Maryse-Anne Couteau

"Anything could inspire me but I am very fond of mixing the representation of human beings with complex constructions in an imaginary world.”

Le double - Colored pencil 10 x 10 cm

Maryse-Anne Couteau is a self-taught French artist. Her preferred medium has long be the pencil and she employs a colored pencil technique not widely used by grown-ups!  In recent years, Couteau has been also working in ink.

In her early work,  Couteau used very little color with very fine graphics and successfully suggested volume by a black stroke gently underlined in color. Subsequently, color increasingly imposed itself, and eventually supplanted the line. At first, the tones were quite assertive but were gradually refined. By superimposing different colors, the artist creates mixes and nuances, which are one of the characteristics of her work.

Although the human body and face have a great place in her world, Maryse-Anne Couteau is not limited to any particular style or type of representation; staging objects as well as animals and people. The artist finds an inexhaustible source of inspiration in the real world; the fertility of her imagination and her keen sense of observation intermingle a wonderful inner universe and a precise and detailed reality.

In her surprisingly original compositions, we see the impossible desire to get right up close to the subject and reach its very essence. The covering, the sliding, the transparency of surfaces, in reality, opaque, the repetition of shapes at different scales or the modification of angles of view on the same subject testify to a wish to see higher and deeper; to embrace the subject in its totality instead being limited to the superficial; to see further by projecting into the future and the past; to explore beneath the surface of things; go beyond the limit traced by the outlines and reach the infinite riches that hide in every aspect of reality.

After years of studies and a professional life, which was far from artistic, Maryse-Anne Couteau has decided to invest herself entirely in drawing and has devoted herself for nearly thirty years to her passion.

Passé simple - Black pencil 12 x 22 cm
L'autre rive - Ink 20 x 20 cm
L'enfant à a coque - Colored pencil 20 x 20 cm
Entre Toi et moi - Colored pencil 28 x 40 cm

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Roland Reinert

"My intention in my art is to paint and compose out of my imagination in order to express my thoughts and my view of the world and the human existence."

Reflections - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 50 cm

Swiss painter, Roland Reinert was born in 1951 and has had solo shows in his native country and group participation in Italy, Paris, Denmark. He has been published in a variety of international art magazines and books and was the recipient of the 2nd Prize in Artavita Contest selected for publication on the back cover of "Important World artists Vol.4"

 

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Best Modern and Contemporary Artist 2016

Best Modern and Contemporary Artist 2017

Best Artist of the Year 2019

The Island - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 90 cm
Illusion of Freedom - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm
The Ignorant and the Fool - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 80 cm
Blowin’ in the Wind - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 70 cm

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Josea Bee

Born in: Hong Kong

Lives in: Hong Kong

Media: Illustration

Describe your work in 3 words: Yin Yang symbol

See More Work:  www.joseabee.com

Eye Contact

"In a world of duality, many things are defined and demarcated. However, "existence" and "non-existence" are more a concept than a reality. People tend to perceive "existence” merely through time, space and matter; but when you change your consciousness, your mind can be changed."

What themes does your work involve?
Part of the inspirations of my current artworks comes from an exploration of ancient religious cultures; together with my own unique perceptions and abstract memories of consciousness, soul, etc., and delicate brush strokes, my artworks try to convey philosophical and religious thoughts of life.
Describe your creative process.
Essentially speaking, sensations, feelings, insights, fantasies - all these are private and personal, and art is one way to give one peace of mind and inner tranquility, while philosophy is one way to understand life. Everything is narrated through symbols and combined with relevant experiences and messages, she strives to convey a harmonic integration of philosophy, art, rituals and society.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
If one is aware of the otherness of things and visualize closely, one can easily enter the realm of spiritual vision and transfer. Even situations, things and sensations encountered and experienced in daily life can penetrate into the subconscious unconsciously. Yet in dreams, they turn into something like sailboats and guide you through the sea. Being taught, informed and experienced, I am like a recorder on a voyage.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Nowadays, humans cannot live without communication channels like verbal and body languages and other sign systems. People need to understand and transmit information through them. Any symbols, signs, verbal and body languages, etc., that run through and ripple across people's hearts also can be regarded as “good art”.
What is the role of the artist today?
Our society is overwhelmed with materialism nowadays and the blindfolded focus only on the immediate illusion. But reality is actually far beyond the things in front of us. We are just living in an illusion that is falsely treated as the only reality. Artists are one of those roles who can awake people's souls and guide them into another reality.


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Alexander

Born in: 1975, England

Lives in: Stockholm, Sweden

Media: Painting, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Authentic, personal, diligent

See More Work:  alexanderlee.artspan.com - IG@alexander.lee.3110 - Gagliardi Gallery London

Alternate Sources - Pencil Drawing on Paper 60 x 50 cm

"The idea of avoiding or breaking the mold appeals to me so as the idea of immortality which is unavailable to me through the limitations of the material world."

“Insanity is the only sane reaction to an insane society.”
― Thomas Stephen Szasz.

What themes does your work involve?
People, places and things. Generally, my art is about myself and my inner and outer connection to my immediate environment, It's about my isolation in grief after having lost both my parents tragically and how I am continuously attempting to move forward and stay connected. These emotions are encapsulated in my works as waves, movements, power and rhythmic surges of energy, It's a cycle which will end only when everything ends.
Describe your creative process.
An idea presents itself; inspired by a mood, a conversation, a need, a want, an ambition. However crude it may initially be, rough and rudimentary, I know that in a few days I will have a lucid image in my mind, an uncontrollable process. The piece is clear. It's like the transformation we see in nature when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, which sometimes appears in my work. I never know quite when a piece is finished. In the studio, the viewers perspective or maybe it is never finished?
What influences your work? What inspires you?
The original impressionists! Not necessarily their artwork, but the stories of them. And the impact of my direct environment: the coast of Western Australia, the mountainous peaks of the Alps and the contrasts of dramatic seasonal change in Scandinavia. Keneticism i.e the ever changing, the constant struggle between the unstoppable force meeting the irremovable object which is a state we seem to dwell within.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
It’s emotive art. Art that leaves you with an impression; you leave with a little bit of it. It's when you feel that the experience has changed you to a degree. If a piece is good also depends on the viewer, "I can bore you in a day or I can shock you in an instant but how many lifetimes would it take to create universal beauty?"
What is the role of the artist today?
I see the role of the artist today as to provoke thought and to evoke satisfaction.


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Anson Liaw

Born in: 1965, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

Lives in: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Media: Digital Media, Illustration, Mixed media, Collage, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Deceptive, educational, sublime

See More Work:  http://www.illoz.com/liaw

Taking Lives - App. 20 x 30 in.

"I feel I am useless as an artist when I am happy. Pain is what creates my artwork. The painful experiences that people go through as they journey through life from childhood to adulthood which is full of chaos and hardship are what motivates me to possess my objectives to make purposeful artwork."

What themes does your work involve?
My illustrations take on critical views; both light & heavy about life in the world around us and that deals with relevant social, political, cultural issues and lifestyle subject matter.
Describe your creative process.
Ideas for creative images to happen could spark and take shape anywhere at any given time while I am awake and sleeping. From what is happening on the news, something I read and understood, something someone said or did or a word or re-thinking an existing or new quote, a relevant idea for a new piece is given birth. Knowing well about the variety of art media I love to use, I combine their behavior naturally and make them function in-sync with my visual voice within my storytelling piece(s).
What influences your work? What inspires you?
Art movements and reasons behind their original purposes, mixing of art movements and all cultural influences, the idea that beauty is within everything; light and dark and good and bad, the careful observation, investigation and appreciation of the world around us and visual ideas that compel people to think and act intertwine and function together to represent and serve as my creative influences and inspiration to make my artwork.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Great art possesses the characteristics of using the principles of design well like unity, balance, emphasis, proportion, scale and rhythm to help communicate image-making ideas visually yet at the same time, pushes the boundaries with them in mind and in action in an interesting way somehow to surprise me, that violates my customary valuations of things and that offers me new and other unexpected ones.
What is the role of the artist today?
I am an artist because I believe that art and artists play a huge role in society. And artists with their art possess a unique voice for things that need to be addressed, have great creative powers in society and therefore, the artist has a great responsibility to make a positive impact and make the world to be a better place somehow with the gift to be able to share their visual ideas from a small to large scale for any age group for people in the world around us.


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Gretchen Geneis Dugan

Born in: 1952, USA

Lives in: Branford, Connecticut USA

Media: Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Reverence for life

See More Work:  www.backseatstudio.com

Spring - Graphite 27 x 21 in.

"My hands are directly connected to my heart, and my heart is taken by what I see."

What themes does your work involve?
Shapes, contrast, and beauty.
Describe your creative process.
I have been given the ability to draw and feel certain images are worth creating, to express sentiment.
What influences your work? What inspires you?
Random images and ideas that are beyond my control propel me to pick up the pencil and paper.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Great art is a gift from God.
What is the role of the artist today?
Anyone can throw paint on canvas, not everyone can direct it with purpose and create an image worth saving.


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Matt Patterson

Born in: 1981, USA

Lives in: New Hampshire, USA

Media: Painting, Illustration, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Art for Conservation

See More Work:  www.mpattersonart.com

Blandings Turtles - Acrylic 23 x 18 in.

"There's almost no distance I won't go, almost nothing I won't do, to learn all I can about my subjects to make my paintings of wild animals as accurate and lifelike as possible."

What themes does your work involve?
I am a wildlife illustrator/artist that specializes in reptiles and amphibians, particularly turtles and tortoises.
What influences your work? What inspires you?
I'm inspired by nature. From as far back as I remember, I've loved both wildlife and art. I grew up in the small, rural New Hampshire town of New Ipswich. In my free time, I was always either out fishing, searching for turtles and snakes or I was painting. My father was a biology teacher and our home hosted a large menagerie of animals, including a turtle named Heathcliff and two pigeons named Mel and Leroy.
What is the role of the artist today?
I would say the role of an artist depends on the artist. For me, I feel it's crucial not just to document these marvelous species I paint; it's even more important to me to have a hand in saving them from extinction. Among reptiles alone, 196 species are presently critically endangered. That's why I'm a signature member of Artists for Conservation. That's why I often create artwork specifically to donate proceeds from its sale for conservation.


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