Armineh Hovanesian

"My photographs are not generally planned in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on the viewer’s mind, something has been accomplished. I see what eye see."  

She Used To, iPhone color digital photograph 14 x 11 in.

Born in Paris and raised in Tehran and Boston, with a little over 2 years pause while in Lisbon, Armineh is a mobile photographer now based in Los Angeles who has been capturing moments since 2009. She has had no professional training, however, her vision has been the driving force behind her creations. Although Armineh would describe herself as a hobby photographer, her resume tells otherwise. Her photographic work has received notable awards and mentions by prevalent institutions and organizations and she most recently exhibited at Anzoh Gallery, MK2 Cinema, Paris, France, and Fathom Gallery.

Elements of Vachag, iPhone color digital photograph 30 x 20 in.
Texting in the Rain, iPhone color digital photograph 30 x 30 in.
What Dreams May Come, iPhone color digital photograph 14 x 11 in.
Elements of Vachag, iPhone color digital photograph 30 x 20 in.

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Larry Garmezy

“My photography is shaped by early adventures as a field geologist. Through this filter, I capture the unique and subtle patterns and textures I find in the details within waterscapes and landscapes.”

Wind Swept - Photograph 24 x 18 in.

A graduate of Amherst College, Penn State University and a lifelong photographer, American photographer Larry Garmezy has had three solo shows since becoming a member artist at Archway Gallery in Houston in 2011. His work has been in a number of international juried shows across the U.S. and Europe and hangs in homes, offices and public spaces in the U.S and Great Britain.

Thoughts of Giverny #2 - Photograph 18 x 24 in.
A Bit of Time - Photograph 33 x 46 in.
Flow State #2 - Photograph 18 x 24 in.
Flow State #1 - Photograph 18 x 24 in.

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Melissa Milton

Melissa Milton layers transparent colors to suggest hues and shapes. She paints using conductive paintbrushes and styluses on an electronic touchscreen because she is disabled and paints lying down. It’s pragmatic: There is no way to spill the paint. She then creates Limited Edition gicleé canvases.

Paper Blooms - Digital media 30 x 40 in. (76 x 101 cm)

A former attorney, Melissa Milton began creating art late in life after becoming disabled by a neurological disorder, Dysautonomia.  She mostly paints while lying down due to physical limits with standing up and sitting up. Although she is limited in her movements on land, Melissa moves about quite well in the low gravity environment of water.  She, therefore, spends a lot of time in the water. The daily hours spent moving about freely in water play a large role in influencing her art.

Water is her freedom. The figures or objects in her artwork often glide about effortlessly with water’s weightlessness and fluidity. The paint layers are themselves often translucent like water. 

"I create art mainly because I enjoy doing so. I also enjoy listening to other people’s reactions to and interpretations of what I create. My third pleasure from creating art has come from various people expressing to me that is has made them feel hopeful."

Melissa has been pleasantly surprised to learn that creating her art has served as an inspiration to some people because it makes them feel that they may likewise transform their own life challenges into something positive.

Marbles & Petals - Digital media 20 x 20 in. (51 x 51 cm)
Splash! - Digital media 40 x 30 in. (101 x 76 cm)
Tree Parfait - Digital media 40 x 30 in. (101 x 76 cm)
Carnation Party - Digital media 30 x 30 in. (76 x 76 cm)

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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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Mahood

“I am a digital photographer who is heavily influenced by nature and the natural environment. I am self-taught in photography and art and use digital techniques to convey the mood and feel of the places I photograph. Early Impressionism is an influence.”

“As a teenager, I learned to develop and print black & white film before moving on to SX-70 film manipulation and Polaroid transfers. I then became interested in digital photography which I see as an outlet for creativity and experimentation. There is no set formula for the way I work, and every piece is unique in that respect. I appreciate art that tells a story, makes you look twice, and leaves you in doubt. My photographic art is currently featured in the Contemporary Masters XI edition, Art Professionals 33 (Masters of Today Art Books), Important World Artists, A World of Art 2, and The Art Book 2018 (The Artblend Artist Agency). My images have also been featured in magazines and books including the 2016 edition of "Bird Photographer of the Year”.”

Twisted 46, Looking Up - Photo Art on Metal 30 x 20 in., $2,100

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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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Andreas Murauer

“As an artist, I am fascinated by the simplicity of complex things. The biggest challenge is reducing the image content within essential features and distinctive details of the motif.”

Respirator - Limited Edition print on aluminum backing 40 x 40 cm

Austrian photographer Andreas Murauer was born in 1976 and got his first camera at age 12. He has since been fascinated with photography. Today, Murauer works as a Design and Communication manager as well as a graphic and web designer.

JUJU - Limited Edition print on aluminum backing 40 x 40 cm
Revited - Limited Edition print on aluminum backing 40 x 40 cm
Upside Down - Limited Edition print on aluminum backing 40 x 40 cm
Last Ray Of Sunlight - Limited Edition print on aluminum backing 40 x 40 cm
Molen van Sloten - Limited edition print on aluminum 40 x 40 cm
Guard - Limited edition print on aluminum 40 x 40 cm
Time To Hurry - Limited edition print on aluminum 40 x 40 cm
Miss Liberty - Limited edition print on aluminum 40 x 40 cm
Lady Chapel - Limited edition print on aluminum 40 x 40 cm

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Daria Martinoni

"I use photography to deconstruct urban spaces and to play with our perception of reality. I use a multiple exposure approach to create a moment of confusion, but also to convey a sense of calmness in the chaos, and to transfer the scene into a transitional world between reality and dream."

City in the Making - Photograph (on archive paper) 96 cm x 64 cm

Daria Martinoni is an amateur photographer working and living in Zurich, Switzerland. As a Geographer, she uses photography to playfully (de)construct the built urban environment we live in, in order to explore our perception of space (and reality). She experiments with long shutter speeds and several zoom settings in one exposure. With this approach, she aims at questioning our making of the world through experience and knowledge.

Her photography "Swissmill Tower" has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2018 International Photography Awards (@photoawards, @iphotoawards). She has been accepted to the photoSchweiz 19 (www.photo-schweiz.ch), which is the largest photography exhibition in Switzerland. Each year the retrospective provides a representative overview of the past year in Switzerland from a photographic perspective.

Security and Longing - Photograph (on archival paper) 96 cm x 64 cm
Halfway through the Turbulence - Photograph (on archival paper) 48 cm x 72 cm
Memento of an Industrial Past - Photograph (on archival paper) 52 cm x 78 cm
The Steps to Education - Photograph (on archival paper) 96 cm x 64 cm

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August Naude

"I have learned to appreciate the little things that define the worlds and experiences of others -- from being a photographer to living and creating art. In this, I strive to capture the true passion of living the moment and those little things which signal what is so special…"

No More Judgement

After retirement from a successful career in the ICT world, August quickly discovered his immense passion for artistic photography, digital art and low-key and grunge photography. Therefore, it was no surprise when he joined the various training programmes of the “father of digital art,” the famous Sebastian Michaels based in Arizona (USA) who has influenced the artwork of August to a large extent. August also graduated at the New York Institute of Photography with distinction, specializing in Intense Portrait Photography.

August almost got molded in record time, becoming a master in low-key studio work, grunge photo art as well as full blast digital art and artistic photography. His work has been published in over 30 international publications all over the globe of which the latest was a full-blown biography of him in the Austrian based Fine Eye Magazine.

During his artistic journey, August participated (and is still participating) in various group exhibitions and he has received numerous honorary mentions and international prizes for his work. He was invited by Eikon Culture Visual Reflections, being the only South African between artists of over 70 countries to participate in three international exhibitions in Italy. During 2017 to 2019, August has been exhibiting at the Heaven Art Gallery which was based in Arizona and he is still exhibiting at the Blank Wall Gallery, in Athens, Orenda Gallery in Nevada as well as various online exhibitions like Fusion Art Gallery. His work is on display and is accessible internationally. August’s exhibition at Fusion Art during August 2018 walked away with Best in Show in the 3rd Artist's Choice International Juried Art Exhibition.

Photography and the creation of art is not a job for August. It is rather living an artistic life which he is extremely passionate about.

Impact
Letting Go
Queen Of Spirals
Isolated

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Priscilla Dale Jones

“Abstract forms … remembered, dreamed, imagined.”

Coast, Highway 101 - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.

"I took my first photographs as a young child growing up in Coronado, a seaside town near San Diego, California, with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye my father gave me. His enthusiasm for photography inspired me. I am particularly interested in macro photography and in capturing overlooked details and exploring miniature worlds hidden in ordinary objects, and in the relationship of color, light, shadow, form, perception, and imagination.

My abstract photography captures forms of water and variations of light, all interacting with glass. Each image provides an unrepeatable glimpse of water at the macro level, its forms, natural patterns, and chance combinations that constantly change during the process of capturing the image. The images are titled, but they are open to interpretation by viewers, guided by their own intuition, perceptions, experiences, and memories. The images invite an interaction between the image and the imagination of the viewer. The photographer sees one thing in these abstract images. What do you see?"

Woodblock Storm - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.
Shoreline Reflections - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.
Lake View - Digital photograph 24 x 36 in.
Ocean Horizon - Digital photograph 36 x 24 in.

American photographer, Priscilla Dale Jones earned her Ph.D. at  University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University, San Diego, California. Today she lives and works in Columbia, Maryland, USA.


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