Ritva Georgiades

"I mainly work in mixed media collage and enjoy experimenting with different materials. My art is an ongoing journey and is one where I can use my inner thoughts to create images either in realism, or abstract form, and I find great inner peace from creating."

Rose Garden - Collage made with silky fabric, acrylics, pose paint pen, 51 cm diameter

Ritva Georgiades was born and raised in North Finland and has been living in England since 1949. She attained her degree in Fine Art from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design. Her work has been predominantly in the mixed media collage on paper. She has participated in art fairs and many group exhibitions including at the Mall Galleries in London.

Blue Moment - Mixed media on paper, hand coloured and cut paper 40 x 40 cm
Purple Poetry - Hand coloured and cut paper, thread, feathers on paper 40 x 40 cm
Grand Bazaar - Mixed media Each panel 25 x 25 cm
Butterflies - Collage, acrylic, hand stitching 49 x 49 cm
Cascade - Hand coloured and cut paper on painted paper 50 x 50 cm
Pansies - Mixed media collage 67 x 65 framed
Flower - Mixed media 39 x 39 cm

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Maryse-Anne Couteau

"Anything could inspire me but I am very fond of mixing the representation of human beings with complex constructions in an imaginary world.”

Le double - Colored pencil 10 x 10 cm

Maryse-Anne Couteau is a self-taught French artist. Her preferred medium has long be the pencil and she employs a colored pencil technique not widely used by grown-ups!  In recent years, Couteau has been also working in ink.

In her early work,  Couteau used very little color with very fine graphics and successfully suggested volume by a black stroke gently underlined in color. Subsequently, color increasingly imposed itself, and eventually supplanted the line. At first, the tones were quite assertive but were gradually refined. By superimposing different colors, the artist creates mixes and nuances, which are one of the characteristics of her work.

Although the human body and face have a great place in her world, Maryse-Anne Couteau is not limited to any particular style or type of representation; staging objects as well as animals and people. The artist finds an inexhaustible source of inspiration in the real world; the fertility of her imagination and her keen sense of observation intermingle a wonderful inner universe and a precise and detailed reality.

In her surprisingly original compositions, we see the impossible desire to get right up close to the subject and reach its very essence. The covering, the sliding, the transparency of surfaces, in reality, opaque, the repetition of shapes at different scales or the modification of angles of view on the same subject testify to a wish to see higher and deeper; to embrace the subject in its totality instead being limited to the superficial; to see further by projecting into the future and the past; to explore beneath the surface of things; go beyond the limit traced by the outlines and reach the infinite riches that hide in every aspect of reality.

After years of studies and a professional life, which was far from artistic, Maryse-Anne Couteau has decided to invest herself entirely in drawing and has devoted herself for nearly thirty years to her passion.

Passé simple - Black pencil 12 x 22 cm
L'autre rive - Ink 20 x 20 cm
L'enfant à a coque - Colored pencil 20 x 20 cm
Entre Toi et moi - Colored pencil 28 x 40 cm

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Jill Dowell

"I am an artist, living and working in Paris. Primarily abstract, my paintings are heavily influenced by my love for music. This bridging of fine art modalities serves to help me create inspiring and uplifting artwork, deeply saturated with color, expression, and meaning."

Offering the Olive Branch - Acrylic on paper 38 x 28 cm

Having studied French, Italian and German as a singer sparked Jill's interest in other cultures. A love of fine art, painting, sculpture, music, architecture and poetry, as well as landscapes and cultural influences, continue to be an inspiration for her paintings.

Music, rhythmic movement and intuitive improvisation have always been guiding elements behind Dowell's works. Having an affinity for texture and a bold, yet sophisticated color palette allows her to create paintings that are palpable and accessible. Following her intuitive process, Dowell hopes to bring the viewer along on a journey of shared discovery through her abstract works and impressionistic influences.

More to the Story - Acrylic on paper 30.5 x 45.5 cm
Written on the Wind - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 40 cm
Romantic Gestures - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 40 cm
Better with Time - Acrylic on paper 24 x 32 cm

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Gerhard Rabe

"My picture compositions unite aspects of the naturalistic area with abstract elements. Visual art gives me the opportunity to bring my innermost to the outside. My art always oscillates on the border area between objectivity and abstraction."

Stratifications - Acrylic on paper 27 x 43 cm

German artist, Gerhard Rabe received formal education as Organist, Choir Director and Composer the Musikhochschule Dortmund, Germany. He has worked as an organist for two renowned churches in Dortmund, Germany. Rabe also studied to become a retail salesman, holding several leading positions in design and furniture shops. He was the Purchase Manager at Rosenthal Studio House for graphic edition and art objects. He was also employed as the Head of Music Publishing company Rabe-Spiess-Hartkopf. Rabe had a guest performance contract with Theater Dortmund, Germany. Since 1970 he has been an independent music composer with more than 300 published compositions as well as numerous awards. Rabe is the founder and owner of Concertino music publishing company.

Gerhard Rabe's artwork is inspired by musician and painter Vincenz Frigger. He utilizes linoleum and screen printing techniques and his works are often accompanied by music compositions. After multiple participations in Akademie Eigenart, Rabe established his own artistic studio. He has followed various workshops including with Thomas Beecht, Carola Czempik, Christopher Eymann, Eva Großhennig, Andy Ilmberger, Gerhard Marquard, Anni Rieck and Martina Wald. He has done numerous study trips in Italy, Scandinavia and the USA. Rabe is a member of the board Kunstverein Tölzerland e.V.

Braid II - Acrylic on paper 34 x 48 cm
Monterey Bay Aquarium I - Acrylic on canvas 40 x 60 cm
Braid I - Acrylic on paper 34 x 48 cm
Waymarks - Acrylic on paper 26 x 36 cm

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Yulia Artemeva

"In my embroidery work, I try to convey the beauty of the psychic world. The embroidery represents emotions. I'm looking for sensual images. The images of my embroidery collection live with feelings; love, tenderness, repentance, joy, compassion, this is what surrounds us and this is what our soul breathes."

Ostrobramskaya Icon - Stone's embroidery, Gold threads, pearls, gold beads, rhinestone, coral, zircon, white gold and silver jewellery 19,5 x 21,5 cm.

Yulia Artemeva is an embroidery artist from Russia who also works as a fabric restorer. She has worked professionally for 7 years and employs the techniques of the Old Russian goldwork embroidery of royal craftswomen of the X-XVII centuries, as well as stone embroidery.

 

Select Exhibits and Awards

"Art week in Barcelona, Spain, 2020" 3rd Place Award, Project "The Cello"

"Russian art-week in Moscow, 2017", 2nd Place Award, Icon "Holy Trinity", 3rd Place Award, Icon "Unfading flower"

"Art week in London, the UK, 2015" 1st Place Award, Icon"The Lord Almighty"

"Art week in Rome, Italy"  1st Place Award, Icon "The Lord Almighty"

"Art week in Luxembourg"  1st Place Award, Icon "The Lord Almighty"

"Art week in Sofia, Bulgaria" 1st Place Award, Icon"The Lord Almighty”

The Cello - Silk pattern embroidery, Silk threads, antique gold thread (from 1920), coral, gold beads 31,5 x 33 cm
St. George the Victorious Icon - Silk and stone's embroidery, Silk threads, gold thread, rhinestone 12,5 x 17 cm
The trumpet - Silk pattern embroidery, Silk threads, antique gold thread (from 1920) zircon 31,5 x 33 cm
Unfading flower Icon - Stone's embroidery, Gold threads, pearls, gold beads, rhinestone, coral, zircon, handmade exclusive jewellery 19,5 x 21,5 cm

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Aomi Kikuchi

"I am an artist who earnestly learns various knowledge and techniques of textiles, digests them, and takes a unique approach to conventional thinking and methods for creating innovative works."

Shape of Mind - Drawing, Gold Sumi Ink, Canvas 7.62 cm square each

Aomi Kikuchi is a textile artist based in Kyoto, Japan. She holds a BFA from Kyoto University of Art & Design (Japan) and an MFA from Pratt Institute (USA) and is currently an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center (USA). Aomi has exhibited her work throughout the world including at Today’s Silk Road Exhibition (China), LA Art Show Modern + Contemporary (California), and the annual Japan Contemporary Art and Craft Exhibition (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum).

With over 30 years of practice, Aomi has dedicated extensive and immersive practice to Japanese Kimono Haute Couture, Yusen dyeing techniques, and silk fabrics after becoming a fashion designer. This background inspires her artistic exploration and her artwork utilizes various textile materials and techniques including extremely thin fibers, goose down, and cotton flower along with knitting, weaving, embroidery, and other craft techniques.

Aomi’s figurative dyeing, textile installation, and soft sculptures exemplify her intentional selection of materials that are defined by delicacy and brittleness. With this, she aims to express Buddha's philosophy of impermanence, insubstantiality and suffering of all life. Aomi is currently working on a series of large scale installation pieces and sculptures that explore impermanence through the use of biology and nature with textiles. This new work will be on view at the Textile Arts Center in Fall 2020.

 

Chasm - Original Dye Method inspired by Traditional Japanese Yuzen Kimono Dyeing, Layered Silk Organza, Acid dye, Pigment 90 cm square
Transition - Knitting, Embroidery, Linen Yarn, Silk Thread, Goose Down 208 x 218 cm
Female Mosquito - Embroidery, Painting, Silk Gauze, Wire, Pigment, Cotton, Bamboo Hoop 16 cm round
Trace - Embroidery, Silk Thread, Goose, Down, Cotton 68 x 28 cm

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Annukka

"I use recyclable materials and turn them into new stories through painting, drawing, sewing, weaving and embroidering. We are able to feel the memories and stories of past lives that have been lived through recycled materials."

The glass bead game, Triptych (Lasihelmipeli), 2020 - Weaving, painting, sewing, ready made - 212 x 4 x 110 cm Photo by Usva Torkki

The art as a way of expressing yourself

"I develop diary-like textile pieces from materials that are inherited, or already existing pieces from my previous textile experiments and scattered paintings, recycled textiles, cutting boards, driftwoods, stones and shellfish shells. I use recyclable materials and turn them into new stories through weaving, sewing and embroidering. We are able to feel the memories and stories of past lives that have been lived through recycled materials."

Annukka is a Finnish artist, born in 1960 and living in Espoo. She holds degrees in Pedagogy for Visual Arts and Textile arts and Design.

A & Omame, Triptych 2018-20 - Textile/oil painting & pastels, sewing, ready made - 120 x 8 x 110 cm
Still life: The end of the play (Leikinloppu), 2011-2020 - Painting, sewing, ready made - 53 x 15 x 87 cm
Shelter from the Wind (Tuulensuoja)
A ( A & Omame, Triptych 2018-20), The flour sieve with embroidery - Ready made - 21 x 8 x 35 cm

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Aleksandra Sheren

"In my work I am pursuing to explore sensuality and otherworldliness of humans. I am mixing photography, digital art, videography, and sometimes sound. My portraits show how I see who people are when nobody is looking at them, their inner search for freedom, and their answer to this search."

Pomegranate - Caravaggio style - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)

Russian Photographer and Digital Artist, Aleksandra Sheren received her second degree from the International School of Photography and Cinema. She has been numerously featured in Photographize Magazine and included in the Photographize Magazine Annual book. Sheren has exhibited at Agora Gallery, New York and received an Honorable Mention at the Photo D’Femme Contest “Seeing Women” exhibition. Besides her photoart, she is currently working on a cinematographic project.

The Window - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Sensual Venus: Freedom - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Mars in Libra - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
State of Mind - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
The Power of Silence - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Praying to my Moon: Self- Portrait - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Cello Moon - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Morning Dream - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Low Key Esoteric Portrait - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)

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Cristina Corvino

"In the past two years, my production has focused on the creation of a number of works from the "Time Machines" series that investigate the social role of women throughout history, these works belong to the style of Conservative Art, a term coined with a registered trademark."

Nonnità - Mixed media 140 x 160 cm

Italian artist, Cristina Corvino attended the Liceo Artistico Renato Cottini as a pupil of Antonio Carena, an established painter known for the "Heavens", and of the designer Giorgio Ceretti, known for the creation of the "Pratone" sofa. The teachings of these masters gave Corvino an aptitude for research and a passion for art that will grow and become expressed in a variety of visual languages: painting, installations, fashion, theater; experimentations which over time will give life to mixed media series of works, independent of the will of the client.

With a Degree in Architecture and a career as architect and restorer, Cristina Corvino continues her artistic activity in parallel. In some cases inserted as an integral part of the workspace and in other cases as a continuous comparison with ancient works and various executive techniques.

#Io Resto a Casa - Oleographic printing and mixed media 56 x 70 cm
Rinominata COVID19 in Italy - Mixed media 112 x 140 cm
Creazione - Mixed media 140 x 160 cm
Rinominata Distanziamento Sociale - Mixed media 140 x 160 cm

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Bernd Reichert

"I have always been interested in surrealist art and magic realism. The figurative aspect is important there. Coming from printmaking, I started out with using existing imagery, but more and more I have been combining collages with painted elements up to the point where the painting takes full control."

La Belle Machiniste - Acrylic and collage 70 x 70 cm

“I was born behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany. I am now living on the surreal shores of Belgium. I studied printmaking in Germany (Berlin, Magdeburg) and Ireland. After many years of producing limited edition prints in all forms, I stopped for a few years my art production and traveled the world extensively. Now I have moved my area of interest to collages and paintings. I like to see myself as a kind of surrealist artist in the tradition of Leonor Fini, Eileen Agar and the likes.

My collages are a juxtaposition of elements, images, and objects incoherent to each other, thereby exercising a de-contextualizing form of violence on language and image alike. They contain a kind of strangeness, a disturbing element disquieting the spectator/reader who is confronted with a series of elements taken from one's everyday life which, being put one next to each other, provoke, suddenly, an incoherent situation, a source of obscurity and vagueness. Working with text and images, I like to encourage the viewer to oscillate between reading and looking. It is about reusing, recycling and re-contextualizing the over-abundance of images and information we can choose from Time, the various cultural influences of the placed I traveled to and a Babel-like plethora of different languages are recurring aspects of my work.

The artwork is telling stories, influenced by my travels, but also often containing autobiographical elements."

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

Gallery Kaire-Desine, Vilnius (LT), 2005

Gallery Meno, Cultural Centre Jonava (LT) , 2005

Musée de l’Art Spontané, Brussels (BE), 2008

Gallery 89, London (UK), 2010

Kunstwerkstatt, Magdeburg (GE), 2010 and 2013

Gallery ORT, Birmingham (UK), 2012

Cultural Centre, Minden (GE), 2014

L’Apparition - Acrylic and collage 70 x 70 cm
Merz N°2 - Collage 15 x 10 cm
Waiting - Acrylic 70 x 70 cm
Heize Elektrisch! - Collage 30 x 21 cm

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