Sharon Gainsburg

"My sculptures are a mirror of my soul’s journey and spiritual connection. Stone holds the truth of the earth. It imparts energy with tactile fluency and I feel its history and sense its essence. When I carve, I feel connected to the earth and a universal consciousness to create timeless beauty."

Shape of Water - Argentine Onyx 29 x 9 x 7 in.

American sculptress, Sharon Gainsburg discovered her love of stone more than 45 years ago and that love led her to carve in the famed landscape surrounding Carrera, Italy, where Michelangelo carved the lifelike marble masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

Sharon has been teaching others to carve stone using the direct carving method for over 40 years. Her work is exhibited in several private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally. She was selected to create an award for the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases, which was awarded annually from 1988-2004 to renowned scientists and humanitarians. In addition, she has been facilitating workshops in Unblocking Creativity for the past 20 years, assisting countless artists of all mediums to achieve higher levels of expression. Her gallery, Gainsburg Studio, exhibits her sculptures along with local artists. 

Goddess of Sensuality - Rose Alabaster 18 x 5 x 6 in.
Knowing - Italian Alabaster 32 x 11 x 9 in.
Angel Humanity - Utah Alabaster 64 x 9 x 5 in.
In The Moment - Italian Alabaster 12 x 14 x 12 in.

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VITA – Vitalia Glöckler

“My pictures set accents!”

Visiting Card - Acrylic , jute fabric, gouache, coffee 180 x 100 cm

Vitalia Glöckler was born in 1978 in Almaty, Kazakhstan and lives in Dettingen an der Erms, Germany.

"All my life I had a strong passion for art but just in 2014, I discovered contemporary abstract painting. It has become clear to me that this was something that I would never stop doing. With my paintings, I would like to consciously create a balance between the chaotic world and inner peace and thereby give people mental support. Almost all my paintings have a straight line or a resting spot as a symbol for the path of life in confidence, hope, inner peace and trust in oneself. The abstract expressionistic background stands for the different facets of life as well as the impermanence of the world."

Artistic education

• Georgij Makarow, Kazakhstan

• Mark Krause, Germany

 

Exhibitions

• 12.2018 – 12.2018 “Kunstraum”, Metzingen, Germany

• 10.2018 – 03.2019 “Musik und Kunst”, Reutlingen, Germany

• 05.2019 – 08.2019 “Erschaffung einer eigenen Welt”, Tuebingen, Germany

• 06.2019 “Abstraktion” Galerie Kazarian Art Center, Almaty, Kazakhstan

• 09.2019 „All is Art“ Breuninger Reutlingen, Germany

• 12.2019 – 12.2019 “Ateliergemeinschaft”, Metzingen, German

• 01.2020 “Gewagt”, Dettingen, Germany

• 11.2020 „Weihnachtsamkeit“, Dettingen, Germany

 

Art Contests

• 2019 – Luxembourg Art Prize

• 2020 – Luxembourg Art Prize

 

Gallery Representations

• 2019 - Gallery Kazarian Art Cent

• 2020 - CONTEXT ART GALLERY, Treviso, Italy

 

Painting Course performance

• 2020 - Online for Children & Adults

The Wind - Acrylic on wood 60 x 42 cm
Stone Flower - Acrylic, coffee 70 x 50 cm
Blue Dream - Acrylic, charcoal , dried bowls of ginger, 4 parts canvas 30 x 30 cm
The Forest - Acrylic, coffee 100 x 50 cm

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ESS22

"My artwork is informed by tattooing, textiles, printmaking, and a love for working with a brush on paper. There is nothing like the relationship between the eye, the hand, and a brush dipped in a medium on paper, compared to using a pen to create the linework for my images."

Cell - Ink spitshaded on watercolour paper 8 x 10 in.

American artist, ESS22 was born in Chicago in 1984.

"My first experience with art was when I was four years old. A hand turkey painting I made was compared to the work of Jackson Pollack. It made me feel confident that maybe I could be successful at making artwork for a living. Years later, I won 2nd place in a school art contest for a Canadian goose rendered using oil pastels. These early experiences stayed with me as I ventured into textile arts, attending art classes in various schools and programs, and working as a tattoo artist for a bit. Today, I enjoy expressing my aesthetics and transmitting ideas via ink spitshaded on paper using emotive figures."

Raise The Stakes - Ink spitshaded on watercolour paper 11 x 15 in.
Two of Swords - Ink spitshaded on watercolour paper 11 x 15 in.
Hush - Ink and coffee spitshaded on watercolour paper 9 x 12 in.
Celeste - Ink spitshaded on watercolour paper 5 x 7 in.

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Sergio Gianluca Notti

Space - Time Warp, 2010 - Acrylic and luminescent paint on double box canvas 100 x 70 cm

Born in Alessandria, Italy, in 1970, Sergio Gianluca Notti felt, from a young age,  the strong appeal of colors, which he considers poetry of a canvas, strength of life; able to create vortices and ties, indefinite forms in an infinite becoming, which turns matter into emotion.

His first son's birth in 2007 lead him to consider certain human qualities and to the belief that painting should not only be a tool to represent nature and the surrounding world, but a strong means of communication. Thus artworks belonging to Conceptual Figurative Abstract and Little Feet (as he called it) artistic expressions were born.

Notti, who holds a degree in Physics, invented 'Physics Art" in  2009, to represent the laws of physics with colors. Through painting, physics then becomes art, especially the art of cause and effect, applied to colors. In addition to Physics Art paintings, as a tribute to colors and physics, he also composed the poem "When color comes to life and becomes strength".

In 2020, Notti further extended the abstract-communicative vision of his production, reinterpreting it through Fluid Art, where, through colors flow (which always remain essential elements of his painting), the Real and the Imaginary interpenetrate becoming a single whole of suggestion and emotion.

In 2021, Notti approaches Pop Art and reinterprets the use of light and the effects that it creates with great charm within his artworks; therefore he exacerbates the use of particular photo-luminescent paints (already used in his Physics Art artworks), to give photo-luminescent effects, with emission of light in the dark, that completely capture the observer’s gaze. He called this new artistic expression Pop and Light.

Selected by critics for his graphics, the synthesis and communicativeness of his work, Notti was featured in the Catalogue of Modern Art 2011 and 2012 and on the Yearbook ARTE 2014 published by the Academy of Santa Sara, whose Critics Prize obtained in 2014.

Sergio Gianluca Notti lives in La Spezia and you can read more details on his practice on his personal website.

Mediterranean, 2020 - Acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 cm
Ties, 2009 - Acrylic and luminescent paint on canvas 70 x 50 cm
Riding a Ray of Light, 2010 - Oil, acrylic and luminescent paint on canvas 70 x 50 cm
Symphony, 2021 - Acrylic and luminescent paint on canvas 100 x 70 cm

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FOTO ARTE Haydee Yordan

Memberships

AAPPR  Asociación de Artistas Plásticos de Puerto Rico;

 SAATCHI  ART  Online Gallery Artist

 

FORMAL EDUCATION

-Bachelor in Arts, University of Puerto Rico, Cum Laude;

- Photography Workshops in PR and USA;

-Masters Courses, Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean;

-Montessori Elementary Education, Centro Internationale Studi Montessoriani, Bergamo, Italy;

-2014 – PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP -Yellowstone National Park,

-2013 - PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, - Iceland;

-2012- PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - Karin Rosenthal, Cape Cod, MASS.

 

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY BIENNIALS

--2016—International Photography BIENNIAL; WPGA, Berlin, Germany

--2014—3rd International Photography BIENNIAL; WPGA, Malaga, Spain

--2012—VIII P.R. International Photography BIENNIAL; Juried and Curated, Museum of the  Americas, Puerto Rico

--2010—VII P.R. International Photography BIENNIAL; Juried and Curated; Museum of the Americas, Puerto Rico.

 

EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES

--2017 to present-Only online activity due to diagnosis and treatment of cancer condition;

--2017 “Bravas” Collective Exhibition ,AAPPR;

--2016 Pamil Fine Art Gallery, San Juan, P.R.,

--2016 “Caribeñas” Collective exhibition, AAPPR, San Juan, P.R.,

--2016 “Cuadrados”, AAPPR Collective exhibition, P.R.

--2016 “Parguerarte”, AAPPR Art exhibition and Artisans, Parguera, P.R.

--2015 Pamil Fine Art Gallery, Collective Exhibition, P.R., 2015

--2014 Collective Exhibition, “Irreverente” at Museo Casa Escuté, Carolina, P.R.

-2014 SOLO Photography Exhibition, El Candil, Ponce, P. R.

-2011 Exhibited at CODDI Designers’ Convention

-2010—“Diasporarte” Pamil Fine Art Gallery, Collective Exhibition, Juried and Curated

--2010--Virtukale Arte Gallery, Miami, Florida;

-- 2010--Pamil Fine Art Gallery;  “Aroma del Color” collective exhibition; Juried and Curated,;

-- 2009--Gallery @ Brio; Collective Exhibition;

-- 2009--UPR Law School Photographic Exhibition, Environmental Law Org. , ANDA;

-- 2009 – Fotofest Portfolio Reviewl, Houston, Texas;

- -2009--Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de PR,  P.R. Artistic Photography Society;  Portf. Rev.;     

-- 1990—New York University Gallery, Student Exhibition, N.Y..

 

PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS

--2021—Featured Artist in Circle Foundation for the Arts, Webpage, in progress;

--2020—Published in LENSWORK, “Our Magnificent Planet” Photobook;

--2020—Published in “The Hand Magazine;

--2020—Published in Spotlight Magazine, Vol XVIII;

--2020—Published in Spotlight Magazine, Vol XVI;

(--2017 t0 2020--Diagnosed and treatment of  health condition;)

--2017--Publication project, P.R. School of Medicine, Embriology Manual with biological photography of fetuses, P.R., 2017 in progress… halted;

--2016--Published photographs (13) in literary short stories book “Rastros de sombra en la arena” by  Luis Alejandro Polanco, collaborative work;

--2016—Awarded Second Place, “Rastros de Sombra en la Arena”, collaborative work;

--2015--Published photo book “Borrando Géneros” or “Erasing Gender”;

--2015--IPA “Honorable Mention” AWARD photo book “Borrando Géneros;

- 2015-2016--Participate in TV and radio in P.R. about photo book “Borrando  Géneros”;

--2015-Pollux Award,  WPGA;

--2015--Julia Margaret Cameron  Award,WPGA;

--2014--Published photo in National Geographic Learning, Cengage Learning, Boston, MA.;

--2013--6th Pollux Awards, First Place, Abstract, Professional;

--2013--Grand Prix de la Decouverte, Paris, France, Merit Award for photo “Erasing Gender”;

--2013—Published Photos in Latin American Art Magazine, July;

--2012—B&W COLOR  Magazine AWARD, Silver, Abstract and Metaphor;

--2012--IPA AWARDS, Lucie Awards,  Architecture, Bridges;

--2011--IPA AWARDS, Lucie Awards, Aerials;

--2011--4th Pollux Awards, Abstract, Photographer of the Year;

--2011--B & W + COLOR Magazine, Published, Sept;

--2011-- Analog Press, Literary and Art Magazine; Published;

--2010—Published Photo in National Geographic Traveller Magazine, Jan-Feb edition;

--1987—Nueva Escuela Montessori, School Days photographic project.

--1986-1987--Nueva Escuela Montesssori,  school days photographic project;

--1982--“Mi Escuela es Diferente”,   photo-book,  Colegio Montessori de Puerto Rico;

--1980-1982--CEREP, Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Puertorriqueña; re-photographing and publication of P.R. historic photos.


COLLECTORS

Private and corporate collectors from, New York, Florida, Spain and Puerto Rico:

--AIG, American Insurance Group acquired 14 photographs for AIG Collection in New York.

--New York collector through SAATCHI ART.

--Madrid, Spain, art collector acquired two photographs.

--AIG, American Insurance Group, acquired four photographs for AIG’s Miami Office collection.

--Manati Urology Medical Office, Art Collector Dr. Saade.

--Ponce Medical Gastro Office Collection.


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Jiqun Chen

Chen Jiqun, renowned for his oil paintings of portraits and landscapes, has devoted himself to preserving Inner Mongolia's environment, local people's rights and nomadic cultural traditions through the sales of his paintings.

STEPPE RIDER - Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Chinese artist, Chen Jiqun was born in 1947 and attended the art department of the  Central Academy of Fine Arts from 1963 to 1967. He moved to Inner Mongolia in 1967 as a young man in search of adventure.

The grasslands and landscapes imprinted during his youth, live on through his paintings even if in reality they continue to recede. Vast landscapes filled with horses galloping between herds of sheep, goats, and cows grazing on foot-high grass have been replaced with cornfields, fenced-in pastures, mines, and increasingly, deserts. Jiqun is a professional, full-time artist who is open to commission requests and teaches oil painting.

LANDSCAPE OF NAILINGAOLE - Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm
RETURN TO HEAVEN - Oil on canvas 130 x 160 cm
CAMEL CAR - Oil on canvas 130 x 160 cm
SUMMER GRAZING LAND No.2 - Oil on canvas 70 x 50 cm

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Joe Tickle

"I love to draw city views in a variety of wild colour schemes. I think it gives a new perspective on a lot of places as well as brightening up the landscape."

Brighton Pier - Coloured pencil drawing 420 x 297 mm

“I have favoured drawing in the brighter colours for as long as I can remember, as I felt the world around me looked a bit dull and monotone. I started doing these drawings to show how colour can be used to brighten up a view.

After I have chosen a view, I draw all the outlines in fine black pen. The ink drawing is then scanned and reproduced as prints alongside the colour ones. Once this stage is complete, the next is to create a vibrant version using coloured pencil, which I think creates good contrasts and a nice variety of textures.

While most of my works are based on my own photographs, I have also done a number of commissions. Some are the usual city views, others for people who wanted their house drawn in this style. Or even their wedding photos.”

UK artist, Joe Tickle has been featured at art fairs in London, Oxford, Cambridge and Guildford and has a part-time stall at Camden market. All his works are available as originals as well as prints and cards.

Bridge Of Sighs Oxford - Pen and ink drawing 420 x 297 mm
New York - Coloured pencil drawing 420 x 297 mm
Bridge Of Sighs Cambridge - Pen and ink drawing 420 x 297 mm
Westminster Bridge - Coloured pencil drawing 420 x 297 mm

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Michael F. Stitt – ステット マイケル

天国の山々の精神 The Spirit of Heavenly Mountain - Oils 145 x 70 cm

Michael Frank Stitt スティット マイケル (b.1961) is an Australian artist, composer and twice-award-winning landscape architect. After working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a landscape architect, in 2016 an opportunity became available to spend three months studying the Naguata Shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese instrument, in Chofu City, Tokyo. It was there that Michael became fascinated with Japanese gardens, music and ink painting (Sumi-e). At the heart of his Sumi-e works is the desire to achieve both the Zen philosophy and the Japanese notion of wabi-sabi.

Wabi-Sabi 侘寂 is an almost unique concept in Japanese culture. It can be defined as a worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. An aesthetic beauty that is derived from the "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically “impermanence, suffering and emptiness” (or absence of self-nature). Characteristics of the Wabi-Sabi aesthetics include simplicity, economy, asymmetry, roughness, austerity, and modesty.

The objective of Michael’s artistic expression is to obtain the maximum visual effect with the minimum of ink applied. Hence, enough ink to convey the idea, and for the viewer to complete the picture through their imagination.

In practicing Sumi-e he applies different shades of grey using water and black ink providing an infinite array of design capability. The narrative conveyed is a reverence and respect for nature, with humanity being depicted, metaphorically, as being in harmony with the ecologically rich natural world. Mountains and landscapes are portrayed as the most important element of the painting, aiming for both the painter and viewer to meditate on the ideal paradigm of the natural order of the landscape.

Michael now paints Sumi-e landscape and uses them as musical inspiration for piano improvisations. 

最後の松。 The Solitary Pine - Watercolour/Chinese ink 41 x 32 cm
無心の心 。 Mushin No Shin - Watercolour/Chinese ink 41 x 22 cm
浮かぶ風景。 The Floating Landscape - Watercolour/Chinese ink 41 x 32 cm
竹のようになりなさい。Be Like Bamboo - Acrylics 140 x 90 cm

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Jos Stumpe

"My abstract paintings, prints, and drawings investigate the perception of chaos in nature. Reflecting on complexity is part of my creative process. My visual language is abstract, my way of working by chance. Taking chances to interact spontaneously with mediums and to achieve the unpredictable."

Spraymotion - Oil pastel on black Arches paper 22 x 30 in.

Visually responding to questions posed by Romare Bearden; "The artist confronts chaos. The whole thing of art is, how do you organize chaos?" Jos Stumpe's abstract paintings, prints and drawings accept this challenge as they investigate the perception of chaos in nature. For the Dutch-born, New York-based artist making art is like a refuge where he can process the complexities of the world.

After more than twenty years of having put his creativity into translating other people’s ideas into word and image, Stumpe felt the need to create something of his own. Initially, the medium to realize this became clay. He studied Ceramic Design at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and graduated in 2012.

Having moved from Amsterdam to New York in 2012, he has been exploring sculpture, painting and printmaking, at the National Academy School. In September 2015 Stumpe finished the Studio Art Intensive program at the National Academy School. Since then he works in his own studio in Chelsea where he dived into the world of Mokuhanga, the Japanese technique of water-based woodblock printing. During the lockdown due to Covid-19 he started drawing with oil pastels.

By balancing the quiet and the chaotic, my non-representational oeuvre resonates with sharp contrasts, oscillating from moments of intensity to empty space. Comparable to a person’s shifting moods, my work goes from one extreme to the other, forging an open relationship between the composition and the viewer, employing color, line, and shape. My visual conversations ask the viewer to push the boundaries of abstract art, finding the personal in the non-representational.

Opposites Attract #13 - Mokuhanga collage on panel 24 x 36 in.
A Mediterranean Blue - Oil pastel on Rives BFK paper 30 x 22 in.
Opposites Attract - Mokuhanga collage on panel, Triptych Ea. 55 x 29 in.
Plaid #8 - Oil pastel on black Arches paper 30 x 22 in.

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Ingrid Slaa

"My work is autobiographical. Using casts of my own body parts I try to depict the world around me, what strikes me, what I think about, what I experience, or what I encounter in an image. I don't know in advance what it will be in the end and what material I will use."

Basis - Silicon, Lifesize

"Being an artist is my second career. I first worked as a speech therapist. But I discovered that I did not want to do that for the rest of my life. Out of a desire to develop my creativity, I started at the Vrije Academie for Beeldende Kunst when I was 35. And as soon as I got in there, I knew I had found my place, my goal. I wanted to become an artist. After 6 years I graduated cum laude in spatial work. And since then I have been working to further develop myself as an artist.

The leitmotiv in my work is the use of my own body. I often start with a new sculpture by making a mold of (a part of) my own body. Think of hands, fingers, feet, my face, ears, nose, legs or also my back. With this mold, I make several casts in various materials. From playing with these casts, making sketches, and collecting words related to a certain event or feeling, a new work grows. While this process is going on it becomes clear what the artwork is about, what material I am going to use and how it should be shaped. In this way, a personal story takes shape in an installation or single artwork

I use various materials, such as plaster, silicone, epoxy, textile, casting wax and polyurethane foam. Photography is also part of my work.”

Not - Silicon mask on a panel 175 x 35 cm
Are you listening? - Casting wax 90 x 90 x 90 cm
Hanging - Casting wax and textile, Lifesize
Liquid - Wax sculpture, print on dibond 120 x 80 cm

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