Deborah Perlman

Born in: 1950, USA
Lives in: Hollywood, FL, USA
Media: Mixed media, Sculpture
Describe your art in three words: Sculptural, compelling, unusual
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Altar #1 - Paper, Framed: 15.5 x14 x 2 in.

ENTER A WORLD SOMEWHERE BETWEEN REAL AND IMAGINED

"Depicting an ‘almost-but-not-quite-real’ world somewhere between authentic and imagined, my artwork slides in and out of reality. I invite you to glimpse into my interpreted world and discover where you find yourself."

Somewhere Between - Mixed Media, Framed: 18 x 24 x 3 in.
Within - Mixed Media, Framed: 14.25 x 12.25 x 1.5 in.
Secret Woods - Paper, Framed: 22.5 x 23.5 x 2 in.
What themes does your work involve?
I have been inspired by various themes, depending on what is in my mind and heart at the time. Recently, I have completed works focused on the themes of climate change, spiritual seeking, and emotional restriction vs freedom of spirit. All of the work explores space as a sculptural element. I invite viewers into the unknown and encourage them to challenge previous ideas and established thoughts.
Describe your creative process.
Surrounded by photos, colors, and materials, I start sketching spaces. From there, more detailed drawings show me how I will build the wall-mounted sculpture. I then create the three-dimensional forms, and adhere each element to the base, juxtaposing forms and shapes to highlight their points of contact and the shadows they cast.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Making art frees my spirit and allows me to fully express my inner self. There is no greater gift. My work explores ‘almost-but-not-quite-real’ spaces that land somewhere between real and imagined. I see sculpturally. When I see forms that have an exciting spatial dynamic, I am inspired and excited to visualize it in some way. The subject matter can change, but the pursuit of mysterious, intriguing sculptural space drives me to explore and create.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
For me, great art must be provocative and engaging. It makes me stop, think, and consider my relationship with it. I agree with Artist Edward Fraughton who said, “Art is real and imaginary, two worlds rolled into one – the fulfillment of the artist’s insatiable soul.”
What is the role of the artist today?
An artist is a storyteller, creating a world inspired by emotions, experiences, and beliefs. Through the story, people come to their own conclusions and feel their personal connection to the work.

 


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Eftihia Tournaviti

“My paintings are an endless journey of experimentation through the infinity of colors, materials & techniques. My art is based on realism combined in an abstract way with my emotions.”

My Mother's Heart - Acrylic on canvas 40 x 60 cm

Eftihia Tournaviti was born in 1981, in Thessaloniki, Greece. Having a father in the Greek Army, who is also a civil engineer, and a mother who was both an elementary school teacher and an artist, she grew up and travelled in many cities in Greece and abroad, and her art has been influenced and inspired by different art styles and cultures. In 2002, she graduated from the School of Applied Arts and Culture, Department of Interior/Exterior Design of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece.

Between the years 2002- 2004, she worked in the technical company Axon Elliniki Meletόn (Athens), undertaking and managing many technical design projects throughout Greece. From 2004-2011 she apprenticed to painter Panagiotis Moraitis, creating more than 600 works of art. In April 2006, she organized an exhibition in Paris, France. Since then, she has participated in group art exhibitions and has undertaken many decorating and remodeling projects (business spaces and houses). She also collaborates with art galleries in Greece and Italy. Her paintings are in private collections nationally and internationally.

Eftihia currently lives and works in Athens, Greece. Her endless source of inspiration are her three children and the experimentation with various art techniques and materials.

Madrakia, Milos - Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm
Golden Beach - Oil on canvas 50 x 100 cm
Emersion - Acrylic on canvas 40 x 60 cm
Aegean - Acrylic on canvas and gold leaf 60 x 80 cm

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Gaya Lastovjak

Born in: 1987, Mażikiai, Lithuania
Lives in: Cracow, Poland
Media: Mixed media, 3D painting
Describe your art in three words: Human, emotions, symbolism
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Influences

Contemporary figurative artist creating three-dimensional paintings with her own technique using paper-mache, canvas and oil paint. Her works reveal a sculptural vision of form, they surprise with their diversity in terms of structure and message, focusing on showing the aspect of human existence.

Reconciliation
Worries
Enslavement
What themes does your work involve?
I am fascinated by everything related to life and human existence in the world of moral choices and life roles, as well as the place where we are. One of the main features of my works is the expression of emotions. Using art I try to raise important issues related to nature and human duality, choosing topics that deal with both the good and bad sides of human nature. My art is an expression of personal experiences and observations, but it does not exist apart from reality.
Describe your creative process.
My paintings are created in stages, first an idea, then reflecting the forms, creating positives, arranging them together, putting them on the canvas and finally covering everything with paint. Each stage requires total dedication and attention. Once I attach the silhouette to the canvas, I hang it in a place with best visibility so that I could keep looking at it. If I find no objections to the form, I paint it and consider it finished.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Existential mechanisms and emotions, such as struggle, strength, fear, but also freedom, love and eroticism as they dynamically enter into dialogue with history, society and human individuality. This is what inspires me - being human. Why do I make art? Because art is a part of me, I can't imagine doing anything else. I have been creating since I remember, the type of creation changes, but not the love of art.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
The language of art is universal, it's the language of emotions and senses. The sensations that accompany the feelings awaken a desire to enter into an internal dialogue with the work of art in every sensitive recipient. Attempts to answer questions, creating multifaceted meanings. Here is no general recipe for good art because the concept itself is subjective. Everyone has a different taste. However, the commitment and authenticity of the artist is very important, as is the idea and talent.
What is the role of the artist today?
Nowadays, the role of the artist is very diverse, but it is certainly connected with contact, or more precisely, establishing a bond with the viewer, making him interested, stopping his time motivating him to enter into a dialogue with art.

 


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Sacred Space Studios LLC

Born in: Toledo, Ohio 1984
Lives in: Avon Lake, Ohio
Media: Painting
Describe your art in three words: emotive mystical narrative
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Christ Consciousness

"My art is inspired by the ongoing transformational process of the life's journey, aided by the divine, my artwork touches on the human condition and empowers the viewer in his or her own state of discovery. "

Increspature della Memoria (Ripples of Memory)
Chamuel
In the Music
What themes does your work involve?
My artwork touches on the transformational power of the Holy Spirit in guiding us to the highest version of ourselves. It also touches on the mysteries of spirituality and the comfort of the unwavering promises of God. At other times, my artwork touches on the vulnerability of the human experience, which brings us closer to our creator for comfort.
Describe your creative process.
When I approach my artwork, I think about it as a narrative either individually, or as a part of a series. I intentionally choose imagery from stock photos to merge into a scene or I receive a vision in meditation that guides my composition. I often work on top of canvases that I have painted in the past as abstract pieces in acrylic, and then layer with charcoal, acrylic and oil paint, or I begin with a drawing or toned "drawing" with thinned paint before adding oil paint.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I am influenced by the nudge of the Creator to share my experiences to lift others. I make art to heal myself, and to empower and heal others. My life mission is to provide healing and inspiration to people who have lost hope and forgotten who they are or who they could potentially become. I am inspired by the courage of other artists across disciplines that share their stories unapologetically and without filter to reach others going through a similar experience.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art has technical proficiency (the ability to reach the viewer through an appealing aesthetic quality) as well as a message or theme, in my opinion.
What is the role of the artist today?
Artists are messengers. Like angels, we are tasked with extending God's healing power through a universal language. We celebrate the unbreakable nature of the human spirit.

 


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Richard Chalquest

"I have been doing digital art for over ten years. I use Painter software with a few attachments to produce art pieces. I primarily create abstract art but do vary the format according to my interests such as a love for flowers. I have developed more than 200 digital art pieces."

Planets - Digital media 36 x 36 in.

"My life’s work has always been in research. I spent many years as a very serious photographer and after retirement transferred to digital art. When I started working with digital art, it was a very new field and I had to learn from tutorials for photography and adapt the techniques to art pieces. Later, specific software was developed which has made my work much simpler and has extended the horizon of potential art pieces."

Richard Chalquest is an American artist living and creating in San Diego.

Mellow Mood - Digital media 30 x 48 in.
More - Digital media 24 x 36 in.
Blue Squares - Digital media 24 x 40 in.
Face - Digital media 24 x 48 in.

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Christopher Whytal

"My passion lies in drawing beauty from ordinary things and sharing it for the world to see. I am an artist at heart, creating to illuminate both the familiar and the unusual. I explore new projects every day to reinvigorate new forms of art that I am creating."

Dragon - Acrylic on Driftwood 3 x 2 ft

"I collect experiences from nature and other cultures, leaning on my love of travel and the outdoors, and I portray them through photography and other art forms. For example, I used photography and videography to capture mountaineering expeditions to Mt Rainier (Washing-ton State), Aconcagua (Argentina), a humanitarian trip to Kenya, and several visits to Thailand and other countries.

From a young age, I was drawn to art in various forms, and my interest led to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Radford University, with a concentration in graphic design and photography. It was at Radford that I discovered my passion for experimental photography using a variety of different formats and mediums. I grew particularly fond of shooting with a Holga 120S, which I continue to use extensively today. The Hasselblad 500C is another favorite. Silversmithing played another important role in my university education, and I continue to enjoy designing and creating unique pieces of jewelry.

I explore new projects every day to reinvigorate the mediums I commonly use. For the past several months, I’ve been exploring light painting photography, an experimental way of capturing light on film by shooting at night and leaving the shutter open. I have recently learned such mediums as acrylic painting, watercolor, sumi-e ink painting and I work as an art director for an internationally based company. 

Writing is fast becoming a favorite of mine. I work with 365 Art+ Magazine, created and published in Japan and internationally distributed, The magazine 365 Art+, has given me the opportunity to publish my writing, photography, and art twice a month.

I also enjoy creating original artwork from driftwood I find in natural environments, like while hiking along the Potomac River, or during trips to the ocean. Gardening is another means of connecting with nature, and I particularly enjoy growing unique, foreign varieties of hot peppers and growing and training bonsai trees."

Pathway to the City – Medium format film – 9 x 8in at 300dpi, RGB
Rhythm – Digital Photography – 13 x 12in at 300dpi, RGB
Hammer - Light Painting Photography, Digital 10 x 10 in.
Mirror Mirror - Light Painting Photography, Digital 8 x 10 in.
A Moment in Time - Night Photography, Digital 8 x 10 in.
Circle - Traditional Sumi-e Ink Painting 8 x 10 in.
A Field of Golden Flowers - Acrylic - 5 x 8 in.
A Lonely Walk – Medium format film – 9 x 8in at 300dpi, RGB
Split Focus, Self-portrait – Digital Photography – 9 x 12in at 300dpi, RGB
Jammin - Light Painting Photography, Digital 8 x 10 in.
Expressions - Light Painting Photography, Digital 10 x 10 in.
Streets of NYC - Medium format film camera, Holga 120, 10 x 10 in.
A Snowy Harbor - Acrylic 8 x 10 in.
The Kite - Acrylic 8 x 10 in.

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Lilith Divine

"I want to represent today's superficiality and materialism that have made us forget our most ancestral origins (this is why the painted skulls are all rare or extint monkeys and other animals found in museums). We never forget the spirits and souls of our ancestors and that nature created us."

ARTHEMIDE - Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm

"I was born in 1976 in a small village in northern Italy between the woods and the mountains in contact with the purest nature and wildlife but Faith had warlike plans for me. At 8 I lost my mom and at 9 I was raped and started fighting the war for survival between anorexia and many other problems. My love for art and the predisposition for freehand drawing opened the doors to the world of tattooing.

After the difficulties with the old Italian tattoo studios, dull and unwilling to teach and interested in me only

because I was a young woman, I moved to Switzerland and as an apprentice, began to travel and tattoo.

In 2007 I opened the Madness Circus Tattoo Shop & Creative Art Lab. I try to improve everyday day in a never-ending story made of much practice, seminars, experiments (now I’m producing my oil colors by making them with old soils and pigments from 50 years ago), so much humility, dedication, pride and dirty hands stinking of turpentine and safflower oil. I shout my message to the world. That world that as a child made me suffer a lot, but that underneath still has something wonderful to tell... keeping alive the dream of living only with my art.

LOST SOULS - Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm
LADY GREY WOLF - Oil on canvas 50 x 70 cm
THE LOVERS - Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm
SELF PORTRAIT - Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm

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Dr. Natalia Jezova

Dr Natalia Jezova communicates through a wide variety of media, including photography, film and installation. Her art, which has been exhibited internationally, addresses cultural memory, identity and gender issues.


Colour Studies - Series, fig 3(pink) - Mixed media 46.5x57 cm

Dr Natalia Jezova is an award-wining, multidisciplinary artist. She achieved her Professional Doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London in 2021.

Natalia's work is never quite what it first appears to be. Her images depict meticulously controlled compositions characterised by a classical aesthetic, tinged with poetic undertones of timeless desire and romance. Natalia's work creates immersive narrative scenarios that blur the lines between imagination, reality and memory.

Natalia is sight impaired and she sees everything with a double vision effect. This was one of the reasons why she started to use the superimposition technique (in which two images are simultaneously visible over each other) in her art practice. The layering of images on top of each other creates a new meaning and makes an impression on an almost subliminal level.

Natalia particularly admires Old Master paintings. She is fascinated by their unsurpassed technical qualities, their mysterious representation of dramatic light and their masterful use of composition. However, she appreciates not only their technical skill but also their incredible ability to convey to a viewer the subtext of the picture hidden behind the symbolic meanings of colours and details. After all, many Renaissance masterpieces, with their unique placement of objects and use of distinctive colour palettes, are coded ‘books’ filled with secrets and hints.

You just need to know the ciphers for these codes to understand what their author wanted to convey. She mixes classical and modern aspects and her artworks are multi-layered, containing their own little secrets that viewers are invited to discover. As Natalia says: “What could be more enchanting than a mystery? I suppose, only the love for the mystery and the quest which one embarks on in trying to solve it.”

 

Secrets Breed Secrets - Series on Raphael - Mixed media 53x63 cm
Secrets Breed Secrets - Series on Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa - Mixed media 99x145 cm
Her Majesty - Mixed media 115x145 cm
May You Live in Interesting Times - Series, fig 7 - Mixed media 129x180 cm

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Irene O’Neill

“Atmospheric and vibrant landscapes are created with expressive mark-making. As the paintings evolve the palette may change from hot to cool reflecting the constantly changing climate of the planet.. The paintings at times may not reference recognisable forms but rather deconstruct landscape.”

Forest Glow - Charcoal and pencil on Fabriano 45 x 65 cm

Irene O’Neill is a Kildare-based artist who works in Dublin. She graduated from NCAD in 2019 and her Degree Thesis which was commended is held in the NCAD Library’s collection. Her practice is grounded in both drawing and painting. Her paintings are abstracted and loosely figurative. The work ranges from paintings to mixed media and ink drawings. At times collage is used to construct images as painting references.  Since graduation, Irene spent two years with BKB Studios in Dublin 13. She is currently based in Pallas Studios, Dublin 8.

O’Neill’s practice responds to the phenomena of Climate Change. Her work ranges from abstracted to figurative responding to loss of habitats and environmental damage due to a changing planet because of climate change due to global warming. Canvases range in size and are executed in oils, acrylics, and mixed media. O’Neill also draws as part of her visual practice and produces drawings using charcoal and ink.

Previous exhibitions include Rua Red Open Show (2020), CIACLA USA online in 2020, Courtyard Gallery winter open in Ennistymon 2020 and 2021, and members exhibition with BKB Studios in 2021. Online digital exhibitions include Artnet DLR, Nua Collective, Pepney Gallery, Slow Lane Gallery and Artists Talk Magazine, digital display Times Square New York. 

O’Neill recently completed a CPD in Drawing and Painting with RHA Gallery School accredited by Technology University, Dublin.  She lists her many influences as Diebenkorn, Frankenthaler, Hockney, Morisot, and Caroline Walker.

O Neill is a member of Artnet Dun Laoire, and Nua Collective.  She is an associate Member of Visual Artists Ireland.

Fire 2 - Oil on canvas 33 x 33 in.
Forestia - Acrylic on canvas 32 x 32 in.
Forestia no 3 - Watercolour and mixed media 35 x 35 cm
And the Land became Sea no 3 - Oil on canvas 70 x 70 cm

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Barbara Palka Winek

“I would like my paintings to bring relief to those who look at them. That they would be a link between everyday life and what is elusive, invisible, ephemeral, transient and immaterial for us. This moment is important. The moment as a phenomenon closed in the frame.”

MANUSARB - Oil on canvas 140 x 100 cm

“My painting is characterized by searching and experimenting with form and subject. For me, technique is important and I develop and improve through experience. I work in cycles that complement each other and, as a result, create a full scale of my feelings and experiences.”


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I exhibited several times in Paris, London and New York, in Manhattan (Agora Gallery, Ward-Nasse Gallery, Brodway Gallery, NY Art Fair). I took part in the Florence Biennale, London Biennale, and Tokyo Biennale.

 

Select Recent exhibitions

2015 - Collezionista Gallery, Rome, London Art Biennale, London, Tokyo International Art Fair, Marco Polo International Prize Art, Venice,

ARTEXPO, New York, Premio Delle Arti Donato Bramante, Rome, DESA Gallery, Krakow, Bohema – New Art, Warsaw

WOMAN A FLOWER - individual exhibition RAVEN Gallery, Krakow

2016 - PALMA D'ORO PER L'ARTE, Biennale, Montecarlo, MONACO ART FAIR, Montecarlo, "RED PASSION", Gallery Des Carmes, Toulouse

"GRANDI DI ASTRAZIONE", Rossocinabro Gallery, Rome

2017 - THE ESSENTIAL ART EXHIBITION, Art in WOA

2018 - TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ARTFAIR, Tokyo

2019 - INTERNATIONALE EXPOSITION, Grimandi Gallery, New York, INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, ITSLIQUID GROUP, Venice, WOMAN'S ESSENCE,

The Woman In The Contemporary Art, Biennale, Venice, THE BODY LANGUAGE, ITSLIQUID INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION, Venice, "SPIKELESS CACTUS",

INTERNATIONAL SUMMER EXHIBITIONS, BURN-IN GALLERY, Vienna, ART IN MONACO YACHT SHOW, Montecarlo.

2021 - POWER OF CREATIVITY ART PRISE, ARTIST OF THE FUTURE AWARD, NEW RA CONTEMPORARY ART STATION, RIVER OF DREAMS, PAINTING OF THE YEAR 2021

Major awards:

Artis Laudabilis - The Europa Authentica Cultural Organization, Budapest, 2009, Oscar della Cultura - Florence, 2014, Marco Polo International

Prize - Venice, 2015, Roma Imperiale International Prize - Rome, 2015, Sandro Botticelli Prize - Florence, 2015, Primo Delle

WOMAN IN A TURQUOISE DRESS - Oil on canvas 140 x 100 cm
SCREENS OMEGA - Oil on stretched canvas 120 x 120 cm
IMAGO AND LATERN - Oil on canvas 140 x 100 cm
SCREENS CCCI - Oil on canvas 100 x 120 cm

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