togetherness. Here is the source of my sacral-abstract emotional artworks. In the creative process I feel deeply connected with my soul, my spirit… with God. My so-called digital neopaintings of the work cycle THE JOY OF BEING (2016 until today) are created in a purely intuitive creative process and are reflections of my personal feelings and experiences. My art is a testament to a cultivation of wholesome, human qualities, for positive change and development, which I state as my artistic vision.
Describe your creative process.
Using my characteristic digital painting technique, developed over the years, I abstract selected original works of the Baroque art epoch by superimposing picture levels, blurring, overpainting and re-composing them. In the process, my very own flowing structures and pictorial rhythms emerge, while the original colour composition remains largely untouched. In sum, colour and form transform into a single aesthetic-abstract event that is experienced on a purely emotional level and independent of time and space as a holy moment. Through this form of digitally painterly, an abstract re-staging of the original, I build a finely balanced bridge to contemporary art without disenchanting.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
The trigger for my abstract-baroque serie of works was a visit to the Würzburg Residenz in Germany in 2016. Overwhelmed by the opulent ceiling frescoes by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Antonio Giuseppe Bossi and Johannes Zick inside the Baroque castle, a deep desire arose in me to mirror this splendour of spirituality in the form of an abstract translation into the present. I closed my eyes while looking at the exuberant works on the walls and ceilings, except for a narrow slit of vision, until the figurativeness of the paintings dissolved into abstraction. Thus the foundation stone for my work cycle THE JOY OF BEING was laid.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
In my opinion, good art is timeless and at the same time enables reflection on the respective present moment. It touches on an emotional level, inspires the viewer and encourages him to pause and to contemplate.
What is the role of the artist today?
From my personal point of view, all forms of art are expressions of human existence. They are instruments for dealing with the past and at the same time have a dimension directed towards the future through visionary content, that can be guiding for the further development of society. This is why it is particularly important for an artist to use his/her possibilities of artistic expression in a respectful and responsible manner. In our multi-ethnic world, art therefore has a particularly high status. At best, it is an engagement to support integration and to highlight the positive elements of cultural diversity. In this sense, art is an invitation to a dialogue between the most diverse cultures and it offers the opportunity for self- reflection – for the artist and also for each recipient.
OVERTURE TO A FANTASTIC DREAM
- Digital Neo Painting, Fine Art Print on Alu Dibond 190 x 120 cm
GOLDEN GLOW OF CONFIDENCE - Digital Neo Painting, Fine Art Print on Alu Dibond 95 x 170 cm
FESTIVAL OF A MAGNIFICENT TRANSFORMATION - Digital Neo Painting, Fine Art Print on Alu Dibond 104 x 160 cm
EUPHORIA II - Digital Neo Painting, Fine Art Print on Alu Dibond 180 x 145 cm

 


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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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Richard Chalquest

"I have been doing digital art for over ten years. I use Painter software with a few attachments to produce art pieces. I primarily create abstract art but do vary the format according to my interests such as a love for flowers. I have developed more than 200 digital art pieces."

Planets - Digital media 36 x 36 in.

"My life’s work has always been in research. I spent many years as a very serious photographer and after retirement transferred to digital art. When I started working with digital art, it was a very new field and I had to learn from tutorials for photography and adapt the techniques to art pieces. Later, specific software was developed which has made my work much simpler and has extended the horizon of potential art pieces."

Richard Chalquest is an American artist living and creating in San Diego.

Mellow Mood - Digital media 30 x 48 in.
More - Digital media 24 x 36 in.
Blue Squares - Digital media 24 x 40 in.
Face - Digital media 24 x 48 in.

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Aleksandra Sheren

"In my work I am pursuing to explore sensuality and otherworldliness of humans. I am mixing photography, digital art, videography, and sometimes sound. My portraits show how I see who people are when nobody is looking at them, their inner search for freedom, and their answer to this search."

Healing - Portrait and mixed media

An artist and film producer from Saint Petersburg, Russia, Aleksandra Sheren received her second degree from the International School of Photography and Cinema. She has been numerously featured in 'Photographize Magazine' and included in the 'Photographize Magazine Annual book', as well as published at the Marvelous Art Magazine. Sheren has exhibited at Agora Gallery, New York, at the Photo D’Femme Contest “Seeing Women” exhibitions in France, and had an online exhibition in the Marvelous Art Gallery. She has been featured as an emerging artist to watch for by ArtConnect, a platform for contemporary art worldwide. Her style is leaning most towards photo surrealism, but not confined to it. Besides her photo art, Sheren is currently working on a project in filmmaking.

Healing II - Portrait and mixed media
A Rose - Portrait and mixed media
Low Key Esoteric Portrait - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
The Window - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Sensual Venus: Freedom - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Mars in Libra - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Erotic Sci Fi - Portrait and mixed media
Calming the Storm - Portrait and mixed media
The Power of Silence - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Praying to my Moon: Self- Portrait - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Cello Moon - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
State of Mind - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Morning Dream - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Pomegranate - Caravaggio style - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)

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Susanne Lyoubi-Burk

"My experimental photographs often question the familiar perception of our surroundings and could be seen as a kind of intermediate world in which fantasy and reality become allies."

Brookfield Place - Photograph 4000 x 4000 px

From Germany, Susanne Lyoubi-Burk is a self-taught artist engaged in experimental photography since 2017. A member of Kunst Stuttgart International e.V., Stuttgart, Germany, Susanne invites you to visit her website for a full list of her exhibitions and more available artwork.

When Angels Travel - Photograph 3351 x 3351 px
Le Jardin Majorelle - Photograph 4000 x 4000 px
Waiting for the Bus - Photograph 2009 x 2009 px
Riva - Photograph 4000 x 4000 px

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Ingrid Steckelberg

Ingrid Steckelberg draws her inspiration mostly from objects and landscapes. She is fascinated by the aesthetics of decay, such as rusting iron or the morbid beauty of rotting wood and crumbling walls. She views her paintings as metaphors, rearrangements and metamorphoses of reality.

Iceberg in Motion I - Mixed Media_32,9 x 48,3 cm

German artist, Ingrid Steckelberg was born in Breslau and lives and works as a freelance artist in Achim. She also works in the artist's colony of Worpswede and Achim. Between 1993 and 2000 Steckelberg received her artistic education in en plein air painting. Along with painting she has engaged in photography. Since 2001 she is a member of the National Association of Artists as well as a member of the artists’ collective ‘ART99’. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and belong to private and public collections. In 2014, Steckelberg received the Volksbank Cultural Prize.

Terra Incognita I - Mixed media 32,9 x 48,3 cm
Under Waterworld I - Mixed media 29,5 x 40,6 cm
Without title - Mixed media 32,9 x 48,3 cm
Carnevale di Venezia II - Mixed media 29,5 x 40,6 cm

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