Fred Maës

"I do not belong to any movement in art. My works move between matter and mixed media, always seeking innovation. I started as a material painter. I am also a graphic artist, installation artist, and creator of objects and short films. Additionally, I work as a curator for contemporary art exhibitions."

Fred Maës, born in 1939, is a multifaceted artist, engraver, installation artist, short film maker, and curator of contemporary art. Since 1983, Maës has showcased his diverse body of work in numerous exhibitions around the world, spanning prestigious venues and international art festivals.

Some notable exhibitions in Maës's career include Fondacio Joan Miro in 1986, Taipei Fine Art Museum in 1986 and 2004, and Stedelijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Ostend in Belgium in 1992. He has also exhibited at V.C.C. "De Brakke Grond" in Amsterdam in 1997, "Het Belgisch Huis" in Cologne in 1997, and the International Print Triennal in Cracow in 2000. Maës's artwork has been featured in various events such as L'année Simenon in Liège in 2003, the 12th Cheminement de Sculptures de Gigondas in France from 2005 to 2006, and the International Painting Competition Laives-Bolzano in 2006.

In addition, Maës's work has been displayed at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in their Summer Exhibition in 2011, as well as in Lima, Peru in 2011. More recently, his art has been exhibited at CAM Museum Casoria-Naples from 2016 to 2017 and 2018 to 2019, as well as at the Lessedra Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2021. Throughout his extensive career, Maës's artistic contributions have left a lasting impact on the contemporary art world, showcasing his versatility and creativity across various mediums and forms of expression.


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Holger A. Baehr

“Living in Ireland, the breathtaking beauty of the countryside has inspired me to pick up my brushes and paint, capturing the serene landscapes on canvas. In this day and age of hustle and bustle, I aim to draw the viewer into my paintings, inviting them to take a stroll through the enchanting Irish countryside. My hope is that they find tranquility and beauty in my work, drawing positive energy and inner peace from these scenes.”

ELLBOGEN, SYLT - Acrylic on Deep Canvas 140 x 190 cm €19,000

Holger A. Baehr, born in 1963 in Germany, currently resides in Ireland, where he finds inspiration for his evocative acrylic paintings on canvas. Baehr's artistic process involves working with layers of paint or sketching directly onto the canvas, often simultaneously developing a series of paintings that complement each other and contribute to a cohesive body of work.

Deeply rooted in the Irish landscape, Baehr's paintings reflect his continuous exploration of the countryside, particularly the Shannon region where he resides. Drawing from memory and inspired by his surroundings, Baehr's work captures the visual and atmospheric elements of his environment, offering viewers a meditative experience imbued with quiet beauty.

Baehr's paintings invite personal connection, aiming to evoke memories or stir unexpected emotions within the viewer. His love for Ireland and its countryside shines through in each composition, which, although recognizable as landscapes, possess an abstract quality that simplifies and distills the essence of the natural world.

With close observation, viewers can appreciate the intricate layers of paint that contribute to the depth and complexity of Baehr's work, encouraging an intimate and immersive viewing experience. Through his art, Baehr invites audiences to journey with him through the landscapes of Ireland, capturing fleeting moments in time and inviting contemplation of the inherent beauty found in the world around us.

WINTER SKY I - Acrylic on Deep Canvas 200 x 200 cm €19,000
GLOWING SKY II - Acrylic on Deep Canvas 150 x 150 cm €8,500
BLUE MOUNTAINS - Acrylic on Deep Canvas 120 x 120 cm €8,000
AUTUMN GLOW III - Acrylic on Deep Canvas 150 x 150 cm €8,500

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Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger

Erinnerung Landschaft 3, 2022 - Ink Acrylic on Canvas 100 x 100 cm €3,200

Born in Backnang, Baden-Württemberg, German painter Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger has studied German and French Language and Literature and has been a professional artist since 1996. She studied at Atelier CSE at Schwäbisch Hall with Prof. Hans Schlegel Stuttgart, Prof. Martin Schmid (Tübingen), Prof. Rolf Thiele (Bremen, Académie Galan-France).

 

Select Shows

2021 Salon d'Automne de Paris

2022 solo show "Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger" at Gallery Böhner Mannheim

     "Ich - Kunst - Du" together with sculpturer Michael Schützenberger, Kulturmühle Rechberghausen

     Art Karlsruhe , Gallery Böhner Mannheim

2023 solo show "Stück - Werk - Erinnerung", Wintergarten Hällisch Fränkisches Museum, Schwäbisch Hall

     Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Böhner Mannheim

2020 "Corona Milliarden Projekt" solo show Sparkasse Schwäbisch Hall- Crailsheim, Galerie Böhner Art Karlsruhe, Salon d´Automne Paris

2019 Galerie Böhner Mannheim, Salon d´Automne Paris, Discovery Art Fair Cologne, 8. Künstlermesse Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart

2018 "Sichtbar" solo show Kreisdiakonieverband Schorndorf Edition VII LDX Artodrome Gallery Zebbug Malta, Skulpturenpfad Rechberghausen/Fils Baden-Würtemberg

2017 Kunstverein Ebersberg/München, 7.Künstlermesse Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart , Edition VI LDX Artodrome Gallery Zebbug Malta

2016 solo show "Üppig" IG Kunst Gaildorf Baden-Württemberg

2015 Shanghai Art Fair LDX Artodrome Gallery

Automne (Herbst), 2023 - Acrylic on canvas 90 x 90 cm €3,200
Evocation automne 5, 2022 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm €3,200
Evocation automne 4, 2022 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm €3,200
Fin d été (Spätsommer), 2022 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm €3,200
Üppig 3, 2015 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Line des Augen-Blicks 1, 2019 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Auf Magenta Nr.2, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Linie des Augen-Blicks 3, 2020 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Linie des Augen-Blicks 2, 2020 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 c

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Anne Walbring

"We have art in order not to die from the truth."

Home - Watercolor on Canson paper

Brazilian, visual artist, Anne Walbring is based in Sao Paulo. For the past five years, she has been working at her studio with oil, illustration and photography. Anne attended the University of Belas Artes Sao Paulo where studied Visual Arts. She also took classes with the fine art tutor, Natalie Richy.

Anne's inspiration comes from literature, music and many other sources but her inner world is truly her inspiring muse. At the moment, Anne is interested in the mind and its different levels of consciousness. She has exhibited in many countries and is internationally awarded. Her works are part of private collections in Monaco, London, Lisbon, New York, etc.

Love - Watercolor on Canson paper
Unclose your mind - Watercolor on Canson paper
Enlightenment - Watercolor on Canson paper
Damaged - Watercolor on Canson paper

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Thomas Jeunet

Thomas Jeunet, born in 1981 near the volcanoes of Auvergne in central France, is a passionate abstract painter who now resides in Paris, where he has lived for the past 15 years. Immersed in the world of art since 2012, Jeunet's journey into painting followed extensive travels around the globe, experiences that continue to influence his vibrant and emotive works.

Finger Prints - Mixed technique on canvas, 15.7 x 23.6 in. - EUR 840

Thomas Jeunet, born amidst the volcanic landscapes of Auvergne, is a self-taught painter whose passion for colors and their interplay in abstract forms narrates unique and singular stories. Driven by a philosophy that painting allows for the freedom to think, create, and share, Jeunet draws inspiration from Abstraction and the extensive travels and experiences he has encountered since his youth. His artistic creations are a medium through which he expresses his apprehension of the world, imbued with emotions and sensations.

Jeunet's works transport viewers into a sensitive universe where a fascination for creation and a love of painting converge, art having become a vital therapeutic outlet in his personal life. Since 2012, while concurrently pursuing a career in the luxury goods industry, Jeunet has devoted himself to art, using it to materialize the creative bubbling within him. This unique intersection of art and luxury has cultivated a distinct aesthetic in his work, where landscapes, cultures, and encounters vividly permeate each canvas, weaving a visual story marked by both sophistication and raw creativity.

For years, Jeunet has captured what he sees and feels, archiving his memories as if on photographic film. These mental images gradually transform into ideas and interpretations that he transcribes onto canvas through an exploration of color, its nuances, and various hues. Different intentions and layers of matter within his works create multiple narratives, interlocking like frames within frames, inviting viewers into stories that unfold across the canvas akin to the chapters of a novel, the sections of a newspaper, or the panels of a comic strip.

Continuously transforming his inner and outer explorations into a grand artistic adventure, Jeunet sees the world as his canvas and each destination as an endless source of inspiration. He also paints to the rhythm of the seasons, capturing the essence and atmosphere of each moment.

Gabriel - Shapes & Colors - Mixed techniques on canvas, 37.8 x 57.5 in. - EUR 3,500
There is No Planet B - Earth - Dry pigment on canvas, 23.6 x 23.6 in. - EUR 950
Junior Suite Sea View - Acrylic on canvas, 39.4 x 39.4 in. - EUR 1,900
50 Shades of Blue - Acrylic on canvas, 35 x 51 in. - EUR 1,900

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Johann Richard

“As a painter, musician, and developer of software and hardware, I have always tried to let different artistic and real worlds flow into one another. I hope I have succeeded in this with my works.”

Only Friends - What About Tomorrow - Plastic on vinyl, 8.7 x 8.7 in. (each) - EUR 814

Johann Richard Hartel first ventured into the visual arts in the 1970s, beginning with watercolor and acrylic painting, before expanding into photo alienation in the darkroom and etching techniques. During his extensive career in the music industry, Hartel discovered a novel painting surface—vinyl records, found stored away in numerous boxes in his cellar. His exploration into various paint materials eventually led him to experiment with pasty plastics. With a touch of humor, he named his new art venture "Flop.Art," as he exclusively utilizes leftover vinyl records and CDs from his own music productions.

Hartel has been described by a longtime observer as a "bunter Hund" (a German phrase akin to "Jack of all trades"), reflecting his boundless curiosity for life and relentless energy. Since the early 1980s, Hartel has enjoyed national and international success as a music producer, composer, lyricist, and musician. His musical portfolio spans experimental film music, pop, ethno, reggae, jazz, classical music, and German Schlager. Beyond his music career, he has also served as an electronics developer, university professor in sound engineering, acoustics, and instrumentology, and as a journalist for German music magazines.

Hartel continues to perform with several of his own bands—covering genres like folk, swing, and Dixieland, as well as German Schlager oldies—but he primarily performs solo at book readings with Lis Levell.

In his artistic process, Hartel listens to his own songs on a continuous loop while working on his objects, visualizing them in his mind’s ear. His music is characterized by a strict structure, whereas his art seeks to introduce abstract chaos into this order. Each of his works is named after one of his songs and includes a line from the song itself. Information about the current version of the song can be accessed via a QR code next to the image descriptions on his homepage. Notably, despite his many musical pseudonyms, his visual artworks are created exclusively under his full legal name, Johann Richard Hartel.

My One And Only - My Life Guarantee - Plastic on vinyl, 23.6 x 27.6 in. - EUR 1,898
Final Curtain - All Pure Delusions - Plastic on vinyl, 23.6 x 19.7 in. - EUR 1,356
Crazy - Vanish Into Thin Air - Plastic on vinyl, 11.8 x 11.8 in. - EUR 407
Mais Dis-Moi - Qui Te Prend Par La Main - Plastic on vinyl, 15.7 x 15.7 in. - EUR 723

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Linda LaBella

“I believe I am a painter's painter. My work is contained chaos in paint; it’s made spontaneously and intuitively. Sub-thoughts, visual memories and interior landscapes guide me to give voice to relationships of color, movement, and paint-images that live in a momentary two-dimensional paint-world.”

Dumbles - Oil on canvas 24 x 24 in. $1,000.

Born in Oyster Bay, New York, Linda LaBella is an artist focusing on painting and drawing. She has been featured in solo exhibits in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Japan, and Mexico. Awarded a full scholarship for an MFA from Stanford University in California, she worked closely with renowned California artists Nathan Oliveira. Earlier in Sacramento, she collaborated with St. Louis artist Oliver Jackson.

During a four-year cultural exchange, LaBella taught art in Guadalajara, Mexico, at the Instituto Cultural Cabañas and at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. She studied Spanish and practiced dressage while also exhibiting and engaging with Mexican artists.

Upon returning to the United States, LaBella was invited to a printmaking residency at CW Post College. Subsequently, she taught printmaking and drawing at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. She continues to draw inspiration from Mexico's history, culture, and birdwatching experiences, hosting open studios in her TRIBECA studio in New York City.

Education
Master of Fine Art, Stanford University, California
Master of Art, California State University at Sacramento
Bachelor of Art, California State University at Sacramento

Hot Pink-plosian - Oil on canvas 40 x 60 in. $4,800
The Taking Stone - Oil on canvas 30 x 30 in. $3,000
Tumbler - Oil on canvas 40 x 60 in. $4,800
The Hidden - Oil on canvas 30 x 30 in. $3,000

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Gabriele Musebrink

An expression of transformation, morphology in painting, birth and death – the intuitive process painting of Gabriele Musebrink reflects natural life processes and scents out in the process of painting the different kinds of material to be deployed as well as the technique.

Change, Serie 4, no. 1 - Fresco-limestone, pigments on canvas 110 x 160 cm

For more than 30 years, German artist Gabriele Musebrink has developed her very distinct style, grounded in informal art and yet transcending it. The results are object-like holograms. The process of the visually represented transformation, becomes part of the painting process itself and belongs to the creation of the painting. 

Change, Serie 2, no. 1 - Fresco-limestone, pigments on canvas 60 x 120 cm
Change, Serie 2, no. 4 - Fresco-limestone, pigments on canvas 60 x 120 cm
Change, Serie 2, no. 3 - Fresco-limestone, pigments on canvas 60 x 120 cm
Change, Serie 2, no. 2 - Fresco-limestone, pigments on canvas 60 x 120 cm

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Patrizia Martiradonna

"My painting is best defined by the painting process itself. I look for a single fixed moment in time in which primary , natural elements transform themselves into substance and form. The images I make are not intentional symbols nor representations of a known physical world."

Until then, Mixed media, 36 x 24 in. $5,000

Patrizia Martiradonna is an Italian artist from Rome (born 1969) now based in California. After moving to Los Angeles in 1992, Patrizia studied fine arts in college and then went on the road. She traveled cross-country making American landscape photography, capturing the contrast between the overpowering, silent expanses of the West and the day-to-day busy mapping of small-town human existence.

Once focusing on the blank canvas, Patrizia found the appeal of the abstract irresistible in painting what realism could only document. Her narrative turned away from familiar forms to the interior, shapeless search for unfamiliar emotional, quiet meaning.

Like a child suddenly in the center of a medieval cloister gone Sci-Fi, Patrizia plays with timeless and unique tones rather than representing the defined or the decodable. Her work, which invites extended viewing, paints shape-shifting spirit with signature color palettes.

Patrizia’s work has been used by production designers in well-known Hollywood film productions and is widely collected. These days she works out of her studio in Marina del Rey.

Let's dance, Mixed media, 36 x 36 in. $6,000
Delighted, Mixed media, 24 x 24 in. $4,000
Sacro, Mixed media, 36 x 36 in. $6,000
Art matters, Mixed media, 20 x 20 in. $3,000

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Vanessa Onuk

Born in: 1991, Germany
Lives in: Frankfurt, Germany
Describe your art in three words: Bleeding colours, raw art, abstract shapes
Education: Self-taught artist. Trained forensic doctor.
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“My abstract landscapes are intended to capture a moment in which we want to linger because the sight, the light, the color or the silhouette of an environment captivates us and we want to absorb it. My own observation of my works is not about subtleties and details, but rather I reduce them to shapes, colors and feelings."

What themes does your work involve?
I am an abstract painter who includes both abstract lamb portraits and figurative representations.
Describe your creative process.
Since my childhood, I have had a great fascination for abstract art with bleeding colors and transparent layers. In order to be able to achieve these effects in my own pictures, I started covering my own canvases with organic cotton or linen and am therefore flexible in terms of the sizes of individual commissioned works. My technique is to apply acrylic paint in layers with different degrees of coverage and pre- watering of the canvas as well as pre- watering the acrylic paint. This allows unique effects - natural, organic color gradients, color bleeding and color transitions - to be created in contrast to sharp lines and geometric figures.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
As an abstract painter, I have two different themes. Abstract landscapes and abstract body representations. The love of depicting the human body lies in my job as a doctor. I have been accompanying people in all different forms of their lives for years. To briefly explain: I not only work as a family doctor, I was a doctor in prisons for years and am currently working in forensics for the police. Every body is unique and beautiful in its own way. While I have so far devoted my studies to abstract representations of female bodies, I would like to soon expand my art to include different body shapes and situations. Through my professional work I come into contact with so many different situations and conditions of the human body that you get a different perspective on things.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
For me, art is always interesting when it makes me stop for a moment and I can't resist the urge to take a closer look. I am particularly fascinated by the mix of craftsmanship and the effect of chance, which makes each picture appear to be a unique creation. The first thing that often concerns me is the choice of color, followed immediately by the application technique. Paintings with social, political or other socially relevant themes are always interesting to me, but I do not feel that this background is necessary to create impressive art. In my personal opinion, the expression of feeling through the use of colors and shapes is always the factor that attracts me most in art and that fascinates me the most.
What is the role of the artist today?
How we define our role as artists is certainly very individual and varies greatly with the mental background of the images. I'm very happy that I'm not limited as an artist. It's a fantastic opportunity for people to deal with socio-political or social issues, but for some, art simply means the love of craftsmanship, technology and the ultimate result. For me, being an artist still means being able to be free in my expression in a world that is very controlled by norms. I have always seen art as a creative outlet for my main job, which is very scientific, and I am very grateful to be able to combine these different worlds in my life, as I need both sides in my life for my inner peace.

 


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