Michael Mutschler

"My pictures implement spontaneous gestures, impulses. I have always tried to translate emotional moods into pictures. I collect motifs by actively observing. My collection of figures is large, after all, I am already over 70 years old!"

Kaltstart, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 60 cm

German Artist, Michael Mutschler was born (1947) in Heilbronn (Baden-Württemberg). His father was the artist and educator Rudolph Mutschler, and his sister is the artist and architect Eva Petzold. Art and art history have always played the most important role in his life. Mutschler studied at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart.

Numerous stays in Greece and Italy as a youth informed his aesthetics, as well as a later three-month trip through Italy - on a  ten Deutschmarks budget.

"As a (young) father of two and later four children, I found it sometimes exhausting but also enriching to come to terms with little means."

"We were struggling over the concept of art. Joseph Beuys helped me out of conservative concepts and one of his students, Holger Utta, taught me. I read a lot, Erich Fromm, C.G. Jung, Mitscherlich and had first encounters with Anthroposophy. I was with Prof. Schellenberger in the master class for Puppetry, where we developed experimental theatre, in an attempt to see man as part of art.

Our performance "Ich - Sklave - Über-ich - Sklave, Roboter - Sklave" moved a reporter of the Süddeutscher Rundfunk II (21.2.1971, 22.30) to this statement: "The following actions", says the reporter, skeptical about the title, "a mixture of pantomime, puppet play and effective visuals, fascinated so directly that at times one seemed to gaze spellbound at the stage of one's own consciousness".

His analysis: "The simple fact, still fresh today and more ingeniously disguised than ever, that we are all puppets at times and have to free ourselves from the tormenting state," aptly sums up the driving force behind my artistic work. Incidentally, the discussion has lost nothing of its relevance for me.

A longhaired art teacher wearing a corduroy suit, I came to grammar school, where the old spirit still reigned. The headmaster was speechless in the face of this performance. I took Joseph Beuys with me to this school - everyone is an artist. That's not directly aimed at brush and easel, no: every person is able to lead a situation to a better one by himself - if they have access to creativity and empathy in the here and now. From my point of view, this positive presence allows us to do justice to people, to act humanely. So, art and pedagogy merge. Hard to chew for some of those present in the teaching staff. I also understood my teaching activity as compensation for my own, often humiliated student soul."

Michael Mutschler now lives in Machern near Leipzig. After almost 40 years as an art teacher, he now enjoys the freedom of the pensioner and, nourished by his first successes, he feels so free to exhibit his works in public, much of which was created in the last five years.

Der Großinspirator, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Gesellschaftsschichten, 2019 - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 50 cm
Klima - Klimax - Acrylic on canvas 2019, 120 x 100 cm
Suche nach Wärme, 2016 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 70 cm

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Jim Resnick

"I try to capture the flow of energy on paper. I try not to force anything, but to just let it happen...let it flow on its own. I do pen and ink originals and then produce giclee prints from the originals. I get my creative energy from nature and try to let it flow through me onto the paper."

TerraCine - Pen and ink 17 x 14 in.

Select Awards, Exhibits and Publications

2019 – Contest Finalist, TerraCine, Circle Foundation For the Arts, online contest, ArtExpo NY.

2018 – Exquisite Arts Magazine, Spring Issue #8, March 2018, Jim Resnick, Pages 31 – 34

2017 – 3rd place, “Don’t Stare at the Sun”, International Gallery of the Arts, online juried show, Black and White competition.  “Cosmos”, also accepted.

2014 – Group Art Show – 3 works, Brath and Hughes Art Gallery, Mechanicsburg, PA

2013 – Featured Artist – Shereen’s Exquisite Fine Art Gallery, Frederick, MD

2012 – Two works accepted, 14th Annual Abstraction Juried Online International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery.

2012 – Group Art Show – 6 works – Shereen’s Exquisite Fine Art Gallery, Frederick, MD

2011 – Art Undressed Tour – travelling exhibition, 3 works accepted, Miami, Montreal, Toronto, Key West, Atlanta.

2011 – Worlds Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Vol. 4, Page 80. Pen and Ink Drawing, Butterfly.

2010 – Erotic Signature, Juried show entry

2008 – Master Class Artist, American Juried Art Salon, biannual international art competition

2007 – Two works accepted, American Juried Art Salon, biannual international art competition

1982 – One man show, Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C.

1981 – One man show, Capital Gallery, Capital Centre, Landover, MD

1977-1980 – Various art awards and juried exhibitions

Big Bang Black Hole - Pen and ink 17 x 14 in.
Cosmos - Pen and ink 17 x 14 in.
Don't Stare At The Sun - Pen and ink 17 x 14 in.
Butterfly - Pen and ink 17 x 14 in.

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Maryse-Anne Couteau

"I draw with colored and black pencils, and also with very fine Rotring. Anything can inspire me but I enjoy drawing the human body in a fantasy world."

La Gardienne du Temple - Color pencils 30 x 30 cm

Maryse-Anne Couteau is a self-taught artist living and working in France. The pencil has long been her favorite medium and she employs a coloring pencil technique, not widely used by grown-ups! In recent years she has also been working in ink.

In her early work, Couteau used very little color and instead focused on fine graphics to successfully suggesting volume with a black stroke gently underlined in color.  Color increasingly imposed itself and eventually supplanted the line. At first, her tones were quite assertive but gradually became more refined. By superimposing different colors, Couteau creates mixes and nuances, which are a strong characteristic in 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.

Le Vin Nouveau - Pencil 15 x 19 cm
Empilement - Ink 18 x 18 cm
A Fleur De Thé - Color pencils 14 x 30 cm
Chaussure à Son Pied - Color pencils 38 x 38 cm

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Martha Espinoza

Martha Espinoza is a bird, marine life, wildlife, and botanic illustrator. On every artwork she wants to show the beauty that can be found at national parks, wildlife refuges and biological center of her home country, Costa Rica and other countries.

Amazilia Versicolor - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.

Martha Espinoza is a bird, marine life, wildlife and botanic illustrator.

Behind every detail, color, shadow, texture and structural pattern of her illustrations, there is an entire world of knowledge, hours of observation and contact with nature. Espinoza is a Member of the American Society Botanical Artists ( ASBA). She lives and works in Costa Rica.

"Keep your love towards nature because it is the true way to understand art more and more." -  Vincent Van Gogh

Pterois Antennata - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.
Stanhopea Wardii - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.
Zingiber Zerumbet - Watercolor 70 x 50 in.
Oxypogon Lindenii - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.

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Ping He

"The world is very huge and the universe is vast without boundaries. When perceiving the power of celestial bodies and deities, I found the invisible Shape, Color and Light. It presents its power in the inanimate architectural movement which I’m exploring and am very joyful for."

P Series 01 - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 55 cm

Mr. Ping He 和平 was born and living in Shanghai, China where he studied at the Art and Design Dept of Dong Hua University.

Tel: 0086-13661635368

E-mail: phelley_he@163.com

Web site: www.artpinghe.com

Instagram: www.ping_he_artist

 

Select Exhibitons

2019 May - London Art Biennale (https://www.londonbiennale.co.uk/artist/ping-he)

2019 - Enter into Art by Kurt Gerd Ries + Gabriele Walter, Germany

2018 Nov. –  Group exhibition in Xuhui Art Museum in Shanghai.

2017 Apr-May ---- VIVA Valletta International Visual Art Festival, solo exhibition in The MILL B’KARA

(http://viva.org.mt/mevents/three-perfect-things)

2016 Sep. -  Solo exhibition in ST JAMES CAVALIER, Valletta, Malta http://www.kreattivita.org/event/wirja-ta-he-ping-persistence-of-form/

2015 May - Solo exhibition in Madrid, Spain at China Culture Center

2015 Feb -  Solo exhibition in Malta at China Culture Center

2014 Dec. - Exhibition in Berlin, German at China Culture Center

2007 Nov. -Attending The 11th Shanghai Art Fair 2007

1999 Sep. - Group exhibition in Stephen Gang Gallery in New York

1997 Jan. 1-7 - Solo Exhibition in New Shanghai Library opening ceremony

1992 Feb. - Group exhibition in Shanghai Duo Yun Xuan Gallery

Publications

2019 - 100 Artists of the Future - Art Book by Contemporary Art Magazine www.contemporaryartcuratormagazine.com/100-artists-of-the-future

2018 Aug. - Another Artistic Universe by StudioByblos https://issuu.com/studiobyblos/docs/ping_he

2018 Jan. 03 - Contemporary Art Curator  http://www.contemporaryartcurator.com/he-ping/

2017 Dec. 12 Ping He  - My artistic Diary by studioByblos https://issuu.com/studiobyblos/docs/ping_he_issuu

P Series 02 - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 55 cm
P Series 03 - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 55 cm
D Series 01 - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 55 cm
P Series 04 - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 55 cm

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Anthony M. Grimaldi

"As an artist, I am inspired to create not a replication of what I see, but what I would like to see and wish to see. I try to impart a unique characterization to each and every object, place, and person that I interpret artistically. My work is beyond a recognition of subjects, but an appreciation of them."

Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing - Pencil 11 x 17 in.

"I am a resident of New York City, a metropolis of successful and starving artists of every stripe and persuasion. I am content to be either, but never to be neither. My technique of combining and blending illustration with digital art allows virtually no limits for what my imagination is inspired to create, enabling me to design with unlimited creativity and visual imagination. With my technique, I offer greater flexibility, variety, and choices that assure maximum artistic achievement and impact in every design for every client.

I possess a ubiquitous online presence as a legitimate freelance artist, am a member of major social media and portfolio sites, and I am willing to utilize those resources to market, promote, and advertise all projects I may be directly involved with.

I am technologically equipped to submit finished projects online through email, Dropbox, Hightail, OneDrive, Send Anywhere, and WeTransfer, easily allowing me to work remotely."

Overcome - Charcoal & Chalk 12 x 18 in.
She - Charcoal & Chalk 12 x 18 in.
The Who - Digital media 8.5 x 11 in.
Tale From A Foxhound Beagle Named Bailey: Are We Going To The Lake? - Colored Pencil & Digital media 8.5 x 11 in.

Anthony M. Grimaldi attended the Web Design & Interactive Media of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online and holds MS Office Specialist Certification / MS Excel Specialist Certification from The Institute for New Age Training and AS - Visual Communications & Graphic Design/Illustration by Katherine Gibbs.


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Zbryk

“My work consists of highly stylized pen and ink compositions, imbued with an "Escheresque" nuance, and a Dr. Seuss sense of fantasy. The viewer is immersed in iconic and ambiguous architectural elements, exhibiting travels abroad that combine nature, music and form into dynamic works of art.”

Dissertationen von Deutschland - Pen and ink72 x 34 x 1 in.

Raised near Denver, Colorado, American artist Scott Zbryk served in the US Navy submarines from 1971-73 and built a career in Architecture for 26 years. Returning to college at age 50, he earned a BFA from Metro State College of Denver in 2008 and MA (Hons) degree in Fine Arts from Regis University, Denver, Colorado (2014.) Zbryk currently resides in Evergreen, Colorado, creating artwork in his studio/gallery. Zbryk's work is influenced by a range of artists; from the skewed perspectives of M.C. Escher, the sculptural frolic of Red Grooms, the surreal atmospheres of Salvador Dali, and the whimsical environments of Dr. Seuss.

Contemplations of Paris - Pen and ink 39 x 51 x 2 in.
Athenian Spiral - Mixed media 48 x 30 x 12 in.
Tree House Highway to Heaven Blues - Mixed media 44 x 30 in.
Tree House Musician Blues - Mixed media 50 x 36 x 2 in.

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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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Zephyra Vun

"How do we challenge our understanding of architecture + design as it relates to the self, process, and scale? Rooted in translating design ideas through more relatable conditions, my work imaginatively expresses architecture as a concept through the subjective context of visual art."

Union Bank Building - Acrylic paint and charcoal on canvas 37 x 37 in.

Zephyra Vun is the Founder of anARCHI design, a multi-disciplinary, solo art studio in Winnipeg, Canada participating in architecturally inspired art projects, live art performances, and curator of public art events and exhibitions. She is also the Executive Director of Design Quarter Winnipeg, an innovative initiative aimed at promoting authentic, local retail and design culture in Winnipeg, by curating a destination experience of our walkable downtown districts.

Vun received her Environmental Design Degree (2009) and Masters of Architecture Degree (2011) from the University of Manitoba. She is an ambassador for accessible art and design and strives to advocate inclusive public engagement with these creative disciplines. She maintains a strong presence in the fine arts field, exhibiting her work internationally as a member of International Contemporary Artist Curator as well as with representation by New York Art Productions.

Vun’s portfolio of artwork is always architecturally inspired. Her work emphasizes the importance of hand-crafted authenticity in today’s digital age and humanizing the creative process to preserve originality. Her work often discloses the creation process as a prominent feature. The notion of scale, and how our bodies participate in art and in architecture, is also very present in her work. As such, “the self” becomes a consistent point of origin across Vun’s portfolio.

As an architecture graduate, Vun possesses a solid understanding of the importance of hand-crafting and drawing. Vun believes the digital-dependency and declining relevancy of handcrafting in the contemporary arts and design industries not only negatively affects how art is perceived, putting little emphasis on the importance of genuine, humanized creation, but also conveys the process of design as more of a service than an art form. As such, Vun strives to intensively connect and immerse herself personally within every piece she creates.

Decimal - Acrylic paint, ink and charcoal on canvas 14 x 14 in.
Downtown - Acrylic paint on canvas 36 x 48 in.
Here Is The House - Pencil on paper 24 x 36 in.
346/348 Arbuthnot Street - Pencil on paper 20 x 40 in.

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Grit Boss

“For me, painting means seeking, seeing - a process of maturation and development, marked by love for nature and life. Experimenting with light, shadows, forms always captivates me anew, I am in love with the intoxication of colors!”

Rhees am Rhein - Acrylic 100 x 80 x 2 cm

"I have been painting my whole life. I paint every day for the past six years. I have exhibited widely and received nominations for the Palm Art Award 2017, 2018; Kitz Award 2018, presented one work at Artbox / Projects 2018 and the CFA Artist of the Year Award 2019. Works are presented in 2018 at the collection point 02, MyShow Verlag and in the Art Compass Himmelblau 2018."

Eiscalla - Acrylic 100 x 80 x 4 cm
Feldsteinkirche Marsow - Acrylic 60 x 80 x 4 cm
Blätterleuchten - Acrylic 60 x 80 x 4 cm
Ein schöner Wintertag - Acrylic 80 x 60 x 4 cm

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