Jay Brown

Girl

Jay Brown creates powerful yet subtle visual images that makes the viewer’s imagination soar. Trained by a twice degreed colleague, what was Brown’s hobby easily morphed to the next stage. Her canvas started to purposefully transition. She explored therapeutic nuances through her renderings.

Abstract
Boots
Latina

Jay holds a M.A. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in history, political science, women and gender studies. Her graduate thesis offered a comparative analysis of HIV in mass media, not only because art, research, education and activism piloted the city of Chicago but because those themes can be used as a tool to examine social ills such as racism, class-ism and sexism.

 


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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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Daman Gill-Tur

Monday blues

"My art tells my visual story, as my distorted eye perceives the world in fragments with much haze and blurriness.. The layers, the hazy colors, the blur, the lines, the spots all depict my own visual story expressed digitally."

Disheveled
Evolved
Efflorescence

Daman Gill-Tur is a California based self-taught visual artist. She creates abstract paintings using digital medium. After graduating from New York University- College of dentistry, she practiced as a DDS for 10+ years till recent changes with her eye put a pause on that. After losing visual acuity in one eye, she turned to her art and started spanning out pieces which would otherwise have not been created if not for her distorted vision. Her art is a positive spin on her battle with disability.

 


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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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