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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Catherine Pickop

"The process of my art making is a way to express my personal response to the world around me with a distinct technique and style. It is a profound self-communication and a visual representation of my mind."

Reconcile #1 - Mineral pigment and coffee residue rubbed on scored watercolor paper 113 x 165 cm

Repetition, stillness, and rhythm are essential elements in Catherine Pickop’s work. She is particularly interested in how art can help to express internal emotions and rationalize inner thoughts. She began using coffee residue as a material in her art-making, exploring feelings consciously and subconsciously as a method of self-discovery. Her works become a visual reflection of her mind, the process of her art-making describes how she sees the world, reconstructed on paper in minimal abstract form.

After exploring different media through her early stage, she is now more focused on drawings with natural mineral pigment and coffee residue. She created her own method and gesture of rubbing natural mineral pigment on paper which is a direct and intimate way of painting. Each painting evolves from a combination of carefully planned structure and the immediate sensation of application and removal of pigment. The carefully calibrated neutral tones create complex spatial compositions which invite the audience to appreciate movement and subtle variations of color.

Catherine Pickop lives and works in Hong Kong.

Rhythm - Mineral pigment and coffee residue rubbed on pencil drew watercolor paper 76 x 56 cm
Last Night I Dreamt of Macondo - Mineral pigment and coffee residue rubbed on scored watercolor paper 56 x 76 cm
The Counterpart - Mineral pigment and coffee residue rubbed on scored watercolor paper 38 x 28.5 cm
Eccentric - Mineral pigment and coffee residue rubbed on pencil drew watercolor paper 56 x 76 cm

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Daisuke Okamoto

Daisuke Okamoto’s drawing “OKAINA IMAGE” investigates the cycle of life in the complex, biomorphic, narratives of the organic. Influenced by all that are sci-fi, nationalism and psychedelic culture; Okamoto’s drawings are intricate systems of penmanship.

Flying Whale - Mural

Raised in Tokyo, Japan, and currently living and working in Los Angeles, Daisuke Okamoto's art represents identity and transformation. With an intense passion for intricate ink line drawings, Okamoto has been known to work over a year on a single piece.

Represent LA Mural
Mushpace - Ink on paper 15 x 20 in.
The Deep Sea Fish - Ink on paper 6 x 6 in.
The Beginning of Love - Ink on paper 11 x 14 in.

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Misa Aihara

"Sometimes I work in chaos. I ask myself "Is the picture worth working for?" My brain tells me "Wrong color!", "Wrong place!" I struggle to find steps. I believe I will come to the goal. I want to give emotional and spiritual impact to a composition of figurative abstract elements."

Verko 17-9 - Oil on canvas 80 x 100cm

We have the ability to sense every color and every shape surrounding us and accept what they are telling. I am always open to the things that come to me through my five senses in my daily life. Some are color and form, some of them come through communication by words and sounds and others come through the atmosphere in the sense of smell, touch and so on. I observe my painting to get inspiration for the next step from the hint of a color either in a small part of the canvas, the whole structure of the canvas or the atmosphere of the image. When I misread the hints, I analyze the reason for my mistake and try to find another step. I always repeat this process to complete a painting. I want to evoke profound feelings in the viewer and invite to explore deeper dimensions of consciousness."

Verko 17-1 - Oil on canvas 72.2 x 90.9cm
Verko 17-21 - Oil on canvas 60.6 x 72.7cm
Verko 18-7 - Oil on canvas 80 x 100cm
Kompozicio: Verdo & Bluo '18 - Oil on canvas 97 x 130.3cm

Born in the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan, Misa Aihara graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo. She has been actively producing and exhibiting artwork since the early 70s in Japan, across Europe and the USA. Aihara recently participated at the Florence Biennale, London Art Biennale, Art Fair New York 2017 and was awarded by the Chianciano Art Museum, The Global Art Awards, 1st "Prince of Salinas-Gottopardo"Art Critic Award and many more.

Verko 07-06, Oil on canvas 100 × 80 cm
Verko 11-7, Oil on canvas 100 × 80 cm
Verko 16-2, Oil on canvas 100 × 80 cm
Verko 15-4, Oil on canvas 91 × 73 cm
En Cxambro 08-07, Oil on canvas 117 × 91 cm

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Gregory Dubus

"Procuring pure emotions by creating complex geometric structural compositions made of endless and different triangle architectures and procuring reflections by associating duality of antinomic concepts coexisting together in harmony."

Relax - Painting 86 x 112 cm

French-born artist, Gregory Dubus lives in The Netherlands and specializes in drawing and painting geometrical abstract compositions for more than 25 years. Dubus has been influenced by the Suprematist art movement (basic forms and limited range of colors) and by various artists like Herbin (language codification), Mondrian (lines and structures), Vasarely (organization and movement), Matisse (use of atypical technique) and Monet (the same theme painted multiple times).

His objective is to procure pure emotions to the viewer by creating complex geometric structural compositions made of endless and different triangle architectures and procuring reflections by associating duality of antinomic concepts coexisting together in harmony: Feelings vs thinking; Simplicity vs complexity; Monotony vs diversity; Facility vs difficulty; Planning vs spontaneity; Visible vs invisible; Conscious vs unconscious; effort vs ease…

Dubus' technique is exigent because it requires a lot of patience, rigor, and precision. Indeed, each of the drawings and paintings is made freehand (no ruler used) and often requires up to 100 hours of work. His technique is atypical also because he makes a drawing first on a folder to then makes a large acrylic painting, using the coloring method to make it an entirely different picture even if using the same main lines.

Withering Heights - Painting 86 x 112 cm
Resiste - Painting - 85 x 115 cm
Air from G String - 93 x 123 cm
Logical Song - Painting 85 x 115 cm

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Monica Lee

"My inspiration comes from photography. I like black and white photographs because of their classic quality. Thus, my drawings are in black and white. I like the idea of using something as simple as a pencil to create a piece of art. My style emphasizes the details and textures of the subject matter."

Kevin - Graphite 21 x 31 in.

Malaysian artist, Monica Lee (b. 1979) worked as a digital imaging artist for her father's advertising photography studio for 12 years. It wasn't until 2013 that she decided to pick up a pencil again, just for fun, quickly to realize that she still loved drawing. Quitting her job, she started her journey as a full-time artist.

Growing up appreciating photography, made the concept of photorealism appealing to her. Specializing in graphite pencils and charcoal, she works from a photograph, recreating what she sees and further exaggerating or emphasizing the details in her drawings. Through her works, she aims to portray the beauty of wildlife animals. In 2015, Monica was named one of 40 Under 40 winners by Perspective, Hong Kong's premier architecture and design magazine. And in 2016, she was the 1st Prize recipient in Realism Animal Category at the American Art Awards. Recently, she participated in a group exhibition “My Tiger Values: The Art of the Tiger” by Balai Seni Maybank.

Tigress and Her Bone - Graphite 21 x 31 in.
Cloudy - Graphite 21 x 31 in.
Majestic Beauty - Charcoal and graphite 35 x 51 in.
Hide and Seek - Charcoal and graphite 23.5 x 35.5 in.

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