Kristina Swarner

"I created my first illustrated story using crayon on manila paper at the age of 5, and have been drawing ever since. My work draws much of its imagery and inspiration from dreams, memories, and emotions.”

Night Voyage - Mixed media 12 x 18 in.

“Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, I have created award-winning illustrations and exhibited my work internationally, including at the Society of Illustrators and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. I work out of my book-, music-, and plant-filled studio in Chicago."

Kristina Swarner is an American artist living and working in Chicago. Her practice involves painting, drawing, illustration, watercolor, mixed media and printmaking.

Flying Horse - Mixed media 12 x 18 in.
The very place I have been seeking - Mixed media 9 x 11 in.
Look Up - Mixed media 9 x 11 in.
Midnight Moon - Mixed media 6 x 8 in.

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Monica Loncola

"To follow one’s passion is to listen to the inner voice of “soul.” My art is the manifestation of that voice, I’m fascinated by the spark of inspiration, creating work that captures the essence of that moment. My intent is to share with the viewer my intimate space of observation."

Arti Uni - Watercolor 16 x 20 in.

Monica Loncola has been an artist her entire life, working with traditional and mixed media both in 2D and 3D. Monica studied painting and illustration and she moves between both disciplines.

"When choosing a subject matter, it’s really a matter of what captures my attention. The subject will dictate the medium. I can be stopped in my tracks by a sudden urge to create an image of what’s in front of me. I crave the fractal linear details found in nature as well as the sensual sculptural form of architecture and fashion creating bodies of work based on different themes."

Loncola's work has been exhibited in the US State Department Art in the Embassies program in The Gambia, with solo exhibitions in Japan, Museo Castillo Serralles, Musee de la Historia, Puerto Rico. She maintains studios in California and at Chashama.org in New Jersey, USA. Her work is presently on view at the DeYoung Museum San Francisco CA in the DeYoung Open Exhibition through 1/3/21.

Harvest Line - Oil on canvas 30 x 30 in.
Ascending Souls (Men) - Oil on canvas 36 x 36 in.
Ascending - Oil on canvas 36 x 36 in.
Ascending Souls - Oil on canvas 36 x 36 in.

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Zu Sheng Yu

Yu constantly challenges himself in an artistic sense. His versatility and creative passion lead him through life to create a diverse array of innovative work that includes architecture, painting and sculpture, not limited by the skills and techniques acquired throughout his life.

Growth - Aqua Resin 17 x 15 x 7 in.

Born in 1959 in Wuhan, China,  Zu Sheng Yu graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and emphasis on Sculpture from the Guang Zhou Academy of Fine Arts and he is ARC Museum Affiliated Living Artists™. Now living in Long Island, NY, Zu Sheng is a full-time artist.

The Power of Black & White of 3 - Oil 60 x 30 in.
Rhythmic Movement of the Sun - Oil 40 x 40 in.
The Power of Black & White of 2 - Oil 60 x 30 in.
The Power of Black & White of 1 - Oil 60 x 40 in.

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Robert Perriam

"I do not follow any specific artistic style or seek to imitate the work of any artist. I seek only to depict in a natural way, the often-harsh beauty of the landscapes, vegetation and lighting of Australia, in particular the landscapes of the inland deserts."

Limestone Cliffs, Giekie Gorge - Digital image 41 x 27 cm

Robert (Bob) Perriam, for forty years a field geologist working in the exploration industry in remote areas of Western Australia, carried a camera and photographed the landscapes which he visited. Now retired, Perriam uses a small motor-home to make photographic trips to remote and scenic areas.

"My preference and inspiration is for pristine wilderness landscapes, trees and wildflowers untouched by the hand of man."

The Grotto, Kununnurra - Digital image 41 x 27 cm
Dark Waters, Yellow Water Billabong - Digital image 41 x 27 cm
Cliff, Katherine Gorge - Digital image 41 x 27 cm
Ancient Art, Katherine Gorge - Digital image 41 x 27 cm

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Penny Oliphant

"Discovering unappreciated aspects of Maine's rural landscape drives my creative process to uncover a deeper level of reality beneath the veneer of contemporary life."

The Artist's House - Archival photograph 18 x 24 in.

Contemporary artist and photographer Penny Oliphant maintains an art studio in Kennebec Valley, Maine. She studied at The Portland School of Art and at The Art Institute of Boston.

"Penny Oliphant's limited edition archival photograph "The Artist's House" gives us a chilling feeling of isolation. The artist uses this dark captured moment to reflect on the frightening truth of loneliness in a place that should represent comfort, one's own home."

- Adriaan Van der Plas - VAN DER PLAS Gallery, NYC

Oliphant has recently exhibited her work internationally at The Yukyung Art Museum in South Korea and at galleries in Athens, Greece, and Berlin, Germany.  She is represented by the Boothbay Art Foundation Gallery in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  Penny is preparing for a solo exhibition of her work next year at the Artifact Gallery in New York City.

Ben's Grill - Archival photograph 16 x 24 in.
Hartland Academy - Archival photograph 16 x 24 in.
Tom's Trailer - Archival photograph 18 x 24 in.
Sinclair's Auto - Archival photograph 18 x 24 in.

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Sushila Oliphant

“I love to capture that wondrous spiritual feeling of awe that certain places in nature emit. I paint from those memories and the peace and joy of having been there - even if only in my imagination. Painting nature is so inspiring and is the food for my soul on its journey."

Niagara Sky - Acrylic on wood 20.5 x 4.25 in.

"Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition was all about the essential nature of Nature. It was inspired by a passage by Henry David Thoreau, which ends with the words, "We can never have enough of Nature." Three of Sushila Oliphant's paintings were selected for this exhibition, and she was named an Artist of Distinction for her particularly wonderful and meaningful contributions. They are beautiful...colorful, vibrant, rich...the tones are deep, akin to those of a haunting cello or lyric basso profondo. These paintings speak to the grandeur and splendor of Nature, calling us to bow with respect and in worship. Oliphant so perfectly captures that aspect of Nature that makes it bigger and greater than all of us, though we are all contained within it. She captures the spiritual aspect of Nature, that part that feeds our souls, that part that Thoreau honored in his writings about Nature, that part of which we can never have enough.” 

- Christine Cote, Still Point Art Gallery

 


 

Select Awards & Exhibitions

Artwork selected for publication in World Wide Art Magazine, juried online art contest, Artavita, October 2020

Finalist, Circle-Arts international fine art juried competition, May 30, 2020

Fifth Place, Cash Prize, Art-Competition.net, international fine art juried competition,"Scapes - 2019," January 18, 2019

Honorable Mention, Art-Competition.net, international fine art juried competition,"Mind Spirit Emotion," December 14, 2018

Second Place, Deering Estates Show with GroveHouse Artists Gallery, July 1917

First Place, Deering Estates Show with GroveHouse Artists Gallery, July 29, 2016

Fourth Place, Deering Estates Show with GroveHouse Artists Gallery, June 18 - July 31, 2014

First Place, Deering Estates show with Grove House Artists, June 19 - July 26, 2013

Artist of Distinction, "We Can Never Have Enough of Nature," National Show, Still Point Art Gallery, June 2011

Founder's Choice Award, Infinity Gallery, International Digital Art Show, November - December, 2010

Ataraxia - Acrylic pointillism on art board 11 x 14 in.
Red River Valley - Acrylic pointillism on art board 11 x 14 in.
Ocean - Acrylic pointillism on art board 11 x 14 in.
Orange Sunshine - Acrylic pointillism on art board 11 x 14 in.

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Gianfranco (John) Gambardella

"I am a predominately self-taught artist and a realist by nature, this is expressed in my art. My direction in art is to seek and define new boundaries and to excite and evoke interest in the viewer. My art is my escape, my passion, my reward in life."

Arlecchino di Venezia - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm

Born in Trieste, Italy, artist Gianfranco (John) Gambardella draws from his Italian artistic heritage. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he is predominately a self-taught artist and a realist by nature. Gambardella is inspired by places that surround him or visits in his travels. His love of structure and colour is evident in his reach art palette, using various techniques to create enigmatic compositions in his search for new methods of expression.

Throughout his life, Gambardella has always continued to keep interest and self-development in fine art. Over time, he has been privileged to have exhibited at various notable art awards and exhibitions nationally and internationally. Most recently, Gambardella was the recipient of a Masters Art Award from ArtTour International Inc., which is to be presented in Florence, Italy, 2020, and the Winner Certificate for the Artavita Online Art Contest (New York City, USA), 2020.

Mascherata al ballo di Venezia - Charcoal on parchment paper 85 x 65 cm
Rio dei Miracoli – Venezia - Oil pastels on parchment paper 80 x 70 cm
Tramonto di Venezia - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm
Sotto il Ponte Rialto – Venezia - Charcoal/pastel on paper 86 x 62 cm

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Douglas A. Karson

"Pursuing truth through colour, balance, and line.
Embracing the best in humanity through art and connections.
Loving life and seeking to share that joy."

Portrait of a Poet - Priscilla Andersohn - Ink and collage on Bristol board A2 420 x 594 mm

Douglas Karson is an American-born artist living and working in Bristol, UK. Self-taught, his practice incorporates storytelling, poetry and ink on paper with a particular focus on painting. Bold colour, geometry and a sensitivity to line and balance characterize his paintings, which are informed by personal and spiritual philosophies. His ongoing series, THE RULES, uses elements from Greco-Roman philosophy, Chinese mythology, Yogic theory and Hindi philosophy to formulate a process of painting-as-manifesto, or manifesto-as-painting. A rigid formal framework and methodology engender infinite potential outcomes, each a cross-cultural message suffused with subtle politics.

Douglas believes passionately in creating and nurturing artist communities. Douglas has participated in and organised over 30 group and solo exhibitions internationally in the UK and the United States.

Portrait of a Poet - Stephanie Kempson - Ink and collage on Bristol board A2 420 x 594 mm
Portrait of a Poet - Danny Pandolfi - Ink and collage on Bristol board A2 420 x 594 mm
Portrait of a Poet - Conor Ryan McLeod - Ink and collage on Bristol board A2 420 x 594 mm
Portrait of a Poet - Andy Brown - Ink and collage on Bristol board A2 420 x 594 mm

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JourneyManDesigns

"My passion and profession is creating, illustrating, and designing picture books, logos, posters, advertisements, print and web graphics - all according to the exact preferences and specifications of a variety of professional business clients, authors, writers and publishers."

Red Riding Hood & The Wolf - Colored Pencil & Digital Art 600 x 600 px

"I possess 15 successful years of experience as an accomplished artist, professional graphic designer, and published illustrator. My skills in creating with a variety of digital tools and art mediums make my versatility an invaluable asset, but my technique of blending illustration with digital art enables me to design with unlimited creativity and visual imagination. My talent is adaptable and flexible to encompass different creative visions and ideas and to correctly interpret the preferences and specifications that a client may request. My experience of collaborating on projects with a variety of clients makes me a seasoned team player who understands the process of working with others. I can email clients an online price estimate, online contract, and online invoices, and submit finished projects through email and online, cloud-based file transfer services - easily allowing me to work remotely for any client in the world.”

 

Education and Distinctions

MS Office/MS Excel Specialist Certification from The Institute for New Age Training.

AS - Graphic Design & Illustration from Katherine Gibbs School of Visual Communications.

8/13/19 - Granted a 'Certificate of Excellence' from Artavita.

6/25/19 - Granted a 'Certificate of Excellence' from Artavita.

5/28/19 - Received a 'Finalist Award' from Circle Foundation For The Arts.

1/8/19 - Granted a 'Certificate of Excellence' from Artavita.

Create A Math Environment - Digital Art 900 x 584 px
Overcome - Charcoal & Chalk 619 x 900 px
I Black Pharaoh - Digital Art 900 x 582 px
The Who - Digital Art 766 x 1050 px

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Jideka

"My aim is to draw thoughts and feelings of everyday life. I paint current events in their beauty as well as in their darkness, and various themes such as global warming, exodus, joys and sorrows, and I like to add a touch of humor to everything."

Overcrowding - Acrylic on canvas Quadriptych, 160 x 160 cm

Jocelyne Deschamps-Kus aka Jideka is a French artist, born and living in Lyon. She has drawn from a very early age and received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts and a Diploma in Graphic Arts. She exhibits regularly in France and abroad.

"I like to stay every day in my atelier, working hard on different topics and depict the common world. Art is my passion and I am constantly creating and inventing new themes and paths. Add a passion of color and a touch of humor and sensitivity and you will get the full and deep meaning of my work."

Unpredictable Future - Acrylic on canvas 116 x 81 cm
Between us - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm
Deadlock - Acrylic on canvas 116 x 81 cm
Twilight - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm

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