Petra Knezic

"The core of my art process is the transformation of any given situation that occupies my mind, with all its colours, into the basic molecules, the building bricks. There are so many issues that cannot be settled because of their density, without being analysed and understood. I draw them."

Dial.Up or Peter Pan's Crocodile - Ink on paper 180 x 80 cm (70.86 x 31.5 in.)

Petra Knezic is a self-taught artist from Slovenia that focuses on ink art. She uses precise technical pens (isographs) with drawing ink, that let her create very detailed drawings on paper or canvas, for the sake of exploring an idea with the smallest line.

Her art is based on creating stories, using empty-faced, gridded people (Soulies) or skeletons, to invite the viewer to mentally collage their person into the drawing and experience it for themselves. She seldom steps out of the black and white variations as she sees her love of ink as an upgrade from previously used pencil and charcoal and a possibility to strip down a situation into its building bricks.

Petra has been published in international art magazines around the world and has been awarded the first Leonardo da Vinci Award - The Universal Artist in Florence, Italy as well as the Canaletto Prize for outstanding work in her art career in Mira (Venice), Italy. She has been published as one of the ten finalists in the abstract and experimental art issue of the leading art magazine International Artist Magazine. She has also been distinguished as one of the 20 jury-selected artists in the CCBA International Milano Art Competition, finishing 2016 with an international group exhibition at the Bakery Pavilion and later the Art Passage gallery in the heart of Milano, Italy. Since then, Petra has focused on only one collection, the "Grids and Bricks - Underwater" works, which she completed in 2018.

Density, the Angler Fish - Ink on paper 76 x 56 cm (30 x 22 in.)
Punky, the Balloon Fish - Ink on paper 56 x 76 cm (22 x 30 in.)
0 100 0 0 : Magenta - Ink on paper 51 x 80 cm (20.1 x 31.5 in.)
RED: waR lovE blooD - Ink on paper 140 x 100 cm (55.1 x 39.3 in.)

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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.”

Les fruits défendus / The forbidden fruits - Colored pencil 12 x 8,5 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.

Croire / Believing - Colored pencil 19 x 28 cm
La mémoire des lieux / The places memory - Black pencil 202 x 20 cm
Vertiges / Vertigo - Colored pencil, ink 23 x 31 cm
Croissance / Growing - Ink - 18 x 24 cm
Passé simple - Black pencil 12 x 22 cm
L'autre rive - Ink 20 x 20 cm
Le double - Colored pencil 10 x 10 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

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"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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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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