Billy the Kid Neon – Numen

"I am an outsider artist. I am self-taught and use unusual materials in my work such as sheetrock and neon paint. My work is for me a spiritual path. I became an artist when I was "Richard Dreyfussed" (as in Close Encounters of the Third Kind) at Home Depot one day and have been at it ever since."

Billy's Large Glass - Mixed media 23 x 46 in.

“I am an outsider artist. I am self-taught and use unusual materials in my work such as sheetrock and neon paint. My work is for me a spiritual path as I am now the artist called Billy the Kid Neon/Numen formerly known simply as Billy the Kid Neon (hehee).

I became an artist when I was "Richard Dreyfussed" (as in Close Encounters of the Third Kind) at Home Depot one day. I bought an 8' x 4' piece of sheetrock and, with a neighbor's help, I set it on two sawhorses. In a trance, I did my first piece appropriately called "Future Numen". This solitary phase in my work culminated in my magnum opus "Yu Must Squeeze" - a 7000 c.ft. installation.

Now I employ "fine" artists in my work and I think it is way better - not so rough and more accessible. My art is now for sale and hopefully, placable. Thanks for your kind attention..."

LUV AND PEACE,

- Billy

The Adventures of Roy Rogers & Dale Evans & The Known God & Abraxas & The Unknown God in the Lost Canyon - Mixed media 9 x 5 x 5 ft
Sex War - Mixed media 28 x 72 x 3 in.
Gospel of Evey Verses 7:1 - 7:4 - Mixed media 20 x 32 x 5 in.
Billy & Holy Plastic Family - Mixed media 34 x 36 x 88 in.

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Nasia Houvarda

“My humble burning desire is to share through my art ..my passion for life, ..my love for the world and my optimism for the future."

Love Can Melt Stones - Pastel drawing 25 x 35 cm

"I found out about my artistic character in 2001 when a car accident left me with extreme burn injuries on my body but at the same time extreme determination to survive. While struggling to find ways to use my injured hands again, I challenged myself with embroidery, mosaic, and painting.  I have been painting ever since my injuries and although creating was hurting me physically, it was the only thing that soothed me mentally and helped me go through my dark moments when life was hard and the pain unbearable. 

I am a self-taught artist with a passion to bring life to blank canvasses using my emotions and love for nature. Trees fascinate me for all the similarities they share with humans. In most of my paintings, you will find materials like real bark or pieces of wood to represent life, and metal pieces to represent strength.”

Nasia has been exhibiting since 2005 and is a member of the North Greece Artists Association. Her works can be found in private collections in Europe, the United States and North America.

 


 

"Nasia Houvarda’s works display impressive attention to detail and the labor that goes into the works is quickly evident. The subject matter of her drawings, paintings, and mixed media works is varied; details found in nature, everyday scenes, still life, portraits and abstractions. The unifying element across this diverse library of themes seems to be the eloquent way in which her creative eye sees and frames her subjects into balanced compositions. Although self-taught, Nasia manages to naturally envisage the traditional balance techniques. Our gaze flows across each image and effortlessly guided by color and brushstroke we take in the entire oeuvre.

Her diverse practice is a testament to an artist that is not afraid to experiment with new materials, nevertheless, it seems that Nasia quickly finds her unique way to work with each media and make it truly an inherent part of her creative vocabulary." - Circle Foundation for the Arts, Director

Rusting Together - Pastel drawing 20 x 30 cm
Shipwreck Illusion - Pastel drawing 13 x 13 cm
Door to Prosperity - Pastel drawing 25 x 35 cm
My Inukshuk - Pastel drawing 11.4 x 7.9 in.

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Michael Mutschler

"My pictures implement spontaneous gestures, impulses. I have always tried to translate emotional moods into pictures. I collect motifs by actively observing. My collection of figures is large, after all, I am already over 70 years old!"

Kaltstart, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 60 cm

German Artist, Michael Mutschler was born (1947) in Heilbronn (Baden-Württemberg). His father was the artist and educator Rudolph Mutschler, and his sister is the artist and architect Eva Petzold. Art and art history have always played the most important role in his life. Mutschler studied at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart.

Numerous stays in Greece and Italy as a youth informed his aesthetics, as well as a later three-month trip through Italy - on a  ten Deutschmarks budget.

"As a (young) father of two and later four children, I found it sometimes exhausting but also enriching to come to terms with little means."

"We were struggling over the concept of art. Joseph Beuys helped me out of conservative concepts and one of his students, Holger Utta, taught me. I read a lot, Erich Fromm, C.G. Jung, Mitscherlich and had first encounters with Anthroposophy. I was with Prof. Schellenberger in the master class for Puppetry, where we developed experimental theatre, in an attempt to see man as part of art.

Our performance "Ich - Sklave - Über-ich - Sklave, Roboter - Sklave" moved a reporter of the Süddeutscher Rundfunk II (21.2.1971, 22.30) to this statement: "The following actions", says the reporter, skeptical about the title, "a mixture of pantomime, puppet play and effective visuals, fascinated so directly that at times one seemed to gaze spellbound at the stage of one's own consciousness".

His analysis: "The simple fact, still fresh today and more ingeniously disguised than ever, that we are all puppets at times and have to free ourselves from the tormenting state," aptly sums up the driving force behind my artistic work. Incidentally, the discussion has lost nothing of its relevance for me.

A longhaired art teacher wearing a corduroy suit, I came to grammar school, where the old spirit still reigned. The headmaster was speechless in the face of this performance. I took Joseph Beuys with me to this school - everyone is an artist. That's not directly aimed at brush and easel, no: every person is able to lead a situation to a better one by himself - if they have access to creativity and empathy in the here and now. From my point of view, this positive presence allows us to do justice to people, to act humanely. So, art and pedagogy merge. Hard to chew for some of those present in the teaching staff. I also understood my teaching activity as compensation for my own, often humiliated student soul."

Michael Mutschler now lives in Machern near Leipzig. After almost 40 years as an art teacher, he now enjoys the freedom of the pensioner and, nourished by his first successes, he feels so free to exhibit his works in public, much of which was created in the last five years.

Der Großinspirator, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Gesellschaftsschichten, 2019 - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 50 cm
Klima - Klimax - Acrylic on canvas 2019, 120 x 100 cm
Suche nach Wärme, 2016 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 70 cm

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Ann Dunbar

"My art is a history of my travels, dreams, observations of natural forms, which from afar brings you closer to an intimate meeting of marvels. I use a combined technique which I have developed over the years to express my own voice and vision."

Inspiration Estivale - Embroidery on mixed media/paper, 100 x 120 cm

Ann Dunbar is an international quoted artist, born and educated in the UK and now living in France. Armed with a teachers' Diploma and an arts degree specializing in Textiles, she taught in schools and colleges in the UK for sixteen years before becoming a full-time artist. Her unique mixed technique whereby she embellishes her paintings on paper with embroidery, her signature work, has received acclaim and to date and acquired fifty awards since moving to France in 1996. Ann has exhibited worldwide: Brazil, Japan, Cambodia, China, Australia, Russia, Emirates and in Europe.

Dunbar's pieces are in various museums, private and corporate collections in China, Japan, the UK, Australia and Denmark. She is represented by Shoalhaven Fine Art Gallery in NSW, Australia, G&C Gallery in England and Paola Trevisan International Italy. Her work reveals a passion for the fragile beauty of the natural world.


The idiosyncratically layered works of Ann Dunbar combine painting and embroidery in a unique and painstaking technique that involves meticulous marks with a wet brush as well as with her old Bernina sewing machine. "This precious machine, given to me by my mother, is the most important tool in my creative world." describes Ann.

Taking a medium that is typically associated with crafts, Dunbar's large mixed media works carry through the traditionally feminine practice of sewing, blending thread and paint into high works of art.

Full of color, detail, and texture, each work displays a complex arrangement of interconnected lines and motifs stitched together to produce a balanced and intricate mixed media composition. The works may require hours of careful gazing to take in the full spectrum of labor that the artist put in as well as to appreciate the delicate beauty and refined expertise which the finished piece reflects. 

It is no surprise that Ann continues to exhibit and sell her remarkable artworks internationally. Visit her website to enjoy more of her recent works.

- Circle Foundation for the Arts, Director

Garden of Happiness - Embroidery on mixed media/paper 50 x 40 cm
Dream Garden I - Embroidery on mixed media/paper 70 x 50 cm
Path In The Shade - Embroidery on water colour. 50 x 40 cm
Wish You Were Here - Embroidery on water colour. 70 x 50 cm

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Andrew Ogus / Works on paper

"A simple mark may radically transform a drawing."

The Blue Box - Acrylic, graphite, color pencil, watercolor pencil 14 x 13 in.

"I make drawings on prepared printmaking paper, combining my fascination with animals and with the male figure in various series. Rather than create an idealized perfection I look for the extraordinary beauty in ordinary people. As well as exploring the effects of various surfaces I’ve created on the paper, these subjects are a conduit for exploring many different kinds of marks, and how simple variation in a line or a tiny stroke transforms an image."

Andrew Ogus is an American mixed-media artist born in 1948 and based in San Francisco, California. He holds a BFA Distinction from the California College of Arts and Crafts.

The Postcard Project 59 - Acrylic, litho ink, graphite 30 x 18 1/4 in.
The Blue Plate 2 - Acrylic, litho ink, graphite, color pencil, watercolor pencil 14 x 13 in.
Fragment 123 - Acrylic, litho ink, graphite, color pencil 11 3/4 x 11 1/4 in.
The Blue Plate - Acrylic, graphite, color pencil 21 x 15 in.

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KIE

"My works are the journey to seek for the emotion of the youngest memory I remember and attempts to see the world through that emotion."

Picker - Oil 40.9 x 27.3 cm

Kie is a Korean Artist born in 1976 living in Gimpo.

When A Butterfly Flies, The Petals Fly - Oil 24.4 x 41 cm
Playground - Oil 40.9 x 27.3 cm
Prophet - Oil 60.6 x 45.5 cm
Eve - Oil 45.5 x 60.6

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Angelica Guerrero

"Art should be a reflection of human intelligence, talent, and sensitivity, and not just a product of marketing."

Matias, Frida & Antonia, Low-Resolution Painting - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 76.5 cm

Mexican Artist, Angelica Guerrero holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Monterrey and an MFA from the Autonomous University of Chihuahua. Angelica has taken several courses in Mexico and abroad including schools like Parsons and School of Visual Arts in New York, and Central Saint Martins in London. She is currently focused on her artwork working with commissions and new productions. She has been in 9 group shows in the UK and Mexico and had a solo exhibit in  Chihuahua, Mexico. She currently lives in Lincoln, UK.

"As a painter, my inspiration comes from experiences that I have in my life and in my dreams. I employ a personal vocabulary to express the ephemeral quality of the world. Accordingly, my work is continuously ranging from representational to abstract, while sometimes intervening the representational with the abstract. Although the subject matter of my work may vary; colour, as an intrinsic element remains its constant theme. I significantly value colour for its powerful symbolism, so I like to employ it for communicating emotion and mood.

An element that permeates and is reflected in my work is my Mexican background, visible through the colourful palette and naïf-surrealistic elements. Also, my graphic design background inspires some of my abstract works, such as my geometric compositions, also noticeable in symbols in my figurative paintings.

Besides painting, I have been experimenting with different forms of art, for instance, I make sculptures using different materials such as resin, plastic, tread, and limestone. 

In this regard, with my work, I aim to spread a feeling or sense of vitality and joy, in a continuous celebration of a life well-lived."

Technicolour - Oil and resin on canvas and frame 33 x 50 cm
Antonia - Paper, gouache and resin on an anatomical model 14 x 17 x 21.5 cm
Flying - Resin, plastic and natural pigments 11 x 21 x 11 cm
Anatomical Self Portrait - Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm

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Dave Weindorf Ternisky

“I read a lot about historical figures, primitive cultures, and ancient symbols. That definitely influences my art. I feel like I'm bringing the past to today in my expressionistic paintings with bold compositions of line work, watercolor, and abstract glyphs.”

Yellow Brick Road, 2017 - Acrylic enamel, stain and watercolor on canvas 40 x 30 in.

American artist, Dave Weindorf was born in 1962 in Indiana and is a self-taught, abstract expressionist painter. Weindorf's artwork reflects his lifelong interest in history, describing it as a desire to know the past that shapes the future. He says he's always been fascinated by Egyptian hieroglyphics and cave drawings. Dave spends most of his time studying art, architecture and his own historical ancestry. Weindorf's work has been exhibited in Verum Ultimum Gallery, Michigan’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and Agora Gallery of New York. Dave has won multiple ArtSlant Showcase awards and selected as one of their Under the Radar artists. He's also had the opportunity to exhibit at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. Pace Galleries also exhibited his art plates in late 2001, with sales donated to 1st responders of  9/11. His work has been featured in Counterproductiv Magazine, Contemporary Art Curator, Aesthetica Magazine, and Studio Visit, a juried art book.

Zodiac, 2017 - Acrylic enamel, glazing and watercolor on clay panel 48 x 36 in.
Timeline to Wealth, 2017 - Acrylic enamel, stain and watercolor on canvas 30 x 20 in.
Manta Ray, 2017 - Acrylic enamel, stain and watercolor on canvas 80 x 42 in.
Mosaic, 2017 - Acrylic enamel and watercolor on paper 22 x 30 in.

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Igor Zusev

"My art, whether photography or painting, aims to establish an emotional connection. Over the years as I mature so does my art and my vision. When I take photographs of subjects I don't only see a person, I see a way to express feeling. I interact with my subjects on a very personal level."

The New Religion - Acrylic 16 x 20 in.

Born in Russia in 1979, Igor Zusev emigrated to the USA with his family in 1989. His artistic photographic expression began early when at the age of 8 he received a point-and-shoot camera as a gift. A US Navy veteran, Igor was his ship's official photographer where his would record military life as he experienced it. He has since continued to document a variety of subjects and in the last few years, Igor has incorporated mixed media painting into his creative repertoire. His works are presented in several galleries and publications.

Unity - Acrylic 18 x 24 in.
Religious Consult - Mixed media 133 x 16 in.
War Over - Mixed media 18 x 24 in.
Punished - Mixed media 22 x 22 in.

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Adelia

"Exploring various painting technics, I use my knowledge of photography to create original paintings mixed with photography – New Pop Realism."

Catherine Deneuve I - Mixed media painted on canvas 80 x 80 cm

Visual artist, Adélia Clavien was born in Portugal and has lived in Switzerland since 1981, now based in Trélex. Adélia spent a long time with the artist community in Valais, attending painting courses and studying photography in St. Gall where she lived for a decade. Curious and passionate, Adélia has been fascinated by the arts from a young age although she has been working in the IT sector for over 20 years.

As a self-taught artist, she is passionate about exploring various techniques and incorporates her photographic skills and knowledge to create original mixed media and cross-discipline paintings in a New Pop Realism style. The various themes allow the viewer to escape into a colorful and mysterious universe -Adélia’s universe.

Adélia is employed part-time in order to have more time for her artistic activities. Self-educated, she is multitalented, speaks several languages, plays several musical instruments, is comfortable with new technology, and is naturally an open person. Please feel free to have a look at her personal website http://www.adelia.ch

Reines Herens III - Mixed media painted on canvas 75 x 100 cm
Michael Jackson I - Mixed media painted on canvas 75 x 100 cm
Lutteuses Mixed media painted on canvas 75 x 100 cm
Appel au Combat I - Mixed media painted on canvas 75 x 100 cm

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