Cocteau

"My practice includes a variety of media. The images shown here are part of a free-assosiative series where I let the feeling of the moment guide my hand and eye building up the rhythm of each composition."

Untitled - Digital media drawing

Cocteau is the artistic name for Sarah Ping, an artist born in China in 1987 and living in New York since 2012. Cocteau produces a variety of works in an array of different media and style, the combination of which she considers describe her as an artist. Here we focus on her digital paintings, a variety of momentary marks which are involved more about rhythm and compositional balance rather than content or place. 

Untitled - Digital media drawing
Untitled - Digital media drawing
Untitled - Digital media drawing
Untitled - Digital media drawing

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Laura Peretti

"My work is based on the atmosphere of a moment and its intimacy; the secrets behind it. I have always believed that stories have a life of their own. I like to silently intrude into different private scenes of ongoing stories, inviting you to come along with me as a silent spectator."

Luxurious - Digital painting 20 x 10 in.

Laura Peretti is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer based in New York.  Born in 1986, in Argentina, she studied Graphic Design at Buenos Aires University and Art Production with recognized Argentinian artists. In 2020, Peretti received her MFA in Illustration at School of Visual Arts, New York where she continues to work in freelance illustration and art production.

Clothes Off - Digital painting 19 x 19 in.
All Along - Mixed Media 8 x 11 in.
No Tomorrow - Mixed Media 8 x 11 in.
The Girl Who Wanted it All - Digital painting 14 x 19 in.

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Jingfeng Li

"The beauty of realistic pen-and-ink painting is that it uses just a black line to paint a rich and delicate picture. It presents a beauty of vicissitudes. I like the color of black, white and gray. Its deep, quiet yet noble quality profoundly attracts me."

Elves on the plateau - Ink pen on paper 73.18 x 44.2 cm

Chinese Artist, Jingfeng Li was born in 1965 in Anshan city, Liaoning Province, China and today lives in Beijing. His painstakingly realistic works are produced primarily with an ink pen. JingFeng Li graduated from Shenyang Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and is a member of the American Portrait Society, a contractor of the Sena Art Gallery in France, and a representative painter of modern Chinese painting.

"I started drawing at the age of seven, perhaps a natural affinity; and have been long engaged with photography and painting. I began to work realistically with pen drawing in 2012. I have won many prizes in international drawing contests. Perhaps I was born like black and white and grey color, so choosing pen drawing is in line with my aesthetic. I like the real thing, it makes me really feel the sincerity and affinity of nature."

In Sunshine - Ink pen on paper 44 x 43 cm
Mountain village - Ink pen on paper 54.25 x 54.18 cm
Kejia Girl - Ink pen on paper 56 x 86 cm
Château de Selles No.4 - Ink pen on paper 54 x 54 cm

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Katya Dudnik

Katya is like a creator, calling into existence her own world, which consists of fairytale dreams and faith for the good. She makes us recall the children's games and dreams, see our environment in a different way — through the prism of the childish simplicity and naïveté, and thus become better.

Green Avatar - Oil on canvas 70 x 70 cm

"There are no "absolutely grown ups" and no “absolutely childish” people. We all come from the world of the fairy tale, where we see the brightest dreams and the air is soaked in them. The most important thing is not to lose this childishness when you grow up and get wiser, have a free spirit, be loving and always ready to meet fairy tales."

Katya Dudnik is a prominent Ukranian artist. Her first teacher was her father, while her mother was her inspiration.

Apart from an outstanding natural talent, Kate has a notable professional background, studied at the State School of Arts T.G.Shevchenko (1997-2000) and the National Art Academy (2001-2007).  She is an honorable Member of the Izmail Art Union and National Youth Assembly of Artists of Ukraine. In 2010 the name of Katya Dudnik was included to the “United Art Rating” (which includes the names of the artists of Russian Empire, USSR, Russian Federation, Ukraine and all the ex-USSR Republics of 18th - 21st centuries, who formed their part of the world’s heritage).

The main characters of her paintings are her two sons, nieces, beloved sister and Katya herself. But each viewer sees himself or someone from his family, friends. Katya Dudnik took part in various exhibitions which helped her become confident, brought her acclaim and incentives for new creative works. She has actively exhibited since 2000, an entire list of her CV is visible on http://katyadudnik.gallery/about/

Napoleon’s Snack - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm
On the Stage - Oil on canvas 35 x 50 cm
Two Halves of One Whole - Oil on canvas 35 x 50 cm
Buddha that brings Harmony to the Universe - Oil on canvas 90 x 90 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

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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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Matt Patterson

Born in: 1981, USA

Lives in: New Hampshire, USA

Media: Painting, Illustration, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Art for Conservation

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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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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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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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Adrian Bradbury

"I am interested in the re-presentation of the real through abstraction which allows different interpretations by the viewer. The root of the image may come from observation but equally, it can be a discourse between form, line, texture and colour."

Harbour Light - Giclée print 38 x 27,8 cm

English Artist, Adrian Bradbury holds a  BA Hons in Fine Art from West Surrey College of Art and Design and a Surrey Diploma in Photography from West Surrey College of Art and Design.

"Originally trained in Fine Art before becoming a professional photographer and digital illustrator/designer working for many international clients, and based in London, I have now moved onto developing my own personal artwork in greater depth, exploring abstraction through colour, line and form."

Traeth Newgale - Giclée print 38 x 27,8 cm
Traeth 4 - Giclée print 38 x 27,8 cm
Traeth 6 - Giclée print 38 x 27,8 cm
Grey Sea - Giclée print 38 x 27,8 cm

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